A lot of rappers have come from Louisiana, and what’s unique about them is that older artists started out popularizing bounce music while the newer ones focused on trap music. We’re going to tell you about the 15 best Louisiana rappers of all time you should check out!
1. Lil Wayne
First on our list is Lil Wayne since he is one of the most well-known rappers of his time. He started freestyling when he was 11 years old and released his first album in 1997 called Get It How U Live! In 2004, Lil Wayne achieved mainstream success with Tha Carter release, which hit the Billboard 200 at number five.
Some of his biggest hits include 6 Foot 7 Foot, A Milli, Lollipop, 3 Peat, Got Money, and Mr. Carter. He has won several Grammy Awards including Best Rap Song for Lollipop. A Milli has been featured in movies such as The Interview and in television shows such as Orange Is The New Black.
2. YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Next up is YoungBoy Never Broke Again, who also goes by the name NBA YoungBoy. He first released a mixtape in 2015 called Life Before Fame. He is known for being high energy and having hypnotic music with very aggressive rhymes.
While he might not be as well-known as Lil Wayne, he has had four albums that went to number one. Outside Today is one of the biggest hits from his debut album Until Death Call My Name. He has released other albums including Top, Sincerely Kentrell, and The Last Slimeto.
3. Jay Electronica
Jay Electronica is on our list and his first mixtape was released in 2007 through MySpace called Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), and it was incredibly successful. He managed to network with other rappers and producers, and in 2009, he released a single called Exhibit C. That song is what got him noticed by Jay-Z, and he ended up signing with Roc Records. He only has released one full album, A Written Testimony, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album.
4. Boosie Badazz
Next on our list is Boosie Badazz who used to be known as Lil Boosie, and in the 2000s, he was one of the most popular rappers around. He dubbed himself the King of Louisiana, and he has humor as well as a higher-pitched voice, which made him stand out among other rappers from the area. One of his most notable songs is Wipe Me Down where he steals the show from Foxx, and he had another hit track called You Better Believe It.
5. Master P
Master P is a rapper that most people know since he’s also an actor and record producer who has become one of the most successful rap artists of all time. He started gaining attention in the 90s when he toured with 2Pac and was part of the group TRU. He became a solo rapper and released a single called Mr. Ice Cream Man but gained more attention for the album Ghetto D with the song Make ‘Em Say Uhh!
One notable track of his was Them Jeans, which you can find in the movie Cellular. In total, he has released 15 albums, and in 2013, was put into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.
The next artist on our list is also a household name, and it’s Juvenile, who is best known for his hit songs Back That Azz Up, Slow Motion, and U Understand. He released his first album in 1995 called Being Myself, and a couple of years later, he released Solja Rags. He released several more albums including Juve The Great in 2003, Reality Check in 2006, and The Fundamentals in 2014. His popular song Who’s Your Daddy can be found in the television show Girls.
Next on our list is the well-known rapper Mystikal who was popular in the 90s and into the early 2000s. He is known for his gravel-like voice that has soul mixed in with some funk in his raps. He had several hit songs throughout his career including Shake Ya Ass, Danger (Been So Long), I Smell Smoke, and Here I Go.
He released multiple albums including his 1994 self-titled album debut, along with Unpredictable, Ghetto Fabulous, Let’s Get Ready, and Tarantula. Shake Ya Ass has been featured in a lot of movies and television shows over the years including Scary Movie 2, Zoolander, Crossroads, and About A Boy.
8. Kevin Gates
Attention all fans of Webbie and Boosie Badazz, we have to mention Kevin Gates who also ran with that crowd. He got a lot of attention when he released Luca Brasi 2, which was a mixtape, and featured the single I Don’t Get Tired. The song was featured on Isla, which was his debut album. But it was 2 Phones, released in 2015, that was his biggest hit and earned him mainstream success since it hit the Billboard chart. What’s different about him is that he raps about very personal topics including his struggles with depression.
9. Fredo Bang
Calling all fans of personal rap lyrics, Fredo Bang makes our list because he talks about his street connection and the rough life he lived as a child, such as growing up in poverty and being surrounded by gun violence. He released his debut album in 2020 called Most Hated, and he combines trap with some southern hip hop to create a harmonizing rap song that is filled with passion and aggression.
A couple of his most famous tracks include Top and Oouuh, but he is also known for songs including Slow Roll It, Throw It Back, and Trust Issues.
Next is TEC, who is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is one of its biggest up-and-coming talents who deserve to be on our list. He had been featured on Go Crazy, which was a song by Maine Musik in 2016, and that’s how he got his start. He released a ton of videos on YouTube after Go Crazy that became a hit, and he raps about his criminal behavior and lifestyle. He has also had hit tracks including Thru The Storm, 3rd Eye, My Spider, July 30th, and Marley Vibez.
SSGKobe hasn’t been around that long, but he’s already earned a name for himself since he began releasing raps on SoundCloud in 2018. Some of his famous rap songs include Nurse, Money Talk Remix, and Calabasas. Calabasas is his biggest single and featured $NOT, which you can find on EP Ko.
12. Soulja Slim
Sadly, the next artist on our list was murdered in 2003, but he was one of the more popular rappers out of Louisiana and specifically was an icon outside of New Orleans. Growing up in the Magnolia Projects, Soulja Slim released a debut album in 1998 titled Give It 2 ‘Em Raw. He went on to release The Streets Made Me, Years Later, and Years Later…A Few Months After. One of the songs he is known for is his part on the Juvenile hit song Slow Motion. The track became a hit right after he was murdered, unfortunately.
If you like money then maybe Curren$y is an artist you’d like to check out. He is from Louisiana and is a rapper who learned a lot from both Lil Wayne and Master P through the years, which helped him in his solo career. He has released multiple albums since 2009 including This Ain’t No Mixtape, Jet Flies, Pilot Talk, Canal Street Confidential, Still Stoned on Ocean, and Pilot Talk IV.
As an independent artist, he has become a huge success and has managed to make more money than some of the bigger-label rappers out there. His hit songs include Essence Fest, All Work, 3 AM in New Orleans, The Count, and All Work.
Up next is Webbie who first was noticed when he appeared on Lil Boosie’s song Got To Get It, which was released in 2001. He rose to fame on his own with the hit single Gimme That featuring Bun B. This track was released on the album Savage Life in 2005, and it made its way onto the Billboard Hot 200 charts landing in eighth place. Other hit songs he is known for include Swerve, Independent, and Bad Bitch.
15. Marcel P. Black
Last is Marcel P. Black who is most famous for rapping about social justice issues that plague society and the Black community. When he raps, he gives everything he has and is known for putting his heart and soul into his lyrics. Some of the songs he is known for include Star And Whisper, Boss, Cry Freedom, Angry Black Rap, and Facebook Rant.
From the time she was little, Florence loved listening to music and quickly learned how music can make you happy and feel fulfilled. One of her favorite memories is being in the garage with her dad working on classic cars with the local rock station blaring in the background. Ever since Florence was 3, she loved grunge music and spent hours listening to bands such as Alice in Chains, Mad Season, Soul Asylum, and Soundgarden.
She also enjoys classic rock, modern rock, nu metal, alternative rock, and old 90’s R&B. Her love of music grew as she got older, and used music to help her get through tough times in her life. More often than not, you’ll see Florence with earbuds in while she’s writing, cooking, cleaning, and doing other tasks. She also loves to debate music with her friends such as which lead singer is the best vocalist, the most iconic guitar solos in music, and what songs are really the best of the decade.