2012 was a groundbreaking year of new talent that flourished into our radios and mp3 players. Artists from Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Macklemore and Meek Mill were just a variety of artists that brought a fresh take to a rather lackluster year in hip-hop. So who is there to lookout for in 2013 as we look forward to a new calendar year? Take a look at some of the fresh faces who will be blowing up your life in 2013 for the better.
Stose- I have had the pleasure of not only interviewing Stose in the beginning of my time at Examiner (then known as “Double Dose”), but have also gotten to know him beyond the professional world and as a genuinely good person. His determination, drive and focus are admirable in several ways as well as his raw talent and lyricism. He released his first song off iTunes called “Alive” which was very well received by fans and critics alike. Being compared to Eminem in his early days, he is putting his finishing touches on his EP which should be out sometime in early 2013. Stose to me is incredible because he blurs so many boundary lines that are out there and has odds against him that no doubt he will stand up to and conquer in 2013 and beyond.
DiMi Marc- Dimitry Marcellin, otherwise known as DiMi Marc, is described best as this- Take one part Usher, one part Kanye and one part Kid Cudi and the formula equals Dimi. That was from part one of my interview that I did with him over the summer this year. The Long Island native splits his time, who currently resides in Boston, released one of the best hip-hop songs of 2012 with “Cup Full of XO” which proves the formula that was mentioned above. He is currently finishing a mixtape which I had the good fortune of hearing some rough cuts of and it is sick! Already known on the college music scene, this dude plans on expanding his horizons on a national and worldwide level and making it big in 2013.
The Day Laborers- Hip-hop duos haven’t really made that big of a name for themselves since the heyday back in the late 80’s with emcees like Eric B. and Rakim. The Day Laborers are here to prove that that formula can still exist and work phenomenally well. Already established in the Long Island music scene as well as performing at legendary bars and clubs like CBGB, they went into full throttle in 2012 with the release of their latest effort “Deep Space Soul” in July. The album was well received and is accompanied by the video for “Sure Is”, one of the best tracks off of the album. They also were featured on a sick track by Chicago-based emcee Rediculus called “How To Hold A Mic”. Nothing these guys can’t do in their prime that will keep them from achieving thier dreams.
For more info on all these guys, check out their links and support them in 2013 and beyond.
The Day Laborers-