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Jabari Johnson is a Documentary Filmmaker, with a beautifully shot feature film on Tinie Tempah as well as a great web series in Jabari Presents. Also just to add to this myriad of work that he has on his table he's the founder of Volume Visual, the first all hip-hop digital network. Overall he's a great person and he has an eye for talent.

Mateo – We’ve Met Before

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Mateo has been an artist I’ve really liked and a lot of people haven’t caught on to yet. This project is a quick and easy EP but he has some standout tracks on there like “I Miss You” and my favorite “Sing About Me” which is about hoping that all the hard work you do on this earth doesn’t go unnoticed. Anybody with lofty goals and ambitions that works hard can relate. This project really left me looking forward to a full length album from Mateo, let’s hope Interscope feels the same way.

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Migos – YRN

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Sure the Migos had a great year due to Drake overshadowing their hit “Versace” but if you ask the average person whose song that is odds are Migos are not coming out of their mouth. Too many bangers on this tape to name but standouts include “Bando”, “Hannah Montana”, and “Pronto”. If Migos are going to give you one thing, it’s guilty pleasure rap and I love them for it.

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Rockie Fresh – The Birthday Tape

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Rockie Fresh is the best rapper on MMG. The kid has bars but I think what keeps him underrated is his lack of shenanigans when being lumped in with a gang like MMG. The intro track “Top of the World” is one of my favorite hip-hop intro’s of all time because he rides the beat effortlessly and his confidence is at an all time high spitting, “I’ma be the reason that my grandkids say we got family money, made a cool mil’ yet and still the youngin hungry!”. I really like “Nothin’ Wrong With That” as well, it’s a dope track I ride around LA to when the weather is nice.

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Kid Cudi – Indicud

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Kid Cudi is my favorite (and the best all around musician, Kendrick is the best rapper) out of this new generation of rappers. He’s never had a weak project and he experiments with new sounds every time. Since A Kid Named Cudi we’ve evolved with him as an artist and a man. There is a lot of truth in his words and he doesn’t talk about what everyone else does to earn a damn check. If you’ve gone through a breakup put on “Girls” while your headed to the bar and feel like a champion again. If you’re into meditating “The Resurrection of Scott Mescudi” and “New York City Rage Fest” are cool instrumentals to just vibe out to. “Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends)” is just a complete masterpiece, it has Michael Bolton on it for crying out loud!

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Dizzy Wright – The Golden Age

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Mainstream hip-hop has been sleeping on this kid for a while and I don’t know why. He has the essence of an early Nas as much of his content is uplifting and challenges the destructive mentalities of black males in underserved communities. While songs like “World Peace” and “Killem with Kindness” give you something to think about, there are plenty of joints that just knock like, “Bout that Life” with Hopsin and “Brodee Bro” with Capo. Even though Dizzy was on the XXL Freshman cover this year (is that even important anymore?) I don’t feel like the masses are checking for him yet, and that’s fine because they soon will be.

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