Before he beat out Michael Jordan’s all-time scoring record, Kobe Bryant was a scrawny, fresh outta high school 18-year-old kid who averaged just 15 minutes a game. Fast-forward nineteen seasons, and the eternal Los Angeles Laker is revered as one of the greatest players to handle the rock – proving to us all that you have to start somewhere. Enter, this list.
The year 2014 saw some considerable amount of scrawny, fresh outta small-time talent that all showed signs of staking claims in the proverbial music league. From tracks that threatened your ability to resist the “repeat one” option, to multiple guest appearances, to full-fledged bodies of work that will likely win a Grammy, these artists’ first seasons in the game put dope stats on the board.
Here are VIBE’s 2014 Rookies Of The Year. It remains to be seen if this lineup will go on to knock the all-stars off their thrones, but the prospects look damn good. Flip through.