Allan Kingdom, a 22-year-old rapper from St. Paul, Minnesota, got a serious boost in popularity when Kanye West put him on "All Day." Although he doesn't get a proper verse out of the feature, a credit alongside the likes of Paul McCartney and Kanye was enough to put the industry's eyes upon his talent, a well-deserved reward for Allan, as he's been grinding on the mixtape circuit since 2011. 

In January, Allan released Northern Lights, a mixtape that featured rising reggae star Chronixx and eccentric Virginia up-and-comer D.R.A.M., a sign of Kingdom's versatility. As he continues to grow as an artist and gain recognition in the hip-hop mainstream, we figured it was time to highlight his essential tracks for our readers. Skim through, and if you like what you hear, give Northern Lights a listen in its entirety