Kreayshawn & A$AP Rocky Sign Million-Dollar Deals (May 29, 2011; October 14, 2011)

2011 was a year filled with fresh new hip-hop talent. The emergence of independent acts like Harlem's ASAP Rocky and Oakland's Kreayshawn are already making a big impact on the music industry. In May, Kreayshawn capitalized on the success of her hit single “Gucci Gucci” and signed a record deal with Sony Music reportedly worth $1 million.

Following the release of songs like "Purple Swag” and "Peso," A$AP Rocky became the next newcomer to cash in big. In October, A$AP Rocky inked a solo deal with Polo Grounds Music and RCA for $1.7 million. If that wasn't enough, he was also able to land a $1.3 million budget to fund upcoming projects from his A$AP crew. How trill is that?