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Artists To Watch ’11-’12: Part 1

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It’s that time  again – my 3rd annual “Artists To Watch” list. I debated about not doing it this year with the previous (lack of?) success of the first two lists (Artists To Watch ’10-’11Artists To Watch ’09-’10). Like in prior years, an artist can’t be on one of my past lists to qualify this time. I had to split this year into two parts: Part 1 & Part 2.

One quick clarification: this isn’t a “Freshman” list because, honestly, I’m not sure what that means. This list is comprised of new(er) artists that I’ll be keeping my eye on over the next few years… and you should too! I’ve included 1 video, 1 mixtape and 3 of my top tracks for each. In no particular order:

Young L

The most talented artist from The Pack – no, not Lil B. His beats are some of the best out there. Plus dude has the sickest chains –  see video below.

Video

Mixtape

Young L – DOMO-KUN mixtape

Tracks

Young L – Right There mp3

Young L – Watch How I Do mp3

Young L – Pop That Coochi mp3

Bei Maejor

Bei Maejor is already a well-established producer working with artists like Trey Songz, Soulja Boy and Keri Hilson. His solo work is something to check out as well.

Video

Mixtape

Bei Maejor – Upside Down 2 mixtape

Tracks

Bei Maejor – Translation (Alien Music) mp3

Bei Maejor feat. Big Shan – PaperBoy mp3

Bei Maejor – Sing A Lil Song mp3

Mac Miller

Born in Pittsburgh and signed to Rostrum Records, Mac Miller is closely following one of the hottest rappers in the game: Wiz Khalifa. That’s about where their similarities stop though.

Video

Mixtape

Mac Miller – K.I.D.S. mixtape

Tracks

Mac Miller – Donald Trump mp3

Mac Miller – Trippin’ Out mp3

Mac Miller – Nikes On My Feet mp3

Chiddy Bang

Consisting of rapper Chiddy and producer Xaphoon Jones, Chiddy Bang consistently makes some of my favorite music. I could listen to every Chiddy track in my library without skipping. Oh, and Chiddy Bang > Shwayze.

Video

Mixtape

Chiddy Bang – The Swelly Express mixtape

Tracks

Chiddy Bang feat. Train – Baby Roulette mp3

Chiddy Bang – Young Blood (remix) mp3

Chiddy Bang feat. Q-Tip – Here We Go mp3

Shawn Chrystopher

Hailing from Inglewood, Shawn Chrystopher is definitely a Freshman to watch out for – he is repping Honour ROLE Music.

Video

Mixtape

Shawn Chrystopher – You, And Only You mixtape

Tracks

Shawn Chrystopher feat. Foster For the People – All the Other Kids mp3

Shawn Chrystopher feat. GLC – I’m GOOD mp3

Shawn Chrystopher – The Hangover mp3

Tyler the Creator

Recently exploding onto the scene, Tyler already has the music video of the year according to Kanye West –  and we all know how passionate Kanye is about videos.

Video

Mixtape

Tyler the Creator – Bastard mixtape

Tracks

Tyler the Creator – Seven mp3

Tyler the Creator feat. Jasper & Taco – Tina mp3

Tyler the Creator & Hodgy Beats- Sandwitches mp3

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Artists To Watch ’11-’12: Part 2

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Be sure to check out Part 1 of my “Artists To Watch” here. The rest goes like this:

Cyhi Da Prynce

Kanye’s most recent addition to GOOD Music, Cyhi is almost guaranteed to blow up. Still waiting on Big Sean’s album though.

Video

Mixtape

Cyhi Da Prynce – Royal Flush mixtape

Tracks

Cyhi Da Prynce – Sidewayz mp3

Cyhi Da Prynce – Living Wonderful mp3

Cyhi Da Prynce – Hero mp3

Kevin McCall

An initial afterthought on Chris Brown & Tyga’s “Fan of a Fan” mixtape, Kevin McCall out-shined both headliners. He also is deep in the producing/writing game with hits like CB’s “Dueces” and Big Sean’s “What U Doin”.

Video

Mixtape

Kevin McCall – Uninvited Guest mixtape

Tracks

Kevin McCall – F*ck You Pay Me mp3

Kevin McCall feat. Tyga & Chris Brown – 360 mp3

Kevin McCall feat. The Game – Power Of The P mp3

Yelawolf

Who would’ve thought 2011 would be the year of the white rapper? They all have completely different styles – I’m not sure how to describe Yelawolf’s…

Video

Mixtape

Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik mixtape

Tracks

Yelawolf feat. Gucci Mane – Wanna Party mp3

Yelawolf – Daddy’s Lambo mp3

Yelawolf – Stage Lights (remix) mp3

BIG K.R.I.T.

Honestly, I’ve been sleeping on BIG K.R.I.T. for far too long. Good flows, and he makes his own beats.

Video

Mixtape

BIG K.R.I.T. – Krit Wuz Here mixtape

Tracks

BIG K.R.I.T. – See Me On Top mp3

BIG K.R.I.T. feat. Curren$y & Smoke DZA – No Wheaties mp3

BIG K.R.I.T. feat. Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – Glass House mp3

Pac Div

This rap trio from Southern California has been around for a while now, but they’re definitely gaining more play recently. Hopefully “Mania!” drops any day now.

Video

Mixtape

Pac Div – Don’t Mention It mixtape

Tracks

Pac Div – Anti Freeze mp3

Pac Div – It’s On mp3

Pac Div feat. Dom Kennedy, cARTer & Chip Tha Ripper – Don’t Forget the Swishers mp3

Honorable Mentions

Cory Gunz/Lil Twist

Young Money’s representatives this year. Gunz definitely has the DNA to make it in the rap game. And I still think of this clip from The Carter Documentary whenever I hear Lil Twist. These 2 will be big over the next few years.

Lil B

With song topics ranging from Justin Bieber to Jesus Christ to Ellen Degeneres, I still haven’t figured out Lil B. I don’t know how many times I’ve said I’ll never listen to another of his tracks…

Vado

He may of turned down XXL, but he can’t turn down my list! Honestly, I haven’t listened to enough of his music to put him any higher.

Diggy Simmons

Dude definitely has skills – must be in his genes. But he’s kind of like the Bieber of rap for me. Plus, AT&T commercials already?!

Sam Adams

I wish there were more artists like Sam Adams going in on house/electro beats, but this video made me have to drop him down the list.

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Artist Update

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Before we get any closer to 2011, use the random selection below as an update on the 10 artists featured in the 02.04.2010 post Artists To Watch ’10-’11. To qualify, artists couldn’t be on the ‘09-’10 post. In no particular order:

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa – Real Estate

Wiz Khalifa – Stoned

Wiz Khalifa – Bad Guy

Big Sean

Big Sean – Poster

Big Sean – Big Nut Bust

Chris Brown feat. Big Sean – Shit God Damn

Mike Posner

Mike Posner – Single & Drunk

Mike Posner feat. Big Sean & Clinton Sparks – Ambiguous

XV feat. Mike Posner – Mirror’s Edge

J. Cole

J. Cole feat. Drake – In The Morning

J. Cole – Blow Up

J. Cole feat. Wale – You Got It

Jay Electronica

Jay Electronica feat. John F Kennedy

Jay Electronica feat. Jay-Z & The Dream – Shiny Suit Theory

Jay Electronica feat. Diddy – The Ghost of Christopher Wallace

Game feat. Swizz Beatz & Jay Electronica – Higher

XV

XV – Gettin’ Bizzy

XV feat. Talib Kweli – Reset Button

XV feat. Chiddy Bang – She Go, I Go

Woody feat. Charles Hamilton & XV – Make Believe

B.o.B

B.o.B – Beast Mode

B.o.B feat. Wiz Khalifa – Fuck The Money

Slim Thug feat. B.o.B – So High

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj – Catch Me

Nicki Minaj – Wave Ya Hand

Nicki Minaj – Blow Ya Mind

Chip The Ripper

Chip Tha Ripper – Ain’t No Love Here

Kid Cudi feat. GLC, Chip Tha Ripper & Nicole Wray – The End

Big Sean feat. Chip Tha Ripper & Curren$y – Five Bucks (5 On It)

Short Dawg

Short Dawg feat. Lil Wayne – Lean

Short Dawg feat. Kid Ink & Mistah FAB – Cuff Yo Chick

Short Dawg – Tell ‘Em Free Tune

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Artists To Watch ’10-’11

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Here’s the list for this year. The only qualification is that you can’t be on my list from last year. That means your name can’t be Tyga, KiD CuDi, Charles Hamilton, Drake, Mickey Factz, Jae Millz, Wale or Willy Northpole (a pretty decent list). I’ve included some kind of demonstration for each artist, which could be a mixtape, mp3 or video. In no particular order:

Wiz Khalifa

One of the best albums of last year:

Wiz Khalifa – Flight School (mixtape)

Big Sean

Big Sean destroys Bangladesh/Gucci Mane’s ‘Lemonade’ beat:

Big Sean – Supa Dupa Lemonade Freestyle

B.o.B.

I know I just posted this but:

B.o.B. – May 25th (mixtape)

Mike Posner

This was one of my ‘Best Mixtapes of 2009‘:

Mike Posner – One Foot Out The Door (mixtape)

J. Cole

I gotta admit – I’ve been sleeping on J. Cole this past year. Check this out though:

J. Cole – The Warm Up (mixtape)

Chip Tha Ripper

Check out an artist from Cleveland that’s not named CuDi:

Chip That Ripper – The Cleveland Show (mixtape)

Nicki Minaj

Currently, she is the only relevant female rapper. Here is the new video with Mariah Carey:

Mariah Carey feat. Nicki Minaj – Up Out My Face

Jay Electronica

Could be the future of music. Here are some exhibits to demonstrate:

Jay Electronica – Exhibit A (Transformations)

Jay Electronica & Mos Def – Exhibit B (snippet)

Jay Electronica – Exhibit C

Short Dawg

I gotta mention another Young Money artist since I had three on the list last year. Check out some singles:

Short Dawg feat. Tyga & Lil Wayne – I Just Wanna

Young Money feat. Short Dawg – Pass The Dutch

Lil Wayne feat. Short Dawg & Gudda Gudda – Break Up

XV

Until his next mixtape, ‘Vizzy Zone’, drops…:

XV – 30 Minute Layover (mixtape)

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