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Midwest hip hop

Stylistic origins

Hip hop, Motown

Cultural origins

1980s
Midwestern United States

Notable artists

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Common, Eminem, J Dilla, Twista, Kanye West

Midwest hip hop is hip hop music performed by artists from the Midwestern United Sattes. In contrast with its East Coast, West Coast and Southern counterparts, Midwest hip hop has very few constants. Its first dose of national popularity came in the mid-1990s with the extremely fast-paced rappers known as Choppers, such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Cleveland) and Twista (Chicago).

However, while the artists mentioned above became the first to introduce Midwest hip hop that rivalled the popularity of West and East Coast styles, subsequent acts have since risen to national prominence such as Nelly, Eminem, D12, Common, Chief Keef, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Chance the Rapper, but they share very few similarities. It is because these lack of constants between acts from the Midwest that it can be difficult to define a "typical" Midwest sound. 

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