BEST MILWAUKEE RAP 2023

Rap city of the year.

Art by Tyler Farmer.



MANO: I’ll keep it brief. Milwaukee rap has been in a beautiful place for years. Despite rampant tragedy, over-policing and lack of institutional support, these artists, managers, promoters, DJs and videographers have persevered via sheer resilience and inventiveness. This is a scene of jittery claps and zany footwork that existed in its own isolated bubble for over a decade and is now influencing culture at large. A handful of locals have covered the music for years; a few more of us became obsessives in the last few. Here, our collective and individual tastes are presented in around 200 songs that defined the year in Milwaukee rap. PLAYLIST.

Some numbers:

The four artists that made it onto eight of nine ballots were Mariboy Mula Mar, SME Taxfree, Joe Pablo and AyooLii.

The song with the most votes was Munch Lauren & Mula Mar – “Shake It” (5).

The song with the second most votes was Chicken P – “Still Bout It Bout It” (4).

The songs with the third most votes were MarijuanaXO/Joe Pablo – “No Mentions,” Lilqua 50/Naz Turnt/Zavy 50 – “Potrexx,” Mariboy Mula Mar/SME Taxfree/Dai Ballin/Big Steff – “How Im Feelin” and Carvie P/STEVETHESTONER – “Like Woah” (3).

Five of the nine voters picked an AyooLii song as their Milwaukee rap song of their year.

Junkiesrpeople:

  1. Lil Axion feat. Huncho Gold & 81Hundo – “Smoke Some
  2. Chicken P – “Still Bout It Bout It
  3. Myaap – “HTS” 
  4. AyooLii – “Smackin Crackin
  5. Mariboy Mula Mar, SME Taxfree, Dai Ballin & Big Steff – “How Im Feelin
  6. MarijuanaXO & Joe Pablo feat. Mula Mar – “Rio Brothers
  7. LBM Oneway feat. LBM Lil Joe – “Grandma House” 
  8. SuperThrowed Fay Fay feat. Juicester Dummy & Ghost53206 – “Workin Jacks
  9. BIGTREAL P – “Tre9
  10. Lilqua 50 & Naz Turnt feat. Zavy 50 – “Potrexx
  11. MarijuanaXO & TGE L Masi – “Dead & Gone
  12. Certified Trapper feat. Babyfxce E – “Palm Angels
  13. LBF Jay – “Wish Em Well
  14. Run Along Forever, kill.dawn & AyooLii – “Just Bands
  15. RRB Duck – “Quagmire” 
  16. Carvie P – “Imagine Trapping” 
  17. SME Taxfree & Big Homie DreCash – “Walmart
  18. Spaidez – “3rd & Concordia
  19. Funny $money – “Scottie 2 Hottie” 
  20. Donny Ying – “Eric Coleman” 
  21. Reygettinback feat. KrispyK – “Walkie Talkie
  22. LilRB – “Freestyling” 
  23. Lake Homie feat. Maz G – “Fantastic” 
  24. Maz G feat. Joe Urban – “Eastside Batman”  
  25. Piggwit2Gs – “BadBackin

DJ Jerry:

  1. Deadend Quan, Superthrowed Fayfay, Ghost, Funny $Money, Juicester & Joe Pablo – “Dat One Kind
  2. Chicken P – “Here Now
  3. Chicken P – “Still Bout It Bout It
  4. Juicester – “My Life Freestyle
  5. Joe Pablo – “Houdini
  6. Ria k & Nya Gramz – “East
  7. 414bigfrank – “E way
  8. Carvie P – “Rexx
  9. Certified Trapper – “Slipped Up
  10. Ghost 53206, SuperThrowed FayFay & Kracks – “Plenty Missed Calls
  11. Big Steff – “I’ll Be There” 
  12. SME Taxfree – “Showin Money
  13. Carvie P feat. STEVEDASTONER – “Like Woah
  14. Lil Sinn – “waterbooty
  15. Yonaa – “Took His Blick
  16. Gwapo Chapo – “Wide Body” 
  17. Gwapo Chapo – “Plaques
  18. Certified Trapper – “Each Smack
  19. Big C – “Late
  20. Big Blow – “Mad Max
  21. Juicester – “Play It Freestyle
  22. MarijuanaXO – “Fanned Out
  23. TMG Book – “Character
  24. DeadEnd Quan – “How we comin
  25. Lonnie Monae – “No Fakin

Evan Rytlewski:

  1. SME TaxFree and Big Homie Dre Cash – “Coney’s
  2. Big Pee, Solowke & ODM Gtayy – “Hard Grinding
  3. Chosen Kidd, 54 Baby Trey, BHG Action & BHG Quis – “CAB
  4. Rtm Maine ft. GBG Lil James – “Doit4Chevy
  5. Puerto Wiccan – “Neon
  6. MarijuanaXO & Joe Pablo – “No Mentions
  7. AyooLii – “Smackin Crackin
  8. K’moni – “That Season
  9. No’Sleep Black & Deadend Quan – “In A Rush
  10. Destinee Lynn – “Count Me In
  11. TRAPDUMMIE Nas – “LLW
  12. Kennie Lu – “Mardi Gras
  13. Daark ft. AyuooLii, kill.dawn, Superstar Sel, Maz G, Stix, and Dalenkwent – “414 Scurvy
  14. 54 Baby Trey feat. Gwapo Chapo – “414 Demons
  15. Mariboy Mula Mar, SME Taxfree, Dai Ballin & Big Steff – “How Im Feelin
  16. Lil Tre ft. Jae Fazzo9 – “Reckless
  17. Big C – “Really Really
  18. Spanish Rice – “Shake Back
  19. FBE Savage – “What’s On Yo Mind?
  20. Northboy Mar – “Tonight
  21. Lil D MKE – “Into Me
  22. Kennie Lu & EBE Big Reem – “Breaking Bad
  23. Dai Ballin x Bigg Spiff – “Young & Flashy
  24. Dai Ballin – “How It’s Goin
  25. Carvie P, Esco & Court Loww – “Lowend Anthem

Mano Sundaresan:

  1. AyooLii – “phones down
  2. Maz G feat. AyooLii – “Jack Tapp
  3. Myaap – “Automatic
  4. Munch Lauren & Mula Mar – “Shake It
  5. SME Taxfree – “Showin Money
  6. LBF Jay – “Pinks
  7. Mariboy Mula Mar, SME Taxfree, Dai Ballin & Big Steff – “How Im Feelin
  8. Carvie P – “All Your Attention
  9. Certified Trapper – “Chemone
  10. Carvie P feat. STEVEDASTONER – “Like Woah
  11. Rxxse & Èsco – “Inna Back
  12. Chicken P – “Still Bout It Bout It
  13. Lilqua 50 & Tae Rackzz – “Replay
  14. Spaidez – “3rd & Concordia
  15. Joe Pablo – “Fiends Only
  16. MarijuanaXO – “Moon Shine
  17. Dai Ballin, Mariboy MulaMar & SME Tax Free – “Fresh 2 Death
  18. Mula Mar – “Compliments
  19. Nailed It – “hex
  20. kill.dawn – “Helicopter
  21. Big Frank feat. Mula Mar – “Hit It
  22. Chicken Boyz – “Fetty Yetty
  23. Joe Urban feat. AyooLii – “You Have NEVER Been To Atlanta
  24. J.P. – “Get Down
  25. Maz G feat. 2Hi – “No Bells

Bobby Vanecko:

  1. AyooLii, Maz G, Sampson2Slapped, Judah, Ad Huncho – “Skatepark
  2. D33 Jay – “Always” / “Guardian Angel” 
  3. MarijuanaXO, Big Haulin & Otr Trapbaby – “Rexx” / MarijuanaXO, Bally Slatt, Big Haulin & Otr Trapbaby – “Boogeyman
  4. Marie Valentine – “#real!
  5. Pacinooo, Big Haulin, Jay Cashh – “Out The Mud” 
  6. Certified Trapper – “Overrated” 
  7. Big Pee – “No Sleep
  8. Munch Lauren, Mula Mar – “Shake It
  9. Big Spiff, Chino Baby – “Bad Batch” 
  10. iBn Farmacia, Tombo, MKE Neely, GRIM – “1316
  11. Loww Flores, Loww Rico, DavyP – “Melo On Da Knicks” 
  12. Ju Swipin, Tae Rackzz – “Throwed Asab
  13. Lbf Jay – “Fire Bittys
  14. ODM Gtay, ODM Benji – “Jumping Jacks” 
  15. Lonni Monae, MarijuanaXO – “The Build Up
  16. BabyK Turnt – “Rex
  17. CGM Sa, Bigloww – “Locked In BGEmix” 
  18. DineroP – “Flagging Down The Road” / “Stashin Grits
  19. Big Haulin, Lilrb – “Is What It Is” / “Closed Up
  20. Otr Trapbaby – “Twin Chickens” / “Hustle & Flow
  21. Stayed Patient – “2 cars” 
  22. Superthrowed Fay Fay – “Shark
  23. Myaap – “Big Mad” 
  24. 3XSimpson, Lil Trav, Realstasher50k – “Shit Talkin
  25. 414bigfrank, Mula Mar, Joe Pablo, Jaja P, Mike Mike, 3278 rollie – “Everybody

Alphonse Pierre:

  1. Mari Boy Mula Mar – “Personal Trick
  2. Superthrowed FayFay – “Plenty Missed Calls
  3. Munch Lauren, Mula Mar – “Shake It
  4. Myaap – “Getting To It
  5. Trapnasdummie and Court loww – “DreaAnthem/Do you party
  6. Chicken P – “NY Right Now
  7. BabyK Turnt – “Like Woah
  8. Joe Pablo – “Fiends Only” 
  9. LBF Jay – “Tarzan” 
  10. AyooLii – “Jungle
  11. 414BigFrank – “Luv U Cuz” 
  12. Juaniee GC – “Fireeee Bitty” 
  13. Escobar Jon – “Vbe” 
  14. SME Taxfree, Dai Ballin & RRB Duck – “Ari” 
  15. Sme taxfree & RRB Duck – “New Titties
  16. Dai Ballin – “Miss U” 
  17. LilRB – “Make It Right” 
  18. Tae Rackzz feat. Ju Swipin, Mar Loww & T Loww – “Straight Fire (Rex)
  19. Mari Boy Mula Mar and Lonni Monae – “Game Time” 
  20. 2Hollywood & Court Loww – “Party at the Lake” 
  21. Big Quaz, Big Walt, Big Spiff & Chino Baby – “Up The Sco
  22. Dooman Loww – “Havoc” 
  23. Mari Boy KP – “Bad Habits
  24. Lil Tre – “Give N Go” 
  25. kill.dawn – “helicopter

crimedawgbylaw:

  1. Run Along Forever, kill.dawn & AyooLii – “Just Bands
  2. AyooLii, Renzo, Maz G, Samson2Slapped, Judah & Ad Huncho – “Skatepark
  3. Certified Trapper – “OI [Beat Da Koto Nai]
  4. MarijuanaXO & TGE L Masi – “Dead & Gone
  5. Ayoolii – “All My Life
  6. Lilqua, Naz Turnt & Zavy 50 – “Potrexx
  7. Munch Lauren & Mula Mar – “Shake It
  8. Maz G & AyooLii – “Jack Tapp
  9. Big Haulin & Mula Mar – “Grown Man
  10. AyooLii & Myaap – “On My Daddy
  11. MarijuanaXO & Joe Pablo – “No Mentions
  12. 414bigfrank, Mula Mar, Joe Pablo, Jaja P, Mike Mike, 3278 rollie – “Everybody
  13. AyooLii & Lil Sinn – “Titi Got Mad
  14. Mariboy Mula Mar – “SMH” 
  15. Dai Ballin – “Miss U
  16. Carvie P – “Throw It Back
  17. Black Aladdin & Chicken P – “Whole Brick
  18. Mariboy Mula Mar, Big Steff & Fsz Geeze – “Coach K
  19. Eastside Mar & AyooLii – “Make A Statement
  20. SuperThrowed Fay Fay, Ghost 53206 & Kracks – “Plenty Missed Calls
  21. Tombo – “Strawberry dream (ify)” 
  22. SME TAXFREE & Mula Mar – “Chicken Coupe
  23. Chico & MarijuanaXO – “6 Feet
  24. JuanieeGC & Zavvy – “Bounce It
  25. RENZO – “Stack Rax

ANU:

  1. AyooLii – “Shmackin Town
  2. SME Taxfree – “Showin Money
  3. Chico & MarijuanaXO – “6 Feet
  4. Mula Mar – “Origami
  5. Juicester & SME Taxfree – “Misbehaving
  6. MarijuanaXO & Joe Pablo – “No Mentions
  7. Tae Rackzz, Rtm Ju & Gutta DownTown – “Letter To The Opps
  8. Joe Pablo & MarijuanaXO – “98 Tim
  9. Chicken P, Joe Pablo, DeadEnd Quan & Funny $money – “I be on one
  10. Trapbaby & Funny $money – “Oakley Shades
  11. RRB Duck & SME Taxfree – “Chief Keef
  12. Myaap & Lil RB – “Wham
  13. Big Steff – “Dog Class
  14. Super Throwed Dave – “Tim Dunkin
  15. Big Homie Dre Cash & SME Taxfree – “Bad Bitty
  16. Dai Ballin, Mariboy MulaMar & SME Tax Free – “Fresh 2 Death
  17. Certified Trapper – “Officer Garrett
  18. SuperThrowed FayFay, Funny $Money, SME TAXFREE & RRB Duck – “Heady After Heady
  19. 414bigfrank – “E way
  20. 3luestriiipcriiip, 40.Cal, RRB Mel, RRB Duck & SME Taxfree – “Back In The K Pt. 2
  21. Chosen Kidd, 54 Baby Trey, BHG Action & BHG Quis – “CAB
  22. Funny $money & Big Steff – “Last Laugh
  23. 786 Ju & Tae Rackzz – “Barking
  24. Firebatch Twonymoe, Firebatch Teka, Yg Drackz & Yg Peewee – “Made It Happen
  25. RRB Cheese, SME TAXFREE & RRB Duck – “4 Da Gritters

Billdifferen:

  1. AyooLii – “Shmackin Town
  2. Myaap feat. Lil Rb – “Wham
  3. Certified Trapper – “Stock
  4. LBF Jay – “Pinks
  5. Lilqua 50 x Naz Turnt – “Potrexx (feat . Zavy 50)
  6. lil juani & amexnez – “free tazz low
  7. Big Steff – “Broken Pieces
  8. Trap4jerry, lilnaz Turnt & Trap4mar – “Get in mode
  9. Naz Turnt – “Twerk Festival
  10. Lilqua 50 x Tae Rackzz – “Replay
  11. SuperThrowed Fay Fay, Ghost53206 & Kracks – “Stuck
  12. Escobar Jon – “1 to 10
  13. SME TaxFree & RRB – “Roblox
  14. AmexNez x Lil Juani x FTL Vick x Kezzo 2k’s – “Natyana
  15. Dai Ballin – “Miss U
  16. 2hollywood & Court Loww – “Party At The Lake
  17. Munch Lauren x Mula Mar – “Shake It
  18. BabyK Turnt – “Hey-Aye
  19. Chicken P – “Still Bout It Bout It
  20. Escobar Marion – “VBE Only
  21. Naz Turnt x Zavy50 x LilJay50 – “She Say
  22. piggwit2gs – “BadBackin
  23. Carvie P Ft. STEVEDASTONER – “Like Woah
  24. Pce Bj – “Rock Out
  25. J.P – “20$ AT THE DOOR

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