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The Greatest Southern Rappers of All Time

If you were to determine which rap mecca was the epicenter of hip-hop during the genre’s rise, there’s no question that the throne was initially reserved for the East and West Coasts.

New York ran the rap game from the 1980s through the early 1990s, before Los Angeles became the capital of hip-hop on the strength of classic albums such as Dr. Dre’s 1992 LP The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s 1993 effort Doggystyle. By the late-1990s, New York reclaimed the throne with the arrival of Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and DMX, among others. 

Meanwhile, down South, the 1990s saw the rise of Outkast and Goodie Mob in Atlanta, Houston’s Geto Boys and UGK, and Three 6 Mafia and 8Ball & MJG in Memphis. At the same time, No Limit and Cash Money were establishing Louisiana as a Southern rap mecca by way of future moguls like Master P and Birdman, both of which produced a stable of up-and-coming rappers such as Lil Wayne, Juvenile, B.G.. Mystikal, Soulja Slim, Silk The Shocker, Mia X, and C-Murder.

A Top 50 countdown of most popular Southern Hip Hop artists in order of streams on Spotify as lead artist is as follows:

50
Dave East

Streams as a lead artist: 273.0M
Streams as a featured artist: 101.2M
Most streamed song of all time by Dave East: East Coast REMIX with 46.8M streams

49
Big Boi

Streams as a lead artist: 308.4M
Streams as a featured artist: 131.3M
Most streamed song of all time by Big Boi: All Night with 103.9M streams

48
MO3

Streams as a lead artist: 326.2M
Most streamed song of all time by MO3: Outside with 61.2M streams

47
Lil' Kim

Streams as a lead artist: 372.9M
Streams as a featured artist: 362.3M
Most streamed song of all time by Lil' Kim: Quiet Storm with 69.9M streams

46
EST Gee

Streams as a lead artist: 394.4M
Streams as a featured artist: 614.7M
Most streamed song of all time by EST Gee: Real As It Gets with 124.2M streams

45
GloRilla

Streams as a lead artist: 424.7M
Streams as a featured artist: 48.7M
Most streamed song of all time by GloRilla: Tomorrow 2 with 158.3M streams

44
Chamillionaire

Streams as a lead artist: 443.5M
Streams as a featured artist: 17.5M
Most streamed song of all time by Chamillionaire: Ridin' with 261.9M streams

43
JUVENILE

Streams as a lead artist: 468.5M
Streams as a featured artist: 51.8M
Most streamed song of all time by JUVENILE: Back That Azz Up with 201.3M streams

42
Birdman

Streams as a lead artist: 510.9M
Streams as a featured artist: 381.7M
Most streamed song of all time by Birdman: We'll Be Fine with 81.6M streams

41
Big K.R.I.T.

Streams as a lead artist: 511.8M
Streams as a featured artist: 189.9M
Most streamed song of all time by Big K.R.I.T.: 1Train with 130.3M streams

40
Jamie Foxx

Streams as a lead artist: 599.9M
Streams as a featured artist: 1.27B
Most streamed song of all time by Jamie Foxx: Gold Digger with 1.15B streams

39
DJ Drama

Streams as a lead artist: 697.1M
Streams as a featured artist: 42.1M
Most streamed song of all time by DJ Drama: Wishing with 102.1M streams

38
YFN Lucci

Streams as a lead artist: 766.4M
Streams as a featured artist: 151.4M
Most streamed song of all time by YFN Lucci: Everyday We Lit with 206.4M streams

37
Three 6 Mafia

Streams as a lead artist: 824.8M
Streams as a featured artist: 174.0M
Most streamed song of all time by Three 6 Mafia: Stay Fly with 168.2M streams

36
42 Dugg

Streams as a lead artist: 891.9M
Streams as a featured artist: 1.18B
Most streamed song of all time by 42 Dugg: We Paid with 418.5M streams

35
Money Man

Streams as a lead artist: 928.3M
Streams as a featured artist: 14.2M
Most streamed song of all time by Money Man: 24 with 391.3M streams

34
Pooh Shiesty

Streams as a lead artist: 1.10B
Streams as a featured artist: 592.7M
Most streamed song of all time by Pooh Shiesty: Back in Blood with 378.8M streams

33
Nardo Wick

Streams as a lead artist: 1.10B
Streams as a featured artist: 122.0M
Most streamed song of all time by Nardo Wick: Who Want Smoke?? with 249.3M streams

32
Young Nudy

Streams as a lead artist: 1.13B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.01B
Most streamed song of all time by Young Nudy: The Race with 388.8M streams

31
Young Money

Streams as a lead artist: 1.20B
Most streamed song of all time by Young Money: Trophies with 468.0M streams

30
Rich Homie Quan

Streams as a lead artist: 1.25B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.08B
Most streamed song of all time by Rich Homie Quan: My Nigga with 331.7M streams

29
Waka Flocka Flame

Streams as a lead artist: 1.26B
Streams as a featured artist: 131.6M
Most streamed song of all time by Waka Flocka Flame: No Hands with 663.4M streams

28
Pusha T

Streams as a lead artist: 1.38B
Streams as a featured artist: 3.15B
Most streamed song of all time by Pusha T: Runaway with 717.7M streams

27
Mike WiLL Made-It

Streams as a lead artist: 1.42B
Streams as a featured artist: 849.1M
Most streamed song of all time by Mike WiLL Made-It: Go Stupid with 417.3M streams

26
Jay Rock

Streams as a lead artist: 1.50B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.68B
Most streamed song of all time by Jay Rock: Money Trees with 1.48B streams

25
Yo Gotti

Streams as a lead artist: 1.52B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.67B
Most streamed song of all time by Yo Gotti: Betrayed with 603.7M streams

24
Lupe Fiasco

Streams as a lead artist: 1.73B
Streams as a featured artist: 378.1M
Most streamed song of all time by Lupe Fiasco: Battle Scars with 376.1M streams

23
Young Dolph

Streams as a lead artist: 1.76B
Streams as a featured artist: 391.1M
Most streamed song of all time by Young Dolph: Major with 148.3M streams

22
Nipsey Hussle

Streams as a lead artist: 1.91B
Streams as a featured artist: 261.2M
Most streamed song of all time by Nipsey Hussle: Grinding All My Life with 195.3M streams

21
Ludacris

Streams as a lead artist: 1.91B
Streams as a featured artist: 2.89B
Most streamed song of all time by Ludacris: Yeah! with 1.31B streams

20
Key Glock

Streams as a lead artist: 2.08B
Streams as a featured artist: 657.0M
Most streamed song of all time by Key Glock: Ambition For Cash with 317.1M streams

19
Wale

Streams as a lead artist: 2.39B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.12B
Most streamed song of all time by Wale: No Hands with 663.4M streams

18
T.I.

Streams as a lead artist: 2.74B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.47B
Most streamed song of all time by T.I.: Live Your Life with 552.0M streams

17
The Game

Streams as a lead artist: 2.97B
Streams as a featured artist: 608.4M
Most streamed song of all time by The Game: Hate It Or Love It with 750.0M streams

16
Rick Ross

Streams as a lead artist: 3.03B
Streams as a featured artist: 6.36B
Most streamed song of all time by Rick Ross: Money In The Grave with 971.4M streams

15
Moneybagg Yo

Streams as a lead artist: 3.15B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.80B
Most streamed song of all time by Moneybagg Yo: Run It Up with 393.4M streams

14
A$AP Ferg

Streams as a lead artist: 3.27B
Streams as a featured artist: 850.7M
Most streamed song of all time by A$AP Ferg: Plain Jane with 733.0M streams

13
2 Chainz

Streams as a lead artist: 3.50B
Streams as a featured artist: 6.32B
Most streamed song of all time by 2 Chainz: F**kin' Problems with 800.7M streams

12
Schoolboy Q

Streams as a lead artist: 3.72B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.29B
Most streamed song of all time by Schoolboy Q: Collard Greens with 625.4M streams

11
Trey Songz

Streams as a lead artist: 3.74B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.17B
Most streamed song of all time by Trey Songz: It's A Vibe with 483.2M streams

10
YG

Streams as a lead artist: 4.02B
Streams as a featured artist: 2.94B
Most streamed song of all time by YG: Plug Walk with 653.8M streams

9
OutKast

Streams as a lead artist: 4.75B
Streams as a featured artist: 65.2M
Most streamed song of all time by OutKast: Hey Ya! with 1.34B streams

8
French Montana

Streams as a lead artist: 4.89B
Streams as a featured artist: 1.50B
Most streamed song of all time by French Montana: Unforgettable with 2.07B streams

7
Kevin Gates

Streams as a lead artist: 4.98B
Streams as a featured artist: 776.5M
Most streamed song of all time by Kevin Gates: 2 Phones with 385.3M streams

6
Gucci Mane

Streams as a lead artist: 5.52B
Streams as a featured artist: 4.58B
Most streamed song of all time by Gucci Mane: Wake Up in the Sky with 998.5M streams

5
Meek Mill

Streams as a lead artist: 6.38B
Streams as a featured artist: 2.70B
Most streamed song of all time by Meek Mill: Going Bad with 1.19B streams

4
Tyga

Streams as a lead artist: 6.97B
Streams as a featured artist: 4.16B
Most streamed song of all time by Tyga: Taste with 1.36B streams

3
Big Sean

Streams as a lead artist: 7.46B
Streams as a featured artist: 4.24B
Most streamed song of all time by Big Sean: I Don't Fuck With You with 782.5M streams

2
Wiz Khalifa

Streams as a lead artist: 8.54B
Streams as a featured artist: 5.97B
Most streamed song of all time by Wiz Khalifa: See You Again with 1.90B streams

1
Future

Streams as a lead artist: 19.05B
Streams as a featured artist: 14.77B
Most streamed song of all time by Future: Mask Off with 1.60B streams
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