Lil’ Snupe – 16 & Runnin’ Tha Mixtape
Rap lost a truly promising young talent this year when 18 year-old Lil’ Snupe was gunned down in Louisiana. He was allegedly signed to Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers Records just 20 minutes after Meek heard his demo, and his debut mixtape 16 & Runnin’ shows why Meek was so impressed. On songs like “Boot Up” and “Harder”, Snupe exhorts a relentless barrage of rhymes, while “Ready To Go” proves that the young spitter could pen something for pop audiences and “Street” is a melancholy street dream anthem. Snupe would continue to improve on following mixtapes like Blessing In The Sky and R.N.I.C. It’s a shame he had to leave so soon.