The Los Angeles rap scene is in flux. Take a look at some of the most promising young acts in hip-hop today—Kendrick Lamar and the TDE Camp, Dom Kennedy’s OPM, Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future crew—and you’ll realize that they’re all from L.A.

With the terrible “New West” tagline finally laid to rest, hip-hop fans nationwide are slowly learning that the West Coast isn’t beholden to the traditional “gangsta rap” aesthetic or “g-funk.” There’s always been an eclectic L.A. rap scene, but fans are only now starting to gravitate towards it.

So come to sunny California where innovation is the trend du jour and genre-bending reigns supreme. You’ll find defiant kids who treat the arts district of Fairfax as their own personal playground while serving as stewards to the rising culture among L.A. youths. But you’ll still find kids running the streets of Compton and Inglewood who are permanently on “grind mode” even if they aren’t the most “banged out” kid on the block.

With such a wide array of new talent hitting the scene, we took it upon ourselves to help sort it out by putting together this list of 10 New L.A. Rappers to Watch Out For in 2012 (listed alphabetically)...

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Written by Brooklyne Gipson (@Brooklyne)

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