If you read our "New York Back" piece last week then you already know: there's a whole bunch of fresh talent percolating in the New York City rap scene at the moment. With NY-repping rappers like A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks, Action Bronson, French Montana, and Theophilus London blowing up, it's only natural that there would be newfound interest in the next wave of NY rappers.

Suddenly, there are dozens of new acts who pride themselves on originality and creativity instead of just flaunting their street cred. With so many to choose from, we did some close listening and narrowed the field down to pick our 10 favorite new New York rappers (listed in alphabetical order). Keep clicking to check out their Empire mindstate...

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Written by Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)