7. Schoolboy Q
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope
From: Los Angeles, California
Active Since: 2008
Best Known Song: "Hands on the Wheel" f/ A$AP Rocky
The year is past the halfway mark and Schoolboy Q's Habits & Contradictions is still among this year's best, even though it was released way back in January. The quality wasn't much of a surprise, either. Ever since his independent album, Setbacks, Schoolboy Q has been killing his numerous guest verses, particularly with Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky ("Brand New Guy"). With Black Hippy coming up and Top Dawg Entertainment's deal with Interscope/Aftermath, there's no reason not to be up on Schooloy Q.