How Bhad Bhabie, XXXTentacion & Other Contemporary Florida Rappers Embody The State’s Endemic Absurdity

Source: The Independent

Bhad Babie and XXXTentacion are signing million dollar deals, so Elijah C. Watson breaks down how Florida has given birth to an absurd subgenre within hip-hop.

On September 21, Danielle Bregoli, commonly known as the “Cash Me Outside Girl” and now by her new rap alias Bhad Bhabie, released two new tracks — “Hi Bich” and “Whachu Know.”

Both are good, considering circumstance, but the former is much stronger—a bare-bones beat that’s menacing in its thumping slowness with Bhabie carrying the track with a distinctive and infectious vocal delivery that’s at its best during the song’s chorus:

White J’s, white Porsche, white wrist, white horse

Hi bitch, hi bitch, hi bitch, hi bitch

I do not sniff or roll it

It do not drip when I pour it

I do not run I reload it

I do not save it I throw it

Over the course of a week, the music video received close to 13 million views, 400,000 likes, 142,000 dislikes, and 67,200 comments. To think this all stems from an appearance on the Dr. Phil Show in September 2016 when Bregoli’s mother hoped the talk show host could help with her “13-year-old out of control daughter.” But instead, a viral star was born — Bhabie became a meme from the “Cash Me Outside” catchphrase, which was then transformed into a Billboard-charting track. In August 2017, she released her first official single “These Heaux,” as well as remixed Kodak Black‘s “Roll In Peace” and Lil Yachty and Tee Grizzley‘s “From the D to the A,” before signing to Atlantic Records for a multi-album recording contract.

A year later and Bhabie has become another young artist in the rapidly-changing landscape of contemporary rap music, with “Hi Bich” recently earning the highest charting first-week debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at Number 68. But she’s not alone — rappers such as Kodak Black and XXXTentacion have popped up between 2016 and 2017, and have seen some notable success in the streaming service age. Although youth is a commonality between the three there’s another shared connection that brings them together — they’re also all from Florida.

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Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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