You Gotta Hear…

I get that everyday. No for real, eeverrryday I get hit with the, “Have you heard about such and such? They are that new shit…” I’m always open to hearing new artists. The way the newbies come in the game with the big dreams and bigger statements makes it all worthwhile. With the help of the internet the market has been flooded with garbage though. Just people thinking that since they can listen to music and enjoy it, that they can make it and either become famous, make money or bone some chicks (if it’s a female MC then it’s get the latest handbag). I see where the game is going though, I look at all these new cats coming into the game dealing with label drama and MC beef before people can even get a grasp of their music. It’s a sad state of entry folks, but fuck all that. Some of you readers seem to be experts in this forum (y’all be off as hell sometimes, but then again so are we…not!), so who do you think is the next hot MC or group? It can be whoever you know around your way that you believe in, or some super underground crew we all should be up on, or that cat that we’ve covered in the mag that should get even more light. Whoever you think is dope let us know right here, cus you never know why I’m asking.-DT

Just so you know, I’m listening to:
*Spree Wilson – The ill voiced dude that has the 3rd verse on Novel’s “I Am” single. The way he just took the track and owned it with an intricate flow, left field content and a collegiate hipster style. Watch him. www.myspace.com/spreewilsonexperience

*Buggs Tha Rocka – I can’t remember who put me on to dude off top, but when I went to his www.myspace.com/rockaboy page I so wasn’t expecting what I heard, dopeness. I really like his choices of instrumentals to “rock” over.

*Kovas – I don’t know if this counts since he’s my homie from back in the days (and I made a guest appearance on his ill mixtape The Stimulus Package), but ‘Vas has his own ghetto world beat sound that mashes all elements of hip-hop together. He rhymes, sings, produces (joints with Justin Timberlake to De La Soul) and plays instruments. International flow, just ask about his travels.
www.myspace.com/thekovasempire

*Nitro – Met dude in Barbados in January. He’s got the swag, the timing and the mainstream appeal. Being from the Caribbean doesn’t hurt his chances of winning, especially since he really doesn’t have an accent you have to decipher when he’s spittin’. www.myspace.com/nitroeverhype

*Nipsey Hussle – Just swore dude was a light-skinned Snoop when I saw pictures him and I still think that now that I’ve met him. I’m sure he’s tired of the comparison but he gives me that early Snoop in the streets before the pimpin’ kicked in. He lays out on tracks, not hype, but still aggressive and gives you that Cali feel just from the sound of his voice.
www.myspace.com/nipseyhussle

*U-N-I – I’m really into West Coast cool cats, Pharcyde, Hieroglyphics and such and these new dudes are in that lane to me. No rah-rah craziness, no super space rhymes, just dope content and topics that run the table of what young West Coast regular cats deal with. Production by Ro Blvd fits them perfectly.
www.myspace.com/unimuzik

*J Cole – I met him through DJ Green Lantern recently. Went to the studio to hear his amazing story of how he linked up with Jay-Z. Smart guy first, dope rapper second. He’s going to be one to check for as long as he can get through the pressure of Jay-Z shadow. He’s one of those cats where the more he rhymes with heavyweights, the better he’ll become.

http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic

*38 Special – Now this is another Green Lantern intro. Met him at Green’s radio show a few months back. Street dude so much that he’s currently taking a street vacation, feel me? He has a voice that automatically catches your attention and the way he details his life in “the life” is fresh in a Clipse kinda way. Where they add humor with the punch lines to hard times, 38 does it like that, but with a smirk.
www.myspace.com/thereal38special

*Jon Connor – Got put on to dude through a homie that knows the type of hip-hop I like to listen to. JC is cut from that Kanye cloth, not a Kanye clone but seemingly inspired by Ye. His beats are melodic, but his rhymes attack. JC is definitely feeling his own movement, gotta love that shit.
www.myspace.com/asquadrecords

  • Pierzy

    I stick to the classics but I like Kid Cudi. As far as unknown cats, I implore you to check out DA GATE from Crown Heights, BK. They have skills and they spit without any of the bullshit. The one MC, Lord Cinic, is an animal and he also drops knowledge too. Check them out…

    • squadwildin

      Yea Kid Cudi is good and he dropped another mixtape called “Dat Kid From Cleveland.” But I like Wale(not really that new) and im startin to listen to Skyzoo.

      Cosign on the Nipsey Hussle. I love West Coast rap(besides Game) and I feel like him and Jay Rock are really representin

    • paychexx

      HOLYSMOKES

      check him out myspace.com/holysmokes1

      he from minnesota, dude is nice!!!!

      • KO

        FUCK MINNESOTA THERE’S NOTHING THERE BUT SHIT LOADS OF SNOW AND CRACKERS

  • OG Matt Herbz

    JMoney and DJ Lucky Luke.

  • EBE725

    Kid Cudi, U-N-I, Asher, the Cool Kids, Skyzoo, and Wale. I got a question though… what does everyone see in Drake? That one single he’s got out ain’t no different than half the stuff i hear on the radio.

    • squadwildin

      I was just at a Drake concert along wit Lupe. The hoes love him but he also makes decent music. He CANNOT sing. I wish he would stop tryin

  • Zulu1925

    One of my favorite songs right now is “Def 82″ – Cook Classics feat Buff 1, TiRon & Ayomari

    • DETROIT

      BUFF 1 is my nigga, me, him, and his brother wes (also in athletic mic league) all went to college together in ann arbor.

      • Zulu1925

        Check out that cut! It’s nice…

  • Chris Cash

    Wiz Khalifa. He hasnt got the respect i belive he deserves, and it seems as if he slightly switched his style up as a result, but he still nice.

    Fashawn. His last mixtape “Higher Learning was dope.”

    Slaughter house as a group and as indiviuals.

  • capcobra

    datpiff.com and search cappy j

  • Jesus Martinez

    Ruste Juxx

  • anonymous

    Jay Electronica

    • zood

      That boy got skills.

      • BIGNAT

        yeah when he going drop a album

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Illkraft……..kid is mad intelligent

  • RiZob

    WHAT?!?!? no Asher Roth?!?!? BLASPHEMY!!! I learned from XXL that Asher Roth is the greatest MC of all time….Asher Roth even smashed the homie…lol

  • Detroit Draper

    West Philly Freck from Fab’s Street Fam is cold a sick mc I just hate he doesnt have much material out and also A-Mafia

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    ROUND MY WAY I’M BUMPIN THE A.Dd+ MIXTAPE……” POWER OF THE TONGUE”…… DOPEST NIGGAS OUTTA DALLAS….. MYSPACE.COM/SKINNYHANSEL

    TWITTER.COM/ADDPLUS

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    WOW…. I BEEN TRYNA LEAVE COMMENTS ON THIS BITCH FOR LIKE THREE MONTHS NOW…… FINALLY…..

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    DAMN…… I BEEN TRYNA LEAVE COMMENTS ON THIS BITCH FA LIKE THREE MONTHS NOW…… FINALLY……. (I’M DOIN NO DICK RIDIN) BUT WHATS UP TO PIERZY, TONY GRAND, OG MATT HERBZ, AND YOU OTHA REGULAR MUFUCKAS THAT BE ON HERE…… YEAH IMA NEW NIGGA BUT YA’LL NIGGAS BE KILLIN IT ON THIS HOE….

    • Chris Cash

      Paris Pershun you from Dallas bro? Me too. I never heard of A.Dd dont tell me he on that dancing shit

      • PARIS PERSHUN

        YEAH BRO I’M IN THAT NAWF….. A.Dd+ UP NEXT BITCHES….. GO TO THE MYSPACE…… MYSOPACE.COM/SKINNYHANSEL

    • $ykotic

      The Commission welcomes you Paris.

      My rotation:

      Warriorz-MOP
      Center of Attention-InI feat. Pete Rock

      2 good ass albums. I don’t have to skip search.

      My girl jacked me for my Jada & UGK…

      • Pierzy

        What up Paris… welcome to the cipher…

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          What up PARIS P!?

          Good looking…….

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    I said it once before, Chip Fu aka Jungle Rock Jr. Check out the “Stop Playin’ Mixtape”.

    You won’t regret it.

  • John Cochran

    Drake is just a sober wayne. Itll take him a minute to craft his own style. I dont care about none of these guys anyway because, despite numerous hot verses on the net, Im not convinced any of these newbies will be around long.

    • Phil

      Co-sign on Flake, but damn this was so depressing dude.

  • BIGNAT

    lets see what have i had on repeat for the last couple days.
    life after death disc 2- biggie
    adam’s case file/ the death of adam-88keys
    dream merchant vol 1 @ 2- 9th wonder and other people
    madvillany/ born like this- mf doom or just doom now
    pink lavalamp mixtape- charles hamilton
    universal mind control- common ( trying to give it another chance)
    i think thats it for albums now for single songs
    the kickdrums feat joell ortiz- just a game remix
    outasight- exclusive
    crooked I- jackin for beats 2009
    snoop dogg and the game- on the block
    xtreme- shorty
    joell ortiz- summertime in brooklyn
    lloyd banks- finally
    wow this list would be really long if i finished it i will leave it as is

  • westcoastaggie

    Pacific Division – Great Lyrics & Production. Too Bad that they may never release an album under the UMG Label.

  • macdatruest

    Sean Mac aka Macdatruest. If you guys never heard of this guy, its cause he dont give a fuck about fame he just love music,but he’s a problem waiting to happen. Not that he’s not hungry, the food just sucks right now and digital downloading got it’s hands all in niggas plates.

  • Teddy

    Drake, Kid Cudi, Wiz Kahlifa, Asher Roth, B.o.B., Charles Hamilton,

  • Mario

    i love CuDi he the Shit along with Kanye i listen to G-unit and i just ordered that Asleep in the bread aisle and oh yeah i think ya’ll should do me a huge favor and interview Andre Nickatina the Dude is a God on the Mic please do an interview.

  • escobar9300

    I’m steady bumping Nas, Pac, Immortal Technique, MF Doom, and Collie Buddz right now

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    I know cats are kind of biased, but fuck it, I love my city so I must rep for a couple of 323 favs making some noise….

    Nipsy Hu$$le – y’all already up on my dude a little bit. DT covered him.

    Young Maylay – this cat has a couple tracks on Midnight Club Los Angeles & he’s the voice of “CJ” on GTA San Andreas

    Terrance Martin – young brother got skills on the mic & the boards

    • westcoastaggie

      Why da hell arent any of these cats gettin spins on Power 106??? That’s a freakin shame.

      & Nipsey reppin the Neighborhood kinda hard.

  • Stevie B

    I am east coast to the fullest but the new artist Im checkin for the most is
    NIPSEY HUSSLE 6-0WE

    Bullets Aint Got No Name VolII is a fuckin classic better then a lot albums

    Only thing Im waitin to hear is South Central State Of Mind and Clipse Till The Casket Drops

    Dont sleep on Jay Rock either I just dont know whats up with his label situation and if he is going to drop an album this year.

  • Stevie B

    I almost forgot yall still sleepin on Wiz Kalifah and Black Milk

    That dude J’Von Bishop is a beast too he did the Kingz of The Bronx Mixtape with Mickey Factz and personally I think he was killin Mickey yall should check that out

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    DOOM: Born Like This
    Techno Animal
    Marshall Mathers LP
    Neutral Milk Hotel: (everything)
    caltroit
    camp lo: fort apache
    peter bjorn and john: living thing
    articles of faith: complete discography

    fuck just listening to hip hop

  • macdatruest

    The Jacka & Ampachino Devil’s Rejectz
    Yukmouth & Messy Marv 100 Racks The Album
    Yung LA- Offset Swag and Offset Shawty
    The Natural- Beastiality
    Big Chief- The Way Of Life & Eat Greedy Vol. 5

  • http://layemdowne.com Diamond District

    i’m tryin to understand how the same ass nigga comments come up and mine never do? what the fuck is goin on with this bullshit???

  • Phil

    -Jay Electronica
    -BLU
    -Nicki Minaj
    -Bishop Lamont
    -Slaughterhouse
    -DOOM
    -Freeway

  • james dean

    all your favorite rappers look up to the jets…

    THIS AIN’T NO MIXTAPE – Curren$y….

    Also i’ve been listening to this old allman brothers records

  • Jame

    ROYCE (his two new freestyles are fantastic)
    Slaughterhouse
    Jay Electronica
    Mickey Factz
    Jada
    Pac Div

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Chaundon from NY. I live up here in Cali but originally from the Southeast, VA, and I stay bumpin his music. Dude is the truth especially when he links up with Skyzoo, who is also the truth. Chaundon is always on Little Brother’s songs so I know ya’ll had to hear of him one way or another.

    “I toss ya microsoft ass/outta 98 windows”
    - ‘The Honorable’, Little Brother mixtape “Chitlin Circuit 1.5″

  • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    Personally, when I’m not listening to myself (myspace.com/federalranga), I’ll bump Dino – my nigga outta Dade County, Snoop, Slim Thug, 50, Ol Time Killin by Kardinal Offishal, Serius Jones, Cam’ron and a few others. Joel Ortiz is tight.

  • Silky Johnson

    Can someone tell me what ever happened to G.A.G.E? That dude had a couple FIRE tracks and just vanished…

  • http://myspace.com/getrite11 hate

    real ny hip-hop

    myspace.com/getrite11

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Follow IllKraft on Twittter

  • HIP HOP NERD

    BUGGS THA ROCKA IS THE BEST IN THAT LIST FLAT-OUT!!! http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/ROCKABOY

  • http://www.aa-lifestyle.com Mariko Lewis-Davis

    BUGGS THA ROCKA IS THE HOTTEST!!!!!!!!!
    CHECK HIM OUT ON MYSPACE http://www.myspace.com/rockaboy

  • http://www.myspace.com/asquadrecords Mark Fresh

    JON CONNOR!!!!!! HE’S THE BEST THING OUT OF FLINT SINCE MC BREED AND THE DAYTON FAMILY… AND HE’S 30X’S BETTER!!!! HE WOULD EASILY GIVE KANYE A RUN FOR HIS MONEY!! HE GETS COMPARED TO YE ALOT.. BUT HE SNAPS HARDER AND HAS WAAAAYYY MORE STREET CRED… I THINK HE’S THE NEXT BIG THING!!

    http://www.myspace.com/asquadrecords