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10 Rappers to Watch in 2012

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#7. Marcus Manchild
Marcus Manchild
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Twitter: @MarcusManchild

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Claim to Fame:
  • Reams of Internet buzz
  • Smokers' Club tour with Big K.R.I.T. and Method Man
License to Ill:

There's something brewing in Houston. No one fully understands it yet, but the consensus is that the city is teetering on the brink of a resurgence. The city's new crop of emcees is making a concerted effort to regain the hip-hop hegemony of 2005. Whatever it is, whenever it boils over, Marcus Manchild will be somewhere serving it forward. Marcus personifies the essence of Houston rap, equal parts old school charm and contemporary flavor—Slim Thug's finesse, UGK's fabric, in Lil Flip's kitchen.

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