If New Jersey is truly "The Armpit of America" as it is sometimes described, then it is a virtuous armpit -- home to nine million humans, one of the most diverse states in the United States, and a fountain of musical talent. It is often overshadowed by its neighbor New York City, a cultural hub on a global scale, but rest assured, countless musical stars past, present, and future have been raised on New Jersey's succulent teat.

This article spotlights five rising New Jersey artists exploring and pioneering various corners of hip-hop and R&B. Click through the image gallery to read on.