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Southern hip hop, also known as Dirty South, is a blanket term for a subgenre of hip hop music that emerged in the Southern United States, especially in New Orleans, Houston, Atlanta, Memphis and Miami.

The music was a reaction the 1980s flow of hip hop culture from New York City and the Los Angeles area, and can be considered the third major regional American hip hop genre after East Coast hip hop and West Coast hip hop. Many early Southern hip hop artists released their music independently or on mixtapes after encountering difficulty securing record-label contracts in the 1990s. By the early 2000s, many Southern artists had attained national success, and as the decade went on, both mainstream and underground varieties of Southern hip hop became among the most popular and influential of the entire genre.

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