Pate

Twitter: @SpaceHighPate
Pros: Hungry; high-energy, technically sound music.
Cons: Not enough backing.
Essential Listening: Take Off in T-Minus 2.

West Philly rhymer Pate is like a rap James Harden: He’s a fundamentally sound sparkplug, and you can hear how much he wants it in each bar. Laced with his signature sound, his video for "Fun & Music" made its way to 2dopeboyz in January, and his project Take Off in T-Minus 2 was featured on Pigeons and Planes. His voice is Philadelphia, and his style is a nod to the Philly rappers of old, but he needs more industry support.