There is a plethora of bracing new emcees bubbling in the New York City hip hop scene currently. With NY representing lyricists like A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks, Action Bronson, French Montana, and Theophilus London being at the top, it’s only fitting that there would be attraction in the following heap of NY emcees.
Unexpectedly, there are a slew of new artists who dignify themselves on boldness and artistry rather than just advertising their street credibility. Since there are so many to choose from, I did some clear auditing and reduced the selections down to pick my 10 preferred upcoming New York emcees. Listed in no particular order, keep an eye out for this talented bunch’ New York state of mind…
Twelvy has an amusing disposition, plus he hangs with A$AP Rocky so he’ll be in the limelight regardless. However, he hasn’t issued much music yet, and is required to create himself outside of Rocky’s trail.
A$AP Rocky is at present a complete superstar, so audiences are curious as to who’s up next from A$AP Mob. Even though they’re all quite appealing—and Ferg is exceptionally absorbing, I’m lured to go with Twelvy as the next to blow up. Instead of riding on the mob’s tip, Twelvy is a completely assembled artist unto himself, who’s been briefly assigned to hypeman responsibilities. The 22-year-old emcee (born Jamel Phillips) hasn’t made his imprint just yet, but be on the watch for him to gleam on the future A$AP Mob mixtape.
BBG has a gift for double entendre, but has a proneness to shout on the mic. Recording at home will result in unappealing sound quality though.
Crucial Listening: NO1 2 LOOK UP 2
With his crew already organized and his solo career jumping off, Heems of Das Racist has started drafting artists to his Greedhead Entertainment name. The first artist he started promoting was Queens rapper Nafis Islam a.k.a. Big Baby Gandhi, who right away influenced listeners with his sarcastic funniness, clever lines, and ingenious puns.
In spite of putting NO1 2 LOOK UP 2 together in a measly two weeks (and producing the majority of it himself), Gandhi is currently a student at St. Johns University in New York, who appears more absorbed in getting his degree in pharmacy than being a real emcee. I wish he’d reassess, but either way he’s still the ultimate Bengali rapper ever.
DyMe has radio-friendly method, humorous without forgoing abilities. However, sometimes, he comes across as too tricky.
Crucial Listening: 20=X
DyMe-A-DuZiN has been progressively forcing out memorable songs for a few years now, but after signing a deal with Warner Brothers last year, he’s composed to make some real racket-as long as he can conquer a few key tests. Specifically, he has to launch himself outside of the tricky songs he’s made so far and make authentic, permanent hits.
The best thing about Flatbush Zombies, is they’re brave enough to be strange. Though, they’ve got rough vocal sounds, and they’ve fought to make another song as worthy as “Thug Waffle.”
This BK threesome contained of childhood pals Erick Arc Elliott, Zombie Juice, and Meechy Darko have a definite New York sound and appearance to them. They first held the interest of blogs earlier this year with the outstanding video for their song “Thug Waffle”, but since then their thrill has perished significantly since then. It didn’t amend when they got booed off the stage at a current Slaugherhouse show.
I haven’t given up faith. The BK Zombies’ emceeing approach is entirely not like anyone else in the arena right now. I’m still anticipating new music from them in the upcoming months.
Joey is a untainted lyricist who uses multi-syllable verses with simplicity, but I’ve still never heard him utter a hook.
Crucial Listening: If he ever releases his largely anticipated 1999 mixtape
I first became aware of Joey Bada$$ when he underwent the unlucky destiny of having his music video evaluated by Odd Future during MTV’s Rap Fix Live. While Tyler and company didn’t really extend Joey any useful advice, they didn’t really need to-Joey’s video was for the most part as fine as it could be. Since then, the Bada$$ hoopla has been gradually developing thanks partially to his association with Jonny Shipes and Cinematic Music Group. Even though his work thus far has been notable, the panel will still be out until he releases his much expected 1999 mixtape.
Ka has a no gimmicks manner constructed for full-fledged men and uncompromising hip-hop listeners. Depending on whom you ask, this next observation could be viewed as a con or a pro. He has slight promise—or ambition —for marketable substance.
Crucial Listening: Grief Pedigree
Brownsville native, Ka is a pleasingly unprocessed emcee who knows precisely who he is and what he wants to do. “I’ve been rhyming for over 20 years and appreciate any hip-hop fan who respects lyrics,” he inscribes on his YouTube page. “I already know my songs are not for everyone.”
Though he clearly isn’t “new” per se, his name only started exploding this year, thanks to his realistic stimulating, self-produced album Grief Pedigree. I’m not really observing for Ka to take over the entire rap game, but he’s still a talented artist to check out.
Maaaaan, I don’t even know where to start with her! She’s got a suave flow, optimistic feelings and she doesn’t sound like Nicki Minaj! Just what we’ve been waiting for! She’s not flawless though, Nitty hasn’t acquired songwriting dexterities and needs more unforgettable lines.
Crucial Listening: Doobies x Popsicle Sticks
It’s possible that you recall Nitty Scott from last year’s BET Cyphers where she spit adequate -if not exceptionally extraordinary rhymes together with industry leaders. It’s never been simple for females to break out in hip-hop, but the emcee previously known as Lady Hardbody, appears more strong-minded than the typical emcee. She seems more concerned in making a living than being the hugest star in the industry, which is ok by me, since the half black/half Puerto Rican emcee has more bars than most.
SIYA has a rare sound that blends hardcore street lyrics with dance club ready beats, but just like most female emcees now, she exists in the silhouette of Nicki Minaj.
Crucial Listening: Elevator Dreams
Hip-hop frequently gets a terrible rap for being homophobic and there’s no negating that many rappers have said some very rude things in past years. While there’s been a load of gossip about who might be “the gay rapper,” female emcees have been silently coming out of the closet in current years.
Azealia Banks confessed to being bi-sexual and Odd Future’s Syd is unambiguously gay. So maybe the marketplace is ultimately ready to make way for an artist like SIYA, who’s openly gay and spits harder rhymes than most of the singing-rappers who presently control the banter.
Born in California (where she lived with her drug-addict mother), SIYA was bred in Brooklyn so we’re more than happy to obtain her. Earlier this year, she released her Elevator Dreams mixtape and she’s been on my detector ever since. I’m searching for her to find an equal balance between the street and the dance-floor with clever rhymes as the shared denominator.
This dude can flow for hours on end and is the whole bundle of images, sound, and general vision. I have to mention that his nasally tone can be disconcerting, his affinity to rap at the audience, assails them with a rhyme ambush.
Crucial Listening: 1993
Even if his 1993 project was dropped in late 2011, I wasn’t really up on Wiki until he released the tremendous visual for his song “Wikispeaks” earlier this year. Since then I’ve gotten hip to Wiki and his RATKING team to see about how they evolved and where they see themselves going.
I’m already persuaded Wiki is a stellar emcee (if you love “rappity rap”). I’m just awaiting to see how his manner will change as time goes on and if he can write a smash song or will remain for underground king rank. I should have my answer soon, since as RATKING’s EP is projected to drop later this year.
Last, but certainly not least, we have World’s Fair. They have an unnerving, foreign sound, but it’s really difficult to identify who the star of the group is.
Crucial Listening: They haven’t circulated a mixtape as a group, but their group within the group (Children of The Night) not too long ago dropped Queens...Revisited
World’s Fair is essentially like the 2012 version of Boot Camp Clik, excluding that they represent Queens rather than Brooklyn. There are six members in the group (Jeff Donna, Prince SAMO, Cody B. Ware, Lansky Jones, Remy Banks and Nigel Nasty) most of which dropped music on their own or as Children of The Night. You know what they say about strength in numbers though, right? I’m still waiting on them to drop some more music as a group, but what I’ve heard thus far, I’m definitely digging.