2014 4th Quarter Artists To Watch:
The rap/hip hop year is split up into 4 quarters. January, Febuary, and March make up the first quarter. April, May, and June make up the second quarter. July, Au—…you get the idea.
Based on the what was shown during the previous quarters, I came up with a list of artists to look out for in the 4th Quarter:
[Honarable Mention: The Game, 50 Cent]
Atlanta’s Young Thug damn near took over the rap game for a period time after the heavily remixed “Danny Glover” hit the scene and since then he really hasn’t let up. His unique but weird sound either appeals to you to turns you off completely or grows on you. Yet the fact of the matter is that Thugga has the “it” factor. You can say frequent collaborators like Metro Boomin and Gucci Mane help his success but as proven on tracks like “Eww”, “Stoner”, “The Blanguage” and “Danny Glover” Young Thug definitely shines alone. With projects on the way, Thugga is a 4th Quarter artist to look out for.
B$B’s own Troy Ave has been nothing but consistent since he first came out. His work ethic speaks for itself and after one I’m In Traffick mixtape, after 4 B$B Volumes, after 3 Bricks In My Backpack mixtapes, after one New York City: The Album, after being the first ever unsigned rapper to be on the main stage at Hot 97’s Summer Jam, after XXL recognizing him as 2014 Freshman of the year, he’s finally the getting the credit and respect he deserves. Ave has gained the respect and push of various blogs, the people and heavy hitters in the industry such as: Rick Ross, Pusha T, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, 50 Cent, Jay Z, and others. There are few rappers (signed or unsigned) with a resume as qualified as Troy’s. His New York demeanor mixed with strong content and dope (pun intended) lyricism prove Troy Ave has star quality. With Bricks In My Backpack 4/Major Without A Deal slated to drop sometime in the near future, New York’s own Troy Ave is a 2014 4th Quarter artist to be very aware of.
After killing almost every feature while dropping singles like “Dreams Worth More Than Money”, Off The Corner” and “I Don’t Know”, Meek Mill has been red hot this year. Fresh of the success of Dreamchasers 3, Meek displays zero signs of slowing down. But it’s not the typical Meek Mill we’re accustomed to hearing. There’s something different this time around. This time around it’s as if Meek is simply trying to prove that he can rap and should be mentioned when the best in the game are being brought up. If that’s what he is trying to prove, he’s proving it. His sophomore album is coming soon and that makes Meek Mill a 4th Quarter artist to look out for.
Since the beginning of the year Nicki Minaj has been hopscotching around slaying tracks. When it was announced she was calling her album: The Pinkprint, I was a little bit taken back. Then I thought about it. Nicki really has laid down the blueprint for female MC’s so remixing that thought and titling her album The Pinkprint really isn’t that outlandish and is a bold move but a dope move. Singles like: “Yasss B*tch”, “Chiraq” and “Pills N Potions” make it evident that Young Money’s First Lady can damn near do it all. She’s in her own lane for many different reasons, and with The Pinkprint on the way, Nicki Minaj is another artist to look out for in the 4th Quarter.
After speculation that Carter V would be Lil Wayne’s last album, a hype was prematurely built. But so far the singles (“Moment”, “Believe Me”, “D’usse” and “Krazy”) Weezy has been putting out has lived up to the hype and show signs that he may have yet another classic project on his hands with C5. The last 4th Quarter artist to be on the watch for is Lil Wayne.