In a country so large, it is easy to see how difficult it is to become the biggest artist from a particular state, let alone the whole country. Amongst the 50 states of America, some States have produced some of the biggest names in music.
On the other hand, some States have struggled to produce an artist that has had a siginificant claim in the Top Charts or the Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B scene.
Below, we have taken a look at each State of America and some of the biggest rappers/singers to hail from that state. It must also be noted, we are looking at artists that were born in the State. Any artist that has moved to that State or has an affiliation, does not count.
Alabama – Gucci Mane, YBN Nahmir and RichBoy
Out of the rappers to be born in Alabama, Gucci Mane has definitely had the most successful career to date with it spanning well over 10 years. The rapper has recently become the first one in history to release over 100 mixtapes/albums with the latest release being Delusions of Grandeur. There are some honorable mentions for Alabama in RichBoy who had a brief stint in the charts back in 2007 and current, up and coming artist YBN Nahmir was born in Birmingham, Alabama.
Alaska – None
Unfortunately, we struggled to find any artists hailing from Alaska…
Arizona – None
Arkansas – None
California – Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube & NWA, The Game, Tyga, Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign and YG
The State of California has been a goldmine for rappers and Hip-Hop talent. It was not hard to find an artist from California, the hard part was decided which one is currently the biggest. You have some throwback and legends in the Hip-Hop/Rap and R&B scene with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and NWA hailing from the California state. More recently, the likes of Tyga, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Kendrick Lamar and The Game come into conversation. Kendrick Lamar is by the far one of the best lyricists but Tyga has had a huge past year and a half that started off with the release of “Taste” in the summer of 2018. Since then, Tyga has come on leaps and bounds to become one of the hottest names in the Rap/R&B scene right now. The only thing that may let him down is his current album release.
Colorado – Playalitical
We did struggle with Colorado but we did come across Playalitical. Not that known among many but he did feature on a remix of T-Pain’s huge hit “Buy U A Drank” in 2007 and also a remix of Yung Joc’s “It’s Goin’ Down” in 2006.
Connecticut – Cassie
To date, Cassie has released only one studio album being the self entitled debut album in 2006. The album included one of her biggest hits to date, “Me & U”. The track put Cassie on the musical map. Since then, she has released a mixtape in 2013 but in recent years, she has gone stagnant in the music world and moved more towards acting.
Delaware – None
Florida – Denzel Curry
Still only 24, the rapper has now released four studio albums. UK fans will be aware that he has recently performed at Wireless Festival in a wheelchair after “going crazy” on a night in Dublin.
Georgia – Kanye West, Lil Baby, Future, Outkast, Migos (Offset, Quavo and TakeOff) and T.I.
Georgia was and is full of huge artists, new and old. Birth to one of the biggest rappers and producers in Kanye West, the up and coming Lil Baby, one of the biggest Hip-Hop duos in Outkast and now one of the biggest Rap/Trap trios in Migos. The list goes on and on but also mentions to one of the most iconic rappers in recent times, Future and the King, T.I.
Hawaii – Khia
Arguably a one hit wonder but an absolute throwback that most people know. MY NECK MY BACK (LICK IT)…Yeah yeah, you know. Khia is mainly known for this hit but has go on to release seven solo studio albums, the most recent being released in 2018.
Idaho – None
Illinois – Juice WRLD
Juice WRLD came to prominence globally after the release of his “Lucid Dreams” track took over the radio stations. “Lucid Dreams” was actually released on his 2017 EP 9 9 9. The song put Juice Wrld in the rocket but the release of the song as a single with a video included is what really pressed launch on his career and his place in the scene.
Indiana – Freddie Gibbs and Trevor Jackson
Freddie Gibbs has been around for a number of years and actually signed for Interscope way back in 2006. Following no releases with Interscope, Freddie Gibbs went to sign with CTE World (Young Jeezy’s label) and released a few mixtapes. After leaving the label in 2013, Gibbs has since started his own label and released four solo studio albums. Trevor Jackson actually started out acting but has since delved into music over the past few years. Releasing mixtapes and two solo studio albums and also featuring alongside artists such as B.O.B, Sage the Gemini and Kirko Bangz, to name just a few.
Iowa – Bangladesh (Producer)
Okay, yes, we know…This article is solely focusing on rappers and singers and Bangladesh is a producer. We are having the exception that if we cannot find an vocalist from a particular State but can find producers then we will let it slide. We struggled to find any rappers or singers from Iowa but we felt we could not leave Bangladesh out. Anyway, here we are…The producer behind some of the biggest beats in Hip-Hop including Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” and “6 Foot 7 Foot”. Since then, Bangladesh has gone on to produce beats for more of the biggest names in Hip-Hop,
Kansas – XV
Again, the state of Kanas does not have a plethora of rappers and singers. We came across XV who has actually had a song in 2014 featuring Pusha T and has also released a double figure amount of mixtapes since 2006.
Kentucky – Bryson Tiller
Releasing his debut single “Don’t” via Soundcloud, the track took Bryson Tiller’s career to amazing heights. The track got a remix from a group of artists including K Camp and Sevyn Streeter. The single featured on his debut album Trap Soul which was highly acclaimed. Since then, Bryson Tiller has claimed his place in the R&B/Trap scene with his second studio album True to Self being released in 2017 and a further album due for release in the near future.
Louisiana – Lil Wayne
A career that has spanned over 20 years, Lil Wayne became one of the biggest rappers in the world in the early 2000’s through to the 2010’s. Stated he would be retiring in 2011 during an interview with Angie Martinez on Hot 97. Since then he has released three studio albums, including his much anticipated Carter V album.
Maine – None
Maryland – Mario, Logic, YBN Cordae and Brent Faiyaz
Mario has become the creator of one of the biggest R&B hits this decade in “Let Me Love You”. Further hits have followed and he does still remain active in the music scene.
Massachusetts – Joyner Lucas
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Joyner Lucas signed to Atlantic Records in 2016 following a string of mixtape releases. Following this, Joyner released his next mixtape 508-507-2209. In 2017, “I’m Not Racist” was released on Youtube. The video gained millions of views and mass recognition. The following year, Joyner Lucas and Chris Brown created the collaborative album Angels & Demons. Tracks on the album included “Stranger Things“, “I Don’t Die” and “Just Let Go” . Since then, Joyner’s debut album ADHD has been announced and will be released soon.
Michigan – Big Sean
Everyone has seen the videos online of someone approaching a rapper and performing for them in hope to get a cosign or a label deal? Well, Big Sean who was born in Detroit, did just that but it paid off. Rapping to Kanye West as he left an interview at a radio station, Kanye was given Big Sean’s demo tape and a few years later, Ye signed Sean to his GOOD Music label. The first project after signing with the label was Finally Famous featuring the hit single “My Last” which includes vocals from Chris Brown. This song threw Big Sean into the charts and following a number of years of hits, Big Sean has become one of the biggest lyricists in recent years.
Minnesota – None
Mississippi – Rick Ross, Nate Dogg, Rae Scremmurd, David Banner, Soulja Boy and Big K.R.I.T
After releasing his debut album in 2006, Ricky Ross signed to Def Jam Records. Following this, he released two albums: Port of Miami and Trilla in 2008. Rick Ross founded the Maybach Music Group in which a further six albums has been released. The album has seen the signing of artists such as Meek Mill and Wale. The cousin of Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg established himself as one of the biggest singers for a hook in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Many people may think he was actually born in California due to his friendships with the likes of Warren G and his relation to Snoop Dogg but Nate Dogg was actually born in State of Mississippi, before moving to California as a teenager. The duo Rae Scremmurd were born in Mississippi (Seeing as they’re brothers) and have released huge hits such as “No Type” . Honorable mentions go to Soulja Boy, David Banner and Big K.R.I.T.
Missouri – Eminem, Akon, Nelly and SZA
Along with some other rappers on this list, Eminem has put himself in a bracket that is unreachable. Eminem, Slim Shady or Marshall Mathers…Either way, the rapper has taken over the scene as one of the most feared and talent lyricists on any beat that is put in front of him. Eminem is still regarded as one of the biggest and best rappers on the planet but in the early 2000’s was the start of Shady being able to take his multiple personas, witty, dark and clever lyrics globally. “The Real Slim Shady” and “Lose Yourself” are just two songs in a huge catalog of music. Honorable mentions go to hugely popular R&B hit makers Akon, Nelly and SZA.
Montana – None
Nebraska – None
Nevada – None
Gheeze, on a roll here…
New Hampshire – None
New Jersey – Fugees (Lauryn Hill & Wyclef Jean & Pras), Juelz Santana and Joe Budden
After a group of tough States with being unable to find any artists, we have now come across New Jersey. All three members of the Fugees were born in the state of New Jersey. The group only created two studio albums but their 1996 album release entitled The Score was a Grammy winning album. The album included their huge hit “Killing Me Softy”. Other mentions go to the rapper Juelz Satana and Joe Budden.
New Mexico – None
New York – Tupac & Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Post Malone and Pusha T
Two of the most well known names in musical history, let alone Hip-Hop hail from the State of New York…Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. The two rappers took over the 1990’s Hip-Hop scene and also came to blows during the same period. Their deaths in the mid 1990’s has also gone down as some of the biggest mysteries with both of their killers being unknown to this day. Jay-Z rose to prominence in the same era as a young MC and as well as going onto become a global musical sensation, he has also become a business owner and mogul within the musical world. Another rapper that has also taken a similar path is 50 Cent. Unafraid to speak his mind that has taken him into many disputes and beefs with other rappers, most notably, Ja Rule, Rick Ross and Fat Joe. The rapper has also gone into many business ventures and acting roles, most recently his role in his own show, Power.
North Carolina – J.Cole and DaBaby
J.Cole has become one of the most respected rappers in the Hip-Hop scene. Releasing Cole World: The Sideline Story in 2011, seven headline tours have followed along with his own record label, Dreamville Records and The Dreamville Foundation which is his own foundation, a non-profit organisation aiming to help disadvantage areas of society through charity events and schemes. DaBaby was one of the faces on XXL Freshman Class 2019 has gained attention through his single “Suge”.
North Dakota – Wiz Khalifa
Wiz released his first album back in 2006 but it was not until 2011 when his album Rolling Papers was released that his name went global. Four albums have followed including Rolling Papers 2 last year.
Ohio – Bow Wow and Trippie Redd
Bow Wow is still only 32 but his music career really started as a young teenager in the early 2000’s. Following the early 2000’s and, arguably, the peak of his music career went into acting and broadcasting. His last album release was back in 2009. Some of the hits created back, in particular “Like You” with Ciara and “Let Me Hold You” featuring Omarion will go down as some of the classics from the R&B scene in the early 2000’s.
Oklahoma – None
Oregon – None
Pennsylvania – Meek Mill, Pnb Rock and Lil Uzi Vert
Meek Mill was signed to Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group Label and is still signed to it to this day. “I’ma Boss” was released in 2011 as part of an MMG collaboration album. Although Meek Mill had been creating music for a while at this point, this was the track that really caught the eye of many as the song went Platinum. The rapper also has his own label with Dream Chaser Records that was established in 2012. The rapper has not been shy to hide away from feuds either with the feud between himself and Drake in 2015 sourcing some of the biggest diss tracks of this decade. Unfortunately, the diss tracks in question were the ones aimed at Meek. The duo have since made up and gone on to create a huge anthem in “Going Bad”. Honorable mentions go to Pnb Rock and Lil Uzi Vert.
Rhode Island – None
South Carolina – Yung Carter
Okay, this is the second time we have now placed a producer in the list. Let us off because we were really struggling with some of these States listed. The producer is behind Rich Homie Quan’s Gold certified track, “Type of Way”.
South Dakota – None
Tennessee – BlocBoy JB
The Tennessee born rapper BlocBoy JB rose to fame when he dropped “Look Alive” featuring Drake in 2018. Since then, the rapper has released further singles, featured on tracks with the likes of G-Eazy and last month, released his debut solo album entitled I Am Me.
Texas – Beyonce, Usher and Travis Scott
Born in Houston, Beyonce has become one of the biggest artists in the history of music, let alone R&B/Pop. The singers career has spanned since the late 1990’s when she was part of the collective Destiny’s Child. Crafting a solo career in the early 2000’s has seen Beyonce release six solo studio albums as well as five solo headline shows to make her become of the biggest selling musicians of all time. Unstoppable. Honorable mentions go to R&B superstar, Usher who is also still going strong since the 1990’s. Travis Scott’s career length does not compare to the other two artists in this list but he has still achieved so much in the past few years. Travis has become one of the most popular and well known artists in the Rap/Trap/Hip-Hop scene.
Utah – None
Vermont – None
Virginia – Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Pharrell Williams, Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad Hugo) and Timbaland.
Chris Brown, one of the biggest R&B artists in history and Trey Songz, arguably, one of the biggest R&B artists this decade both hail from Virginia. Both artists have had careers that have spanned over 10 years and are both still going strong. A number of collaborations have come over those years, most recently being Trey Songz’s “Chi Chi”. We must mention, one of the biggest producers and musical artists in the R&B and Hip-Hop scene. Rising through with Chad Hugo to form the Neptunes and become one of the biggest producing collaborations in the early 2000’s, Pharrell has gone onto have serious success as a solo artist and producer.
Washington – Lil Mosey, Goldlink and Wale
Lil Mosey is an upcoming rapper, born in Seattle, that has had an extremely rapid rise in the past year. The rapper featured on this years XXL Freshman Class after three single releases that was dropped on Youtube last year. All tracks reached well over 10 million views for each video. Following this, Mosey dropped his debut album Northsbest. His rise is only continuing with a recent collab’ with Chris Brown.
West Virginia – None
Wisconsin – K Camp
Born in Milwaukee, K Camp dropped “Cut Her Off” featuring 2 Chainz in 2014. The track entered the Billboard Hot 100. The following year, K Camp featured on the XXL Freshman Class for 2015 and drop his debut album Only Way Is Up. Since then, two more albums have been released with Wavy 2 Kritical being the latest.
Wyoming – None
Washington, D.C. – Goldlink and Wale
Whilst we are aware that Washington D.C. is not a State or part of a State – we wanted to mention a couple of names that would of not been mentioned had we not included it. Another rapper that featured on the XXL Freshman Class selection but Goldlink featured on 2015’s version. The rapper has released two mixtapes before his debut album At What Cost in 2017 and has recently released his latest album Diaspora which has received high praise. Honorable mention to Maybach Music Group artist, Wale who was born in Washington.
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