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5. Mick Jenkins

We picked Mick Jenkins in round one, and he’s in this list because we still think that he can make 2015 a breakout year. While turning up at the function is still very much alive and well (fast forward to check out Two-9) even charting hip-hop is also increasingly turning to serious lyricism to get its fix. Mick Jenkins is exactly that kind of emcee; if Kendrick can drop complex music and go number one, and if Jenkins' Cinematic label mate Big K.R.I.T. can drop complex music and have widespread success, why can't he? We firmly believe Mick Jenkins is just getting started and might just end up on top by the close of the year.

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