As we enter a new era of music, the search for the next big thing in hip-hop is slowly hitting its peak. Amongst the sea of new rap cliques hitting the scene, one budding emcee is sure to step out as the fan favorite. That’s why now is the perfect time to start making some predictions about who will end up at the top of today’s hip-hop hierarchy.
While some are already achieving platinum status and critical acclaim (see: Drake, Kendrick Lamar), we decided to look into the lucrative world of independent music to scout a possible Cinderella story in the making. Whether they’re just getting hot or on the brink of burning down the house, these budding faces in rap—and their accompanying indie imprints—are definitely the ones to watch.Click to start the list