South Florida Hip-Hop: We Global

Rappers from this region stepped up their game exponentially, and the entire country responded

Hip-hop's current golden boy, Lil Wayne, who has called Miami home for the past three years, is nominated for eight Grammys, more than any other artist. His album Tha Carter III was recorded mainly in South Florida, using producers from these parts as well. Jim Jonsin, a well-known hip-hop and R&B producer based in Parkland, is up for five Grammys. He produced two of the biggest hip-hop singles of the year: Lil Wayne's "Lollipop," featuring Static/Major, and T.I.'s "Whatever You Like."

When Hood uses the word "movement," it's most likely meant in a general sense, but the reality is right there in front of us. The bulk of these artists have major releases planned for 2009 already. Is it too early to predict another year of success on this scale? Possibly so. The music industry can change at whim. But from a business standpoint, the infrastructure is here, the foot soldiers are here, and there's ample reason to believe that South Florida rap is going to be "runnin' shit" for quite a while.

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