Welcome to [Rhapsody Radar](http://www.rhapsody.com/blog/htc), our month-long series highlighting 24 artists we're particularly thrilled about, from soul iconoclasts to fledgling Latin-pop superstars, from swag-rap viral sensations to hip dance-punkers. We'll be highlighting six new names a week,with tons of videos, playlists and additional ephemera to boot. Today, we've got an exclusive interview with ascendant rapper Big Sean, relaxing in his tour bus and recounting how he convinced Kanye West to sign him after accosting 'Ye at a radio station, turning 16 bars into one of the year's most anticipated debut albums. For further illumination, listen to our [**Big Sean and the Leaders of the New Rap School playlist**](http://play.rhapsody.com/playlistcentral/playlistdetail?playlistId=ply.47222065). Enjoy.