From: Brooklyn, NY
Signature Song: Ka "Decisions" (2012)

Ka may be a relic of bygone era but his strength lies in the fact that he doesn't pretend to be anything else. A fan of "real hip-hop" (read: '90s rap) he makes music that reflects that aesthetic to a T even in 2012. He basically looks, sounds, and raps like a hip-hop dinosaur, but come on dude, a Triceratops is pretty awesome. And with everyone complaining about how the '90s had such better rap music than today, what's wrong with a contemporary rapper with a throwback aesthetic? Let's hope his recent release, Grief Pedigree, will wake folks up.