People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. The content for this playlist is: "Logos appear side-by-side. The Fresh Empire Logo stretches out above a green star, and a logo for Complex appears on a white square background. An X crosses between the logos. ON SCREEN TEXT: FRESH EMPIRE COM PLEX SWAY: Who's got bars, originality? A title sprawls across the screen. ON SCREEN TEXT: PRESENT THE NEW WAVE Sway speaks to the camera in a cap and gray button-up shirt. SWAY: You decide who's the next to take over in the new wave. Six young performers pose on a stage in front of screens filled with a smoky haze. They stare down the camera. Sway's name appears on-screen as he speaks to the camera. ON SCREEN TEXT: SWAY SWAY: Fresh Empire and Complex have linked up in search for six artists that grind tobacco-free. The Fresh Empire logo appears over washed out footage of highways, a chain-link fence, and waves. Names of cities flash by. ON SCREEN TEXT: FRESH EMPIRE ATLANTA, GA ON SCREEN TEXT: NORFOLK, VA ON SCREEN TEXT: MILWAUKEE, WI Sway speaks to the camera. ON SCREEN TEXT: NEW YORK, NY ON SCREEN TEXT: PHOENIX, AZ ON SCREEN TEXT: LOS ANGELES, CA SWAY: Who will win that spot on the Fresh Empire tour with a crazy lineup and an exclusive feature on Complex? The young performers stand on stage, holding mics and dancing. SWAY: Make sure to stay locked and cast your vote for the leader of The New Wave. Over washed out footage of highways, a chain-link fence, and waves, a neon star unfolds to create a logo. ON SCREEN TEXT: VOTE NOW FreshEmpire.gov/TheNewWave FRESH EMPIRE KEEP IT FRESH. LIVE TOBACCO-FREE. SWAY: Fresh Empire. Keep it fresh, and live tobacco-free. " For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov';

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The winner gets the title and will rock the stage at exclusive Fresh Empire events across the country. Stay locked on this site and Fresh Empire’s social channels for each round. Remember, you can vote once a day for every artist you think deserves to win.

The first round in The New Wave competition is a cypher with all 6 artists. We split them into 2 videos, so make sure you watch ’em both. Who will advance to Round 2? Only your votes will decide.

People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. The content for this playlist is: "A simple synthesizer tune plays. Logos appear side-by-side. The Fresh Empire Logo drops down above a green star, and a logo for Complex appears on a white square background. An X crosses between the logos ON SCREEN TEXT: FRESH EMPIRE COM PLEX A title sprawls across the screen. ON SCREEN TEXT: PRESENT THE NEW WAVE A lime green title card appears. ON SCREEN TEXT: ROUND 1 In a dark room, Unghetto Mathieu, Nasaan, and Mark Battles stand in front of screens displaying the Fresh Empire logo over images of urban landscapes. Unghetto Mathieu steps forward and holds a mic to his lips. ON SCREEN TEXT: FRESH EMPIRE VOTE NOW FOR UNGHETTO MATHIEU FreshEmpire.gov/TheNewWave UNGHETTO MATHIEU (RAPPING): Hello. In the streets they call me Unghetto. Hello. Hello. Unghetto. What did you say? I did not come here to play. I come from the original A. That is the freak out, hot as paprika, whoo, whoo, get out my way. I'm 'bout my future. You is a snake like Medusa. I know the way like computer. I stay away from intruders while haters is hating. How it feel to be a loser? Let me know, though. Who would have known Lil Jojo would have the ladies wanting photos. I remember we were so broke. We got to grind, but smoking tobacco's a no-no. Switch it up. Stop hating. What is your issue? I run the world like tennis shoes. When I die I'm swimmin' like the fish do. Keep that paper in a box like a tissue. I do not care to impress you. Don't need nowhere when God is my system. Keep them haters talking. Keep them pissed, too. I get fingers and dab is essential. Since a young 'un I lead like a pencil. I don't think they understand though. Put me on the track, and I can rumble. Hear that vroom vroom like a Lambo. Yeah. Unghetto Mathieu hops to the back as Nasaan steps forward and holds the mic to his mouth. Text appears at the bottom of the screen. ON SCREEN TEXT: VOTE NOW FOR NASAAN FreshEmpire.gov/TheNewWave NASAAN (RAPPING): Yeah. Three on three. DT to NYC on J-O-B. Trying to be OJ and MJ and B-I-G and juiced up at twenty-three. Twenty-four, I'm on the road. I'm overbooked. I'm overboard. I'm overseas. On my line, trying to get off the hook, trying to be under me. They throwing dill like Vlasics. Trying to run game, run it backwards. Bagger gon' ask how to bag it. Tell them paper, keep the plastic. Money talks, talk it up, up, up. Now my pocket look like chapped lips. Jesus, please, looking good good-looking, got them hatin' on the Baptists. Want my dragon-dip a dabba dabba do the damage duck and dodge a catchy catch, but wanna catch a divvy dollar, add an Adam for the average wasn't enough to average out. We couldn't have it. Beat about to bang-a-bang-a. Bacon on the table. Record label want the label. Record label better pay up, and this here is payback. Go now, me chillin', just lay back. I be on top in like eight tracks. I stay on top like I'm Sway's hat, and they hate that. Yeah. Nasaan bobs his head as he steps to the back. Mark Battles comes toward the front of the stage. Text appears at the bottom of the screen. ON SCREEN TEXT: VOTE NOW FOR MARK BATTLES FreshEmpire.gov/TheNewWave MARK BATTLES: [laughs] Yeah, yeah, yeah. Look. MARK BATTLES (RAPPING): I'ma start calling out haters. I'ma start calling you out. Pull up on all of you haters, should have stopped running your mouth. Bet you start mumbling now. You say, "luck." I say, "blessed." New Wave up, my plate next. Make the car dash like Kanye West. Yes. Haters better try they best. Four days late on a five day text. South Park haters making sideways threats. Time to put in work. My compadres flex. Next. I ain't come to play with y'all. No thing get the name involved. Don't bang, but we came to ball. F.A. won't change it out. F.A. won't change it our way. I think they hate that we winning. Guess we had to bring Sway just to sway your opinions. The fans say my lines the sickest metaphors. I got meta-fives and sixes. It's Battles. Unghetto Mathieu bro-hugs Mark Battles, then Nasaan bro-hugs Mark Battles. A star unfolds into a logo. ON SCREEN TEXT: VOTE NOW FreshEmpire.gov/TheNewWave FRESH EMPIRE KEEP IT FRESH. LIVE TOBACCO-FREE. SWAY: Fresh Empire. Keep it fresh, and live tobacco-free. " For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov';

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Nasaan
13598 votes
Mark Battles
2615 votes

People using screen readers may not be able to fully view information in this file. The content for this playlist is: "A simple synthesizer tune plays. Logos appear side-by-side. The Fresh Empire Logo drops down above a green star, and a logo for Complex appears on a white square background. An X crosses between the logos. ON SCREEN TEXT: FRESH EMPIRE COM PLEX A title sprawls across the screen. ON SCREEN TEXT: PRESENT THE NEW WAVE A lime green title card appears. ON SCREEN TEXT: ROUND 1 In a dark room, Kodie Shane, Havi, and Lil Key stand in front of screens displaying the Fresh Empire logo over images of urban landscapes. Kodie Shane steps forward and holds a mic to her lips. ON SCREEN TEXT: FRESH EMPIRE VOTE NOW FOR UNGHETTO MATHIEU FreshEmpire.gov/TheNewWave KODIE SHANE (RAPPING): Ay. Okay. I just landed here. I just got back from the future. I ain't been asleep yet 'cause my...okay. I just landed here. I just got back from the future. I ain't been asleep yet, 'cause my dreams are always lucid. She should want me 'cause I'm next. I pay no attention to it. Just sit back. Watch how I do this. Hold me back before I lose it! Okay, boy, I need my check. Come on, cut it. Let's get to it. I'm at all you rapper's neck, so don't play me. Please don't do it. No false movements on the beat. I get right to it. Your girlfriend like my music. You better than me? Then prove it. Okay. Drop that top, now to get back to it. Whole lot of, yeah, okay. Drop that top now to get back to it. Pass me the rock. Watch how I do it. You ain't really trap, boy, you lying to the tease. Ay. Okay, um. You ain't really trap, boy, you lying to the tease. You ain't with me. We on opposite teams. Okay. Havi steps forward. HAVI: Yeah. Dang. Yeah. Whoa. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Look, look. HAVI (RAPPING): Hold up, beat. The difference between you and me is I'm getting paid, and you working for free. I'm young, and I'm boss, and I'm living my dream while I'm killing this rap game, bringing this heat. Whoa. I don't never get no sleep. No. Man I do it for my people. Taking money like repo. RIP to the beat, dope. Spitting facts when I rhyme. Man, I do this all the time. Yeah. Man, I’m young and on the grind. They don't want to see me shine. Man, I know it's my time. Look, I'm tired of seeing mama crying, and no, homey, I ain't lying. Yeah. No, homey, I ain't lying. Thought it was over, but man I'm back in it. I'm in it to win it. No matter the track, I'ma kill it. Know that you feel it, know that you dig it. The money the poison, and my fingers are itching. Whipping cars like a pot in the kitchen. The way I beat the beat, it might need some stitches. They like, "Oh my God, Havi too vicious." Oops, warning, I might hurt your feelings. Fall so cold I could change the weather. Talking hard, you a Mayfeather. Matter of fact, check my vendetta. I'm feeling good. I'm feeling way better. You were never ever on my level, so catch up. You might need a pedal. I'm bringing heat like a rusted kettle. I told these folks I'm feeling way better. Talking the money like como te llamo. Boy this is Havi, forget the me llamo. Man, I'm so hot, and it ain't even summer. Got to go hard on this, word to my mama. Kiss on my flame, and I feel like a partner. Run it. Run it. Chasing hundreds. Man I'm so hot, and it ain't even summer. I told them I'd go hard on this. Word to my mama. Yeah. Havi swaggers upstage as Lil Key steps forward. LIL KEY: Yo. Hey. Hey. Check it. Unh. Look. Yo. LIL KEY (RAPPING): On the beat, I'm not a minute late. All time. I'm a great. Believing that you better than me? Boy, you know that just a fate. Authentic, never fake, skills getting mastered. Been to the back, everything I write a classic. Another beat body getting fitted for a casket. Time been invested, something like a life sentence. Talking about the best? My name better be mentioned. B-more, I got us. Got my city on my back, boy. Braking, coming in, call me a dope boy. Two separate lanes, man. Can't match my flow, boy. You are just a decoy, and I'm the real dang boy, and I don't play games, man. All I do is destroy the competition daily. Seeing things really clearly. My roots run deep something like Alex Haley's. Okay. All the way up, I'm on the top floor now. Made it out the basement, all the way up. I'm on that lifetime station. I remain patient. My haters still hating. Hack my Facebook, a star in the making. Tighten up my circle like I do my laces. We so far up the radar, can't trace us. How Shaq and Kobe felt when they was with the Lakers. Let's get it. Uh huh. I got the rap game mastered. Label this a classic. Cruising in my own lane. I'm not your average rapper. Speak about my life story, I am not an actor. Team on my back, pull my weight like a tractor. Uh. Pull my weight like a tractor. Uh. ON SCREEN TEXT: VOTE NOW FreshEmpire.gov/TheNewWave FRESH EMPIRE KEEP IT FRESH. LIVE TOBACCO-FREE. SWAY: Fresh Empire. Keep it fresh, and live tobacco-free. " For any more help, please email tobaccocampaigns@fda.hhs.gov';

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Havi
20879 votes
Lil Key
23518 votes
Kodie Shane
8780 votes