Every year for the past six years, I've published a list of new-ish hip-hop artists worth paying attention to. "10 to Watch" is one of the most watched series here, so to speak. I haven't always made the perfect picks, but I've never "cosigned" anyone I didn't believe in. I've talked up future stars like Lupe Fiasco and Kendrick Lamar, as well as also-rans like Buff1 and Termanology. Regardless, I've always been able to find 10 people worth writing about.
Things done changed.
Friends, I can't think of ten halfway-decent rappers worth singing about in 2013. For the first time in half a decade, "10 to Watch" is under serious threat.
We can't let that happen. I want to keep introducing people to the best young minds in hip-hop, but only if there are rappers worthy of that nod. As popular as these lists are, I refuse to waste ink on anyone who doesn't deserve it.
With that said, I'd like to turn the floor over to you. Tell me: Who are the best new rappers worth watching this year. But before you answer that, please glance through previous lists to make sure they haven't already been featured on this site (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
I can't wait to see what you come up with.