Why we’re fascinated: Because, bar for bar, he has the skills to become one of the greats — and the discipline to go with it. The independent Brooklyn-based spitter (by way of Norfolk, Virginia) recently released an impressive EP, “Prescribed Overdose,” which features Virginia hip-hop legend Pusha T and stunning visuals to accompany the music. Now Al-Doms is bracing for tour and wrapping up a new project, slated to be released later this year. On his standout track, “Sincerely,” Doms raps, “You’re either the n—a you know you are, or find out you ain’t who you think you is.” Al-Doms, an artist full of healthy hubris, knows which he is.
— Curtis Rowser III