Miami's Top Ten Underground Rap and Hip-Hop Acts

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Miami hip-hop? Yes N Deed.
New Yorkers still think they run hip hop. Canadians say, "It ain't dead. It lives in the North." L.A. radio plays more Pitbull than we do. Houston is still leaning off a never-ending cup of codeine. NOLA's doing it in the dark. Philly, Detroit, and Chi-Town are mad because it's winter.

In Miami, though, we're in shorts and a hoodie, kicking it with 70-degree weather and palm trees. The world has been looking to the 305 for street heat since before the first block party in the Bronx.

Here are ten groups and artists goin' hard in the MIA right now.



10. NoEmotion Goldmask
This one-man Wu Tang Clan raps like Mitch Hedberg choke-slamming Don Francisco through the afterlife. Recent live shows include an opening set for Blowfly. His slow-pitched vocals, and infinite punchline scheme kill on record, and he's one video away from blowing up the Internets. Download Jungle Fever 5000



9. J. Nics
His signature polar bear flow and storytelling rap style puts his life to music without sounding fake or made up. His Southern Niggas Ain't Slow: The Tribute tape puts his voice over classic tracks by Master P, Outkast, and Three-Six Mafia. Look out for his next release, all original music, The Product.



8. Llamabeats
This crew makes Dade County house party music with a heavy Sublime influence. In the past year, you may have seen these Miami rockaz at La Covacha in Doral, Midtown's Bardot, Kill Your Idol on South Beach, or downtown's Eve doing campaign fundraising with Uncle Luke. Their recordings feature live instrumentation, samples, and songs about drinking. Download "Don't Show This To Anyone."



7. Serum and Manifesto
Straight-up New York City-sounding, 1995-style hip-hop with heavy lyrics and apocalyptic raps over dope instrumentals. This is graffiti head, backpack, skateboard, big headphones on the Metrobus kinda shit. Download The S&M Project



6. MC Jumanji
Catch this party MC rapping his head off at The Vagabond for monthly dubstep throwdown Get Low. Even with a rolling bass apocalypse rumbling through your skull, you'll still hear Jumanji's free-form, improvised lyrics rapped loud and clear enough to understand every word.


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23 comments
jameswald23
jameswald23

what about me? no one has heard of me besides my friends and i feel like i deserve a chance to be heard. listen and decide. i'm a positive rapper from and currently in Miami,fl trying to catch my big break. please go check out my YouTube and spread the word. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppZAxwYaqEE

Jconyers
Jconyers

Did a fucking monkey write this list do you really understand the term hip hop and underground

8pack
8pack

they missed a lot of niggas. Wheres yd from overtown, dem vagabond boys from lil havana, bbk from ap, greezy, quest and abuncha fools missin on here

joeblow
joeblow

i wouldnt call iceberg underground. if so then you need to add ballgreezy, brisco, acehood, etc. the man was a part of dunk ryderz and first rapper in commercial success "fuck the other side"

Forbz
Forbz

So you mean to tell me Gunplay is on this list and not Quest....fuck outta here

Alexis
Alexis

Serum at #7? .lol. gtfoh, he should have been waaay higher up than that. And for real, whats up wit that top 3? lmao.

Juan BassHead
Juan BassHead

Big up everyone pushing their talent, but extra shouts to my partner in grime MC Jumanji!

peterocc
peterocc

C'mon Jacob. How you gonna put Wrek at #5? These others arent even close to his level. 

TOOKS
TOOKS

how da FUCK ballgreezy aint n da top 5

KeRbY RoK
KeRbY RoK

damn y'all hating on wreckonize again he should be number one 

Sir
Sir

Who the hell are the top 3? If you ask about those names to people in the miami hiphop scene I promise you, we've never heard of them. smh.

Alexx
Alexx

Wow. The top 3 isn't even hip-hop. Shame those "artists" represent Miami. Glad to see dope artists like Serum, Manifesto, Wrekonize, Llamabeats, and J-Nics on the list. Surprised Saheed didn't make the list. Along with LMS, Alphanumerics, Benchwarmers, Parable, and Quest.

GUesto
GUesto

You guys left off The Geek Squad. Shame. But yeah, NY still runs it.

DaOne Radio
DaOne Radio

nice to see MWT is paying attention and has @Jimmyd:disqus ade on this list.

Chris
Chris

artofficial AND mayday...lol @ the new times. Nice reminder as to why they're not taken seriously by anyone

Rawman55
Rawman55

most folks who listen to rap in miami def kno who iceberg and gun play are, and jimmy dade if u on the north miami side of thangs!

Sir
Sir

FOR REAL!!!!!!!! I mean at least Saheed, LMS, Alphanumerics and Benchwarmers Clique! To be fair, Llamabeats includes Parable. But I think most of the miami hiphop scene would disagree with the numbering at the very least.

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