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Southern Rap is Heating Up So Tune In Now

Updated on September 4, 2017
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Emily is passionate about music and writing, and it shows as she begins to produce Emily's Rockin Reviews.

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Now, if you have been paying attention, then you know rap is not my first genre of choice. Rock is really what gets me going, especially classic rock. However, nothing beats beating singing my heart out to some good country music. Occasionally a rap or hip hop song will catch my ear, and I'll start popping my collar and this could possibly go on for weeks at a time.

To my surprise, I've found the more and more artist seem to mix the three genres I just mentioned it seems to make a pretty nice sound.

Southern rappers have been laying it on pretty thick for some time now. With artist such as Ludacris, Usher, Mike Jones, Nelly, and Nappy Roots all coming on strong in their time. All with at least one hit song you couldn't avoid even if you tired. You could not deny that these artist had star power, and they were driving it home.

*Little Backstory Here*

When I met the father of my children he was a big Haystak fan. Meaning that's all he ever seemed to listen to besides Kottonmouth Kings. He seemed to relate to Haystak on that other level you really look for in an artist.

If you're unfamiliar, Haystak is rap artist from the Nashville area in middle Tennessee. While not extremely popularly known, he has a rather large underground fanbase. Haystak has been on the scene for over 10 years, but now it seems a whole new generation is walking the same path and who knows where it will lead?

Hell Nah it ain't hick hop, it's what you got when you mix Pac with that 1997 Kid Rock."

— Jelly Roll

This genre of music, popularly called country rap, is gaining a substantial amount of fans. This genre has also been called hick hop, southern rap, and rural rap.

There is no shortage of artists that are trying their hand at dropping a beat, and they may look a lot different than you picture.

Below I've made a list of a few notable and some of the most popular artist in the genre currently.

Let's start with my favorite rapper that currently seems to be making some waves in the underground rap scene. Also from the Nashville area, Jelly Roll is a very talented artist with a fresh new sound. It seems the more he spits out, the more and more I like it.

Jelly Roll has recorded song with many other underground artist such as Haystak, Lil Wyte, Yelawolf, and more. He recently released the album Addiction Kills in 2017 and it has a few songs I am predicting will quickly gain popularity throughout the fan base and so on.


Below is a video of one of my favorite Jelly roll songs, take a quick listen and drop a comment below and let me know what you think. It's a pretty short and sweet song.

We recently got to go see Jelly Roll in Knoxville at The International. The show was great and the energy was 100% on point. What was surprising to me was how much I genuinely enjoyed the opening artists.

It's really inspired me to dig deeper into my new found love of what appears to be a large underground music base with no end in sight. So far, I've only scratched the surface.

Well there's no sense in stopping there because we could go on and on. There is so much going on in this music scene right now it is really cool to just try to be a part of it. Another thing that has surprised me is how I seem to be sitting right in the middle of the hot seat.

Tennessee in a whole, but particularly Nashville really seems to be cranking them out. Maybe, this should come as no surprise to me. The best part about this style I'm calling "Southern Rock" is that they are really letting their southern roots show and I just can't seem to figure out what's not to love?

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So if you want to dive in deeper and don't know where to start it's time for a name drop or few.

The Lacs - let their country show with a great beat to keep you hooked in. Some of my personal favorites by The Lacs include Field Party and Black Moon. I have a review of a live show I attended and you can read all about it by following this link ---->>> The Lacs

Struggle Jennings is the grandson of Waylon Jennings. So I really don't know what you're waiting for. Go check him out cause you're already way behind on the change.

Doobie - Not actually from the south, but country must be country wide Doobie is from Cleveland, Ohio - I do believe (and if I'm not right someone please correct me, I'm trying hard. :D) He's got some great music though, and a nice original sound. [Doobie Bvndit]

Moonshine Bandits - Also, not from the south - but really hard to tell. The Moonshine Bandits formed their band in California and I've had a hard time finding too much more biographical information on them. However, you can read a review of a concert I got to attend by clicking this link ----->>> Moonshine Bandits

Sonny Bama - Sonny Bama is roundabout from Huntsville, Alabama. He's got a great southern sound, and I fell in love with his song "Change" right from the start.

Shotgun Shane - Has some awesome remix's of some of today's biggest hits; including bad and boujee by MIGOS Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, and another one of my favorites Black Beatles by rae sremmurd. He's got some great original songs, also, such as "Do You Wanna".

Upchurch The Redenck - Upchurch the Redneck is from Cheatham County, Tennessee. It is slightly Northwest of Nashville. Upchurch the Redneck may be the youngest artist on my list, and he's got a lot of energy along with it.


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