From: Atlanta, GA
Signature Song: Young Dro f/ T.I. "Shoulder Lean" (2006)
Young Dro's 2006 debut album is about as good as a 2000s rap album could get. Dro had a distinctive flow, lyrical flair-particularly for seafood-a sense of humor, a tough baritone, and seemed destined to follow T.I. to greater glory, much like Waka would follow Gucci some years later. Instead, after a cult classic debut and a few scattered follow-up singles (Grand Hustle compilation track "Grand Hustle Mafia" remains one of his most slept-on contributions) he seemed to miss more than he connected.
His collaboration with Yung LA ("Ain't I") was a great track, but his affiliation with the burgeoning swag rap movement didn't seem to give him much footing. Successive mixtapes have featured a few scattered gems-this year's "How You Feel" is a minor summertime anthem, and "Freeze Me" with Gucci and T.I. was a modestly successful single. Perhaps the quality of his debut stacked the cards against him, but overall, as that record retreats further in the rear view, it seems like his career feels like one of missed opportunities.