THIS #HYPEFRESHMAN2018 CANDIDATES LIST WAS DRAFTED, DEBATED & COMPILED BY THE HYPE MAGAZINE TEAM AND WAS CONSTRUCTED THROUGH MONTHS OF CULTURAL MONITORING. THE HYPE FRESHMAN LIST WAS CREATED TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON A VARIETY OF UNIQUE & DIFFERENT ARTISTS WE BELIEVE ARE CAUSING (AND WILL CAUSE) AN IMPACT WITHIN HIP HOP & YOUTH CULTURE THROUGH THEIR WORK/ART & HUSTLE. ONLY SINGULAR PERFORMING ARTISTS WERE CONSIDERED AS HYPE FRESHMAN CANDIDATES WHICH EXCLUDED GROUPS/DUOS, DJS & PRODUCERS. 3O NAMES HAVE BEEN DROPPED BELOW & ONLY 7 WILL BE CHOSEN. REMEMBER ITS ALL LOVE… GATOR Before young Gator signed to Cutthroat Entertainment he needed no one convincing him that he has the qualities of a great artist. Gator’s fan base is hugely made evident as soon as he jumps on any stage and he has also transcended himself as one of the great voices among-st the youth that find their own way to make it. LUNA FLORENTINO Luna Florentino’s artistic journey has been an interesting one to watch, as the rapper/producer has slowly made himself into a serious contender in the game. Having already proven his abilities behind and in front of the mic, Luna Florentino has our co-sign to becoming an unstoppable force. FEBUARY When Mi-stro Record’s Febuary first dropped his Only In Febuary project, it was clear that this was an artist who is committed to being as authentic as he can be with himself. Febuary’s dominance in the game is soon to come and the more you watch his moves, the more you get to understand that there’s a bigger impact on the way from the crooner. THE BIG HASH Pretoria based young SA rapper The Big Hash has arguably become the most watched and talked about hip hop artist of the year. Having started out the new year on a high note, thanks to the public’s reception of his called Life + Times of a Teenage Influence EP among-st other releases. The Big Hash is a true diamond in the game no lie… FLAME The Wrecking Crew member, Flame, has really personified the meaning of his moniker… Previously over looked during his Ambitiouz days, Flame has positioned himself as a huge contender in the hip hop game. It seems like there’s no wrong Flame can do when it come to the music because each single,collaboration or project he has a hand in just seems to be fire. Flame’s energy & delivery is one of the most unique in SA hip hop and this is a super power we couldn’t ignore. ROWLENE If you haven’t heard about Rowlene then you kind of have to be ashamed of yourself because this South African singer songwriter is nothing less than special. Birthed in Cape Town, Rowlene’s artistry has gained her a massive following in the game. Whether your discovery of her came through her collaborative efforts with Nasty C or her project called Evolution Of A Robot, Rowlene’s consistency in improving her art deserves some high respect. ASTRYD BROWN Late last year and early 2018 Astryd Brown really convinced the game that she’s in it to win it. Her presence has steadily been on the rise since she started off dropping the hits. With a sound that differentiates her from the rest, Astryd is another serious player that has her sight on joining the front pack. ACID Acid has undoubtedly become one of the loudest voices amongst the youth that has already granted him the respect of a powerful artist on the rise. Having spent the previous year building up his name amongts the kids, the mainstream side of the game is surely sooner or later going to feel the full force of what Acid is capable of. FETTIBOY JIM With an already built huge following online that has gained an impressive number of plays from fans all over the world, Fettiboy Jim is quite a unique energy that has many keeping an eye on. His artistic lyrical deliveries has him in the spotlight of young artists set to take over the game real soon whether you like it or not. CYA UYAZI Ermelo born hip hop artist Cya Uyazi has been an up & coming that has become one of the most recognized in MP. Apart from the frequent attention he gets from his hustle, his consistency to make a name from himself will surely earn the respect of the game. ESPIQUET Rapper/songwriter Espiquet gained huge attention after he got a co-sign from Riky through his ‘Wait Outside’ remixed joint. Even before that Espiquet had been bubbling under and this year we have a good feeling that he’s about to get the respect and attention that he truly deserves. TRONPYRE Pretoria based artist, Tronpyre is slowly creeping up the game’s ladder and has the huge potential to become a great artist. His artistic approach to music and emotive sonic deliveries have made him a target to keep your eye on as we believe that Tronpyre is a name that is probably going to be spoken about a lot real soon. ASON ASON is an exciting wave in the game that has some eyes locked on what he’s got next. Last year the young artist gained our attention through his music and this year we believe that he’s only got one way to take himself in the game which is up. FOCALISTIC Cap City has had a pretty solid time birthing out new talents in the game and Focalistic is a name we know too well. The young rising star already has a huge number of fans backing him up and its only a matter of time until he crosses over to become one of the leaders of the new wave, that’s if he already isn’t. ESPACIO DIOS Young Espacio Dios is a name we know quite well too. His approach to music is pretty hard to ignore especially after dropping off his Percussive Planet EP that, for many, acted as an introductory sonic experience of Espacio Dios. Whether you recognize the many co-signs he has received in the game (one strongly being from Anatii) or not, Espacio Dios will always remain a rare gem that the game has to offer. 3PLE B Remember when we mentioned how we would be closely checking out artists getting some impressive plays on HYPE Music? Well 3ple B has gotten our attention. Born Busisiwe Soba and hailing all the way from Randfontein, 3ple B’s passion and drive towards her music has convinced us that she deserves to a freshman spotlight. Her first official EP titled B.O.T.D (Because Of These Dreams) quickly became one of the most played on HYPE Music and we’ve of course noticed her determination to keep her status outside of the platform which we highly appreciate. https://hypemagazine.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/SukedleleniProd-by-Blass.mp3 DEE KOALA Here is another HYPE Music discovered artist called Dee Koala who is really a rising star to look out for this year. Based all the way in Cape Town, Khayelitsha to be specific, Dee Koala (real name Odwa Situma) is quite an interesting act to witness. Her music has gained her some impressive plays on HYPE Music but its huge potential that has earned her a spot to become a freshman. PATRICKXXLEE Its no hidden truth that PatricKxxLee has become a loud voice among-st the youth since stepping into the game to f*ck things up. Patrick’s journey has always been closely watched and for him to not get a freshman candidate nod sort of made no sense. And if you hadn’t heard of the ARTIS Records artist until now then you’re welcome. RICCO Hailing all the way from MP, Ricco has undoubtedly become another hot artist to keep your eyes on. The Raw X Studio artist has steadily built up his hip hop CV since stepping the scene. His artistic aesthetics are quite different from the rest and its that difference that always keeps in on radar. Hopefully he can take it all the way this year… TIAN Tian as an artist we first discovered on our HYPE Music platform because he has become one of the most played artist on there. The rapper/producer has a huge potential to f*ck sh*t up with his music as he already delivers a qualitative approach to his music. Tian’s chances of becoming a strong contender in the game are in his favor trust us! ROBIN THIRDFLOOR Durban based artist, Robin Thirdfloor, has also gained quite a unique following solely because of the music. The ‘Somdanger’ hit maker is definitely at the forefront of offering a different sonic experience within the game and this year we trust he’ll be getting more of the attention that he deserves. NEO Ambitouz Entertainment’s Neo really started the year off hard when the game caught the attention of his smash hit ‘Amalevels’. Having already got into the game some time ago, this year just seems to be different for the artist as he has gained quite a huge number of praises not only from the public but majority of the whole entertainment industry. NAYE AYLA Singer/songwriter Naye Ayla has been in our radar for some time and we thought it was finally time to give her our full attention by handing her a freshman candidate spotlight. Its safe to say the Naye Ayla is part of a special breed of artists that really take their story telling and emotive connections seriously with the music. Plus her voice is amazing too.. TYRANT THE RAPPER Mi-stro Records artist Tyrant The Rapper is a fresh sound any lover of hip hop can appreciate. From first listen you can immediately tell that she knows how lyrically capture any listeners attention. Her ‘The City’ record is a good example of her effortless story telling abilities. After discovering her we had to… DARNE Mi-stro Records artist Darne already has a big following behind him and his music can testify to that. Darne’s navigation in the game is always met with high praise because the people trust that his got what it takes to shift the culture into a whole different level. We’ve witnessed Darne do his thing for some time and we’re excited to witness how far he’ll take himself. KING SWEETKID Golden boy King Sweetkid’s journey has been interesting to watch. The young hip hop artist has been grinding in the game for some time and it really feels good to witness his artistic growth. King Sweetkid undoubtedly deserves a freshman candidate spotlight because he has all the qualities of what a freshman is made out of… TOUCHLINE Touchline’s buzz in the game has been one to embrace. The young artist has already made quite an impact in SA hip hop and its without a doubt that he fully deserves a freshman candidate spotlight which will hopefully assist in his overgrowing musical career. Touchline is quite an authentic artist which we all can appreciate. 3TWO1 Frequent B3nchMarQ collaborator 3TWO1 has had quite a buzzing couple of months. The Lemapi Entertainment member has leveled up his game by delivering some note worthy solo records into the scene. We trust that his solo effects are soon to take him to greater heights and his collaborations with B3nchMarQ have proved to be of good benefit for his career. SIMS ATM artist, Sims, first came into the scene when dropped his ‘Bob Marley’ smash record and since then he has been active lending his voice on a couple of features. Sims is really a unique artist that we trust has all the qualities to blow up in the game. Hopefully after this you’ll understand why we had to give him a freshman candidate spotlight. KIMOSABE Singer/songwriter Kimosabe has been putting in the work for some time now. And if you probably haven’t noticed then believe us when we say his consistency in creating good music has gotten noticed by us. You might have heard the name Kimosabe around before and if you haven’t then here’s your chance to get to know why he’s gotten a nod as a freshman candidate from us. VOTE FOR YOUR 7 HERE.