Southern hip hop
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|Southern hip hop|
|Stylistic origins||Hip hop, East Coast hip hop West Coast hip hop|
|Cultural origins||Late 1980’s, Southern United States especially Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, and Miami|
Many early Southern rap artists released their music independently or on mixtapes after finding it difficult to obtain record-label contracts in the 1990s. By the early 2000s, many Southern artists had achieved national success. Over the decade, Southern hip-hop varieties, both mainstream and underground, have become among the most popular and influential of the entire genre.
In 2003 a documentary movie called Dirty States of America: The Untold Story of Southern Hip-Hop was released.