The New Troublemakers

Meet the freaks, geeks and future superstars who are stirring things up in 2013
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Lauren Gesswein

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Joey BadA$$

While other young rappers fall over one another chasing trends, 18-year-old Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ has made a name for himself by staying true to the hard-knock beats and blunted rhymes of Nineties East Coast hip-hop. But there's nothing stale about his throwback style. He even got golden-age beat genius DJ Premier to give him a track – a total coup for a kid who wasn't even born when Nas' classic Premier-assisted debut, Illmatic, came out. "Right now," the MC says about his Pro-Era posse, "it's just us."

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