Hip Hop Leaders of the New School

So in with the new out with the old as we saw the golden age of  hip hop (80’s Run Dmc, NWA, LL Cool J, Beatie Boys, Big Daddy Kane Rakim, Eric B, Slick Rick, Grand Master Flash KRS One) era come to an end at the arrival of the platinum age (Snoop, Tupac, Jay-z, Wu-Tang, Biggie, Eminem, Common, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Redman, Outkast, ) era .

Golden Era



Platinum Era


Run Dmc & Beastie Boys Producer Rick Rubin with Jay-z in the Studio

Golden and Platinum Era Mashup


The New Wave



wayne xxl cover

We are now witnessing the end of the platinum era of Hip Hop as most of the key players are now going on into their 40s and only a very few are still relevant and active (Jay-z, Eminem, Andree 3000) with the rest slated for rapper pensions. With the end of this era comes the new generation kicking the door down to take it all. XXL magazine recently put their top 10 rap rookies on the three different covers for their December issue. I don’t know about  some of these guys, they are all dope, but usually XXL is wrong on their “upcoming rookie” picks. So i have crossed out the suspect  ones and replaced them with my own rookies who didn’t make the list last year. As well as some of the new gen rappers who arn’t nessisary so rookie but are still post platinum era.



Here’s their top 10 rookies (in no particular order).
Charles Hamilton
Asher Roth
Cory Gunz Drake
Blu Wiz Khalifa
Mickey Factz J.Cole
Ace Hood Xv
Kid Cudi

+ The Kid Daytona, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Big Sean, The Clipse, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross,Lil Wayne, T.I

Show and Prove Tracks Below.

Wiz Khalifa – Never Ever

off his 2009 mixtape: Flight School


Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His techno-influenced single, “Say Yeah“, received urban radio airplay, charting on Billboard’s Hot 100, Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts. He will release his major label debut album, First Flight, on Warner Bros. Records.


Drake – Juice

off his 2009 mixtape with : Heartbreak Drake 2


Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian actor and recording artist. He originally became known for playing Jimmy Brooks, the basketball star that became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate on Degrassi: The Next Generation. As a rapper, he performs under the mononym Drake, and is often billed as the new version of The Fresh Prince. Drake continued to recognize a close affiliation with Lil Wayne‘s Young Money Entertainment,[2] before officially signing with the record label in June, 2009. His first studio album, Thank Me Later, is expected to be released on the label in late 2009.

Asher Roth – Falling

off his 2009 studio Album: Asleep in the Bread Aisle


Asher Paul Roth (born August 11, 1985) is an American rapper. He is currently signed to a joint venture between Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy Music and Steve Rifkind’s SRC Records. His first professional release was on June 13, 2008 when the DJ Drama and Don Cannon-helmed The GreenHouse Effect Mixtape was released for free via Roth’s website Thedailykush.com.

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon

off his 2008 mixtape: A kid named Cudi


Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, (born January 30, 1984) better known by his stage name Kid Cudi (pronounced /ˌkɪd ˈkʌdi/), is an American rapper and actor. He first gained major attention after the release of his debut mixtape A Kid Named Cudi.

Kid Cudi was later featured on Kanye West‘s 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak, singing with West on the track “Welcome to Heartbreak“, and helping with songwriting on “Heartless” and “Paranoid“.

B.o.B. aka Bobby Ray – Satellite

off his 2009 mixtape: B.o.B. vs Bobby Ray


Bobby Ray Simmons (born November 15, 1988), also simply known as B.o.B or Bobby Ray, is an American hip hop musician from Decatur, Georgia. He is currently signed under the labels of Grand Hustle and Atlantic Records. In December 2008, he appeared on the cover of XXL magazine along with Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton, and Wale as “Hip-Hop’s Class of ’09”. In October 2008, B.o.B was featured on the cover of Vibe along with some of these same young musicians and was similarly identified as promising young talent. He has described his influences as “80’s music, techno, rock, funk, even du wop…”

His debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, is expected to be released in 2009 under T.I.’s record label Grand Hustle.

Charles Hamilton – Imagination

off the 2008 mixtape: XXL Freshman 10


“This Perfect Life” is the debut studio album by American rapper Charles Hamilton. It will be the first album distributed by a major record label for free download on Charles Hamilton’s own website, there will also be a physical copy that can be purchased in stores that will include a DVD of animated videos to help the listener get a better feel for the music.

Wale – New Soul

off the 2009 mixtape: Back to the Feature


Olubowale Victor Akintimehin better known by his stage name Wale (pronounced wah-lay) is an American hip hop artist. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became popular in Washington, D.C.. As of 2009, Wale has released five critically acclaimed mixtapes with his first album, Attention: Deficit set to be released on September 22, 2009.

Curren$y – Sail On

off the 2009 album: This ain’t a Mixtape


Shante Anthony Franklin (born April 4, 1981), better known by his stage name Curren$y , is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is best known for his 2006 single “Where da Cash At“.

As a teenager, he was signed to Master P‘s No Limit Records until 2005, when he signed with Lil Wayne‘s Young Money Entertainment, where he remained until late 2007. While still at Young Money, Curren$y created Fly Society with skateboarder Terry Kennedy, first as a clothing company, then expanding to release music. After releasing a series of mixtapes, he released his debut solo album, This Ain’t No Mixtape, in 2009.

J.Cole – Hold it Down

off the 2009 album: The Warm Up


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