The rap scene in South Florida is constantly evolving. Over the years, a wide range of notable hip-hop artists from Miami-Dade and Broward counties have produced a lot of unforgettable music, and some have made a lasting impact on the genre. Yet in the age of social media and streaming, the playing field has expanded far beyond the confines of the previous generation.
In 2022, the average artist is not discovered by a record company executive. They’re coming to streaming services hoping to find a spot on major playlists. They regularly post their music on TikTok, praying that it goes viral for their idols to hear and repost it.
At the moment, a few artists keep SoFlo topical in hip-hop, such as Rick Ross, City Girls, Kodak Black, Pouya and Denzel Curry. At the same time, we saw a wave of new faces from the underground scene who have done the most in the studio and online, hoping to make a name for themselves locally and beyond.
In the past, New times has highlighted artists on the rise, regardless of how many Instagram or TikTok followers they have – and we’re carrying that same energy into 2022, featuring a mix of experienced animators and talented rookies who are on a hot streak.
Here are, in alphabetical order, ten acts that have entertained fans with new music throughout 2021 and are poised to continue their success into the New Year.
Apollo Lofton of Miami has spent the past three years building their catalog. After serving his album The truth is i’m terrified in 2020 (along with several other freestyles), he made his big leap. Last September, Lofton learned that OVO Sound founder Drake was dining in Miami Beach. He waited two hours outside the restaurant to introduce himself and present his music to the Toronto rapper, blasting his freestyle on Drake’s “No Friends in the Industry”. He’s had good feedback, and when Drizzy followed him on Instagram, Lofton knew it was the real deal. The Cuban-American rapper had already made a splash with songs like “overthinking” and “freedom”, in which he talks about the recent conflict in Cuba. In 2022, Lofton goes into action. Shortly after New Years Day, he revealed a preview of his new video for “Never Trust a Soul,” which will be released on January 13.
Eighty8 is gearing up to take the world by storm in 2022. The North Miami rapper, who has worked hard in the music industry since he was a teenager, playing with the band 4th & Ocean, has hit the block as a new Signatory of Cash Money Records last year. Eighty8 released their first single “Hit” via the label in August. The song allows him to flex on his enemies with arrogant bars and gives insight into his vocal range on the hook. Shortly after the song hit the airwaves, Eighty8 dropped the official video for the track, which has since recorded over two million views. He went on to upload a rare visual mixtape to YouTube, which featured clips of songs he had in the safe, including “Trilly Wonka” and “Heartless.”
Twenty-one has been a decisive year for FCG Heem. After arriving at the start of the pandemic with projects like Street virus and Letters to my people, the Fort Lauderdale spitta made its major debut, Neighborhood poetry, via Republic Records. The 14-track album features Heem’s best material to date, like “Shinin” and “Believe in Me,” as well as features from NoCap, Toosi and Rooh Shiesty. Soon after the album’s release, Heem’s name grew even bigger, especially after his Rolling Loud debut in Miami. Since then, the buzzing host has released two new songs, “Ball” and “AMG”. Right before the new year, he posted an Instagram snippet of a new song slated for release in 2022.
There is no stopping Frank Kastle13 in 2022. Having built his catalog over the past three years, the native of Little Haiti is not going to brake anytime soon. In the past year alone, 1313 Ent’s face has delivered stubborn bars in a handful of bangers, from “Pressure” to his latest single, “Make Em Say Uhh,” as well as his most recent project, Check Inn Seazon 26 Vol. 2: Imm So Lil Haiti. So far he has shared stages with artists like French Montana, Moneybagg Yo and Tory Lanez and has collaborated with other Miami rappers Kiddo Marv, Freese Cola, Billy Blue and K. Charles, among others.
Mellow Rackz enters 2022 as the freshest face on Young Money’s list. From abandoning her character of Ms. Kapri to her short-lived engagement to Kodak Black, the rising rapper has flaunted her lyrical skills as she effortlessly floats on every instrument she has released over the past year. Don’t let her beauty cloud your judgment. Her gritty performance and tantalizing flow on songs like her debut single, “Diamonds”, and her recent freestyle on “Who Want Smoke?” »By Nardo Wick. make the streets talk. The Broward native’s collaboration with Icewear Vezzo, “Right Now,” shines a light on her line as she channels her inner Rob Base while flexing her bragging bars. If you’re unfamiliar with his music, catch up before it blows up.
Broward’s own MF has been in rap for nearly a decade since the release of his 2012 project. Lights Dreams and Nightmares. Over the years he has concocted a litany of nursery rhymes for projects like The angel of america and songs like “Judgment”. He has teamed up with several notable artists, including Project Pat, Don Logan (FKA Gunplay) and Jay Burna. In 2021, MF is making more waves with his EP Everything comes from nothing, which includes collaborations with Smoke DZA, Doe Boy, Griselda’s Boldy James and Miami rapper Bruno Mali. He’s getting ready to release a new song and getting ready for his next project.
Nick Garcia is one of Miami’s most consistent Cuban-American rappers. Since 2017, Garcia has released a slew of English and Spanish bangers that perfectly balance hip-hop and reggaeton. His versatile flow and extravagant bars stand out in every song he releases. Last year alone, Garcia released 15 singles along with his latest project, King of Kendall 2, which contains features of Drink champions host DJ EFN, Don Logan, Spkilla, Andre Da Tippa, BeatsNDaHood, Gnautica and Kairo Lavoe. At this rate, there’s no way Nick Garcia will slow down in 2022. He has already released his first single of the year, “PYP”, with Gnautica and Nixononthetrack.
No Jwettz has been in the game long enough to impress the masses with his work. Her dedication to creating authentic bars for every punchy beat she finds is clear from the second you hit play on her first project, Closer. Since releasing her debut EP in 2019, fans have been able to hear the 23-year-old’s lyrical skills progress with every project she’s delivered, from The night before Valentine’s Day at Recovery at Closer 2. In 2021, Jwettz established himself as Frankie in F. Gary Gray’s Set Deactivated with the video for her latest single and one of her hardest songs to date, “Dangerous”. Ahead of the New Year, Jwettz revealed that the music video for his song “Lil Boothang” is on its way.
It has been a few years since rapper Rellyski dropped out of school to pursue his career in music. So far he’s been doing pretty well on his own. Since his debut single, “Grip”, in 2018, the Miami native has picked up speed by dropping a handful of singles like “On God” and “Repetition”. His catchy pun on unique melodies eventually caught the attention of Bad Habit and Atlantic Records, who signed the rapper in mid-2021. Subsequently, Rellyski released more bangers like “Flowers” and ” Right / Left “. He teamed up with fellow Dade County rappers Bushy B and Major Nine for Cedia’s “Cost Me” before releasing his most recent single, “Spalding,” produced by Go Grizzly and Mike Maven, in December.
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Trapland Pat is unlike any other act from South Florida. Since 2019, Pat has consistently delivered dirty bars and smooth cadences over a range of trap beats. Over the past three years, the Deerfield Beach native has nurtured his growing fan base with singles like “Emergency” and “Dealings,” as well as four projects: Exit 41, pak man, Interstate baby, and Vision 2020. (The last two albums were released via Fredo Bang Bang Biz Productions / Create Music Group imprint.) In 2021, Trapland Pat abandoned his latest project, Through the door, via Bang Biz, with collaborations with Kuttem Reese and rapper Members Only Kid Trunks. He’s still pushing his latest single, “Boondocks,” which dropped last month. However, on Instagram, Pat celebrated the anniversary of his song “Big Business” and teased a potential remix coming later this year.