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20 Best Jacksonville Rappers You Should Know

January 11, 2024
Jacksonville Rappers

Discover the best Jacksonville rappers you should know, a lineup I’ve handpicked to showcase the rich and diverse hip-hop talent from the heart of Florida.

This selection is your key to unlocking a world of vibrant rhythms and powerful lyrics that epitomize the spirit of Jacksonville’s rap scene.

Top Jacksonville rappers you should know

  • Yungeen Ace
  • Nardo Wick
  • Julio Foolio
  • Lil Poppa
  • Spinabenz
  • Jdot Breezy
  • Tokyo Jetz
  • RackRacer GMK
  • BROKEASF
  • KaMillion

1. Yungeen Ace

Yungeen Ace, i.e. Keyanta Bullard, had a tricky start to his career when one of his twelve brothers and two of his friends were sadly killed in a drive-by shooting.

This tragedy fueled him, and he began releasing music as not only a message but a form of therapy.

His debut album, Life of Betrayal x2, came a year after his hit single “Who I Smoke”, which sampled Vanessa Carlton’s song “A Thousand Miles”.

Some of Yungeen Ace’s other popular songs include “Back Like I Neva Left” and “Hardaway” featuring King Von.

2. Nardo Wick

Horace Bernard Walls III, who goes by the stage name Nardo Wick, is a young Jacksonville rapper who became famous after the release of his 2021 debut studio album Who Is Nardo Wick? which has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.

His next hit single, “Who Want Smoke?” went viral when a remix was made featuring G Herbo, Lil Durk, and 21 Savage.

It has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA and reached number three on the US Hot Rap Songs chart.

3. Julio Foolio

Julio Foolio, who is also known as just Foolio, is a popular Jacksonville rapper who has amassed over 1 million followers on Instagram and 500,000 YouTube subscribers.

He rose to fame initially as a member of the hip-hop group KTA.

He has been involved in drama with rapper Yungeen Ace, but that hasn’t stopped him!

He’s best known for his singles “SRT” and “Double That”.

4. Lil Poppa

Lil Poppa is a rapper from East Jacksonville who got his stage name from his childhood nickname.

He learned to rap at the young age of six, taught by his big brother, and brought his rhythm and flow to his local church.

Lil Poppa began his rap career with several mixtapes, which later lead to his hit singles “Nightmare On Elmstreet” and “Purple Rain” which helped him to shoot to mainstream popularity.

5. Spinabenz

Spinabenz is a rapper from Jacksonville who went viral as one of the artists on “Who I Smoke”, a diss track that samples Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles”.

The single, on which he collaborated with Yungeen Ace, Whoppa Wit Da Choppa, and FastMoney Goon, was uploaded to YouTube and amassed over twenty million views in just a couple of months.

Some of his other popular works include “Beatbox – Remix” which has over two million streams on Spotify and “Add A K” which itself has over one million.

6. Jdot Breezy

Jdot Breezy is a young Jacksonville rapper who is known for singles like “Tweak Shit Pt. 2” which has over four million streams on Spotify and “Shoot It Out” which has over two million.

He has released six albums since 2019, with his most recent being his 2022 studio album “Who Am I”.

He later teamed up with Lil Poppa to record the single “Dead Bands” which has been listened to on Spotify over one million times.

7. Tokyo Jetz

Shauntrell Pender, who goes by the stage name Tokyo Jetz, was a talented poet as a child.

She soon began rapping and songwriting and later became known as a member of the hip-hop collective Hustle Gang.

Her freestyling videos went viral and she was noticed by fellow rapper T.I., who signed her to his record label.

She soon released some hits, including “Six Flags” featuring Plies, “No Problem” and “Hit Dogs Holla” which have four, three, and two million streams on Spotify respectively.

8. RackRacer GMK

RackRacer GMK, who is often called GMK, is well known for his 2019 single “Florida Boy”.

The hit has amassed over ten thousand streams on Spotify and led to his next hit being released in 2020.

Perhaps his most popular single, “Pray for War”, has amassed over 1.6 million views on YouTube, contributing to RackRacer GMK’s total of 15 million YouTube views!

9. BROKEASF

BROKEASF is a Jacksonville rapper who shot to fame following his breakthrough hit “Comments” which was released in 2020.

The song went viral, being streamed over 1.3 million times on Spotify in just two months!

He later released his 2021 debut studio album WRONG 1, which performed critically well.

BROKEASF states his inspirations are Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne, who he grew up listening to.

10. KaMillion

KaMillion, who has crowned Miss Jacksonville in 2001, began garnering attention on Love & Hip Hop: Miami.

In 2019 she won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for her songwriting efforts on H.E.R.’s self-titled album.

She has songwriting credits on many other hits too, including “Already Taken” by Trey Songz, “Watch n’ Learn” by Rihanna, and “Love Me, Love Me Not” and “Takes Me Away” by Keke Palmer.

11. Whoppa Wit Da Choppa

Whoppa Wit Da Choppa broke into the Jacksonville rap scene with the hit “Who I smoke”, and kept his energy high with seven studio album releases.

His 2021 single “Vanish Mode” is well-known and has been streamed over two million times on Spotify.

His most popular album is Sir Duccington, which features other rappers such as Jdot Breezy, Spinabenz, Greenlight, and Woop Woop. 

12. Baby Soulja

Charles Javon Doles, otherwise known as Baby Soulja, is an independent rapper from Jacksonville who shot to fame by releasing his music on YouTube, where he has amassed over 150,000 subscribers.

Baby Soulja often collaborates with other artists, including big names like Kodak Black on the single “Average”, Boosie BadAzz on the single “Dirty”, and fellow rapper Miss Barbie.

13. Trap Beckham

Travis Cave, who goes by the stage name Trap Beckham, is known for his five mixtapes and EP Life is Lit.

He began writing music at the young age of eight and recorded his first tune at twelve when his mother gifted him a tape recorder.

Trap Beckham has five singles: “Ohh She Thick”, “Top of the Line”, “Birthday Chick”, “Litty Christmas” and “Back It Up” with Flo Milli.

His most popular is “Birthday Chick”, racking up a lot of attention and putting him on the map.

14. Seddy Hendrix

Jacksonville rapper Seddy Hendrix began his career by freestyling in high school, cheered on by his friends who encouraged him to post his videos online.

He quickly gained traction and soon had built up a fanbase who were eager to hear more.

His 2018 debut album Death B4 Dishonor Loyalty Over Everything put him on the map as a serious rapper, mixing contemporary, hardcore, and Southern rap styles.

The fan-favorite single from the album is “Safe”, which pushed him further into the mainstream.

15. Fred Durst

Fred Durst is the frontman of the nu-metal band Limp Bizkit and is best known for his rap metal talents.

He released seven studio albums with the band, and each performed well critically.

He has also made a name for himself as a solo rapper, most famously featuring with DJ Lethal on the hit single “Bleed” by Soulfly.

The single reached number 8 in Finland and number 88 in the UK.

16. Y&R Mookey

Y&R Mookey’s rap career largely resides online, with his music videos amassing over three million total views on Youtube.

His single “Dead Opps” earned him over 610,000 watches in under a month!

He was arrested in 2020 on gun charges, but remained vocal about his hardships and still releases music today!

17. Ksoo

Hakeem Robinson, who adopted the stage name Ksoo, is a rapper from Jacksonville, Florida.

His most popular singles are “Can’t Think” and “Ksoo”, which have been watched over six million times altogether on YouTube! 

Ksoo has had some controversy recently and is now in jail for two years.

18. Natalac

Sheldon Martinez Davis, better known by his stage name Natalac, began rapping at the tender age of nine.

But he is not only a rapper, he’s an entrepreneur too!

He is the owner of Natalac Records and Natalac Express.

As a rapper, he has paved the way for the sub-genre pimp hop/pimp rap in Southern hip hop.

He is best known for his singles “Aint Nothin Like a Pimp that’s Pimpin”, “Fire in Florida”, “Respect My Pimpin”, “Rates”, “Pimp of the City”, and “Step Daddy”. 

19. Lil Duval

Roland Powell, otherwise known as Lil Duval, is a rapper, stand-up comedian, and actor born in Jacksonville.

He has teamed up with lots of other rappers to create five singles, which each proved very popular.

His singles are titled “Wat Dat Mouf Do”, “Smile Bitch” featuring Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy, “Nasty” with Jacquees and Tank, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” featuring T.I., and “Big Sexy Thang” with Too Short.

20. Young Cash

Young Cash, who is also known as Joey Galaxy, is a Jacksonville rapper and the CEO of Winsquad Entertainment.

He moved to Jacksonville and began his career when he signed to T-Pain’s record label Nappy Boy Entertainment.

Young Cash’s most popular single is “Freak”, which amassed over one million streams on Spotify.

He has two studio albums, Rise to Power and Scared Money Don’t Make Money, with the former being a collaboration with 904 Click.

Best Jacksonville Rappers – Final Thoughts

The rise of Jacksonville rap over the last decade has created a lot of hype!

The rappers in this list have helped to pave the way for the growth in popularity, and we’ve given you some ideas of what to listen to first.

We hope you enjoy checking out these Jacksonville rappers!

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Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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