South Florida's Most Successful Musical Acts, Part Two | New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Broward and Palm Beach's Most Successful Music Acts, Part Two

The first half of this list saw a heavy emphasis on acts from today or the recent past. The top-ten portion of the most successful musical acts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties delves further into history while also finding room for a few newbies. Without further ado, here are the ten most successful neighborhood superstars.
10. Kodak Black
This teenage Pompano Beach rapper has a chance to climb much higher. The 19-year-old has already released four mixtapes that have received national attention with shout-outs from everyone from Drake to the New Yorker. It seems like the only thing that could cut his potential short is his constant trouble with the law. 
9. John Medeski
The Pine Crest School alumnus cut his teeth playing keyboard with local legend Jaco Pastorius in the Fort Lauderdale band Emergency. Later, and more famously, he got top billing in the jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. His most recent work was a solo album, 2013's A Different Time, that consisted simply of Medeski and his 19th-century piano.
8. Saigon Kick
Hailing from Coral Springs, this rock quartet broke through with the #12 song "Love Is on the Way." If not for the bad timing of arriving during the hair-rock and grunge eras, it could have found more success. The 1992 album The Lizard still managed to go gold, and the band continues to play reunion shows to this day.
7. Ace Hood
The Deerfield Beach-raised emcee's last two albums, 2011's Blood, Sweat & Tears and 2013's Trials & Tribulations, both debuted in the top ten. His continued collaboration with DJ Khaled will undoubtedly result in more of the same with the release of his fifth album, Beast of the South, sometime in 2017.
6. Dickey Betts
Though he didn't spend much time there, this founding member of the Allman Brothers Band was born in West Palm Beach. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted guitarist has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums and has continued to tour well into his seventies. 
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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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