Forbes released their “30 under 30 2015” list this week, and it consists of ten hip hop influences that are dominating the game with their music, production, and various contributions – including Big Sean and Dj Mustard. Check them out:
Jhene Aiko: At 26 years-old, the Los Angeles native has risen to fame, gaining the likes of many all over the country for her soulful and vulnerable lyrics.
Azealia Banks: It took some time for this 23 year-old New Yorker to grow on us, but after witnessing her passion for black empowerment – we couldn’t resist showing the independent rapper some love.
Big Sean: I’m still not convinced that he’s 26 years-old, but it’s no denying that the G.O.O.D. music artist has skills. #IDFWU
Chance the Rapper: I’m not as familiar with Chance, aside from his features with Childish Gambino – but he has to be doing something right. At just 21 years-old, the rapper makes the list, boasting over 880,000 downloads of his mixtape, and two sold-out tours.
Hit-Boy: The 27 year-old G.O.O.D. music producer responsible for “N**** in Paris,” and Beyonce’s “Bow Down” clearly has a sound that has gained the respect of major icons in the industry.
Mike Will Made It: It’s hard to believe that the Atlanta-based producer is only 25 years-old. With a resume that consists of Rihanna’s “Pour It Up,” and Ciara’s “Body Party,” we know exactly why Forbes placed him on this list.
Dj Mustard: Another young’n that has gained recognition from his ability to dominate the billboard charts. The 24 year-old, Los Angeles native was responsible for all your favorite tracks this year including “2 On,” “Paranoid,” “Na-Na” and “My N****.”
A$AP Rocky: A relationship with Chanel Iman helped this 26 year-old gain exposure in the fashion industry, including a major shoot with DKNY.
Kai Wright: A name that you may not be familiar with, the 29 year-old executive serves as a Vice President for Diddy’s Revolt TV – of which he led event planning for their first annual music conference. Held in Miami, the conference attracted over 800 guests under his leadership.
Anthony Saleh: At 28 years-old, the CEO of Emagen and manager of Nas has assisted projects for Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga.
Forbes “30 under 30” is described as “a blend of country, rock, electronic, hip-hop and pop—with a shot of disruptive entrepreneurialism.” The full list can be viewed here.