Going off who was hot back then, and NOT taking into account what they eventually accomplished in their career, this is what an all New York Freshmen list could have looked like in 1993, IMHO. Remember, no members of groups. So don’t go ape **** if you don’t see Buckshot, Ghostface, Meth, or Raekwon.
My 10 [New York] Freshmen for ’93 Cover
L was the hottest in Harlem. He inked a deal with Columbia in 1993 and released his debut single “Devil’s Son.”
BIGGIE SMALLS [NOTORIOUS B.I.G.]
He was discovered in the Source’s Unsigned Hype, linked up with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and from here his career was way more than party and bullshit.
With a distinct style the Ak had a serious buzz that was a big as a bomb.
With his Erick Sermon’s co-sign and futuristic flow, Mr. Murray was poised to be that next lyrical giant from LI (Long Island). Plus, his style was mad hostile.
The rapid-fire flow was cool, but Jigga was still a few hot lines away from running the city but he could definitely get open.
The fat gangster’s flow needed some work back then, but he had a street banger with “Flow Joe.”
One of the biggest singles in the nine-trey was “Whutcha Want?”
JERU THE DAMAJA
Under the guidance of DJ Premier, the East New York, Brooklyn rapper was dropping knowledge in the streets and always would come clean.