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Midwest hip hop is hip hop music performed by artists from the Midwestern United States. In contrast with its East Coast, West Coast and Southern counterparts, Midwest hip hop has very few constants. Its first dose of national popularity in the mid-90s was associated with fast-paced styles, of rappers such as Twista (Chicago), Eminem (Detroit), and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Cleveland) which were the first ones to bring up hip hop as big as the West and East Coast and are the most popular in the Mid-West Coast. However, subsequent acts which have since risen to national prominence such as Nelly, D12, and Kanye West share very few similarities. It is because these lack of constants between acts from different cities (and sometimes even between artists from the same city) that it can be extremely difficult to define a "typical" Midwest sound. One characteristic of Midwest hip hop is that beat tempos can range from 90 to about 180, while East Coast's beat tempo is 90-120, West Coast is 100-120, and Southern rap is 80-110. Prozak, as stated in his DVD "The Hitchcock of HipHop", says that the Midwest's style often revolves around "Dark beats and lyrics".


Detroit is one of the most recognizable cities that have a rap/hip hop origin. After hip hop originated in the late 70s and gained popularity through time, Detroit was home to a vibrant underground hip hop scene by the 1990s. There are places within the city that have created 'rap battles,' such as the Hip Hop Shop. In these rap battles, two MC's battle and attack each other with rhyming words as if those words were used as fists. In the mid 1990s, rap superstar Eminem was an underground Detroit rapper and created two underground albums before making it big. These two albums were Infinite and The Slim Shady EP. Later, in 1999, he released his major-label debut album The Slim Shady LP, heavily based on Aftermath Entertainment's production by Dr. Dre. His second album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest selling album in history, breaking the record of Snoop Dogg. DeShaun Holton, known as rapper Proof before he was deceased, was also a Detroit rapper and Eminem's closest friend. Proof, as well, had an origin in Detroit being born and raised in the city. He was part of the rap group D12, but has made two solo albums which were Searching For Jerry Garcia and I Miss The Hip Hop. Proof was shot and killed in a gunfight at a Detroit nightclub on April 11, 2006, taking numerous bullet wounds to the head. News reports said he almost survived the wounds.

Cities with a tough life such as Detroit contain artists who often tend to use gangsta rap in their lyrics. These artists show it through their hard beats in music, experience of living in a place with a high crime rate, and their lyrics involving drugs, guns, and poverty. Much of these lyrics are also controversial as well. It's true on what these rap artists represent, but they let people know not to follow this way of life. Freestyle rapping is used a lot in Detroit, as if it was a priority to most people there since they freestyle whenever. D12, standing for Dirty Dozen or Detroit Twelve, was the group created by Proof and Eminem and is produced by Shady Records, Eminem's successful record label. The members consisting of the group were all good friends and knew each other early in Detroit. Besides Eminem, all the other members of D12, which are Bizarre, Kon Artis, Kuniva, and Swift, all Detroit MCs, hence the name of D12. In the 1990s, Proof called up Eminem one day and gave him the idea of creating this rap group, so that they would have their own version of the Wu-Tang Clan, but in Detroit. However, Proof and Eminem could did not gather twelve MCs. Instead, they gathered six, but each member had a dual personality making alter egos for themselves. Other than Proof, Bugz was also a former member of D12 before being gunned down. Hip hop in Detroit is very essential, unique, and different from other regions in Mid West Rap or anywhere else in the nation. Rappers in Detroit have a different style of their own known, accordingly known as 'Eight Mile Style Rap.' Eminem, D12, Obie Trice, and Royce da 5'9" use Eight Mile Style rap in their music, as well as the underground rappers in Detroit who know the style. Obie Trice made his major-label debut in Shady Records, as he released his album Cheers, followed by Second Round's On Me. Royce da 5'9 is also from Detroit and has made it big. Royce made his debut with his album Independent's Day. Before that, Royce was part of the underground rap duo 'Bad Meets Evil' with fellow Detroit MC Eminem. Royce da 5'9 was known as the 'Bad' half, and Eminem was known as the 'Evil' half. Rapper Trick Trick has a origin in Detroit as well. MC Breed is from Detroit, and has made several many albums and some compilation albums. His song "I Gotta Get Mine" featured 2pac, and became an attention-getting single.

There was a rap group in Detroit in the early 1990s named Soul Intent. The group consisted of rapper M&M (now Eminem), DJ Butter, Chaos Kid, Manix, and Vitamin C. Soul Intent rapped at talent shows around the neighborhood in 8 Mile. They were making demo tapes under Bassmint Productions. There are many producers in Detroit, such as brothers Mark and Jeff Bass, the Bass Brothers, who own their Web Entertainment studio label in Detroit. They've helped artists with music in what is known as their "Bassment". Jeff Bass helped co-produce Eminem's hit song 'Lose Yourself,' which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. To this day, Eminem is the only rapper who has won an Academy Award. Detroit has a very well known studio called 54 Sound. Several record labels have sometimes traveled to Detroit with their artists to work there for a short amount of time.


Chicago has harbored several locally popular acts since the early 1990s, including Do or Die,mr.two6nine (of Kalamazoo, Michigan), Crucial Conflict; the former being a fast-rapping GROUP associated with Twista,and the latter of which was a group with a decidedly down-home, country sound. Chicago soon became known for more than fast rapping with the rising popularity of Common Sense, protege of producer No I.D., who put flippant battle raps over a jazzy backdrop. Other rappers in this vein included Vakill, who also gained some notoriety in Chicago. Da Brat, a female Chicago native, also had a hit in this period with Jermaine Dupri's label So So Def.

In 2004, Chicagoan producer/rapper Kanye West broke the scene with his multi platinum debut, College Dropout on Roc-A-Fella Records. He became an industry commodity, reworking and repopularizing Wu-Tang producer RZA's style of speeding up Soul instrumental and vocal samples to fit hip hop beats. The style became known as "chipmunk soul". The same year, West produced two hits for Twista, "Slow Jamz" and "Overnight Celebrity"; these led to the rapper's first platinum release, Kamikaze. Also in 2004, Italian American rapper Mikie Da Poet put the spotlight on Chicago Hip Hop and opened up an international eye with his live Fox News performance. In 2005, Common (having dropped the "Sense" from his name) signed with Kanye's GOOD Music, West also being a student of No I.D. This led to Be, Common's second gold album, which some said revitalized his career.

Kanye attempted to push longtime associate Rhymefest, a Chicago battle rapper and ghostwriter; his support helped carve the MC a local niche and some national attention. A guest spot on West's 2006 second album, Late Registration, also solidified the buzz of up-and-coming Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco, whose debut album Food & Liquor was the #1 rap album in the country upon its release. His later album The Cool directly references his Chicago roots.


In the early 1990s, 5 drop outs formed the unit Bone Enterpri$e and took a one way bus ticket to Compton. They went searching for Eazy E, a pioneer of gangsta rap, and signed to his label. They were signed to Ruthless when they got back to Cleveland for a concert, where they performed for Eazy on the spot. They changed their name to Bone Thugs N Harmony consisting of Flesh-N-Bone, Layzie Bone, Wish Bone, Krayzie Bone, Bizzy Bone. They created a style never heard in hip hop , a rapid-fire flow and melodic mesh of harmonizing vocals, a style they called the Flow Motion. They released their LP Creepin on ah Come Up with the smash single "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and "Foe tha Love of $" featuring Eazy E. They later surprise the world with their unique styles use on cd's like E. 1999 Eternal with hits like 1st Of Tha Month" and "Tha Crossroads" and Art of War's "Look Into My Eyes" and "If I Could Teach The World" in which gave them win their first AMA. They were the first Midwest rappers to go platinum, which lead to a conflict with Chicago rappers as Twista, Do or Die, Three 6 Mafia, and Crucial Conflict about stealing their style. They are also the only ones to collaborate with greats hip hop "Hall of Famers" like The Notorious BIG ("Notorious Thugs"), Tupac ("Thug Luv"), Big Pun, and Eazy E while they were all living, and have sold more than 40 million records only in the U.S. Today they have their own label after contractual difficulties with Ruthless records. Their new album, Strength and Loyalty, was released May 2007 with their smashing hit "I Tried" winning their second AMA. The hip-hop legendaries have reunited and are cited to release an album early-mid 2009.

Today, in 2008, most Northeast Ohio (NEO) Hip-Hop has either a faux-southern sound (usually from inner city Cleveland/Akron), while the City of Youngstown (on the PA Line) preserves a more classic vibe. Nearby the city of Akron produced Chino Nino who collaborated with Juvenile and B.G. on the track U.P.T. to da Top on his album Get Wet. However, both the Eastern and Western sides of Cleveland itself hold light to a Conscious Hip Hop sound coined by artists such as Mos Def, Common & Talib Kweli. The city being a major metropolis, typically the city has a feel that is much more East Coast. Some say Detroit meets Philly, than St. Louis or any other undeniably "Midwestern" place. To consider the cultures or subcultures of Cleveland and Kansas City "of the same region" is simple and archaic. The Hip-Hop, as well as the food, language, and values of these cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas are remarkably different. The terms Great Lakes, Rustbelt, Mideast, "Northern", North-Central, or Northeastern Interior are much accurate and clear in the study of music of the cities between Philadelphia and Denver. Currently, The NEO hip hop scene is exploding with artists such as Chip Tha Ripper, Al Fatz, Kid Cudi, Jesty Beatz, Ray Cash, MR 44,MC Breed, Tugun Cannon, Corey Bapes, Pivit and Drae (both from Columbiana county) Young Ray, Young Shank, Pooh Gutta, The K.I.N.G., QP, [street league records], Ill eagle(semi-retired), and H-FLo as well as conscious artists such as the local pioneers Nappyhead Inc,Paulie Rhyme, the recent booming Poetic Republic. Cleveland being named as xxlmag.com top 10 hip hop cities and with Ohio being named as Americas most hip-hop states, and having the full support of Cleveland Cavaliers star small forward LeBron James's imprint, DeamLife Ent., Cleveland and the whole Northeast Ohio music scene showing itself as a force in Midwest as well as mainstream hip-hop


Grand Rapids has just recently exploded with underground Hip-Hop artists with an all new style of their own. Set to re-map the Hip-Hop scene and 'Save' Hip-Hop as many of the artists in Grand Rapids have claimed to try and do has lead to groups such as Brothers Coded. Brothers Coded is a newly formed hip-Hop group developing a new style and establishing lyrics that no longer embody images of material wealth unlike current Hip-Hop artists. How far can these two artists from Grandville, Michigan go? Only time will tell us.


Kansas City, Missouri has a burgeoning underground Hip-Hop Scene, with many artists actually declining from signing with any type of record labels. The Kansas City hip hop scene has a tendency to adopt artist who don't necessarily originate from Kansas City, Missouri. Artists from cities such as Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas (among other suburbs and closer cities) often go to Kansas City for a broader audience, while still representing their original town of origin. A majority of Kansas City hip hop acts tend to blend Southern and Bay Area hyphy sounds. Though these sounds are popular, they have very little to no origination in Kansas City, and can't truly be said to be the sole contributor to the sound that the area has developed over the years. More original acts lean towards a more well rounded approach blending lyrical influences from all regional hip hop styles, as well as the sound the city itself has formed through its Jazz and Blues roots.

Notable rappers/groups adopting this approach to hip hop within Kansas City include Tech N9ne, Mac Lethal, Rich the Factor, Approach, Solè, Fat Tone, Reach, Stik Figa, Big Krizz Kaliko, SHADOW, Skatterman & Snug Brim, Dutch Newman, SupreMe, Sickening, CES CRU, The Guild, Chain Gang Parolees and Deep Thinkers. All of which are steadily gaining acclaim, and working with both nationally and internationally known acts.

Though Kansas City has an amazing list of rappers in its repertoire, a lot of the scenes acclaim comes from the diversity and style of its producers. Though no less then 95% of hip hop producers in the area lean towards the typical hyphy sound, more original acts lean toward Kansas City's roots, which are more jazz and funk influenced. Notable producers who have adopted this style include Joc Max, Atilla the Beatsmith, and vocalist/trumpeter Miles Bonny. Artists such as Royce Diamond, SG, Trystyl, D/Will, SEVEN, and Beatbroker take a more traditional, and oftentimes "hard hitting" approach to their production. Though in some cases, Kansas City hip hop producers adopt a more, abstract / electronica experimentally based sound. Producers gaining recognition using such techniques include Leonard D-Stroy, Icyroc Kravyn, and Nezbeat. Though most say they only make hip hop music, many Kansas City producers borrow elements from all genres and coast styles, to form their sound.


Milwaukee hip hop dates back to the early 80’s, but it first received national attention in 1992 when Arrested Development-whose front-man, Speech, is a native of the city-strung together a set of commercially successful hits.

Until the end of the 1990’s, the Milwaukee scene was largely confined to the city’s (predominantly black) North Side. However, as members of the hip hop generation began to attend college in the early 2000’s, cultural organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee began to invite acts such as dead prez and Talib Kweli to perform on the East Side campus. The success of these shows led to local groups with similar followings, such as Black Elephant and Rusty P’s being booked for on-campus sets as well. This, in turn, opened the door for the local acts to play off-campus venues on the East Side such as Onopa (now Stonefly) Shank Hall, Up & Under and BBC that had previously been off limits to hip hop (presumably due to the stereotypes associated with such crowds).

Meanwhile, Memphis club music was rapidly finding its way to Milwaukee’s North Side via Southern transplants and North Siders who either had relatives and/or attended college in the area. During this time Coo Coo Cal, who had a more typical Midwestern quick-tongued style (albeit, with a noticeably slower delivery) enjoyed moderate commercial success with his debut single “My Projects” and the follow-up “How Does It Feel”. The result is a more artistically driven scene that is centered on the East Side, and a more commercially driven scene that is centered on the North Side .

The East Side scene is characterized by socially and politically charged lyrics, neo-soul influences and the relatively common use of live instrumentation. Some of these acts include Dameon Ellzey, Los, Def Harmonic, Element Everest, Haz Solo, Dylan Thomas, Raze, Gambit, Rusty P’s, Sose, Hot Poppe!, JaNk One, and Taste Emcees. A collective of several emcees, producers, and a DJ recently came together to form a supergroup known as The House of M, which has led to further callaborations between different Milwaukee artists, helping to make the local scene a more successful cooperative then it had been in the past. The members of the House of M are: Gambit, A.P.R.I.M.E., Trellmatic, D-Matikk, The S Dot, Lou-Tang, Ecko, DJ Deadbeat, Dana Coppafeel (also a member of KingHellBastard), and Dylan Thomas. The use of live bands by many of these acts has also influenced some Milwaukee-based soul bands such as Growing Nation and Urban Sol to incorporate MC’s into their acts.

Conversely, the North Side scene is characterized by its gritty lyrics, southern club music influences and willingness to follow commercial trends. The most successful artists such as J DUB and MECH and DREZ coming from Milwaukee's North Side, Paper Cha$e who has close ties to Milwaukee legend, 'Pimpin Ken'. Paper Cha$e has been cameoed on a variety of UGK music videos such as, "Get Throwed" & "International Player's Anthem". He was featured in a 2008 article of Ozone Magazine's Patiently Waiting which earned him a spot in Milwaukee's most influential rap artists.

Acts such as Rico Love, and Miko have had (or been featured on) commercially successful singles in recent years. Streetz & Young Deuces , 2006 Get Em Magazine Award Winners, have gained national support by putting out mixtapes with the Hittmenn Djs, Core Djs, Future Star Djs & Shadyville Djs. The Mil is also home to Baby Drew, the "ghetto hero." The city is also home to producers such as the Lmntlyst, The Surgeon (who is affiliated with Nelly and Derrty ENT) Swift G (produced for Arista Records), Big City (Midwest Funk/ X-rated), JR Da Supastar, Dash D.U.B. of Duce Duce Entertainment, Scottie Knoxx, J Billa (Ghost-town), Durty Mouf , Double R (from Bone Thugs family), Big Hank, and Komossi, the gangsta rapper/producer who invented the "R.S.B" style or ride, slide & bounce sometimes compared to what's called gangsta bounce but with a more roller coaster ride effect look out for more new artist because Mil-Town is building up to be the next movement in Hip-Hop.


Although strictly underground, there existed a sub-terraean hip hop culture in the Twin Cities starting as early as 1981. Similar to the development of hip hop in the South Bronx, Twin Cities rap started as humble parties with a DJ and an emcee.[1] A DJ named Travitron was comparable to the DJ Kool Herc of the Twin Cities area. Shows took place at many venues, most notoriously Club Hip Hop on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. Other artists and DJs include Disco T, Verb X, Brother Jules, Delite, and Truth Maze. The first real album to come out of the Twin Cities was called The I.R.M. Crew, released in 1985. Graffiti and b-boy crews were also existent in the city. This is the world that the current movers of Twin Cities Hip Hop were brought up in.

The main movers of Twin Cities Hip Hop came together to form the group Headshots, a precursor to the Rhymesayers Entertainment label. Members of this group included Slug, I Self Devine, Micranots, Musab, Siddiq, and Ant. Slug was one of the main artists to move into the foreground, setting the tone for the style of music to follow in the years to come.

The Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop is an annual event hosted by Yo! The Movement, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate the power of community through hip-hop culture. Over the past five years nearly 20,000 people from around the world have taken part in the festival and conference. Past participants include Slick Rick, MC Lyte, Cee-Lo of Gnarls Barkley, Clipse, Camp Lo, Crazy Legs, Slug of Atmosphere, Jean Grae, Asia-One, EWOK (HM Crew), Brother Ali,Derrty Boy Bingo, and many others.


At the same time, St. Louis rapper Nelly hit with a smash single and album, Country Grammar in 2000. Nelly and his St. Lunatics collective went on to a career driven by commercial singles, while Eminem, D12 and Obie Trice formed Shady Records and proceeded into national and international consciousness. In 2004, FLAME, also from St. Louis, became the first national Christian hip hop artist from the Midwest. Gospel singer Praiz' also hit the St. Louis scene with his 2006 crossover hit "Deliver Me" in 2005. Da Banggaz, a trio which consists of 2 males and a female, are a locally acclaimed hip hop group from St. Louis whose style and lyrics seems more southern and fight orientated, similar to that of Atlanta's Crime Mob. St. Louis native chingy signed to Atlanta rapper Ludacris' label DTP. Jibbs, received his major deal at age 15 gaining popularity with hits such as Chain Hang Low and King Kong, the latter featuring Texas rapper Chamillionaire. Another St. Louisian, J-Kwon, gained popularity at the age of 17 with the controversial single Tipsy. Akon (born in St. Louis but raised in Senegal, Africa) is known for his African melodic singing is also a native of St. Louis. Rapper Huey received recognition with the single Pop, Lock & Drop It.

St. Louis also has a hip hop scene that is known both underground and locally. Other St. Louis acts includes Raw Reese of East St.Louis, IL Gena of East St.Louis,IL , Kyjuan, Ludy, Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R., Kydd Trell, Zinn, Shorty Da Kid, Potzee, Tha Deck, Ruka Puff, KoKo, Ray Da Kidd, Lil Roge, Mankey,Slic-50 and several others. Many are associated with the local movement called "The New St. Louis" including a local indie record label called "7fourteen Entertainment". Many St. Louis artists are normally associated with native production label "Track Boyz" who produced for both J-Kwon and Jibbs.

One of the first rappers to claim St Louis was Sylk Smoove. He released the self entitled album in 1991, produced by Trak Productions.
From: http://en.wikipedia.com/Midwest+hip+hop/

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  • BUCK3YE5

    checkout the new Cleveland Hip Hop group: http://www.last.fm/group/Cleveland+Hip+Hop

    7 Nov 2011 Responder
  • Renklafmusic

    What's up Midwest Group!!! Tony Loco sends peace and love. I'm from the midwest myself. Check out my last.fm page and my new record featuring Martinez

    2 Jun 2010 Responder
  • Mann72

    peace from Columbus..

    5 Nov 2009 Responder
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  • critikalmaster

    grupa pracuje pełna para ;p

    3 Fev 2009 Responder

    im from the lou and the sound that you get from these other guys is a fake st.louis hip hop. they forgot to give respect to the guy who got the lou crackin. his name is DJ KAOS. he created a style of music that the young st.louis is bringing back. he was a DJ for the radio station 100.3 the beat. the style was like smooth vibe like music. it was tight. and they forgot to they only singer in st.louis he was a rapper at first his name is Pretty Willie and he came out around the same time nelly did. he was dope i mean his song never get old. but man watch out for st.louis man. and the midwest don't have no swag cuz nobody fuck wit each other really

    29 Jan 2009 Responder
  • redsnapa

    ja czekam na nową płytę ema. Słyszał ktoś te kawałki którą mają zapowiadać owy krążek, moim zdaniem SUCK ! Oby cała płyta nie okazała się taka słaba.

    28 Jan 2009 Responder
  • monia_xD

    no to przecież pisze! :)

    28 Jan 2009 Responder
  • Dawid-2k8-

    yo ;p

    28 Jan 2009 Responder
  • monia_xD

    prosze po polsku...xD

    28 Jan 2009 Responder
  • monia_xD

    Hi :)

    27 Jan 2009 Responder
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