The best rapper from all 50 states

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Artist – Judge Da Boss

Years Active – 2010s

Notable Track – Hell Yeah

Sample Rhyme:

“When I get around y’all broke hoes I act bougie hell yeah

I rock Gucci, hell yeah

Louis, hell yeah

Truey, hell yeah

Versace, hell yeah”

America’s Southwest is majestic, beautiful and entirely worth your time if you ever have the chance to visit.

That said, there’s not a tremendous amount of music from that region that makes its way out to America at large.

Cities like Phoenix, for instance, exist only because of the marvels of the modern world. There’s no iconic industry, at least not one that would produce the kinds of conditions rap would thrive in.

A lack of deep roots doesn’t mean it’s incapable of producing talent, however. Judge Da Boss is a good example.

After winning a competition against local rappers, Judge — nee Robert Louis Carr II — caught the attention of Amar’e Stoudemire, who convinced the Phoenix native to put pen to paper for the NBA star’s label, Hypocalypto Records.

Progress has been slow, however. Though he released a mixtape called The Chosen One shortly after signing, an official album has yet to surface. A deal with with Sony Records in 2014 is encouraging news.

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