Forbes: 30 under 30 List

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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****.”

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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.

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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.

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Anthony Saleh: At 28 years-old, the CEO of Emagen and manager of Nas has assisted projects for Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga.

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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.  

~Jaleesa Lashay~




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