Breakout Music Stars of 2012

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  • Frank Ocean
  • Rita Ora
  • Azealia Banks
  • French Montana
  • 2 Chainz
  • Future
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Meek Mill
  • Elle Varner
  • Chief Keef
  • Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill

Azealia Banks

Landing a major co-sign from Kanye West for your 2011 smash "212" is a good start, but you've got to have that follow through and Azealia Banks certainly did in 2012. The Harlem femcee has continued to thrive and build strong anticipation for her upcoming debut, Broke With Expensive Taste. In between dropping the new single "1991" and mixtape Fantasea, Banks was a magnet for rap beef, and a blossoming style icon who is sure to be a musical force and trendsetter for years to come.  (Photo: Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

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