8. Danny Brown
Label: Fool's Gold
From: Detroit, MI
Active Since: 2003
Career Highlights: XXX, released on Fool's Gold, received critical acclaim and ranked No. 1 on Spin's hip-hop albums of 2011.
Everybody in this list is talented in their own right, but what makes Danny Brown stand out is that he's just so damn interesting and entertaining. Brown's verses are some of the most rawest, funniest, absurdist, and clever you'll hear today. Plus, he's the go-to guy for interviews.