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3. Lute

You may not know Lute yet, but you’d have to be living under a rock not to know the name J. Cole. Well, recently Lute was signed to Cole’s Dreamville label, with Lute’s song “Still Slummin’' earning a spot on the new J.Cole/Dreamville project, Revenge of the Dreamers II. Even before Dreamville, Lute was showing signs, signs that caught the attention of the legendary Pete Rock, who shared his West1996 project on Twitter back in 2012. Pete Rock? J.Cole? Those are some pretty impressive co-signs, but as always, the independent, upstart emcee’s challenge was getting that music to the masses. Now that Lute has the power of Dreamville behind him, 2016 should be a huge year for the man.

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