25 Best South Florida Rappers of All Time: From 20 to 16
Hometown: Little Haiti
Style: Clandestine and catchy
In 2005, everyone was repping diamonds on his neck. Thank Smitty, the Little Haiti rapper/ghostwriter who released an eponymous single, with Biggie Smalls-echoing "Talkin' Pails of Green," over a smooth, hip-swaying beat. And there wasn't a school dance in the 305 that didn't bump Nelly, P. Diddy, and Murphy Lee's "Shake Ya Tailfeather" or B2K's "Bump Bump Bump." Yep, Smitty wrote them both.
Hometown: Carol City
No, but really, though, Gunplay don't play. Dude's been arrested on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm. He has a swastika tatted on the back of his neck. And he started selling and using cocaine at 16. But the Maybach Music Group affiliate's critically acclaimed coke-obsessed mixtape, 601 & Snort, and his confessional verse on Kendrick Lamar's thought-provoking opus "Cartoons and Cereal" prove he's channeled struggle and pain into solid lyrical bravado. Like he raps on the latter: "Salt all in my wounds/Hear my tears all in my tunes/Let my life loose in this booth for you/Mufucka, hope y'all amused."