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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!