Rockie Fresh

Twitter: @RockieFresh

Pros: Consistently sells out shows in Chicago, and has toured the country with major acts. Possible XXL Freshmen 10 cover boy.

Cons: He’s yet to drop a hit record.

Essential Listening: Driving 88

If you don't already know the name Rockie Fresh, well you've presumably been under a rock. Garnering plenty of blog love and national exposure, Rockie is the only rapper on this list to be selected as a potential XXL Freshmen 10 cover recipient.

Rockie's sound and look are ready-made for the Billboard charts—dude has serious crossover potential. And with his latest mixtape Driving 88 generating over 100K views on Datpiff, it's clear many feel the same way.

He's already sold out half a dozen shows in his hometown (an incredibly tough market for local talent), and has toured the country with Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) and Wale. With Rockie set to embark on his third nationwide tour in the Spring, he's a must see while he hits your city.