Philly's Own: Meet the City's Most Underrated up-and-Coming Rappers

Philadelphia is home to some of hip-hop's most iconic figures — but there are a couple of underground names to be on the lookout for, too.


Oct. 3 2023, Published 11:10 a.m. ET

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Philadelphia's rap scene is a melting pot of talent, diversity, and innovation. Tierra Whack and Lil Uzi Vert are two of the many Philly rappers who have consistently pushed boundaries and set new standards in the world of hip-hop.

Their stories, experiences, and unique perspectives continue to shape the genre and inspire aspiring artists and dedicated fans. Here are some of Philly's most promising underground artists.

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Rapper QThree stands near concrete steps wearing black shirt and beanie.
Source: Instagram/@q3whocares

QThree is a vibrant Philly native whose musical style harks back to the glorious era of raw, unfiltered production. His sound is an ode to the golden age of hip-hop.

He effortlessly exudes a grounded persona that feels larger than life in the most authentic way. His voice has an undeniable drawl, which, paired with his laid-back sound, creates a profoundly impactful flow. This Philly-born artist's undeniable talent makes him someone to look out for.


Lojii is not your typical artist. In fact, his rapping style can be described as unique and unconventional.

While he may have spent a significant portion of his childhood in the city and currently calls it home, don't expect the conventional "Philly rapper" label to fit him snugly.

His skill for crafting captivating rhythms and irresistible hooks, combined with his rich and intricate writing style, sets him apart as a true artist to look out for. He is arguably one of the best rappers on the East Coast.

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Curly Castro

Source: Instagram/@oneshoerecords

Curly Castro is a rapper with a distinct and unique style. The artist has a way of weaving words into a mesmerizing tapestry of rhymes and flows that are both experimental and intellectual.

Whether he's collaborating with ShrapKnel and Wrecking Crew or showcasing his exceptional solo catalog, this guy is always on the grind. If you are looking for a unique change of pace on your playlist, give Castro a shot.

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Wiles Martyr

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Wiles Martyr's artistry is deeply influenced by his Virginia upbringing and Louisiana's evocative landscape. The Philly rapper melds his Southern roots into a sound that is entirely his own.

What immediately captivates the listener is Wiles' ability to be versatile in his flow, which makes him stand out amongst the pack. Like most great artists, Wiles also knows how to change his intonation and delivery, which is impressive.

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Ghais Guevara

Ghais Guevara's up-tempo sonic canvas explores the roots of social inequality in the United States, unearthing uncomfortable truths with every lyric and beat. Needless to say, his music can be jarring for some.

But that's not where the layers end; Guevara fearlessly incorporates Islamic perspectives into his music, setting himself apart from the rap mainstream in a way few artists dare to do. Ghais is a perfect listen for the socially conscious and religiously curious hip-hop head.

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