Hard-twerker, last great gangsta rapper, renewed rock band -- and EW critic's No. 1
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile the dazzling teenage rapper who for a period famously ''disappeared'' to boarding school in Samoa, just as his fellows in Odd Future achieved viral liftoff has a great story. On Doris, his official debut, the prodigal phenom reclaims his own tale over shadowy, off-center beats. On ''Hive,'' he's wry and riddling: ''So here I sit, eye in the pyramid/God spit it like it's truth serum in that beer and then/Disappear again.'' But unlike most brainy, restless 19-year-olds, he's generous with his epiphanies, rapping about his absent father, his intense partying and how not to carry a skateboard. Pay attention and you might even learn something.
Best Track: ''Hive''