Now more than ever before, North Carolina has a valuable place in hip hop. With J. Cole’s (Fayetteville) come up in 2011, local rappers began to realize that success might be easier than they think. With Da Baby’s (Charlotte) overnight success that came with the release of his new album and nationwide tour (Baby on Baby) and left him with a #1 hit on the billboard charts, came a string of other NC artists that all have something to prove. Stunna 4 Vegas (Salisbury) is the most relevant example. With his hit; Animal (ft. Da Baby) and his opening act on the Baby on Baby Tour, he is able to showcase his hardened country flare on a national stage that both recognizes and respects him. Female rapper TiaCorine (Winston Salem) is also a local rapper who seems to be on the come up. Her record, Lotto, personifies her suave “bubblegum rap” style and has given her a rightful place in the upcoming female hip hop movement. Even Underground artists are beginning to get recognition past the state level. Artist, Lil House Phone (Charlotte) has received national fame with his album, Voicemails, that has allowed him to headline tours and have features and shows with notable rappers like Father. ZenSoFly (Raleigh) has been on the stage with artists as big as Rico Nasty. 10Cellphones (Charlotte) has gotten everything from interviews with No Jumper to mentions on Genius (Rap Genius). Cloudy Nueve (New Bern) has gotten shootouts from Riff Raff, features on Lyrical Lemonade, and Elevator Mag. The Lost Gen (Wake Forest) has gotten recognition from Adam 22 and has consistently worked with notable Florida artist, WifisFuneral. Needless to say, the hip hop scene NC is coming up fast, giving many local artists hope and a platform on the national stage. Maybe soon, we’ll be bigger than Atlanta. Who knows.