Visit MTV.com at 4 p.m. ET to see Sean, Future, Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller live.
By Rob Markman
This week marks the end of MTV Jams’ 2011 Fab 5 rollout — perfect time for a party. This week, “RapFix Live” will celebrate the accomplishments of all the Fab 5 inductees — Big Sean, Future, Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller — and you never know who will show up on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on “RapFix Live.”
Conceived in 2005 on MTV Jams, the Fab 5 is a collection of the most outstanding new hip-hop artists of the year who have made a visible impact on the road to releasing their debut albums. Fab 5 alumni include Juelz Santana, Tony Yayo, Paul Wall, Young Jeezy, Kid Cudi and Drake.
This year, MTV Jams, MTV News and MTV2′s Sucker Free collaborated to bring you 2011′s hottest new hip-hop upstarts. Big Sean, who hails from Detroit and is a part of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music crew, has already had an amazing year after he put out his debut album Finally Famous in June. Off the strength of his Chris Brown-assisted lead single, “My Last,” Sean’s LP debuted at #3 on the Billboard albums chart.
Atlanta representative Future has had quite the year as well, after capping 2010 off with a breakthrough performance on YC’s club hit “Racks.” Future used the opportunity to catapult his own career and has been running ATL’s underground thanks to mixtapes like True Story and his Gucci Mane collab tape, Freebricks.
Meek Mill has made a huge impact this year as well. After getting signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, Meek Milli made his splash on the label’s Self Made Vol. 1 compilation. Songs like “Tupac Back” and “I’m a Boss” proved Meek’s worth as a lyricist and hitmaker, and his latest mixtape, Dreamchasers is helping propel the Philadelphia native’s career.
With Big K.R.I.T.’s major-label debut Live From the Underground set to drop in September, the Meridian, Mississippi, MC/producer is shaping up to be a force in the rap game. After turning heads with his 2010 independent album K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, Krizzle wowed listeners with his own brand of Southern soul and has quickly become a fan favorite.
Mac Miller rounds out 2011′s Fab 5. The 19-year old spitter already has two critically acclaimed mixtapes under his belt as well as a pair of national tours. Now, Mac is currently working on his indie album Blue Slide Park, which will be released this fall on Pittsburgh-based Rostrum Records.
The future is no doubt bright.
Catch MTV Jams’ 2011 Fab 5 artists on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com. Get in the conversation by tweeting questions @MTVRapFix!