2011-08-09T11:00:56-04:00 2011-08-18T22:03:36-04:00

Top 10 Famous Faces in 2012 [Hip-Hop]

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Chalk this up as a homage to every real Hip-Hop fan. The ones who love more than just what's on MTV and go further than their favorite blogs. This is for the fans that are eager for the debates, have an eclectic perspective, the history and the intellectual side of the music they love. Your chance to have your voice heard is now.

2011 marks a strong climb for hip-hop, and in my opinion, a revitalization in the popularity of witty lyricism (I'm not devaluing the necessity of great production, and I think due to the advent of home setups production has increased). It's a great thing; no disrespect to Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka and rappers who are known to have fans that rely on the beat to get them in the mood for the song, it's a cool thing thing to see what's popular in hip-hop becoming a little more intellectual and witty though. The internet particularly has given us access to millions of artists and within that billions of songs and only a strong few now survive with the internet campaign, and blog hype of today. That's why we began the plans for what we call the Famous Faces of 2012.

A few things to clear up though. This is not a reincarnation of the XXL Freshman list; it doesn't list artists based on their accomplishments in the past year (although it praises them for it and often serves as a foreshadow) and it focuses on a lot more than their history  and what they have gained. The list is based on opinion yes, but from a more objective standpoint it relies on what upcoming projects they have, who their working with for production, even down to their geographic location and what sub-genre of hip-hop they are producing. It is more than who we think is "hot" or "dope" but rather who we think, based on as close to objective qualities as you can get, will gain the biggest fan base and hype in the coming year.

The exciting part of this list is your participation! Every three days we will release a new artist from #10-#1. On the comments, post who YOU think the artists included in  the Famous Faces for 2012 should be, you can also tweet me at @ThomasKWelker or email me at ThomasKWelker@gmail.com to give your input. You're opinion will be taken into consideration and quotes from you guys will also be included in citing reasons for each decision! Now read below to eliminate as many questions as you probably have.

The rules aren't too complicated and it's subjective as far as who has "blown up" yet and cannot be included now, but hopefully hip-hop's true fans can recognize when an indie artist has blown up beyond the scope of this list. The only concrete rule we have is that the artist cannot have a studio album under a major label (although they may be signed to one presently or in the past) and a few artists are lucky enough to have blown-up without it! Prepare for a list built by the people and prophetic for 2012 hip-hop!

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Ronnie Evans
9 years ago

Looks Dope T-welks. good Job

Tucker
Tucker
9 years ago

Childish Gambino's gonna be huge

Nick
Nick
9 years ago
Reply to  Tucker

childish gambino is huge

serisony
9 years ago

Saying myself would be a little cheesy, so I'd have to say HOPSIN is gonna make another impact this next year.

hector
hector
9 years ago

theophilus london. he's maaaddd dope.

and i predict that kreayshawn will be big in 2012.

bss9
bss9
9 years ago

childish gambino, dom kennedy, chiddy bang, cory gunz should be huge in 2012

fouzzman
fouzzman
9 years ago

childish gambinoooo

Alex
Alex
9 years ago

Phil ade, black cobain, pusha t (as a solo artist) and I gotta agree with childish gambino

antoine
antoine
9 years ago

rockie fresh is gonna blow up.

Rebecca Cupcakes
9 years ago

Theophilus London! His everything is just so different and brilliant. True HipHop is finally coming back.

Cameron
Cameron
9 years ago

Childish Gambino has a chance. Pusha T if he complies with the rules i feel like hes already pretty big. uh Chiddy Bang definitely hell jay even gave Xaph a shout out on WTT. uhh fuck mac miller... hmmm who else uh XVXVXVXVXV. Royce da 5'9" should delete all of his previous albums n start over so he can be on this list. Hopsin is a yes.

dequan
9 years ago

XV deserves to blow up best rapper in the game today i aint jokin wit yall look up any of his mixtapes, got 300 songs of his on my ipod and i can pick 50 that i would take as my favorite song of any artist XV DONOVAN JOHNSON FOR TOP 10 FAMOUS FACES 2012

jsarge
jsarge
9 years ago

black cobain n cory gunz even tho i dont like cory

lamont
9 years ago

XV is my choice and hopsin too. both are super underrated and have crazy talent

Steve
9 years ago

i'd say as for new upcoming artists probably XV or chris webby. lovin both of these guys. very underrated

JJ
JJ
9 years ago

XV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAV RAPPER RIGHT NOW

matt
9 years ago

XV chris webby chiddy bang hopsin oncue MGK nuff said

pretti boii juannn
9 years ago

hopsin dirty and he finna blow up same wit my boy xv dat nugga bout to blow up kid wit da green backpack 2012 his yr........ also watch out for dat nugga J COLE yall where yall heads att?????

DJ Bomb digital
DJ Bomb digital
9 years ago

XV!!!!!

SWAGNONYMOUS
SWAGNONYMOUS
9 years ago

Pusha T! He is the Metaphor King.

UKnowWha
UKnowWha
9 years ago

Tyler the Creator and Odd Future I am suprised nobody said tha yet, XV is also on the rise

Scotty
Scotty
9 years ago

J COLE NO DOUBT SON! SHIT'S HOTTER THAN MY DOG'S CRAP IN DEATH VALLEY!

EJG
EJG
9 years ago

JON CONNOR!

Cameron
Cameron
9 years ago

Cole i figured was too big. but yeahh Cole, XV, Chiddy Bang, Pusha-T, Hopsin. I like that group. fuck chris webby.

Dferg
Dferg
9 years ago

Jon Connor, VIZZZZZZZY, chiddybang, Cory gunz

ll Cool
ll Cool
9 years ago

Rahiem Supreme !!!!

Truth
Truth
9 years ago

Rockie Fresh , Rahiem Supreme , Show Tufli

Justin
Justin
9 years ago

! XV , Chip Tha Ripper , Theo London, Rahiem Supreme !

GCam
GCam
9 years ago

Rahiem Supreme is too ill!!!

Mr. Music
Mr. Music
9 years ago
Cameraman
Cameraman
9 years ago

Rahiem Supreme ! Dc's great hope

Mr. Music
Mr. Music
9 years ago

Childish Gambino as well!!

TT
TT
9 years ago

Jhene Aiko , Tiara Thomas , Rahiem Supreme , Erik Arc Elliot

Buddy
Buddy
9 years ago

Rahiem Supreme and Fuck whoever else!

Radio Personality
9 years ago

That bol Rahiem Supreme from the DMV

The Internet Garbage
9 years ago

Woo - liking the push for Childish Gambino, but I'm not so sure if he's really going to stick around for long... Got to love him though!

ReptarDick
9 years ago

Childish Gambino, Rahiem Supreme, WAX & EOM, and more WAX people look him up!

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

chip tha rippppppeeeerrrrrr

Soup
Soup
9 years ago

Rahiem Supreme is the best rapper you've never heard! He will be on your itunes sooner or later

kmoooney
kmoooney
9 years ago

hopsin spit serious shit he just gotta get out of that damn contract. fuck eazy-es wife. Childish if he actually focuses on rapping will definitely blow up hes known in a lot of different media circles already. i wouldnt mind Wale goin to another level though he reps hard. and of course XV! somethin about his flow i love

EV
EV
9 years ago

Rahiem Supreme! I expect to see a lot from him in the up n coming year

homicide
9 years ago

THE COME UP, VINNY RADI, VINNY RADIO, VINNY RADIO,VINNY RADIO!!! get your ears right!

dferg
dferg
9 years ago

rahiem supreme should definately not be on that list itll take him more than next year to get big

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago
Reply to  dferg

you lost your mind smh

kmoooney
kmoooney
9 years ago

personally i wouldnt mind mackelmore getting out there a little more...i like his flow sometimes....others he sucks

DJ
DJ
9 years ago

I would have to disagree with dfreg. I think there's a reason Rahiem Supreme appeared multiple times on this list. He has gained many fans in short period of time, faster than many brand new artists. I've followed him for about a year now and Im pretty impressed. I also like Kendrick Lamar and Mikey Rocks

csantos
csantos
9 years ago

K.i.T!!!!!!!!!

Morris
9 years ago

Cole, Dom, Kendrick, Chip, Rockie, Pusha T, Gambino, CyHi, ChiddyBang, XV, Theo

cee
cee
9 years ago

prince EA, the weeknd, cobe obeah

Mike Mantone
Mike Mantone
9 years ago

Huey Mack, Devin Miles, Phil Ade, Rockie Fresh, Young Scolla, Cyhi THe Prince

Tecknowledgy
Tecknowledgy
9 years ago

Young Scolla, Devin Miles, Phil Ade

dferg
dferg
9 years ago

hahahahaha huey mack?!?! no wayyyyy

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago
Reply to  dferg

huey mack is a fugggin puss hahahah

ThomasKWelker
ThomasKWelker
9 years ago

Great feedback guys, we're using it all so keep it coming!

Mike Mantone
Mike Mantone
9 years ago

Skewby, Young scolla, Phreshy Duz'It, Machine Gun Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Tayyib Ali

KellyLovesHipHop
KellyLovesHipHop
9 years ago

YEAHHHHHHH Young Scolla is gonna kill 2012! #TheRLES I love him

Steen
Steen
9 years ago

Young Scolla will be runnin' 2012!!!

esteez
esteez
9 years ago

Hopsin!!! and J. Cole for sure

ERICHEWY.
ERICHEWY.
9 years ago

CHUUWEE, TYLER THE CREATOR, FASHAWN, STALLEY, U-N-I

scheme116
scheme116
9 years ago

Hopsin- the content of his rhymes could do some work. He’s good but nothing really special so idk why he’s going around tryna dis other rappers talkin all that ish. He claims to be/should be on top of the game but has yet to prove anything. And idk about this goon dressing up like a girl in his video with all that make up n ish on his face. WTF is that? That ish is suspect and is up there with Lil Wayne making out with Birdman on BET a ways back. Plus he got some other dude SwizzzzZZ (idk how many z’s this goon has in his name but its too damn many) that’s always with him. SwizzzzzZZZZzzz is to Hopsin as Arab is to Soulja Boy. At most I say he’ll get on the radar in 2012, but def not runnin shit

Childish Gambino- Lyrically he’s there fo sho. He has a lot of potential and should do big things in 2012. I’m interested what he has in store for us in the future.

I like J.Cole for the same reason white ppl love country music, cuz I can relate. Cole is one of the few rappers out there (nowadays) that forreal keeps it 100. His rhymes are ill and the content of his songs are real. Jus listen to any of his mixtapes, especially Friday night lights. And he should release his damn album already. My ass is getting impatient.
Wale- I have been a big Wale fan for years and I’m expecting big things from him in 2012. Him going MMG changed his sound a lil bit but he’s still solid. As long as he stays to his DC roots its all good. Aka keep making dope go-go songs. His rhymes are dope too. Idk why he doesn’t get much credit.

Chocolate Drop- REAL.RAP.RAW. nuff said
I became a HUGE Phil Ade fan ever since I saw him in concert a few years back when “Starting On JV” first came out. He’s been doin his thing with his #PhilAdeFriday joint goin on. He’s on point with his lyrics too

I see Charles Hamilton getting jayed in the face a couple more times by more hood rat bitches.

I have a feeling Pusha T aint ever gonna make it crazy big but still gonna be a raw mofo. I heard a few things bout Kanye ghost writing for fear of god but he’s always been dope with him n malice as Clipse.

I’m not worried about kreayshawn’s career as much as her life. The Game pulled an ak47 right to the little white girls face just for dropping the “n-bomb”. Smdh

Mac miller can suck it.

Of course Im expecting something legit from XV along with everyone else.

Los should deserve some more respect. As far as him doing big things in 2012….im not too sure bout this one but I hope he gets something done. All his mixtapes are dope. He has great remakes and freestyles along with his own music he makes.

HereAndThere
HereAndThere
9 years ago

Phil Ade and Tayyib Ali, two favorites at the moment. can def vibe to both of these artists

YOMAN
YOMAN
9 years ago

XtotheV

Isak
9 years ago

Gotta say Childish Gambino, just as everyone else, but Phil Ade and Swedish rapper "Prop Dylan" will probably make a huge impact on the Hip-Hop scene next year!