Homeboy Sandman’s Guide to the Best Underground Rappers in NYC Right Now

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The tail-end of 2012 has seen a spree of inspiring rap releases sprouting up from New York City’s underground circuit: Action Bronson, Sean Price and Long Island native Roc Marciano dropped a triumvirate of excellent long-players while the year’s set to end with a fresh mixtape from Joey Bada$$’s Pro Era crew. Alongside that fine flurry came Homeboy Sandman’s First of a Living Breed, which saw the erstwhile subterranean spitter fulfilling his potential and crafting a stellar album. So with a canny artist-oriented ear to the ground, here’s Homeboy Sandman’s picks for the next wave of underground rap talent to start obsessing over right now.

1. YC the Cynic

Direct from the birthplace of hip-hop, the Bronx-based YC is one of hip-hop’s brightest young phenoms. This cat bends and twists words all types of mythical ways. He’s flying under-the-radar right now but has already got a cult following in NYC. I was at his Good Morning Midnight release party and it was packed wall to wall with people more into emcees than famous people. I’ve not come across a talent like this kid in all my time listening to hip-hop and he’s got a style all his own. He makes that hard ish sound so heavenly.

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