Cory Gunz, G-Live, Sir Trap, Florida's Finest Family, ZWillz

When: Sat., May 16, 6:30 p.m. 2015

While the grittiest figures in hip-hop are so persuasive it seems undeniable they were born to be in the game, the case of rapper Cory Gunz is a little more literal. The son of Peter Gunz (half of ’90s hip-hop duo Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz), Cory Gunz thrives off his rapid flow, which seems a God-given thing, and the fact that it quickly caught the attention of Young Money savior Lil Wayne seems equally as natural. Fans have been making due with mixtapes (many self-released) with later ones featuring flashy guest appearances by bigger guns (Busta Rhymes, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J), but the hype and promise of the rapper’s debut LP this year could raise his profile even higher than his six-episode stint starring on MTV reality show Son of a Gun did in 2011. Catch him at Backbooth before he explodes, because judging by his determined ascent, Cory Gunz is a sure shot. – Ashley Belanger

Price: $20