5. RON BROWZ
I’m sure you’re all still recovering from last year’s Pop Champagne craze. Everybody and anyody made a remix to Pop Champagne, from Papoose to Rick Ross, although the best remix is arguably Pop Rose by Drake and Trey Songz. Although Ron Browz has definitely been in the game for a while now, he finally went major last year. Some of his more recent production credits include Rotate by N.O.R.E., Winding On Me by Fat Joe, and his own relatively new single Jumping (Out The Window). Ron Browz is definitely capitalizing on his new found fame as he is set to release his new album, Jumping Out The Window, on March 17.
4. ROCK CITY
Rock City definitely took over the summer with their smash single Loosin It, and they are determined to stay relevant by hopping on as many songs as possible, from Guns High by Ace Hood, to Hustle by E-40. Their sound is unique and the world just can’t seem to stop eating up every song they come out with. They have also put out a number of mixtapes, my favorite being the Put The F*ckin Album Out mixtape. Every song on that mixtape is pure fire! Rock City is set to release their debut album, Wake the Neighbors, sometime this year, but in the meantime you can listen to any of their various mixtapes.
Aubrey Graham a.k.a Drake or Drizzy, whichever you prefer, is yet to truly take the world by storm, but 2009 is definitley his year. With songs like Brand New, Pop Rose, and Ransom, among others, Drake is starting to become a household name. Honestly, Drake would be numero uno on this list, if not for something I’d like to refer to as the “T” Factor. Althoug Drake is a familiar name in Toronto, Canada, of which he is a native, he is yet to get the recognizable mainstream promo in the U.S. that many of the other artists on this list boast. I like to refer to Drake as “The Most Slept On,” but with co-signs from Trey Songz and Lil Wayne, the stage is set for him to truly take the world by storm in 2009. Be on the look out for Drake’s next mixtape So Far Gone.
“I’m just doing what I gotta do, flyer than the rest of ’em, still got my Nike boots…” and that’s how Wale’s hit single Nike Boots begins. Wale has definitely been on the come up for a while now. I was already bumpin’ to the sounds of Wale way before his smash hit Nike Boots went mainstream. I still remember in the summer of 2007, on the 4A bus to Rosslyn Station, wildin’ out to Wale’s Ice Cream Girl off his 100 Miles And Running mixtape. That’s my s**t. Once I listened to that mixtape I knew he was gonna blow up. All I know is that the world still hasn’t seen the best of Wale and he has the opportunity to do big things ‘cuz he defnitely has everyone’s attention now.
1. KID CUDI
If you still haven’t heard Day ‘n’ Nite then you’re definitley drawlin’ LMAO. The remixes by Jim Jones and Collie Buddz are fire! Day ‘n’ Nite might be one of Cudi’s more popular songs, but don’t be confused, that song doesn’t define his talent. Go listen to his mixtape, a KiD named CuDi, and you’ll see exactly what I mean. That s**t is knockin. Oddly, my favorite song on that mixtape by far is Embrace the Martian, but don’t sleep on songs like Maui Wowie and Is There Any Love? featuring Wale. Kid Cudi has also gotten publicity through Kanye West’s latest album, 808s and Heartbreak, as he is featured on the album’s second track, Welcome to Heartbreak. I don’t know what else to say except that 2009 is the year of the Kid.