From: Chicago
Twitter: @Zonaman72
Essential Listening: No Advanced
Pros: Very talented and is in a style of hip-hop that is near its peak right now.
Cons: Potential to be looked at as just another trap or drill rapper out of Chicago.

With the ability to adequately mix and balance trap and drill styles together, Freeband Gang's Zona Man is set up for plenty of success going forward. Not to mention, he's affiliated with Future, which is never a bad thing based on the run he's been on over the past year. Zona Man is indeed still a fresh talent on the scene, but he's already shown flashes that indicate he has what it takes to possibly separate himself from the crowded trap scene and shift over to the mainstream.

His No Advanced project is an essential listening for fans, and one of the better overall projects of the summer. With standout songs like “Mean to Me” with Future and Lil Durk, and “New Wave” over crazy Metro Boomin production, Zona Man showcases his versatility while staying focused on his street-driven lyrics. Nothing is guaranteed in 2015—and especially in hip-hop—but Zona Man is setting himself up for success, and that deserves your attention. —ZF