Breakout Music Stars of 2012

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

Kendrick Lamar

T.D.E. rapper and Dr. Dre protégé Kendrick Lamar has certainly had a year to remember. K-Dot's highly anticipated debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was well received by critics and fans (some even dubbed it a classic) for its progressive sound and refreshing artistry. The BET Lyricist of the Year award winner made Compton, CA, a hip hop hot-spot once again. Thus earning the praise as the new "King of L.A." (photo: John Ricard / BET)

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