12 Artists to Watch in 2012

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

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is perhaps one of the best things to happen to Compton, California since N.W.A. The 24-year-old rapper's Section 80. album, released via iTunes in July 2011, solidified the momentum he'd built up with previous projects: 2010's O(verly) D(edicated) and 2009's The Kendrick Lamar EP. His debut studio album, Good Kid in a Mad City, is set for release this year.

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