Label: Fool's Gold, Reebok Classics

Arguably the valedictorian of New York's emerging new class of underground MCs, Action Bronson paints vivid word pictures of fantastical fever dreams. And his imagination and vocabulary were never more perfectly matched than on last year's Blue Chips, a full-length collaboration with Fool's Gold producer Party Supplies that found the Queens chef his ideal foil. This is the way albums used to be made, with one MC and one DJ egging each other on to be more creative in their respective roles. These days you call it a mixtape, because then you don't have to clear all those samples.