For fans of: Earl Sweatshirt, Mick Jenkins, R.A.P. Feirreira 
Listen to these songs first: “My Name Jack?,” “sonder,” “take a hold”

Maassai is a rapper’s rapper. The Brooklyn-based MC excels at thoughtful, introspective rhymes like the ones unleashed all over ve·loc·i·ty, her collaboration tape with producer JWords (as H31R). The most impressive thing about Maassai is her range. She has no trouble finding her pocket over more experimental tracks like some “take a hold” from ve·loc·i·ty, but she can also navigate a more mellow soundscape like “sonder” from unsounded points of view. She’s the kind of artist who makes you wonder why “left of center” isn’t just the actual center. —Andre Gee