As North Carolina is home to several famous rappers, the state has earned its section in this list. Hip-Hop music originated in the Bronx borough of New York City and spread to other parts of America.
If you want to discover more about rap artists from North Carolina, including their birthdays and the music they perform, this article is for you. Here are 20 of the hottest North Carolina rap artists right now.
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1. Fred Durst
Fred Durst was born in 1970 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Durst is known for being the lead vocalist of bands such as Limp Bizkit and Durst Organization. In 2001, Fred Durst was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Limp Bizkit. Fred Durst is also the older brother of music producer Samy Durst.
2. Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri was born in 1972 in Asheville, North Carolina. Rap producer Jermaine Dupri has collaborated with performers including The Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, and D.M.X. Jermaine Dupri was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” at the 10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in 1993 together with fellow producers Teddy Riley and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
B.o.B was born in 1988 in California. B.o.B is most known for his hit single “Nothin’ on You” in 2014. B.o.B was born close to the Los Angeles County, California hamlet of Irving. Still, his family relocated to Dayton, Ohio, when he was 12 years old so that his mother could be nearer to her relatives in North Carolina (the latter dying later on).
Ashnikko was born in 1996 in Oak Ridge, North Carolina. Ashnikko is most known for his hit single “Boomerang” in 2014. She became well-known after collaborating with Baby Tate on the 2019 track “Stupid,” which went viral on the video-sharing app TikTok and received gold certification in the U.S. and Canada.
5. Y.B.N. Cordae
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Cordae was born in the year 1997. Cordae is known for being the co-founder of the “Y.B.N.: The Mixtape” along with Jim Jones and Young Dolph. In 2017, Cordae released his debut solo album “Mood,” which featured guest appearances from Y.B.N. Cordae, OJ da Juiceman and others like Tekashi 6ix9ine, Wifisfuneral, and Future.
R-Truth was born in 1972 in Valdese, North Carolina. R-Truth is known for being part of the group The Outsidaz (along with rappers Young Zee and Hangtime). It is revealed that R-Truth pushed back against using his real name (Ron Killings) to not confuse him with fellow wrestler Roddy Piper.
7. Tequan Richmond
Tequan Richmond was born in 1992 in Burlington, North Carolina. Richmond was born and raised in a family of musicians. He graduated from Asheville High School, where he played basketball and ran track. Richmond then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for one year before transferring to the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina. He played basketball for two years and ran track for one more.
Rapsody is a North Carolina native. She was born in 1983 in Snow Hill, North Carolina. In 2016, Rapsody was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards (along with Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”).
9. Stunna 4 Vegas
Stunna 4 Vegas was born in 1996 in Salisbury, North Carolina. Stunna 4 Vegas is most known for his hit single “Echoes” in 2018. In an earlier interview, Stunna 4 Vegas said he felt like a stranger in his home state and referred to himself as “a straight-up black dude from the South.”
10. Petey Pablo
Moses Barrett III was born in 1973), known by the stage name Petey Pablo. He was born in North Carolina but grew up in Philadelphia. After dropping the “Moses” from his name, Petey Pablo released the album “Formerly Known”, which did not contain any singles or videos. Pablo returned with his third album, “”.The first single from this album was “Freek-A-Leek”, which featured the rapper Ludacris and became a hit on many radio stations.
11. Nick Cannon
Nicky Marcello Cannon was born in 1980 in San Diego, California. Cannon later moved to North Carolina, where he attended the New Hanover High School. After high school, Cannon attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Nicky’s first appearance was on the “Cooley High” soundtrack with a track entitled “You Got What I Need”.
12. J. Cole
In Frankfurt, Germany, Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born in 1985. He is known for his multiple Grammy Awards nominations and wins. Cole has been featured on XXL’s “Freshman cover”. J. Cole attended St. John’s University, where he studied communication and business before dropping out and fully pursuing music. J. Cole released his first mixtape, “The Come Up,” while attending St. John.
Supastition is a North Carolina-born hip-hop artist. He worked as a D.J. in the neighborhood before pursuing a career as an artist. His first album, “Life despite Me”, was released in 2003. The album featured local artists, including Apathy and Zo! (collectively known as L.A.B.). In 2005, Supastition’s second album, “The Ghost of the Machine”, was released on the label One Day Savior.
DaBaby is a North Carolina-born rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in 1991.
DaBaby released his debut album “Just Believe” in 2012. The album featured guest appearances from Y.G. and Nitti Gritti and charted at number 1 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart.
15. Edgar Allen Floe
Edgar Allen Floe is a rapper born in 1978 in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He is known for his mixtape “The Black Godfather”. Edgar Allen Flo will release his mixtape “The Black Godfather 2” later this year.
16. Big Pooh
Christopher James Lloyd, better known by his stage name Big Pooh, was born in 1980 in Durham, North Carolina. He is a rapper, record producer, and member of Little Brother’s North Carolina-based rap group. He released “Sleepers,” his debut solo album, in 2007 on the Rhymesayers Entertainment imprint.
17. Driicky Graham
Driicky Graham was born in 1991 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Graham got his first start in the music industry as a producer. He then became a rapper and published his debut, “Time to Build”.
In July 2015, Graham released his second album, “The Young One”. The album featured guest appearances from Futuristic, Punchline, and more.
18. 9th Wonder
Tevin “9th Wonder” Morris was born in 1975 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Most people know him for being one of the influential hip-hop group Little Brother’s original producers. 9th Wonder has produced hit records for artists such as Pharrell Williams, Jay Z, and Kanye West.
L.E.G.A.C.Y. (born in 1980), also known as L-POSITIVE, is a North Carolina-based rapper who grew up on the streets of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has been part of the underground Rocky Mount music scene for over 15 years. He started with Organized Konfusion & Binary Star’s “True Mathematics” album and other acts such as Mystical & the “Triple Threat Clan”.