HipHopDX's Mike Trampe details America's most dangerous cities, and the rappers from there that you should get to know.
Some of America's most dangerous cities also breed some of the illest rappers.
Storytelling has been part of Hip Hop culture since Hip Hop emerged in the '70s. Emcees would paint a picture with their lyrics and take you on a ride through their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the majority of successful rappers also come from some of the roughest cities America has to offer.
We took a look at 16 of the largest cities and based our list on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.
Our focus was on the larger cities that had numerous artists to represent them. You will notice a few that only have 1 or 2 notable rappers, but the majority have a handful of talented rappers. All notable rappers are listed and we highlighted each city with our favorite up and comers (or vets).
City: Flint, Michigan
Rapper: Jon Connor
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 36
Other Notable Rappers: MC Breed, The Dayton Family, Dizzy Wright (Born in Flint, Lives in Vegas)
City: Camden, NJ
Rapper: Apollo The Great
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 39
Other Notable Rappers: Big Lou
City: Detroit, Michigan
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 47
Other Notable Rappers: Trick Trick, Eminem, Royce Da 5(TM)9, Elzhi, D12, Danny Brown, Obie Trice, Black Milk, King Gordy, Guilty Simpson
City: Oakland, California
Rapper: Mistah F.A.B.
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 50
Other Notable Rappers: Mac Dre, Richie Rich, Dru Down, Too Short, Del The Funky Homosapien, Keak da Sneak,Yukmouth
City: St. Louis, Missouri
Rapper: Stevie Stone
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 56
Other Notable Rappers: Chingy, J-Kwon, Murphy Lee, Nelly, Domino, Prince EA.
City: Memphis, Tennessee
Rapper: Yo Gotti
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 57
Other Notable Rappers: Juicy J, Project Pat, 8Ball & MJG, Gangsta Boo, DJ Paul, Lil Wyte, Lord Infamous, Al Kapone.
City: Atlanta, Georgia
Rapper: Rich Homie Quan
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 70
Other Notable Rappers: Gucci Mane, T.I., Future, Young Jeezy, Young Thug, Big Boi, Lil(TM) Scrappy, Jermaine Dupri, Killer Mike, Ludacris, Shawty Lo, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, OJ da Juiceman, Bone Crusher, Pastor Troy
City: Baltimore, Maryland
Rapper: King Los
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 71
City: Cleveland, Ohio
Rapper: King Chip
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 72
Other Notable Rappers: Bone Thugs-n-harmony, Machine Gun Kelly, Charles Hamilton, Ray Cash
City: Miami, Florida
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 85
Other Notable Rappers: Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Trina, Luke, Jacki-O, Ace Hood, Flo Rida, Brisco JT Money
City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 86
Other Notable Rappers: Gillie Da Kid, Cassidy, Freeway, Young Chris, Beanie Sigel, The Roots, Meek Mill, Will Smith, Eve, Schoolly D, Lady B, Charli Baltimore, Cool C, Vinnie Paz, Bahamadia
City: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Rapper: Kevin Gates
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 91
Other Notable Rappers: Lil Boosie, Webbie, C-Loc, Foxx
City: Chicago, Illinois
Rapper: G Count
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 99
Other Notable Rappers: Common, Kanye West, Lil Durk, Chief Keef, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Reese, Rhymefest, Yung Berg, Crucial Conflict, Chance The Rapper, Twista, Rockie Fresh
City: Houston, Texas
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 100
Other Notable Rappers: Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Lil Flip, Willie D, Scarface, Kirko Bangz, Trae The Truth.
City: Gary, Indiana
Rapper: Freddie Gibbs
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 110
City: Harlem, New York
Rapper: A$AP Ferg
Chances Of Becoming A Victim: 1 in 110
Other Notable Rappers: Cam(TM)ron, A$AP Rocky, Vado, Jae Millz, Big L, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, J.R. Writer, G. Dep, Loon, Kurtis Blow, Freekey Zekey.