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Up And Coming Hip Hop Stars

Check out the latest crop of mix tape artists

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    From mixtape to megastar... check out our picks for the next big things in hip hop!

    Tyga – Young Money’s Grammy-nominated Tyga is a Compton, California darling! With ties to Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy, his rap range has been notable ever since he appeared on the scene in 2007. With his second studio album Careless World: Rise of the Last King set for release this year, we can’t wait to see what he has in store.

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    Yelawolf – Born and raised in Alabama, Yelawolf has established a name for himself as a Caucasian rapper who is nothing like Eminem. Bouncing around from label to label, he found his home at Shady Records. A man of many talents, Yelawolf is an actor, director, and rapper.

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    The Weeknd – This Toronto based R&B singer first gained popularity by Drake and his crew through Twitter! His sweet melodies kept us wanting more, from his first album House of Balloon all through the second, Echoes of Silence. You can catch his sweet songs on Drake’s song, "Crew Love."

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    2 Chainz – ½ of the rap group Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz just recently signed to DefJam. With his catchy club lyrics, he has everyone screaming, "'I'm ridin' around and I'm getting it" whether that be in a Mercedes or a city bus.

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    A$AP Rocky – This Harlem native lost both his father and brother at a young age and turned to rap as a release at the age of 7. Everyone part of Rocky's camp has an A$AP name, which, in one meaning stands for Acronym Symbolizing Any Purpose. A$AP Rocky will be on the road with Drake’s Club Paradise Tour 2012.
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    Bridget Kelly – RocNation's NYC native swirls her artistic expression around Motown, Jazz, and Pop. As a graduate of the prestigious Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Kelly knew music would be the driving force of her life ever since the tender age of 3. Kelly often fills in for Alicia Keys on performances with Jay-Z, often singing the chorus for "Empire State of Mind."

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    Kreayshawn – With her name being a word play on the word "creation," Kreayshawn is an American rapper and who draws a lot of controversy. Closely associated with Odd Future and Lil B, this Oakland original has no problem toying with racial wordplay. Almost running into serious beef with Rick Ross, nothing stops her from acting the way she pleases! Gangster kitty kat!

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    Kendrick Lamar – Comparing himself to the likes of the late Tupac Shakur, Kendrick Lamar is a lyricist hailing from Compton, California. Describing himself as a man with a million stories to tell, Lamar will be opening for Drake’s Club Paradise Tour 2012.

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    Iggy Azalea – Interscope’s new Australian angel is taking the rap world by storm. Iggy got her start by uploading videos to YouTube that eventually went viral, catching the attention of celebrity know-it-all Perez Hilton. We are looking forward to Iggy's album The New Classic, which is slated to drop in June.

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    Diggy Simmons- The prince of Run's House is growing up to be a king of his own. The fourth child of Rev Run signed to Atlantic Records after his first album, The First Flight, managed 100,000 downloads off of his blog. We are expecting more chart-topping music and fashionable footwear from this young heart throb - Diggy’s sneaker line Chivalrous Culture is sure to take flight just like his music career.

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    Meek Mill – The heart of Philly, this rapper just signed to Maybach Music Group and has been making hit after hit alongside Rick Ross the boss. Meek Mill put his jail days behind him and plans on establishing his male mentoring program "Education over Incarceration."

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    Nipsey Hussle – With a voice, hometown, and hair similar to OG Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle managed to make his mark without overall public acceptance. We appreciate him for giving us his West-coast rapping feel from the early 90's.

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    Elle Varner – Her chic-spunky single "Only Wanna Give It To You" featuring rapper J. Cole gave a new twist to female love and spunk. Whether it’s her upbeat outfits or musical range, Elle Varner keeps us on our toes. For the 22-year old, this is only the beginning of her musical trek, but her musical training has already gained her respect from musical gurus everywhere.

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    Willow Smith – What's a countdown without Willow? Golden-child of Will and Jada, Willow made her debut with the chart topping "Whip My Hair." Since then, she's been America's star child. Willow is most notorious for her outlandish outfits and hair, creating a youthful brand for herself without the help of her parents' star power.

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    Signed to Kanye's G.O.O.D music and Def Jam Recording, Cyhi Da Prynce has already built a fan base from his notable verses found on Kanye's fifth studio album and G.O.O.D Friday's weekly music giveaways.

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    Mac Miller -The Pittsburgh-bred rapper and multitalented musician's debut LP, Blue Slide Park, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Miller gained early buzz following a series of digital releases and has received critical acclaim as a rising star in the hip-hop community.

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    Blind Fury gained recognition on BET’s '106 and Park' Freestyle Friday as the undefeated champion for five straight weeks. He then went on to establish small fame through his video for the blockbuster X-Men: First Class.

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    Cory Gunz has 2 featured singles with Lil' Wayne ("6'7'" and "A Milli"). The newest young money member, he stars in his own MTV reality show along with father/rapper Peter Gunz.

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    Currently experiencing a lot of buzz from his debut single, "Novacane," Frank Ocean has been working hard on his debut studio album, and was enlisted as a producer on Beyonce's latest album 4.

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    Tyler, The Creator is the leader of OFWGKTA and has produced on almost every OFWGKTA track.

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    No rookie to rap, Pusha T went from ½ of Clipse to signing with Kanye's G.O.O.D. music.

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    As President of Young Money Entertainment, Mack Maine has yet to establish himself as an artist. Featured on many heavy hitters' tracks, Maine is working on his own debut album.

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    Founder of his own record label, Cocaine City Records, French Montana is known for his single "Choppa Choppa Down."

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    Fresh off tour with Big Sean, Mickey Factz was first noticed as the spokesperson in a Honda Accord commercial. Factz is currently working on his first studio, album, The Achievement.

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