5 CA Underground Rappers
December 29, 2012
Sure to blow up in 2013.
In order of awesomeness:
1. Freddie Gibbs aka Gangsta Gibbs: With a solid fan base and support from notable artists, the Indiana native currently residing in LA has proven that he is ready to go from being underground & under the radar to being in the limelight. Gibbs released his BFK mixtape this year that stole not just the ears of the streets, but the hearts of the streets alike. With video productions by LRG to mainstream features like 2Chainz, it’s very exciting to think about what Gibbs will do in 2013.
2. Skeme The Duke: The Inglewood native has steadily made impressive moves in the past and continued on that trail this year. With a successful independent album, Alive And Living, and many respectable names in his inner circle (Dom Kennedy, PROBLEM), 2013 should be a continuation of his steady rise.
3. DUBB: The LA based rising star is no rookie to the game. DUBB is undeniably one of the most admirable rappers from the area. Even with the passing of his father this year, he did not stop working. DUBB sold out his first headlining show at the Key Club this past October. With heavy-hitters like the The Game and Kendrick Lamar on his resume, there’s no doubt that DUBB is playing his cards right. This year, The Layover mixtape served as an inspiration locally, nationally, and internationally. There is no doubt that DUBB is bound to make some impressive moves in 2013.
4. A$ton Matthews: The Long Beach rapper was originally a part of the group FAMxBIZ. After the group split, A$ton has had no problem developing his own sound. He recently released the remix to his song “Mini Van Dan” with Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, and A$AP Nast. Though A$ton is still up & coming in the underground scene, it will be interesting to see what direction he takes in 2013.
5. IAMSU: The bay area artist was most notably featured in E-40′s hit single this year titled “Function.” Iamsu has those rhymes that are guaranteed to keep the feet moving and the booty shaking. He could keep doing the same exact thing in 2013 for all I care, but his music is evolving at an extremely fast rate.