Earlier this year Rick Ross tweeted "It’s the year of the underdog" and I have to agree with Rozay on this one. Globally, more and more newcomers are blowing up in the hip-hop scene – artists like 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Roy Woods – and they're winning the hearts and minds of fans by dropping banging records and getting co-signs from some of the top rappers in the game.

Locally the rap game is in the best state it’s ever been, so who has the potential to step up in 2017? Well, looking at how they ended last year, here’s my list of the 7 rappers who could do some major things in the coming months, and by major things I mean heavy radio rotation, dope music videos and features that put them on blast.

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