9. Chance Fischer, "Broken Lungs" 

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Rapper Chance Fischer was born and raised in the West End and influenced by styles of rap as wide-ranging as No Limit and OutKast in the South and East Coast lyricists such as Canibus and Big Pun. He released two mix tapes while a student at Cornell University, and his past record "Tantalize" was chosen by Rob Markman, former deputy editor of XXL and a correspondent for MTV News, to be featured on a compilation of up-and-coming artists. This track, "Broken Lungs," off his recent preview E.P., "So Soleful," was chosen as a title in reference to a disability to breathe or function properly in the current state of culture, he says. "The only 'air' we breathe is in the bubble in the shoes of our sneakers," he says. "It's the idea of being suffocated by consumerism and a poor socio-economic environment." His full-length debut, "Wreath" should be released this summer. — Brent Baldwin

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