Young Roscoe Philaphornia

Having a famous sibling can sometimes doom an up-and-coming artist. Not so for Roscoe.

Having a famous sibling can sometimes doom an up-and-coming artist. Not so for Roscoe. His debut album, Young Roscoe Philaphornia, will surely make his older brother, Kurupt, proud. The Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-residing artist's music ably reflects his roots in both cities. On lead single "Head to Toe," which features Sleepy Brown, Roscoe's hardcore flow is very East Coast MC, while the rhythm track swaggers with a West Coast vibe. Roscoe smoothes things out on the Earth, Wind & Fire-referencing "Smooth Sailin'." For a more traditional West Coast party atmosphere, give the Caspa-produced "Get Ready" a spin. Here, Roscoe truly flexes his lyrical muscles. Other highlights include the DJ Quick-produced "Get Flipped" and "It's That Time Again."—RH