The Baltimore Washington D.C. Metropolitan area has never been more prevalent in the world of hip-hop as it is today. Long removed from the days of Nonchalant and Section 8 Mob making splashes on the scene in the ‘90’s, D.C. has burst on the scene thanks to artists like Wale, Fat Trel and Shy Glizzy. Baltimore is less than an hour away, but despite the proximity, the cities are as different as fraternal twins. Charm City has also experienced mild mainstream exposure through artists like King Los and B Rich. Recently, the two areas have been working to establish themselves in the industry, here are some artists to watch:

Baltimore

Young Moose – 22-year-old Young Moose has pushed himself to the forefront of the Baltimore rap scene, making a name for himself in the studio and the streets. There aren’t many artists in the city that can say they have gone viral on the internet, let alone operate a clothing store. The East Baltimore emcee is often compared to his idol Lil’ Boosie, and the two have more in common than the reality raps they spit. Moose is currently fighting several charges, in which his vivid street lyrics are being used against him.

YBS (Lor Scoota & Skola) – While Young Moose holds the crown of top dog in East Baltimore, Lor (pronounced Lil) is the West Baltimore equivalent. Since scoring the regional hit “Bird Flu” with D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy, Scoota has been making a name on the mixtape scene with his “Still In The Trenches” series. YBS Skola is fast on Scoota’s trail, making a name for himself with the underground hit “Gettin Money.” Hailing from West Baltimore’s Edmonson Village, Skola combines a syrupy flow with catchy hooks. Skola’s “No Pen Just Paper” project is currently featured on Tidal and Apple Music.

Prince George’s County

Big Flock – Camp Springs, Md. artist Big Flock is the biggest name out of Prince George’s County. Since breaking onto the local scene with his 2013 mixtape “Trilluminati,” Flock has released a slew of mixtapes, garnering hundreds of thousands of listens.

4DaFame – This quartet of emcees from Cheverly, Md. have hit the ground running, making a name for themselves with a slew of collaborative and individual projects. Even with member (Solo) being currently incarcerated, the group has managed to garner plenty of attention in the area. The group has singles with other notable area artists like Ant Glizzy, Slutty Boyz and 3OhBlack.

Goopy Dre– With a name that plays on one of the areas most popular drugs (PCP), Goopy Dre is a gritty rapper from Landover, Md. He only has one mixtape out (“Tales Of The Struggle”), but he oozes potential.

Will Tha Rapper – Will Tha Rapper has generated a large buzz in the “DMV” area with his local hit “Pull Up Hop Out”. He’s already made it to WorldStarHipHop and has garnered hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube before graduating high school.

Washington D.C.

Chaz French – Born in the nation’s capital and raised in Maryland, Chaz French has become one of the most talked about artists in the area. Bursting on the scene with his 2014 project “These Things Take Time”, Chaz French has caught the attention of outlets like Hot New Hip Hop and Billboard. The blogs are taking notice, it’s time for you to as well.

Nappy Nappa – A true lyricist whose style is reminiscent of A$ap Rocky with a D.C. twist, Nappy Nappa has the “it” factor. The biggest draw for Nappy Nappa is his creativity, especially in his well-crafted visuals for tracks like “Knw Me” and “DC Daily News.” A relative unknown that just oozes marketability and uniqueness.

Tino Loud – Washington D.C. artist Tino Loud is one of the most versatile artists in the area. His 2015 mixtape “Dehaven” has propelled him up the local ranks. Combining lyricism with song writing ability, Tino Loud is definitely an artist to watch for.

Virginia

GoldLink – One of the most introverted artists in the area, GoldLink has generated a major buzz without hardly showing his face. Similar to hip-hop legend MF Doom, the Viriginia artist is awkwardly mysterious, but that doesn’t take away from his talent. You can catch him at the biggest music festivals this summer or pick up his project “And After That, We Didn’t Talk” on Itunes.