Name: Mark Spears
Hometown: Compton, CA
Sounds Like: Classically sample-based hip-hop with a modern edge
Notable Songs: “A.D.H.D.” by Kendrick Lamar; “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” by Kendrick Lamar; “m.A.A.d. city,” by Kendrick Lamar featuring MC Eiht; “There He Go,” by ScHoolboy Q
DD – The West Coast is back, as Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city” was at the top of everyone’s 2012 album list, including here at XXL. Lacing the most memorable tracks on the album (“Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “m.A.A.d. city,” etc.), Sounwave is cognizant of one of the most overlooked aspects of production: breathing room. Sounwave sets the tone, creates the atmosphere and lets the MC do what they do.