The History of Southern Hip Hop

Hip-Hop is not just a music genre. It’s a lifestyle.

Hip Hop originated in the northeastern United States in the late 80’s. By the time the 90’s rolled around cities throughout the Southern United States began to catch on to the hip hop music movement quick.
The Geto Boys from Houston Tx. were among the first hip hop artists from the Southern United States to gain widespread popularity. Southern hip hop’s roots can be traced to the success of the Geto Boys’ Grip It! On That Other Level in 1989, which was produced by Rick Rubin.


Over the last 3 decades Hip-Hop has evolved in to one of the worlds most popular music genres.
In the early 2000’s , the Houston rap scene saw a jump in mainstream popularity, and many Houston rappers started to gain nationwide and worldwide recognition. They consisted of as Paul WallMike JonesChamillionaireLil’ FlipSlim ThugZ-RoTrae, and many members of Dj Screw’s the Screwed Up Click.

The height of Southern hip-hop was reached from 2002 through 2004. In 2002, Southern hip-hop artists accounted for 50 to 60 percent of the singles on hip-hop music charts.
In the next 15 years southern hip hop would become the most popular style of hip hop opening the door for for many southern artists and DJs to go mainstream.

Fast forward to 2021. The popularity and evolution of Southern Hip-Hop has led to music fans deeming Houston Tx. as the southern hip hop capitol of the United States. Hip-Hop evolution has garnered much deserved attention and in 2021 Hip-Hop is recognized and celebrated world wide.

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