Jake Sanders, Rhodes College
The artist put up with years of slander due to his preference for autotune, but his charming personality and passion for music has kept his fans wanting for more.
Nathan Kolodney, Wesleyan University
From his generosity toward young hip-hop artists to his passionate performances, this rapper has proven that he deserves the title of hip-hop G.O.A.T.
Niall Calvert, Wesleyan University
The 22-time Grammy winner is about to drop his 10th studio album, and the details surrounding it continue his long history of bizarre releases.
Siblings often make the most iconic musical duos, and the progeny of rapper Benzino are looking like they will continue this tradition.
Anna Hupp, University of Wyoming
The moody soundscape and raw, vulnerable lyrics of the artist’s new LP are impressive, but his blind instinct for self-preservation is less so.
Daniel Buccafusca, East Stroudsburg University
The American rapper should not be remembered as a troubled musician, but rather as a man that has taught the world how important it is to be vulnerable.
Danielle Kuzel, Florida State University
The Portland hip-hop musician is growing both lyrically and artistically.
Emma Smith, Wesleyan University
Boasting poetic lyrics and lighter melodies, the Brooklyn native’s latest album is a concept record exploring what it means to have everything.
Caleb Clark, Hillsdale College
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib deliver some old school hip-hop nostalgia.
Christian Zeitler, Carnegie Mellon
The influential, spiritual and ultimately suicidal founder of Pro Era will have an album of his unfinished work posthumously released on the five-year anniversary of his death.
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