SD Freshmen ’14: IAMSU!

SD Freshmen ’14: IAMSU!

Aye! IAMSU! was all over the place in 2013. From touring to multiple projects, his work ethic was an undeniable part of his success. He also adds in a new sound to the musically diverse state of California that’s been delivered by himself and the HBK Gang. He’s, in a way, a Bay Area version of YG in a sense that this sound spread to the likes of Yo Gotti, Kirko Bangz and others the same way DJ Mustard became a household producer.

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SD Freshmen ’14: Alexander Dreamer

SD Freshmen ’14: Alexander Dreamer

Rappers just rap, artists know how to do more. It’s been proven that artists who are musically capable of expanding past just writing rhymes tend to have better careers in the long run. People like Kanye West and Big K.R.I.T. utilized their talents behind the production to elevate their own music over time, while someone like Dr. Dre pays special attention to the mixing of his material (in addition to being an artist and producer). Alexander Dreamer embodies the artistry needed to make it in hip-hop. He writes, produces and engineers on his own. When you want success, you’ll go… continue reading

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SD Freshmen ’14: Young Scooter

SD Freshmen ’14: Young Scooter

If Young Scooter told us he was pushing tonnes of that colombian white, it wouldn’t sound as epic as metric-tons does. That’s what his career has been about in the last year: making things sound as interesting as possible. This was achieved on his break-out single “Colombia,” off Street Lottery, but unfortunately didn’t continue through the year.

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SD Freshmen ’14: Lil Bibby

SD Freshmen ’14: Lil Bibby

Chicago has been a goldmine for rap in the last couple years. Birthing the likes of Chief Keef, King L, Katie Got Bandz, Fredo Santana and more, the city has helped introduce some of the most known names in the game, many of whom have gotten co-signs from legends like Kanye West, R. Kelly and Twista. Unfortunately, a couple of them haven’t exactly embraced their newfound fame or utilized this opportunity to the fullest. There’s no signs of the city slowing down, so the next generation has to really observe those who came before them to ensure a stronger career.

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SD Freshmen ’14: Mike Zombie

SD Freshmen ’14: Mike Zombie

Zombie on the track! Started from the bottom, now we here. One of the most memorable lines of the year delivered by one of rap’s most polarizing figures, Drake. It became an anthem as we lead up to Nothing Was The Same. The people embraced it and eventually helped the single hit two times platinum. Mike Zombie was the brains behind the production, and, while it didn’t send him into being the most popular producer in the game, it jump started something bigger.

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SD Freshmen ’14: TeeFlii

SD Freshmen ’14: TeeFlii

YG and DJ Mustard ran the ratchet hip-hop scene. They’re gearing up for their big year where YG’s My Krazy Life will be in stores and become that big household name. While it was notable for laying down the groundwork this year, DJ Mustard also helped introduced TeeFlii, the self-proclaimed ratchet Prince of California and creator of “annie,” a new term for a woman.

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