If you’re wondering what hip-hop will look like in 2013, rappers LL Cool J, 50 Cent and French Montana have already announced they will be releasing new projects in the coming months. But with every year comes a new breed of fresh faces that have the potential to garner mass appeal. Many of these artists have support from their hometowns and even reached outside of their region, building loyal fan bases. Some have record deals while others are riding the independent route.

Repping cities like Atlanta, New York, Oakland and Houston, this set is filled with rebels, ravers and true musicians. One thing's for sure: everyone’s bringing their own voice. Take a look at TheDrop.fm's selections for the men and women who will break through barriers in 2013.