Kids These Days

Twitter: @KidsTheseDays

Pros: A fresh-faced, multi-cultural band of singing and rapping teenagers. How could this lose?

Cons: Certain members could flee the group for solo endeavors.

Essential Listening: Hard Times EP

Coming from all corners of the city, Kids These Days are a seven-piece band of energetic teenagers, featuring a rapping front man, a blues-rock trio, a female singer, and a kid who goes hammer on the horns.

Their most recent EP, Hard Times was well-received—incorporating hip-hop, jazz and funk in their destined-for-Top-40 sound. The group has already toured the country and was one of the most talked about acts at Lollapalooza 2011.

The Kids’ rapping frontman, Vic Mensa, is also a force to be reckoned with on the solo tip. With a handful of solo joints and mixtapes under his belt, Vic could have a breakout year of his own in 2012.