Last year, EMA, Cults, Yuck, and A$AP Rocky headlined our list of best new artists. For the most part, the break out artists of 2011 toured to support their 2011 material in 2012, hitting the festival circuit particularly hard. And by the stipulations we determined this year, a couple of the artists wouldn’t have even been eligible (The Weeknd & A$AP). For this year’s list we explicitly only allowed artists who released their first proper studio album within the calendar year, unfortunately disqualifying artists such as Grimes, Ab-soul, and Schoolboy Q. In addition, previous mixtapes do not prohibit an artists eligibility, allowing Frank Ocean and Meek Mill to be eligible despite extensive previous exposure. These guidelines were not decided on lightly and may be changed for future lists, but we wanted to define this category as narrowly as possible.
Its debatable whether this year’s crop is as strong, but there have been plenty of new artists to break onto the scene. Several artists of note also missed the list, but you’ll just have to hit the jump to see who. Enjoy, and as always, let us know who we omitted, forgot, or shouldn’t have included.
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