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    Mixtape: Wild Water Kingdom Why you should listen: You want unpredictability

    Ex-Das Racist man Heems is as unpredictable a rapper as you can find, mixing obscure pop culture references with political activism, and flipping between earnest, impassioned rapping and laid-back jokes in the space of a few lines. Jay-Z is such a veteran that he needs to put little effort into changing or experimenting with new flows, but if you want someone who flat out refuses to obey any standard rhyme scheme, Heems is your man. Also, he was on that Tom Ford hype way before Jay-Z, just listen for the shout out in "Soup Boys" below.