12 Artists to Watch in 2012

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  • The Weeknd
  • Meek Mill
  • MGK
  • French Montana
  • A$AP Rocky
  • 2 Chainz
  • Future
  • Astro
  • Bridget Kelly
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Elle Varner
  • Frank Ocean


Named for his rapid-fire flow, Ohio native Machine Gun Kelly stirred up enough notoriety in 2011 to get him an offer from Diddy's Bad Boy Records, which he accepted. MGK has since released the single, "Wild Boy," featuring Waka Flocka Flame, which is expected to be the first single off his 2012 debut album, Lace Up.

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