25 Best South Florida Rappers of All Time: From 15 to 11
When Dr. Dre rapped, "We in that sunshine state with a bomb ass hemp beat/the state where ya never find a dance floor empty" on 1995's "California Love," we'd like to think he was subliminally calling out Florida.
We started booty bass, after all.
Check the cut for numbers 15 to 11 in County Grind's 25 top South Florida rappers of all time. Your favorite homegrown papi chulo and screaming DJ are in tow.
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Style: Femme booty bass
Aside from penning R&B hit "I Will Always Be There for You," these spunky ladies were total feminists in a Miami bass scene rife with sexual exploitation (Luke's "shake them titties baby/pop that pussy baby" isn't half of it). But Anquette said, we can play too, boys: The trio released apt response tracks to 2 Live Crew's "Throw the D," ("Throw the P") and to B-Rock and the Bizz's "My Baby Daddy" ("My Baby Momma"). You go, girls.
Hometown: New Orleans, but he chills on Palm Island
Style: "I'm rich bitch" singles
Though he's from the Big Easy, we'll take Birdman over his Heat-hating NOLA cohort Lil Wayne any day. Plus, the "#1 Stunna" rapper is truly about that lavish Miami life. In 2012, Birdman purchased Scott Storch's $14.5 million Palm Island mansion (equivalent to the size of a Four Seasons Hotel) and he's a proud South Beach nightlife hooligan -- the Cash Money cofounder habitually throws Memorial Day gigs at Mansion and Cameo. Cue Big Tymers' "Real Big."
13. DJ Khaled
Style: Shouting uncorroborated truths
It's easy to mock DJ Khaled's discography of catch phrases (no need to divulge), but you have to give the man credit. "WE DA BEST" and "LISTENNN!" are the backdrop to arguably every radio rap anthem we love right now. Khaled's a heavy-hitter in the Miami rap community, collaborating on homages to the 305 like "Born-N-Raised" and "I'm So Hood." His brand continues to shape the city's crisp, thick beats and the SoFla rappers behind them (like Plies, Ace Hood, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, and Pitbull). Khaled's hood credibility is questionable, he never actually raps on a song, and he recently fake-proposed to Nicki Minaj for publicity. But he makes the beat, so we'll let all that slide.
12. Pretty Ricky
Style: Slow jams for da bedroom
It's impossible to croon "Baby grind on me" without envisioning a hot, fleshly love fest in the bedchamber. But we ain't complaining 'bout Pretty Ricky's hit. Though the original foursome disbanded and Pleasure P pulled a Beyoncé Knowles ("Did You Wrong" and "Boyfriend #2" proved for a fruitful solo career), they're still Miami R&B-hop legends. The dudes proudly rep our streets: "I got new shoes on the ride (yes sir)/Rollin' down 95 (yes sir)" ...You know the rest.
Style: Culo-shaking party music
We're all living on Planet Pit, as Dat Lil Chico's sixth album title avows. Mr. Worldwide has racked up a bill of ass-glorifying tracks, notably "Culo," "Toma," and "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)." And there's no denying Pitbull's reign as Miami's machismo-tongued prophet -- "Muevelo, muevelo, sin parar" has its implications, ladies. But Pit is Dade County's champion; amid the mysogyny, he's just trying to say, "Miami girls have big asses, and I love them." Armando puts it succinctly on a song off 2006's El Mariel: "Now that's some Miami shit."
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