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The New New: 15 European Rappers You Should Know
The United Kingdom is known for birthing a few world-renowned spitters, namely Dizzee Rascal and M.I.A. But who outside the borders of North America has the potential to follow in their hit-making footsteps? For our latest New New column, we take a trip overseas to Europe to find out who is bubbling…
The New New: 15 Female Rappers You Should Know
The 1990s have come and gone, and with them went a generation of some of the most talented women hip-hop has ever seen. Hip-hop has often been described as a young man's game—with the operative word being man—but today's crop of female MCs can give the Golden Era a run for its …
The New New: 15 Boston Rappers You Should Know

For years, when people thought about Boston hip-hop, there was only one name that popped up—Guru, as one half of Gang Starr with DJ Premier. The city, long a hotbed for punk and indie rock—not to mention the arena-sized egos of Aerosmith and Boston—has slipped under the radar for decades on the hip-…
The New New: 15 Seattle Rappers You Should Know
After being one of the lesser-known faces of XXL's 2012 Freshmen Class, Seattle native Macklemore and his partner Ryan Lewis have had the best year ever. The duo has smashed charts with catchy and provocative singles like "Thrift Shop," "Same Love" and "Can't Hold Us," …
The New New: 15 Atlanta Rappers You Should Know
In our first installment of The New New, we shined a spotlight on 15 young talents out of New York City who continue to bring hip-hop’s center back home, marked by a return to boom-bap beats and introspective rhymes reminiscent of the mid-'90s Golden Era...
DC Chillin': 15 DMV Artists You Need to Know
When DMV representer Wale burst onto the scene in 2008 with his regional crossover hit, "Nike Boots," he put his area - DC, Maryland, and Virginia - on the map in a major way. In the following years, he continued his ascent by signing to Interscope and working with the likes of Pha…
The New New: 15 New York Rappers You Should Know
For those of us who grew up on New York hip-hop, we remember the glory days of the Golden Era, when there was no shortage of incredibly diverse rappers in the game, delivering their own unique brands of hip-hop to the world from the genre's main stage...