Age: 30
Essential Listening: Baby Face Killa
If You Don't Believe Us Listen To: "Rob Me A Nigga"

Like Game, Freddie Gibbs must be wondering, “What the fuck do it take for a gangsta to win?” He's an undeniably dope MC, his 2010 EP Str8 Killa was well-received, and he’s one of the most hilarious, off-the-cuff people you’ll ever meet. So why can’t he blow up like he ought to?

We all thought his moment would come a few years ago when he scored the cover of LA Weekly and dropped an 80-song mixtape, but he hasn't progressed much beyond that. Then we thought things would really start clicking for him when he teamed up with Young Jeezy and CTE, but that move hasn’t done much for Gibbs, either.

We’re not sure what Gibbs can do to improve his status—he can’t/won’t make a commercial hit that compromises his hardcore aesthetic, that’s for sure—but here’s to hoping more people will check him out.