In the city: King Mez

With three scene-stealing tracks on Dr. Dre's highly anticipated Compton, King Mez, the 25-year-old MC from Raleigh, North Carolina, appeared seemingly out of nowhere. Born Morris W. Ricks II, Mez has no famous cousins or viral Internet buzz but has been quietly making waves for two years. Big Pooh from Little Brother connected him with Aftermath A&R Tyhiem Cannon during a trip to Cali and, days later, Mez found himself in the middle of a large group of older and more experienced writers. His skills promptly earned him studio time with Dr. Dre, a consulting gig on the Compton project and, ultimately, rhyming alongside both Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg on the Number Two album in the country. Not bad for someone's first time out. "I was just talking to my brother about that the other day," he says, "and I don't even know how to put those feelings into words."

by @rollingstone 

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