Hip-hop music does not belong to one person, place or thing; it belongs to all of us. Yet it’s impossible to overlook the influence of certain parts of the country within the ever-changing sounds and styles. For decades, Brooklyn, Atlanta and the D.C./Maryland/Virginia areas have given birth to some of the most unique artists and inspirational stories within hip-hop, expanding and altering the very fabric of the culture. And while each location is deeply important, we were wondering: When it comes to hip-hop, which of these areas unquestionably rules the east coast—and who defines their city more clearly than any other artist?
With those questions in mind, Fuse is proud to present Rep Your City, where we let you vote for your favorite hip-hop artists from Brooklyn, Atlanta and the DMV in order to determine which MC, and city, are the most iconic. Vote in our poll for three rounds for your favorite artist from each east coast area, and then sound off on which of the three top artists rules them all.
We kicked things off with Brooklyn’s Finest— with voting through Aug. 5 for your favorite BK MC in Rep Your City! After that, it was your call on picking Atlanta’s biggest and best from Aug. 5-9 and then your DMV favorites from Aug. 9-12. From Aug. 12-17, the winners of each of the first three rounds are squaring off against each other to determine one overall winner!
Finally, you’ll want to tune in to Fuse on Aug. 22 for a video special counting down the Rep Your City winners. You’ll see all of your favorite artists represent their hometowns and showing us why they’ve earned so many fan votes. Want to support your fave? Know someone we missed? Sound off on Twitter or Instagram with #RepYourCity and your post could appear on TV!
Full rundown of all four rounds of Rep Your City:
- Round 1: Brooklyn
Monday, Aug. 1, 12 PM ET - Friday, Aug. 5, 12 PM ET
- Round 2: Atlanta
Friday, Aug. 5, 3 PM ET - Tuesday, Aug. 9, 12 PM ET
- Round 3: Washington D.C.-Maryland-Virginia
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 3 PM ET - Friday, Aug. 12, 12 PM ET
- Round 4: Intercity Finals
Friday, Aug. 12, 3 PM ET - Wednesday, Aug. 17, 12 PM ET
Watch artist rep their favorite ATL rappers below:
Watch artists rep their favorite NY rappers below:
Watch artists rep their favorite DMV rappers below: