Age: 21
Hometown: Houston, TX
Active Since: 2009
Label: Grand Hustle/Epic
Twitter Handle: @trvisXX 

Essential Listening: Owl Pharaoh 
Pros: He's managed to network his way to some of the biggest names in hip-hop.
Cons: He's more of a curator than an original.

Further proof of the old adage about everything being bigger in Texas, Travis $cott has turned a knack for making synthesizers, church bells and, most distinctly, air-horns, sound like something the size of a Tsunami rolling in off the Gulf Coast and flattening everything in its path on the way to the Astrodome into a spot in two of the top camps in rap today. Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music and T.I.'s Grand Hustle—an enviable position in the today's rap game. —Dave Bry