Rapzilla.com’s 15 Freshmen of 2018
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Tobe Nwigwe



Tobe Nwigwe is an unknown to most on Rapzilla but while he was 2017's best kept secret, the cat's out the bag in 2018. Born in Texas to Nigerian parents, Tobe's rhymes paint vivid pictures of growing up around gangs and violence while also touching on the struggles of his heritage. He also overcame the personal tragedy of losing out on an NFL football career after a debilitating knee injury took the dream away while playing for University of North Texas.



When did you decide that you wanted to pursue music?

When CJ (The co-owner of ETA) explained to me the power of influence that music has – and the talent, character, and integrity I would add to the movement already established by ETA and the music industry.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

Getting married, and releasing an EP in the same year.

What should fans be on the lookout for musically from you in 2018?

More #getTWISTEDsundays mixtapes and original music.

Follow Tobe Nwigwe on Facebook and Twitter.

(Photo credit: Anthony Rathbun)

WHATUPRG



WHATUPRG is an anomaly. He only has four tracks of his own but is one of the most talked about young artists in the genre. He can rap, sing, produce, and does design work. He was heavily featured on tracks by Derek Minor, and has done songs with Lawren, nobigdyl., Mogli the Iceburg, and Eric Heron to name a few. He recently joined the indie.tribe collective, received a Lecrae co-sign, and you can expect that his debut album is dropping soon. His song "Aquafina" is also in the running for Best Single of the Year.

When did you decide that you wanted to pursue music?

I’ve always loved music. I used to hit my mom’s pots and pans with spoons and pretend I was playing drums when I was a kid. I started performing when I was 7, writing songs when I was 12 and producing in high school. I don’t think there was a moment I said “I wanna make music,” it’s just something I’ve always done. I tried working a “regular” job for a few months and quit cause I didn’t have time to create. I guess that’s a moment. That was a little over a year ago.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

I played my parents my project the other day, that was the best. Other than that, going on tour with my friends and meeting people across the country who support me. That’s dope. Seeing people respond to songs I made at my mom’s house will never get old. That’s super dope.

What should fans be on the lookout for musically from you in 2018?

New music. That’s all. Tribe is definitely on the move.

Follow WHATUPRG on Facebook and Twitter.

Vic Sage



Vic Sage impressed listeners in 2017 with his EP Long Days Longer Nights which featured Joey Jewish and YourWelcome fka Ki-Shon Furlow among others. He had a great streaming year and made the Top 50 Viral list in Canada and Australia which came as a result of landing on Spotify's The Blaze playlist and Promoting Sounds' Chill Rap playlist, among others.. As stated by he and FVMELESS, they have a joint project coming out in 2018 which will only increase their Freshmen status.



When did you decide that you wanted to pursue music?

I decided to pursue music my Junior year of high school. In the beginning, it definitely wasn't something that came natural, so I kept my head down and worked at it. Eventually, people from my city began to find it and spread the word. Now I consider myself fully invested in spending all my time and energy into the craft and business side of music. God has moved in ways that I could never have imagined these last few years and I am constantly reminded of His sovereignty.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

Earlier this year I worked with an artist from my city that goes by the name K'sean. Together, we made a song that felt underground, unique and a little polarizing, but we dropped it anyways. Two months later, it went viral in Canada and Australia on Spotify, cracking the top 50 charts in both countries. It was so dope to see something that we created from the city of Omaha, which really doesn't have a music scene let alone a hip-hop movement, reach so many people. That was a milestone that I constantly look back to when I feel stagnant or am worried about pleasing everybody with every release. It was also so dope to see some of my favorite artists and blogs begin to follow and reach out over the past year.

What should fans be on the lookout for musically from you in 2018?

My fans should expect a dope collaborative EP with my guy Fvmeless early in 2018. They should also expect a lot of new collaborations with artists of every caliber and POV. I am inspired endlessly by the new waves of hip-hop as well as my peers that continue to push me to be the most creative artist that I can be. I hope that I can give them new and refreshing perspectives on how they listen to music, insights, and outlooks that they would not hear in the mainstream or CHH.

Follow Vic Sage on Instagram and Twitter.

Zauntee



Zauntee, much like RG, is one of the newer artists on this list. His 2017 left an impact with his smash single, "God Taught Me," which quickly became one of the most watched videos of all-time on the Rapzilla YouTube with over a million views. His fans, known as the "Zealot Gang," are as hardcore a fanbase as any out there. He released his All.things mixtape and followed his first single with "No. 34." You better believe that someone is going to sign this guy.



When did you decide that you wanted to pursue music?

I've loved music my whole life and have been writing songs since I was 10 years old. I made the decision to start pursuing music when I was 14, and that's when I started producing. I officially launched my career in 2017 with the release of my first single "God Taught Me" back in March.

What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

There have been so many incredible things I've experienced. Doing packed out shows where the whole crowd knows my songs, signing autographs and taking pictures, getting recognized out in public pretty much every time I go somewhere, fan interaction (Zealot Gang is the best), traveling to all these new spots, just living my dream! I never thought it would happen so fast. All Glory to God!

What should fans be on the lookout for musically from you in 2018?

I'm gonna keep taking over. Trust me, no one does it like Zauntee. Me and the Zealots 'bout to change everything. I'm creating a movement, LIVE THE REVOLUTION!

Follow Zauntee on Facebook and Twitter.

Readers' Choice Picks for the 2018 Rapzilla.com Freshmen Class



*Note, we nominated 1K Phew however, he declined as he felt like he was no longer a freshman.

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About the Author
Justin Sarachik has been writing about music since 2010 reporting and editing for The Christian Post, BREATHEcast, Broken Records Magazine, and his own blog TheSIBandGuy. When not conducting obscenely long phone interviews he jumps around on stage with his progressive rock/rap band Process of Fusion in Staten Island, NY.

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