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The AWKWORD: Top 10 Rappers of 2015? A Look Back

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Last year @Awkwordrap picked 10 “emerging” artists that he considered “top prospects” for 2015. In some cases, he picked wisely; in others, not so much. This year, before sharing his next top-10 list for 2016. He’s going to do something that ‘Hip Hop journalists’ never do: critique themselves.

YONAS
yonasI knew he wouldn’t skyrocket to super-stardom — dude had simply been too dope for too long already. But I think I took an L with this one because I heard about Yonas less last year than in years past. His 2015 Going Places EP on iTunes has a near-perfect rating, with a lot of reviews, and his lead single “Live It Up” is at nearly a million plays on Soundcloud and Youtube combined, so I know my mans has emerged. But I’m just not sure if it happened in 2015 or if he’d already reached his — albeit, pretty damn high — plateau.

AG DA CORONER
agdacoronerOff by a year, that’s it. Sip the Nectar drops any minute.

HOMEBOY SANDMAN
homeboysandmanI’m taking this one. Homeboy Sandman went from buzzing NYC underground star to being everywhere in 2015. He made a critically acclaimed album with Aesop Rock that just got the remix treatment from Mike Shinoda, was featured by The Guardian, headlined tours in the U.S. and Europe, and smashed a number of major festivals with his high-energy performances.

CHRIS WEBBY
chriswebbyChris is like Yonas, but on a bigger scale. He already signed a deal with E1 Music in 2013, his debut studio album dropped in 2014 — which is what piqued my attention — and he already had his niche. In fact, he might have lost some of his fanbase, having to share ear time with the likes of Mike Stud and Hoodie Allen, not to mention Lil Dicky. If you ask me, there’s no comparison among Chris and the other aforementioned, but I have to be in a special place for this kind of rap anyway.

Alex Wiley
AlexWileyIt’s Chicago. The New New York. Tough competition. Alex is still doing his thing, and I think his star continued to rise in 2015. But others may have surpassed him. Joey Purp, Saba Pivot, Noname Gypsy, Mick Jenkins and Vic Mensa may all have a steeper curve right now. Plus there’s my favorite, my comrade Malcolm London. But, then again, Wiley’s like 22 and already getting written up in Billboard. So maybe dude’s just beginning. This one’s a toss-up.

Latasha Alcindor
latashaalcindorL.A. was definitely a solid choice. A featured emcee on my upcoming global collab “IAm” (also featuring Modenine of Nigeria, Holstar of Zambia, Wakazi of Tanzania, and DJ J Hart of France, among others), I’m a big fan of what this powerful woman is doing with her words and her voice. And I’m not alone, as she caught the attention of Noisey and other major tastemakers in 2015.

Appleby
applebyNot. Yet. Still betting on this guy, even if I don’t like his new stuff as much as what I heard in 2014. Appleby still hides his face. He still has Amir Abbassy behind him. He still gets free promo from Pigeons and Planes. And this year he got a feature in the print and digital version of Maxim. I don’t see a collab with Da Coroner coming, but I could see this cat cooking up with Raury or getting remixed by Harry Fraud.

Adrian Lau
adrianlauSpeaking of Harry Fraud… It was definitely more of an up than a down year for SRFSCHL member Adrian Lau. He might have been somewhat lost in the shadows, with team leader Harry Fraud increasing his production output for the likes of French, Diddy and Wiz, plus new SCHL member Downtown Dion; but, Lau did land himself a production role on Kanye West affiliate Allan Kingdom’s Northern Lights LP, and he kept busy on his own, dropping an album and a mixtape, and performing regularly in and around the Hip Hop capital of NYC.

Dave East
daveeastWhile he just missed the XXL 2015 Freshmen cover, as a member of Nas’s Mass Appeal roster, Dave catapulted himself in the last year. His hard-hitting DJ Drama-hosted Hate Me Now tape features Nas, Pusha T, Jadakiss and Styles P, and has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. I discovered Dave freestyling on Sirius XM in 2014, and I was immediately impressed. But if I could, I’d remind him: quality over quantity – some of these EASTMIXes for the Interwebs should probably stay on his laptop, even if the fanboys make them trend on Audiomack. Songs like “Numb” illustrate what Nas sees in the young man representing a different side of Harlem, New York. And I’ll just put those on repeat.

Mr.King
mrkingOops. Can I get a take back?

#AWKWORDapproved Top 10 Hip Hop Artists to Watch For in 2016 list will drop soon via NikkiSiixx.com, so stay tuned. Send hate to @AWKWORDrap or info@AWKWORDrap.com.

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Audio: Spencer Bonds – In My World

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[LOS ANGELES] Have you ever felt like fuck the world and just do whatever you want. Spencer Bonds expresses that in his exclusive track IN MY WORLD, that is on his new EP titled Calm Down. The track was produced by X A N, here’s where Spencer Bonds delivers a flow that fits well with dark trap genre sound. On his second project Calm Down here’s where Spencer Bonds showcases an artistic freed project. Considering himself as the Lizard kind, Spencer shares his stories and his self complex production, with some help with a few of his favorites.

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New Music: Alex Wiley – Right Right featuring Kembe X

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Premiering his track RIGHT RIGHT first with Complex, here at NikkiSiixx we would like to show you why they keep talking about Chicago Rapper Alex Wiley. Besides recently performing at Dope Entertainment’s ROLLING LOUD FESTIVAL in Miami and headlining his first show in NYC for SOBs. After that he heads out to Austin Texas for some performances at SXSW! This kid just doesn’t stop.
-6wt_W4zRIGHT RIGHT features Wiley’s fellow Village Crew member, Kembe X, and production from West Coast duo, Hippie Sabotage. Kembe X and Hippie Sabotage have been previously featured here on NikkiSiixx.com. Kembe X (New Music: Kembe X – “Hydrocodone” (Poker Face)) and Hippie Sabotage VACANTS (Download/Listen). Clearly Alex Wiley know’s who to work with when creating a dope song like RIGHT RIGHT. From his flow, delivery, and wordplay is on point. The chemistry amongst the talent really brings this track for an instant repeat. Well, it was more like 10 times. Be on the look out for Alex Wiley in a country near you since he’s going international with a few performances out of state. See below for Upcoming Tour Dates:
3/18-3/21 – SXSW – Austin
4/10 – Rust – Copenhagen
4/11 – Chesters – Berlin
4/14 – Birthdays – London
4/15 – Batofar – Paris
4/16 – Melkweg – Amsterdam
4/17 – Trix – Antwerp

“What I really want right now is to be the motherf**king drought 3 era mixtape Wayne of 2015 for my fans. I’m making music for people to wang in real life situations with their real life squad.” -Alex Wiley

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NEW MUSIC: L.atasha A.lcindor (L.A.) “Go Off (A Prelude to (R)evolution)”

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I’m talkin’ if you gang affiliated you need to protect your block / I’m not talking about them niggas / I’m talking about a cop watch / We gotta go off

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 7.23.10 PMWith a vicious tongue and unapologetic stance, Brooklyn’s own L.atasha A.lcindor (L.A.) unleashes on gentrification, police brutality, poor education, the media and gang violence in her latest release from her refreshing Fantastic Planet series. On GO OFF, L.A. goes off, pointing intimidating fingers at the culprits — the system and its henchmen, the cops — without being preachy or predictable. She’s always been “ahead of the boys, running,” she says, but now is the time to stop running, speak up and demand change: We need to police our own communities; shit, we need revolution. We need to GO OFF! And from this record alone, L.A. has me convinced. Just listen to the anguish and passion in her voice, as she spits violently over a stripped down NYC beat, and you tell me you’re not ready to “set it off like Left Eye“.

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L.A. lands at #9 on the #AWKWORDapproved Top 20 Female Rappers List and one of the #AWKWORDapproved Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2015

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The AWKWORD – Approved Female Rappers List

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My daughters were listening to Kesha, Nicki and Iggy… So I showed them Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte, Debbie Harry, Nefertiti, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill, and I presented them with The AWKWORD-Approved Female Rappers List. It features women killing it on the mic right now. – @AwkwordRap

To me, there is nothing more important than showing my girls that women — and especially famous women — can be powerful, strong, creative and intelligent. To be successful, you don’t need a big ass or big tits, you don’t need to sell yourself; you can be you and be brave, like men get to be without thinking twice. My mom made me this way. Janis Joplin made me this way. Aretha Franklin made me this way. Maya Angelou made me this way.

There is a bad stereotype (perpetuated by my very own 100% for-charity World View album, which, admittedly, features only one woman, on the bonus disc) that there aren’t many talented female emcees. The fact is, they just get marginalized — even more than do independent, intelligent male rappers. There are many women out there who aren’t just ill female rappers but ill rappers period. Nicki Minaj herself was one of the top lady emcees outta New York before she flipped her shit. And who could blame her? It means double platinum, super stardom.

Yeah, nearly any of the women below could sell her soul, but I doubt it… So, here are my top 20, as emailed to my little girls.

1) Jean Grae (@JeanGreasy )
Jean-Grae

2) Rah Digga (@therealrahdigga)
Rah-Digga

3) Rapsody (@rapsodymusic)
Rapsody

4) Nitty Scott, MC (@NittyScottMC)
Nitty-Scott-MC

5) Mary Magdalan (@marymagdalan)
Mary-Magdalan

6) Boog Brown (@BoogBrown)
Boog-Brown

7) 3D Na’Tee (@3DNATEE)
3D-Na-Tee

8) Psalm One (@PsalmOne)
Psalm-One

9) L.A. (@UCanCallmeLA)
LA

10) Invincible (@invincibleDET)
Invincible

11) Eternia (@therealEternia)
Eternia

12) StaHHr (@stahhr)
StaHHr

13) Snow Tha Product (@SnowThaProduct)
Snow-Tha-Product

14) Signif (@SigNif)
Signif

15) Raven Sorvino (@RavenSorvino)
Raven-Sorvino

16) Sasha Go Hard (@SASHA_DARAPPER)
Sasha-Go-Hard

17) Chippy Nonstop (@chippy_nonstop)
Chippy-Nonstop

18) Audra The Rapper (@AudraTheRapper)
Audra-The-Rapper

19) RA the MC (@RAtheMC)
RAtheMC

20) Dutch Rebelle (@DutchReBelleFN)
Dutch-Rebelle


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Music Video: Spliff Hemingway – Mr. Hemingway

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This video is something good. Spliff Hemingway is a native L.A. cat and has that a very real gold coast vibe to his slaps. The video is well put together. Simple shots and very crisp editing, the director deserves some props. Spliff pays homage to his Hemingway moniker with his crafted wordplay. Honestly, you can’t borrow the Hemingway name and not lace some articulate things together. ‘Mr. Hemingway’ is a single from the upcoming solo debut project “Water the LP”. If it’s any indication of the quality of the project, then everyone’s in for a treat. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Spliff Hemingway in the near future. This track should get a ton of play, shouts to @Knocksteady.

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