The Top Ten Rappers in OC

Categories: Hip-Hop, Lists

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JT FULPS
Costa Mesa's Sage One
Underground hip-hop is alive and thriving in OC. Anyone who tells you different, isn't listening or paying close enough attention! Last time, the Weekly brought you the top five female rappers in OC. This week, we return with their top ten counterparts--no easy task with the wealth of active talent we regrettably couldn't comprehensively cover. The overall scene is being propelled by a youth movement that, thankfully, shrugs off the corporate radio rap that surrounded their formative years and is anchored by veterans who've been doing their thing for a minute.

Take a listen to the various sounds from around "Juice County" in this list that includes everything from rap en español to raw street hip-hop, reppin' from Anaheim to San Clemente and beyond!

10. Edifica
Costa Mesa

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Edifica and Zoraida
In OC, rockeros have long ruled the Spanish-language music scene for youngsters. But with hip-hop's rise, it's no surprise to see rap en español carving out its own space. It's there that Edifica has claimed his place.

When he's not spinning at a club near you as DJ Kaboom, Edifica flows en español. He's been doing so since the Wu-Tang flavored pro-immigrant anthem "Este es el Momento." Edifica's music never shies from political commentary and always uplifts with positive vibes. He'd shared the stage with talented rappers from across Latin America, including Cuba's super group Obsesión and Chile's Ana Tijoux!

9. Hotboi
Anaheim

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Hotboi Tony
Anaheim is OC's closest thing to having a Chocolate City to call its own, so it's no surprise that a number of MCs on this list hail from there. I first met Hotboi at A-Unique Barbershop in Anaheim where they played his cut "All Time High" off the iPod and where his CD is posted up above the entrance.

Hotboi is the most relaxed rhymer you'll find in the county. His smooth delivery is evident on "Disciple." Listen to enough of his music and you'll feel like your blunted on an 'all time high' yourself!

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Moshpit
Moshpit

Madd Biggups Tu Da O.C Register for puttin a USO on!!!.I keeps it RAW STREET HIP HOP at all cost i spitt REAL REALITY and REAL LIFE STREET XPERIENCE i been thru!!..Jus puttin my Poly peeps on da map also cuz deez other catz nevr knew a uce could put it down lyrically always stereo typin our peeps..But last but not least i make muzik cuz i luvit and make muzik how i want tu makeit whether some dont feelit or not but universally make muzik for all differennt walks of different cultures tu tha point where dey all could feel tha same pain & srtruggles i go thru cuz REALITY is REAL!!..Keepin ORIGINAL as much possible and im after dem studio ganxstaz and wack azz rappers who b followin tha same trend and minipulizing tha yung youth wit yall fake azz rapping bout money..bitches..and cars and bling bling...lol..Tyme tu change this bullshit and bring bakkk tha REAL HIP HOP tu our yung youth and keep this REAL HIP HOP ALIVE!!!.. #SaluteDaReal #AndDeathTuDaFakes

THA ILLEST CHIEF AKA MOSHPIT CHIEFSONS CREW!!..7-1-FILTHY SANTA ANA WASTELANDZ.

Lyrical.Junkie
Lyrical.Junkie

Biggups to the big uce Moshpit.Lyrical monster and a real soldier from the street if yall aint knowin.I alway say if yall think he aint real on them streets or on that mic i dare yall haters to call him out.Just saying.Good shit big uce these haters cant c you.100 gone.

bobmbae
bobmbae

I would spit on all their mic's! I would make their toes crack! I just love music dont judge me! Daddy sauce all over this chump here!

ToddSmith
ToddSmith

I didn't even know there was black people in OC.. Must be whitewashed like a mofo

McDewDurty
McDewDurty

THE WHOLE OC IS LAME!!! LA YA BISH!!!

SAwordplay
SAwordplay

To Mr. San Roman:  Is there anything in the works for doing a similar list on local hip hop producers?  There are a lot of talented hip hop producers in the area and some that have even collaborated with nationally recognized artists.


Should Aloe Blacc be on this list since he's from OC and had a well respected hip hop career?  Or does commercial success disqualify him?


A final point:  A lot of people may not care for this, but there are also a lot of skilled emcees that flow from a more Christian persuasion here in OC.  Some of these are legit, while others are just catering to a very specific crowd.  I wonder if any of these would make the list based on skill.

beats4kaddy
beats4kaddy

wait...a lot of this shit is wack!!!!!!!! lmbao shout out 2 the homies i know thats on here....

beats4kaddy
beats4kaddy

salute to all of the artist that made it to this list...i know 3 personally and i know a lot of people are disturbed and upset about this list and thats your opinion but my question is DOES THIS REALLY MATTER???? is this what u do it for??? 

ive been to many hoods reppin SANTA ANA to death because thats where im from but i never did it for OC or OC awards...its a difference between OC and SANTA ANA. the only way OC can honor me is by compensating me for the injustices i received from them!!!! i dont give a fuck about OC awards...promoters...rappers...etc... i do music because thats what i do the best and to be in a position to HELP other peoples lives....

many have asked me how i feel about the list and if i was mad because i wasnt included??? i simply dont care!!!! never have, never will!!!! understand somethin, this is the medias job, to get u to talk about a certain something...the fact that they have ruffled so many feathers means that they succeeded...

salute to all the talent that are on this list and salute to all that didnt make it. keep doing your shit and much success....

kadillak kaz

"kaddy" 

Lyrical.Junkie
Lyrical.Junkie

#Salute..Yall haterz need to stop it bwhahaha..Quit ur cryin cuz you or ur homies didnt make it...Yall play ur position and kick rocks you suckaz.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

I'm glad not one of these wack OC simple minded, a,b,c rhyming cholo rappers made the top 10. Respect real skills.

bombbae
bombbae

ayeee much love and respect to each &every one of them!   Juice

jimmyones
jimmyones

This list is complete bullshit!!.. OC Weekly you missed with this one big time. 

75% of this list is dead wrong. The real players who do real things will bring OC to light. My advice OC Weekly is step up your game and do your homework before puttin out a Top 10 cause this list failed!!!... S/O to my nigga Aliso Black for makin the list!!(Yall got that one right!)

Siccness
Siccness

LOL, This Has To Be A Joke, Who You Guys Trying To Fool, It's Not April 1st. 60% of the list is like huh, Who Is This??? Never Heard Of Em or Better Yet What Have They Done To Earn The Top 10 title in OC???. Trust When I Say That Your List Is Not Correct At All. No Disrespect To Any One Who Made The Top 10, Do You And Congrats, But Just Know OC Weekly Has No Clue What They Are Taking About.

Noemi Vega
Noemi Vega

Michael Palominos the second one too! He's an amazing spanish rapper! English too.

Noemi Vega
Noemi Vega

Michael Palomino I've seen the guy in the pic before haha he's pretty good!

edifica
edifica

Muchas Gracias Gabriel. I can speak for all these artist when I say that we put alot of effort into putting OC in the map. All the travels to the east coast I made it very clear that I am from OC not LA. Bigs ups to everyone doing their thing everywhere in Cali! - EDIFICA (Calafia Zulus, Battle Holex, DSTRTD TRUTH CLOTHING, GHOST HOUSE) 

matt1027
matt1027

I honestly think all they music is not top 10 material. Its good but not top 10 material I know way more people spittin outta OC that way Harder!!!

Www.soundcloud.com/pocccets

This is why OC NOT ON. CUZ THE MEDIA IN OC DONT EVEN KNOW WHATS GOOD!!!

CFORMULA, KADILLAK KAZ, CAKEBOI SAV, JKING, CALI MADE POSSE, VAPESTARZ

REAL ARTISTS DOIN REAL THINGS!!!

Loc Le
Loc Le

where is Dolo Dang ???

Michael Ta
Michael Ta

u guys must not know the homie Dolo

emceeesq
emceeesq

Top 10 in OC? What criteria are you going off of when you compiled this list? Usually the top of any category reflects off accomplishments made. There is a hip hop circuit in OC for sure & the ones who are active do know each other. I can guarantee this will generate all sorts of conversation. My advice to you OC Weekly is you know all the players before putting a list like this one out.

Brittnie Avery
Brittnie Avery

Yes it is Classiq Smith is ranked #6 .... ive following him for a while cant wait till his show on March 25th @ Slidebar in Fullerton !

Rudy Alex
Rudy Alex

haha. sage one, phora, ends, critic are dope. i wouldn't go by this tho. so much talent out there hidden. all about the dnb for me tho. i need that hammer.

tioane99
tioane99

Yall left out Bugsy Nino yall trippin!!

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