City: Lauderhill, Fl.

With the breakout success of Kodak Black, Florida is again establishing itself as a source for unique hip-hop. Lajan Slim, whose sparse solidarity anthem "Haitians" was recently cosigned by Pusha T, is a prime example. The gangly rapper has a distinct look and a clever rap style. "Haitians" is still only a potential hit, and Lajan is largely unproven. But as a statement of purpose, it's one of the strongest debuts this year.