Rapper Troy Ave has been involved in hip-hop for some time, with mixtapes dating back to 2009. But the New York native only released his first album, New York City: The Album, last year.
Brought up in Brooklyn, his rap name is taken from the block that he lived on. Troy Ave was inspired to start rapping after seeing the success of 50 Cent. He has already dropped 11 mixtapes and worked with the likes of Tony Yayo, Pusha T, and Raekwon. Named part of the 2014 XXL Freshman Class, Troy Ave is truly tipped for big things.
AK and Issa Gold together form the duo that is The Underachievers. The two young rappers come from Flatbush, Brooklyn. Their sound has been described as a mix of old school NY hip-hop and psychedelic hip-hop, as the duo sure are fans of acid and shrooms.
Both of their 2013 mixtapes, Lords of Flatbush and Indigoism, were very well received. The Underachievers very recently released their debut studio album, Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium.
The Pro Era cats have often been described as the center of the Beast Coast movement. Under the talented leadership of Joey Bada$$, a lot of pressure has been put on the shoulders of the young crew to bring back New York rap.
Joey hit stardom when a video of him freestyling was seen by Jonny Shipes, the man who heads up Cinematic Music Group. Pretty quickly, Pro Era was signed to the label.
Joey Bada$$’s Summer Knights and 1999 mixtape in particular have helped create a solid fanbase for the rapper. Within Pro Era, Joey is just one of 47 members. The group battled a low point when in 2012, their co-founder Capital STEEZ committed suicide. But the talents of members such as Nyck Caution and CJ Fly continue to shine, as the group continues to release collective and solo projects.
Harlem-born Vinny Cha$e has quietly been getting attention in all areas of hip-hop. His mixtapes, in particular Golden Army, have been creating quite the buzz.
But what you should be aware of is that Vinny Cha$e isn’t just a normal rapper. He’s following the footsteps of Kanye with his immense creative flair. Cha$e is truly a rapper/entrepreneur, and is making headway into fashion, the arts and movies. He's also personally filmed for Lil Wayne and Cam’ron, to name a few.
Black Dave is another young rapper who described himself as an entrepreneur, specifically a Black Donald Trump, with one of his first mixtapes. He has made a name from himself through freestyling at small shows, and local events. His mixtape from late last year, Black Bart, quickly exploded on the scene, boasting quite the list of famous friends.
Also unique to Black Dave is his big love of skateboarding. The rapper has successfully been able to benefit from pushing his hip-hop together with the board, skating for companies such as Vans, Zoo York and Supreme.
Along with Pro Era, the Flatbush Zombies are also associated with the Beast Coast movement. The group have been popular when it has come to collaborations, as they've previously teamed up with many of the rappers on this list, as well as Jim Jones, RZA and Action Bronson.
This attention has no doubt been garnered as a result of their impressive work so far, namely their two mixtapes D.R.U.G.S. and BetterOffDEAD.
Born Nathaniel DeLa Rosa to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother, Bodega Bamz grew up in Spanish Harlem. The rapper has had many difficulties growing up, including being homeless.
But his buzz started growing when his track “Amen” with A$AP Ferg began to gain popularity. For Bodega, lyricism is everything, and you’ll notice this when you listen to his work.
DyMe-A-DuZiN has been around for some time. However, it was only recently that he signed a major deal with Warner Bros, but then inked a deal with Atlantic. Though he inked a solo deal, he is part of a collective called Phony Ppl.
Dyme doesn’t have that old school twang like many other New York rappers. Instead, his sound is influenced by gospel, jazz and '00s hip-hop. His mixtape A Portait of Donovan is a great one, and includes features from Joey Bada$$ and Capital STEEZ.
The World’s Fair collective are just another group who are tipped to raise the roof for New York. The group consists of six members; Jeff Donna, Prince SAMO, Cody B. Ware, Lansky Jones, Remy Banks, and Nigel Nasty, who all contribute something different in sound. Jones, Banks and Nasty also have their own collective to make matters even more confusing, called Children of the Night.
World’s Fair are signed to Fool’s Gold Records and have also received the co-sign from Hot 97’s Pete Rosenberg. The mysterious group also played their role at SXSW last year. As well as in a group, we can also expect to hear some solo work from the members in the future.
Formed in 2011, Ratking are rappers Wiki, Hak and producers Sporting Life & Ramon. This year, they released their first album, So It Goes, after they dropped their first EP back in 2012, Wiki93. But Ratking are nothing like what you may expect. Their sound complete meshes together different influences, such as punk rock and even techno. Within the group, they also have varying personalities. In an interview with The Guardian they said, “We're a rap group but we want to be part of the culture of punk; people coming to know songs live before they hear them on record, so they can really wile out."
Nitty Scott MC
Since 2010, Nitty Scott has gone from strength to strength. At the age of 17, the rapper moved to New York to pursue a career in hip-hop, and gradually that's what she accomplished. Alongside this, she created the Boombox Family hip-hop movement. Later on, her freestyle over “Monster” went viral, capturing the attention of the hip-hop scene. A year later, in 2011, she would also take to the stage to perform at the BET Awards.
Nitty Scott has jumped on a number of collaborative tracks with the likes of Statik Selektah and Styles P, and also released her first album this year, The Art of Chill.
Kilo Kish of Brooklyn has been providing an alternative spin to hip-hop since her emergence on the scene. When she dropped her Homeschool EP back in 2012, it was well-received and had many talking about her potential and talent. She’s excelled further, having some bigger players featuring on her work. But Kilo Kish is a lady of many abilities; fashion, acting and art are just a few of them.
Dave East has quickly gained many high-profile fans as a result of his work. This has included DJ Ill Will, as well as a number of professional athletes. East has steadily kept the music coming with tracks such as “So Elegant” and “I Own It,” as well as several mixtapes including No Regrets and Black Rose.
Chinx has fast gained popularity as a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys group. He is also signed to Montana's label. Chinx has consistently appeared on a number of mixtape offerings from Coke Boys and Cocaine Riot. In additional to this, he has collaborated with the likes of DJ Khaled and Rick Ross.
As of late, Chinx has been giving greater focus to his solo career, and is due to release his first studio album, titled Welcome to JFK.
After being featured on Action Bronson’s “Flip Ya," New Jersey’s Retchy P has made hip-hop tune into his offerings. Last year, he also released his mixtape Polo Sporting Goods, proving the rapper’s great storytelling ability. Retchy himself calls his particular musical style, “lifestyle rap."
Da$h is the nephew of none other than rap entrepreneur Damon Dash. He’s been making himself personally familiar with some of the more established names in hip-hop, particularly as he has grown tight with A$AP Mob. His mixtape V.I.C.E.S has been lauded by many in hip-hop, and is definitely worth a listen.
A$AP Mob no doubt has one of the biggest hip-hop artists of this generation at the moment, A$AP Rocky. But the collective is full of talent that is carefully being drip-fed to the scene. Ferg’s success also proves how powerful the group can be for New York. A$AP Nast is also now proving his own rapping abilities.
But the mob is covering all ground like any great collective. Many of its members are passionate about fashion and running their own clothing lines, whilst others, such as Ty Beats, hold their skills in production. The varying talents among the group means that the collective is an entity that makes their role in NY hip-hop culture a force to be reckoned with.
They may not be new talent for New York, but they sure do hold the power to help its hip-hop scene. G-Unit were always consistently dope at making good music, and depending on what they deliver in the near future, the likes of 50 Cent, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo (and Kidd Kidd) could definitely turn the focus back to New York.
HotNewHipHop takes a look at talented rappers who are looking to bring back New York rap to its finest days.
It doesn't come as a surprise to know that the future of New York hip-hop looks extremely bright. Once the birthplace of rap, the city still harbors some of the best talent in the genre.
But while others coasts and regions have taken off, many have been quick to accuse New York of losing its stature in rap music. While it's fair to say that hip-hop has developed scenes throughout the whole of the US, as well as across the world, the bulk of the music still comes from the East Coast.
So the question is, who will bring back classic-era New York first? We take a look at some of the many contenders who have already begun to make a name for themselves in hip-hop. Take a peek through the list and get to know them. They are big names to be acquainted with for the future.
Let us know your favorite NYC rappers in the comments!