Black History in the Making?: Hip Hop Artists
While veteran hip hop artists have a tough act to follow, the new up and coming generation is not falling too far behind. Some of these artists you might have already heard, others maybe not. Either way, these hip hop newcomers deserve some time in your earbuds.
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In his mid-twenties, Kendrick Lamar has already worked with artists such as Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne and Drake. His album “Section.80” which was released exclusively on itunes was ranked as one of the top hip hp releases of 2011.
He is the first artist to sign to Jay-Z’s record label “Roc Nation.” J.Cole’s debut album sold more than 217,000 copies in its first week. In 2012, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards.
His first album “LongLiveASAP” debuted just last month. Between 2011 and 2012, ASAP Rocky received several award nominations including “U.S. Artist About To Go Global” from the MTV Europe Music Awards and “Best New Artist” from the BET Awards.
“Chillin,” “Pretty Girls,” and “World Tour” are just some of his hits. Wale has also released several mixtapes. In 2010, he won the Soul Train Award for Best New Artist.
She began her career by broadcasting her music on the internet. Her song “212” introduced her to the rest of the world. Besides singing, she has a purple lipstick line with MAC Cosmetics.