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Crips are Taking Over Hip Hop in a Major Way: 12 Locs Who Made a Wave in 2019

Crips are Taking Over Hip Hop in a Major Way: 12 Locs Who Made a Wave in 2019

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Ever since the sudden passing of Nipsey Hussle, many gang members pledged to re-direct the narrative about gang activity. Although there’s still a negative stigma about “gang bangers” there are a few crips who are putting on for their set in Hip Hop.

There has been representation of the collective over the course of Rap history from people like Snoop Dogg, but there’s a current wave of locs to look out for in 2020:

Brooklyn Crips

Brooklyn is gaining a momentum right now with artists like Pop Smoke and Fivio Foreign. “Welcome to the Party,” “Dior,” and “Big Drip” were the songs of the Summer in New York City. The beats are catchy and the dance moves are addicting. Fivio is riding the momentum of his breakthrough single, meanwhile Pop is gearing up to tour Europe with Skepta.

Those artists are currently holding down the Brooklyn drill wave but, GS9’s Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel are scheduled to come back home in December 2020. So the momentum has only just begun.

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Sheff G is also from Brooklyn and he’s the self-proclaimed “unluccy kid.” The 20-year-old rapper is also from Flatbush and is known for his breakout hit “No Suburban” which was released in 2017. Sheff is one of the artists that contribute to the Brooklyn drill wave and helped solidify it as a legitimate genre.

Dave East

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East is also a New York representative and being throwing them C’s up. He was a close friend to Nipsey Hussle and continues to take his career to heights beyond rap. The Paranoia rapper recently released his debut album, Survival and did an exceptional job portraying Method Man in Hulu’s Wu-Tang series.

Lil Baby

The Atlanta rapper is down with the biggest music label right now and made it clear what he’s repping in his song “Time.” “And me, I got Chanel swag, you know I be C’d up.”

Gunna

The YSL rapper is a lot more subtle with it. It’s clear that he’s a lot more concerned with his drip, but it’s been stated in the past that he’s crippin.

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Lil Duke

Duke is also signed to YSL and it looks like everyone over there is crip.

Blueface

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There’s no need to explain anything about Blueface. He makes it clear that he’s Crip Crip.

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Quando Rondo

The Atlanta rapper is signed to the Atlantic Records imprint, Never Broke Again Records LLC. He got a buzz after releasing his 2018 collaboration with Lil Baby, “I Remember.”

NLE Choppa

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The 17-year-old rapper is known for his 2019 breakout single, “Shotta Flow,” which is now certified platinum. He’s from Tennessee and you guessed it, he’s bangin’ blue.

Yella Beezy

The Dallas rapper is known for his hits “That’s On Me”, “Bacc at It Again”, “Up One”, and “Goin Through Some Thangs.” He survived a shooting last year and continues to keep working.

Maxo Kream

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The Texas rapper made his debut last year and landed a deal with Roc Nation. In an interview with Stereo Gum, Maxo said, “You can never stop crippin’. Look at Snoop Dogg. He’s not in the streets; that’s an ideal career. Nigga on TV shows, Martha Stewart, cooking … beat a murder. He’s still a Crip, but he’s not in the streets. Crippin’ is a lifestyle: It’s not on you, it’s in you.”