New Faces 2012

Meet the breakout stars you'll be talking about all year long

Danny Brown

Danny Brown
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It was a decade in the making, but Danny Brown is finally being recognized as one of the most unique rappers catching waves. Brown came close to striking gold in 2003 when Roc-A-Fella Records showed interest, but he admits they didn't really "get" him. He returned home without a deal and landed in jail. Once free, Brown dropped a series of mixtapes and EPs, most notably 2010's The Hybrid, which led to a deal with Fool's Gold and the release of XXX. Dubbed one of the best hip-hop albums of the year, it's safe to say people definitely get him now.

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