"Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010" finalists Travis Porter have scored fan acclaim, millions of YouTube hits and a prized position as one of the most promising underground acts around with their swagged-out hip-hop.
On their way to top-five "Breakthrough" status, the Atlanta trio have been making a lot of noise with their fresh, dancefloor-ready style, and a number of industry figures are hearing them loud and clear. DJ Drama bigged-up the crew's ability to realize their big dreams via nonstop hustle.
"They really did it from the streets on up," Drama told MTV News in June at the star-studded ATL Birthday Bash concert. "They're the type of artists that, for the last couple Birthday Bashes, might have even been in the crowd like, 'Yo, we going to be on that stage, we going to be there next year.' They worked hard, they grinded it out. They put a couple mixtapes out [and] let the streets pick it up. Hence, here we are now — they got national, international hits."
The Travis Porter fellas had a brush with mainstream fame when they appeared on an early version of the rock-tinged hit "All the Way Turnt Up" with fellow "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010" nominee Roscoe Dash. Dash eventually ditched the Porter boys for Soulja Boy, and the newer version of "Turnt Up" launched the party-startin' rapper to stardom.
The Travis dudes, however, didn't stay focused on Dash and didn't fall off their game. They've since built a following of loyal fans, dubbed the Differenter Gang, who get it poppin' to tracks like "Go Shorty Go." Also, TP are still doing the collabo thing with other up-and-coming hitmakers like Waka Flocka Flame and the recent release of their mixtape Proud to Be a Problem.
Fellow ATL rapper Rocko, who's worked with stars like Young Dro and Dem Franchize Boyz, said the Porter appeal lies in the boys' commitment to doing things their own way.
"Shout out to Travis Porter. I feel like that because they're different," Rocko told MTV News at Birthday Bash. "They outside the box. They let off the attitude ... 'You gonna like us or hate us. Either way we gonna do what we do.' They different and that's what they do," the "Umma Do Me" rapper said.
MTV News will be rolling out the top-five candidates for "Hottest Breakthrough MCs of 2010" all week — with the winner being revealed on MTV2's "Sucker Free Summit" on Sunday at noon!