From: Los Angeles, CA
Pros: Conscious, thought-provoking lyrics
Cons: At times, preachy and boring
Odds of blowing up: 30:1
Complex says: Ab-Soul is the first rapper on our list representing an impressive crop of L.A. emcees that have come to prominence this year. A close collaborator of Kendrick Lamar (who’s already too established to make this list), Ab-Soul can hold his own with the most nimble lyricists in the game. He can rap over virtually any beat while also keeping his subject matter varied and interesting.