22. Kris Kasanova
Borough: Brooklyn (Red Hook)
Signature style: Average youth with his own flair.
Kris Kasanova is hardcore. He doesn't rap about flipping packs or sticking-up other rappers, but his flow has a rawness that you wouldn't expect from such a mild-mannered dresser. Kasanova has the appearance of your average kid who wants to look dipped in beanies, leather jackets, and his hometown fitted. That’s most of us. Although his outfits are simple, he knows how to add the appropriate accessory, like a gold chain or layered outerwear. The young emcee might rap “Like it’s ’88,” but that’s a good thing. That was hip-hop’s golden era for style and rhymes. Hopefully, Kasanova can live up that legacy.