Baltimore rap doesn’t really have a distinct sound. At least not in the instantly identifiable way that places like Detroit, the Bay Area, and other parts of the DMV region like PG County and Washington DC do. What those areas have that Baltimore doesn’t is a particular style of production that influences the way their artists flow. But what Baltimore does have is an accent and attitude that shine through whichever way artists choose to express themselves musically. YG Teck’s gruff street stories are akin to what you’d hear from a Jadakiss or Meek Mill while OTR Chaz’s nasally melodies put him in the class of Lil Tjay or SoFaygo — very different sides of the rap spectrum that still represent the hunger to crawl out of the tough life that Baltimore City presents them with. West Baltimore’s Bipmoney Luv is somewhere in the middle of them. Whether it be a beat that’s reminiscent of late 2000’s Zaytoven, the grimacing bounce of Louisiana rap, or groovy bassline heavy production that originated on the West Coast, the pleasure of Bipmoney’s music is that his delivery doesn’t lose its intimate, conversational approach.

“I’m the strongest with music when I’m actually living what I’m rapping about,” he told me as we sat in my car in his Edmondson Avenue area of the city’s westside. “My music is coming straight from my heart so any sayings or any little slogans I might have, I’ma throw that shit in my raps. I’m having fun with it.” In each…

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