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Five Underground South Florida Hip-Hop Artists to Watch in 2017

Your current music rotation of South Florida artists is probably easy to guess. You listen to Kodak Black to kickstart your morning. By lunch, you’re bobbing your head to Denzel Curry to get through a rough day at the office. On your way home, you blast Wifisfuneral because you’re 100 percent over your shitty job. And then, right before bed, you run through Robb Banks' “C4” just because it’s that good.

A few of these artists topped New Times' list of best local rappers last year. But it's almost a new year, and it's time to find the next batch of 305 artists breaking boundaries on the underground scene.

These artists are on the verge of making a mark and forcing their way onto your playlists.
Broward-based rapper Sin caught the ears of Vibe magazine and earned new fans with his latest release “Victory Lap,” which brings a nostalgic feel to true hip-hop heads. Though “mumble rap” and trap rap are dominating car speakers, Sin rode in a different lane by crafting a local strain of conscious hip-hop. His latest single, “You Sleep,” features Bostxn and is already a must-play at Miami parties. What’s up his sleeve for 2017? “Expect some new music early in the year and new music videos on the way as well,” Sin promises.
J Nics
Since his hit single “Day1” landed earlier this year, it’s been nothing but up for J Nics. The cadence of Young McFly creates a smooth ride on this track, which instantly caught the ears of new fans. The Miami rapper has collaborated with Denzel Curry, Nell, and Prez P but plans to showcase his true talent in 2017. "I'm making the best music I've ever done right now," he says. "In 2017, I'm focused on taking my career to that next level — staying consistent and showing my range as an artist." He has a new EP coming called Mr. RideLowMane  and plans to tour outside the Sunshine State.
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Cristina Jerome is a freelance music writer and event producer based in South Florida. She spends her time listening to R&B and making purple flower crowns. Follow her work on RnBae.com.