Is it just us—or are there a lot of young, up-and-coming rappers making noise right now? While many of the usual suspects (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne included) continue to make headlines, it seems like every time we turn around, there's another newbie trying to earn a rep for him or herself by dropping a dope new song or mixtape. There's definitely a wave of talent that hit the music industry during 2011 and the beginning of 2012 that's been impossible to ignore. Some of the names have been around for awhile but are just emerging as possible big-name artists, and others are just now breaking onto the scene and looking to make a name for themselves. But, whatever the case, this much is true: These artists have tons of potential and could be the next Jay-Zs, Kanye Wests, and Drakes.
The problem, of course, is keeping up with all of them. Because just about anyone can be a rapper now, it can take a lot of effort to sift through all the MCs that are out there and separate the treasures from the trash. So with that in mind, we decided to put together a list of the 10 up-and-coming rappers we're looking forward to hearing more from in 2012. Check out the list and then let us know which up-and-coming rappers you are checking for this year.