Pouya kind of blew up so fast and dropped his debut album right after, that he doesn’t technically qualify for this list because of that, but there’s no way we could leave him off. Pouya was floating around underground circles, buzzing in the scene, since he was in high school. We can trace him back on Masked Gorilla as far as 2012, appearing on a random Raider Klan compilation project. His 2014 project Stunna established him as his own force in the scene, but 2015’s 'South Side Slugs' really propelled Pouya onto a nationwide stage, with his own nationwide headlining tour, and subsequent UNMASKED concert, in support of the tape.
Since then Pouya has released his debut retail album ‘Underground Underdog’ and is ready to hit the road for huge tour in support of the record. Pouya is an underground superstar now, which I guess makes him a mainstream underdog? Yuh!