Atlanta rapper Kap G had big visions in his head when he named his debut mixtape, released in March, "Like a Mexican." "I wanted to come in the game with a bold statement," says the 19-year-old first-generation Mexican-American, born George Ramirez. "We're the forgotten, and it's time for us to have a voice."
Kap's peers are hearing him loud and clear. Street singles "Tatted Like Amigos" and "Jose Got Them Tacos" boast appearances from Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy, respectively, and "Cocaina Shawty" features Fabolous and production from Pharrell Williams.
"Keep in mind, this project was free," says Atlantic Records head of urban A&R Kawan Prather, who signed Kap in late 2012. "People weren't coming at him about any big checks. For somebody like Pharrell to give him a free record with Fabolous on it, and for everybody to agree on putting it out? That just shows what they think about him. He's at the 'cool kids' table."