Pros: Has earned the support of other would-be (soon-to-be) stars like Big K.R.I.T.
Cons: Can he make the single that will break him?
Essential Listening: Hood Politics 2
Delo is perhaps the most pragmatic rapper of the bunch. The power of his writing is multiplied exponentially when you realize that there are no flourishes or tricks involved; it is, quite simply, him talking, and implying so much more (The best: on "Ghetto Boy," where he surmised his existence by stating he was only ever "looking for the Raid in the back of that kitchen drawer").
He is ferocious live performer (at his last sold out show he rapped himself into a stupor, nearly fainting from exhaustion at the end of it), a sturdy songwriter, and, in addition to earning the trust and admiration of the new generation. Plus he has received cosigns from Houston rap kings Bun B, Slim Thug, and more.