This list is subjective and in no order. To preface it, Hip Hop is a street genre it started in the Bronx among street gangs that hosted parties in the 70s. Yea fam Hip Hop aint that positive Kumbaya shit that Chance The Rapper preaches. There’s a reason street rappers are so popular…its because THAT is the essence of the genre! Rap will always have a street presence because that’s what makes it special, its the reason Black people (and now the World) gravitate towards it. The fight and struggle from being at the bottom, hustlin by any means necessary to get to the top. That’s why most rap songs sounds the same, the universal story of hip hop is fighting the power and if that means being a “crook” then it is what it is! Nowadays people like to glamorize rappers that stray from that, but I say “fuck all dat”. In my City we have some of the hardest Street Rappers in Canada! Does it matter if what they’re spitting is true? HELL NO! What matters is their skill, flow, wordplay, metaphors and sauce because Rapping is an art form it doesn’t have to be factual…this is my criteria and this is my list of the top 5 Up and Coming Street Rappers of Ottawa:
- BNE Gotti
Though his work is not extensive and he’s new to the rap game, a week ago when he released “Red Dot No Hook” the entire East side of Ottawa stood up! BARRRZZZ Fuckin Baaarzzz! With one track he single he put the whole OT rap scene on notice, can’t wait for the mixtape !
2. Mario Grinds
In my opinion he is the best Somali Rapper in the city. Haven’t heard his name in the streets for a min but his recent 2017 mixtape “Mario Grinds vs Toolymanelaflare” showed his diversity and his. The issue with a lot of up and comers is they don’t know how to flow or can’t mix their beats properly but Mario goes IN. Peep “On My Soul” and his “Computers Freestyle”.
3. Pe$o Ferb
Even though he’s been in the game for a min no one on this list has had a bigger LEAP and hustle than Pe$o. On his grind alone, he deserves to be here. Back in the day his barz were predictable and weak but his work ethic is undeniable, now with fire tracks like “Prime” , “Lagg” and “My Team” he’s the one to watch. He brings that Jamaican energy, that Famous Dex, Rich the Kid energy that our city needs! His mixtape should be comin out soon
4. Ritchie Boyz
Out of everyone in this list the Richie Boyz have the most “Mainstream” potential! With a recent fire collab with rising Tdot rapper CasperTNG on the track “How?”, Fresco and Greatest are up to some shit. They’re the type of rappers that show the gritty side of the city (don’t play with South side OT) while delivering thoughtful introspective records. They’re known in the city and I heard they put up great shows. Big ups to their crew.
5. Ricardo Da Vinci
Other than being the homie, Ricardo is a breath of fresh air in the Streets. While most focus on the gutter, dirty, grimly side Ricardo spits the heartbreaks of it. With his recent EP “Little Black Kid” he raps about his love for Haiti, his mother and the downsides of gettin faded! Peep the EP you’ll be thankful.
- Joe Flacco
This list is inspired by City in three’s profile of the Ottawa Rappers, shouts out to them.