Rookie of the Year

2 Chainz

2 Chainz

With a name change and a solo deal with Def Jam, Chainz quickly became hip hop’s next big thing with the success of his 2012 debut Based on a T.R.U. Story

A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky

This Harlem-boy with a Houston sound attracted legions of fans to his music with his singles "Purple Swag" and "PeSo.” He even caught the ear of Young Money megastar Drake, who recruited Rocky for his 2011 Club Paradise Tour. 

Ca$h Out

Ca$h Out

With his gold-selling single “Cashing Out” the Georgia-raised newcomer did exactly that and sparked remixes from rappers like 2 Chainz and Wale. Signed to Epic Records, the ATL rapper set the streets ablaze with his debut mixtape, It’s My Time

Future

Future

The Rico Wade protégé caught major buzz after spitting on YC's infectious summer anthem "Racks." After making the smash hit "Tony Montana," Future successfully hit the mainstream. His debut album, Pluto, was released in early 2012.

Meek Mill

Meek Mill

The Maybach Music Group hitmaker could do no wrong over the past 12 months. From the controversial smash single “Amen” to the club banger “Burn,” Meek proved to be a breakout star with a golden touch.  

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