Influenced by the unpredictable rhymes of Missy Elliot along with the sexually charged attitudes of Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown, Queens native Nicki Minaj was discovered thanks to her MySpace page.
The way Pitbull sees it, "crunk ain't nothin' but bass music slowed down." Miami bass music, that is, the kind Pitbull grew up on.
A mix of polished pop/rock and neo-soul Maroon 5 had cemented their status as pop/rock heavyweights.
After producing the majority of his album by himself, and learning to play multiple musical instruments. B.o.B is destined to spread his message of creativity and empowerment through his music.
With the ability to write thought provoking songs packed with sharp wit and clever lines, J. Cole is able to connect with listeners in a way that is seldom seen amongst MCs today.
GYM CLASS HEROES
Gym Class Heroes has established themselves as one of the most exciting bands in pop music, topping the radio charts with hit singles, touring the world, making countless national television appearances, and winning multiple music awards.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
Indie rock band of friends from Los Angeles don't want to be the hippest band out there, just your favorite.
Big Sean is gearing up to release his debut album which not only includes features from some of today's most highly respected artists but also gives listeners an in-depth look into the life of a MC who is so committed to his craft, he puts everything he has into each and every rhyme.
The Wanted combines great music style with humble backgrounds and a down-to-earth approach you can immediately see.
Possessing a keenness that belied his age, Pittsburgh, PA rap lyricist Wiz Khalifa came to be a rising star based on his young bravado and hardcore yet charismatic execution of rhymes.
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, just as the civil unrest that rocked the country was beginning, rapper K'NAAN spent the early years of his life trying to avoid death and listening to the hip-hop records sent to him from America by his father.
Chiddy and Xaphoon began creating and self-releasing music via the Internet, attracting fans with their deft combination of hip-hop, electronic and indie rock styles.
Wallpaper is a bona fide viral hustler and an extremely gifted producer expertly blurring glitzy pop and raunchy rap with anthemic rock & electronic funk.
Diggy is well on his way to a successful rap and fashion career, as well as establishing himself in the lineage created by his father and uncle.
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
Added by la-underground on March 26, 2012