Who New? Rookie of the Year

A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg

Harlem World’s A$AP crew kept shining bright as they rolled out yet a rising star from its faction. Ferg put in enough work to earn his spot among the year’s breakout rappers.

Action Bronson

Action Bronson

This former chef has cooked up quite a following with his impressive storytelling and laugh out loud punchlines as evident on his standout mixtape, Saaab Stories.

Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt

All the hype and mystique that surrounded this talented Odd Future spitta proved worthy on his critically-acclaimed debut, Doris.

Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$

What’s not to like about this rap prodigy? The Brooklyn MC’s gruff, nineties-era flow and youthful gusto earned him serious admiration from all generations of hip hop heads.

Trinidad James

Trinidad James

The eccentric Atlanta rapper made himself a polarizing topic of discussion in rap circles with his widespread hit song “All Gold Everything,” which led to a multi-million dollar record deal. 

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