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South by Southwest has becomes its own worst enemy, as the lines when to take a paycheck and a backseat to artistic growth have become more blurred than Robin Thicke can ever imagine.

Fortunately, new artists with dreams of making it big (and the talent to accomplish such a lofty goal) have kept the bloated festival’s lifeblood pumping with intensity.

Hip-Hop Wired was in the mix and madness for SXSW 2015 and while we obviously were ears deep into our rap shows, we still found time to stumble a handful of artists who have the drive, passion and skills to keep the artistry exciting and vibrant.

Check out five artists we witnessed at SXSW 2015 who got next and now in the gallery below.

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