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Iggy Azalea

Age: 23
Notable Songs: "Pu$$y"; "Work"; "Fancy"
Years Active In The Game: 4
Why She Is The Best: Iggy will be the first to tell you she has struggled to make the kind of impact she would like. But the Australian born MC has withstood the criticism, and to the contrary of what many have said about a manufactured creation, she is a true student of the game. This is the main reason Nas and T.I. have both co-signed her effort to be the next big star to blow up. Although her debut album The New Classic left more to be desired for some critics, Iggy showed signs of staying power—and chart success—by debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart today, the highest-charting album for a female rapper since Nicki Minaj in 2012. Who else is hitting those heights?

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Iggy Azalea Doesn’t Think Anyone Should Be Bothered By Her Notorious B.I.G. Remake

Biggie's "Mo' Money, Mo Problems" is a classic. So when Iggy Azalea hopped on Keyshia Cole's "I'm Coming Out"—which shares the same Diana Ross sample as Biggie's track—she knew she had big shoes to fill when remaking the track she told MTV in an interview...

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Would the album be as meaningful if everyone isn’t behind it?
My honest opinion is this: the concept of A Better Tomorrow is healthy for anybody and everybody, Wu-Tang and any man in America. Who wouldn’t want A Better Tomorrow, the concept? When I make albums, I think about the time I’m living in the world, I don’t just do shit. You go back and check my history, my art, you see meaning to my shit. There’s a reason why I do what I do; A Better Tomorrow, it's time for that, for our families, for America, for the world.

A lot of dreams and hopes haven’t been fulfilled that we all had. We had a strong optimism [of what] the world can be, and I want to make a record to reflect and inspire that dream more. I would love the whole Clan to be behind it, and it's something I got to think about and reconsider. If I’m the only guy to do it and hopefully inspire people like that, I’m going to do that regardless, personally. If we can make it happen together, we shall, and if it’s something at the end of the day that I have to do, then that’s what I'll do. I accept that in life. But I would love for every member to get on board and celebrate what we created.
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Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole And ScHoolboy Q Are Set To Headline Bumbershoot Festival

If you plan on hitting the festival scene this summer, Bumbershoot is another one to add to your list. The Seattle based event may serve as a chance for fans to hear music from the Wu-Tang Clan’s secret album...

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Isaiah Rashad

Isaiah McClein

@isaiahrashad

23

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Singles: “R.I.P. Kevin Miller,” “Ronnie Drake,” “Shot You Down”; EPs: Cilvia Demo

Top Dawg Entertainment

As-yet-untitled project

“If [Young Thug] ain’t on it, that’d be the one that’s surprising me. Actually, my biggest surprise who is not on here is Vince [Staples]. Vince is hard. Vince is one of the hardest niggas I know as far as my age. He’s one of the most authentic dudes out of the LBC.”

“My influences are OutKast, Erykah Badu, Gnarls Barkley, ScHoolboy Q and Wayne. Q is a dude I listened to before 
I came to TDE. He was the first one I listened to. I heard of Rock first, but Q is the first one, like his wordplay and his stories really made me listen to it.”

“I was real talkative, real shy at the same time. I got too much of an opinion. So sometimes, my opinion is too much for somebody else 
my age. I like to think I am 
beyond my years, sometimes.”

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Chance The Rapper

Chancelor Bennett

@chancetherapper

21

Chicago

Mixtapes: Acid Rap; Guest Appearances: Skrillex’s “Coast Is Clear,” SZA’s “Child’s Play,” Lil Wayne’s “You Song,” Justin Bieber’s “Confident,” James Blake’s “Life Round Here (Remix)”

                                                       

Chance The Rapper LLC

Recording Social Experiment, release date TBD

“If you guys just had six more Chicago rappers, I would be cool. I thought Young Thug was gonna be here. Yeah, Young Thug and King Louie, I thought both of them would be here.”

“I was a bad kid when I was a freshman in high school. But I was very intelligent and introspective and musical and musically inclined. I used to play more instruments back then and do more music shit. But I was also very inexperienced and uncultured. I hadn’t traveled, I hadn’t heard that much music or met that many people or read that many books. I was just a different kid.”

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