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Top 10 [New York] Freshmen for ’93

Last night’s Freshmen ’10 Live Show was a success to say the least. Everybody did their thing. New York’s own, Cam’ron, came through and repped the city in full force—literally.

Harlem was definitely in the building.

Killa’s U.N. partner Vado held it down, as well, and proved he’s worth keeping an eye on in he future. For me, though, I was imagining a Dipset reunion as Cam ran through Dip classics. I caught even more crazy flashbacks of when Harlem great Big L was that dude in the city, as Vado rocked “Large in the Streets.”

Flashing back even further to 1993 when L was hot, Nas had Queens on lock, and Biggie Smalls was biggin’ up Brooklyn, New York could have had its own Freshmen 10. No debate, no bullshit. But then again, you can’t make everyone happy. So I’m sure there will be some debate after this one.

Going off who was hot back then, and NOT taking into account what they eventually accomplished in their career, this is what an all New York Freshmen list could have looked like in 1993, IMHO. Remember, no members of groups. So don’t go ape shit if you don’t see Buckshot, Ghostface, Meth, or Raekwon. —Rondell Conway

My 10 [New York] Freshmen for ’93 Cover

L was the hottest in Harlem. He inked a deal with Columbia in 1993 and released his debut single “Devil’s Son.”


After stealing the show on MC Serch’s “Back To The Grill Again” the Queenbridge disciple went hard with “Halftime.”

He was discovered in the Source’s Unsigned Hype, linked up with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and from here his career was way more than party and bullshit.


With a distinct style the Ak had a serious buzz that was a big as a bomb.

With his Erick Sermon’s co-sign and futuristic flow, Mr. Murray was poised to be that next lyrical giant from LI (Long Island). Plus, his style was mad hostile.

The rapid-fire flow was cool, but Jigga was still a few hot lines away from running the city but he could definitely get open.


The fat gangster’s flow needed some work back then, but he had a street banger with “Flow Joe.”

One of the biggest singles in the nine-trey was “Whutcha Want?


Under the guidance of DJ Premier, the East New York, Brooklyn rapper was dropping knowledge in the streets and always would come clean.

Two words: “Time’s Up.”

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