Five NYC Rappers Who Deserve To Be In XXL’s 2013 Freshman Class Issue


XXL magazine revealed their annual freshmen list today. Among the10 picks for future rap fame (plus a boxed-out bonus picture of Chief Keef’s head), New York City is represented by the monolithic Action Bronson, Pro Era leader Joey Bada$$ and Angel Haze. In the interest of municipal pride then, here’s five hometown rap chaps that we’d happily see replacing some of the more quizzical picks on the cover.

See also: The Ten Best New York City Rap Albums of 2012

Dyme A Duzin
Brooklyn’s Dyme A Duzin has been steadily building a buzz over the last year and now rolls with the Atlantic Records machine. His “New Brooklyn” remix is an old-to-the-new snapshot of the current borough scene, featuring fine Flatbush-honed flows from The Underachievers and the rowdy Flatbush Zombies over a beat that nods back to Masta Ace’s “Me And The Biz.” Fresh!

Bodega BAMZ
Heading up his Spanish Harlem-based Latin Trap movement and counting on close ties to the A$AP kids, Bodega BAMZ has already clocked up a series of street-wrought bangers like his recent collabo with A$AP Ferg, “Say Amen.” Cop BAMZ’s Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z. for an introduction into his world.

See also: “Harlem is the Mecca of the World!”: Bodega BAMZ Introduces His Latin Trap Movement

Bryant Dope
Embracing the nerd connection, Queens kid Bryant Dope favors laid-back productions and lyrics that dip into the introspective side. His songs also brim with Q-Boro pride.

Black Dave
A/K/A that skating kid from uptown, Black Dave recently asserted his swank status by entrusting the visuals to his new “Muthafuck! My Enemies” single to the same bod who masterminded A$AP Rocky’s “Purple Swag” visuals. Previous cut “On The Map,” though, is the grittier anthem of choice.

Vinny Cha$e
Having announced that he’d signed a mega-bucks $2.5 million deal with Epic during South by Southwest, the leader of the New Harlem movement looks most likely to snag a solo cover spot before the year’s out. Backed up by his fashion-obsessed Cheer$ Club crew, Cha$e drops supremely confident raps that route back to his area’s heritage: “Ah, man, my vision so pricey/ Directors of the year, I know these shooters don’t like me/ There’s shooters out in Harlem but they ain’t nothing like me.” Cheers!

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