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Up and coming artists

The Break Presents: Leikeli47
Buzzing MC Leikeli47 (pronounced Leh-Kay-Lee) revels in anonymity. She's from New York but won’t officially claim a borough, doesn't give out her gov't name or age and fans have no idea what she looks like. Why you ask? Because whenever she's in public&m…
The Break Presents: Chedda Da Connect
The internet can turn local stars into household names overnight. It seems like every month a new artist breaks because the web gets a hold of a song. That's what happened to Chedda Da Connect's "Flicka Da Wrist." After fans began mashing up the song's hook into Vine…
The Break Presents: Gemstones
Gemstones, real name DeMarco Castles, was signed to Lupe Fiasco's label 1st and 15th in 2001. Gemstones appeared on Fiasco's breakout album Food & Liquor (when Castles still rapped under the name Gemini) and then again on the "Kick, Push" rapper&apo…
The Break Presents: Boogie
Since Boogie's hit song "Oh My" started to buzz between rap aficionados, the West Coast MC's name has spread like wildfire. The 25-year-old father released his first project, Thirst 48, last June and has been on a steady rise since. Behind a catchy, street record that see…
The Break Presents: Kirk Knight
Like many who've come before him, Kirk Knight is dueling his way to the top of rap's hierarchy with every verse. A member of the Brooklyn collective Pro Era, Knight has gone from go-to producer to fire-spitting MC in a matter of a few hundred thousand SoundCloud plays...
The Break Presents: J.R.
J.R. is one of St. Louis’s hottest up-and-coming rappers. With the 25-year-old’s most recent single, “I’m Just Sayin’” starting to gain steam on the airwaves, and him recently coming off tour with Trey S…
The Break Presents: Marc E. Bassy
We live in a world of increasing musical ambiguity. With artists like former freshmen Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina blurring the lines between rap and R&B, a new face has emerged walking the line between the genres. Enter Marc E. Bassy, the 28-year-old Bay Area crooner who can switch …
The Break Presents: D.R.A.M.
A new face from Virginia is making waves with his blending of hip-hop and funk. That artist is D.R.A.M. The rising rapper and singer's career began in the now-defunct Coliseum Mall in Hampton, Virginia and has exploded since he dropped his debut project#1EPICSUMMER in the fall of…
The Break Presents: Jay 305
One of the newest rising names on the West Coast is Jay 305. With only three years of experience total in rapping, the South Central native—who has some connection to every camp in L.A. (Dom Kennedy, YG, Ty Dolla $ign)—he landed a hit record...
The Break Presents: Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert is one of the bright faces coming up in hip-hop. The North Philly native's rapid fire delivery fits his stage name perfectly. It's as if every bar flies out his mouth a 100 miles a sec. Backed by industry mainstays like Don Cannon and DJ Drama, the once wild child turned …

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