25. Cozz – Cozz & Effect
The Los Angeles newcomer displayed dexterous wordplay and a perspective that greatly exceeds his 20 years of age on “Dreams,” the leading single from his strong debut project. But after pressing play, it’s clear that track (though extremely strong) was only the tip of the iceberg.
It’ll be interesting to see how the rapper grows under the tutelage of J. Cole and Dreamville Records.