1. Diet Cig
New Paltz duo Diet Cig may have begun with a casual request for a lighter, but Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman are making serious waves with their insouciant, unpretentious pop-punk. Luciano, who just turned 20, is a student at SUNY New Paltz -- and fittingly, one of their biggest singles so far is called "Harvard." In the song, Luciano tells off some anonymous man who's a little too proud of his Cambridge affiliation: "Fuck your Ivy League sweater, you know I was better,”
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NYU students ?Niambi Sala Scott-Murray and Thandiwe Young met during one of those getting-to-know you icebreaker activities that college campuses are so fond of (pro-tip for soon-to-be students: you can meet interesting people in the most unlikely places). Now, they create fluid, sultry hip-hop and R&B together. Listen to their debut EP AFAHYE here.
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3. Liberty Zoo
Uptown at Columbia, Liberty Styles fronts the funky, eclectic Liberty Zoo, a quintet that combines tap dancing and rapping with lilting guitar riffs. They opened for Big Sean at the school's annual Bacchanal concert this past spring -- watch their first video, "My Life," below:
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The USC rapper/producer born Christian Felner is blowing up SoundCloud with his laidback, beachy projects. On top of recent EP This Shit Comes In Waves, he's been hanging out with blog sensation Post Malone -- a super chill, deep-grooving collaboration seems reasonable to expect.
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5. Daye Jack
Fresh off his first Lollapalooza, the NYU student (who's attending the university on a soccer scholarship) just dropped a new album called Soul Glitch last month. Oh, and he's just 19 years old. Born in Nigeria and raised in Atlanta, Jack's music reflects the diverse influences on his upbringing, from Atlanta hip-hop to the "reggae-ish vibe" of his experience in Nigeria. Watch his latest video below: