Artists To Watch In 2019

The rap recreation is in a relentless state of flux. Each passing day, new voices and personalities rise to the event. Some emerge in a mere blink, due to the highly effective nature of viral vitality. Others rise from paths onerous fought, with expansive discographies solid from years of grinding. One constant throughline aligns each camps: expertise.

Interestingly sufficient, there seems to be two camps of generalized listener. Those who abide by the timeline mentality, retaining consideration so long as lengthy as an artist is “of the now.” Listeners of this selection spend their time in fixed search of latest discovery, although would possibly discover it troublesome to construct any semblance of sustainable loyalty. The latter camp is considerably of a creature of behavior, cussed to spend money on a rising act, or put within the work required to comb via their usually busy mixtape catalog. For each, including new artists into their assortment could be a troublesome process, albeit for various causes.

Yet “the longer term is now,” as Non Phixion as soon as stated. It is our obligation to maintain the artwork kind alive, and if which means shining a highlight on a number of the recreation’s greatest rising voices, then so be it. And relaxation assured, there are numerous younger skills within the combine. Varied in nature, with one thing to supply all method of selective fan. Here are some artists you'll be smart to keep watch over all through 2019. 

Contributions by:

Mitch Findlay
Aron A
Devin CH
Milca P
Alex Zidel


The streets are in the end what retains hip-hop alive. Despite the commercialization of the style and the decline in reputation of road rap, each few years a brand new artist emerges and turns into the voice for the unheard. Roddy Ricch is presently right here to fill that function. The Compton native made a huge effect with the discharge of “Die Young” -- a track that was written and recorded on the night time XXXTENTACION tragically handed away in June 2018; the observe was later included on Feed The Streets 2, together with “Every Season.”

Both songs served because the lead singles for the undertaking which peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200. Ahead of the undertaking's launch, Ricch was formally offered a Dreamchasers chain by Meek Mill, which in flip sparked rumors that he signed a cope with the label. With his soulful melodies and accentuated ache in his lyrics, Roddy Ricch has taken the mantle as a brand new voice for Compton. He’s not solely showcasing the realities of the streets, but additionally juxtaposing them with “Project Dreams” and presenting them in a digestible kind.

- Aron A


At the tip of every 12 months, we situation a listing of probably the most highly effective breakout artists of the earlier yearly marketing campaign. The end result of 2019 could very nicely see a tally with Blueface main a roster of younger and distinguished up-and-comers.

With his unconventional rapping model and already a lot momentum on his aspect, folks have taken discover of the Los Angeles rookie. Co-signs from Drake, Lil Uzi Vert and YG have helped him acquire respect in a brief matter of time and he’s set to make a giant splash this 12 months. Already, songs which might be clearly not the very best high quality mixes in “Bleed It” and “Thotiana” have grow to be favorites. As lengthy because it’s marketed and combined accurately, Blueface’s first album of the 12 months will probably be met with equal quantities of fanfare and criticism. Think of him as a attainable Tekashi 6ix9ine shadow for 2019, besides with far much less trolling.

- Alex Zidel


2018 introduced new heights for 21-year-old Key Glock. The South Memphis-bred emcee presently sits on a pedestal because the prince of Daddy O and Young Dolph’s Paper Route Empire. Within the primary pay attention, making an attempt on tracks like “Russian Cream” and “Dig That” for measurement, instantaneous comparisons will be drawn from Glock and his cousin-through-marriage, Dolph, as he packs on obscene quantities of swagger. 

His final launch was the long-awaited Glockoma mixtape. With the flexibility to glide over any beat he touches, Key Glock sticks to a system that requires no visitor options and leaves for star energy behind the boards. At such a younger age, Glock exhibits promise for causes that vary from his work ethic, reportedly recording practically 40 songs per week, to his calculated selections to tempo himself, choosing longevity over the allures of in a single day success in at present's rap recreation.

- Milca P


Flipp Dinero is a reputation you’re going to see loads of this 12 months. The Brooklyn native’s single “Leave Me Alone,” which he not too long ago carried out on Jimmy Kimmel, was a summer time smash. Not solely did it get heavy co-signs from the likes of Kim Kardashian and Odell Beckham Jr, however Drake additionally included the observe in a listing of songs that impressed Scorpion

Following the success of “Leave Me Alone,” he introduced that he inked a partnership deal between Cinematic Records, DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group, and Epic Records. “He had a sure vibe to him that I knew the world would gravitate to and I’m proud to work with tomorrow’s brightest famous person,” DJ Khaled stated in regards to the signing.

His upbringing in a church impressed the melodies in his music, however he’s nonetheless a New York native at coronary heart that takes notes from artists like The LOX. With a significant label standing behind him, there’s little doubt that he’s going to be making waves.

- Aron A


Pardison Fontaine not too long ago broke via together with his “Backin’ It Up” lower alongside collaborator Cardi B. But earlier than that single arrived, Pardi made substantial waves when footage leaked of his reference observe for Cardi B’s “Be Careful.” As it seems, the New York native had his hand in serving to to craft an incredible majority of Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy, together with her "Bodak Yellow" smash; he and even penned "Violent Crimes" on Kanye West's Ye outing, proving himself to be a formidable contender within the background. “Backin’ It Up” merely serves as a translation of that expertise beneath the general public highlight.

Managed by Neil Domonique, the identical man heading Bryson Tiller’s camp, Pardison Fontaine is poised to take 2019 by storm ought to his penchant for catchy hooks and computerized membership bangers persist. As he adjusts to being on the forefront, Fontaine has been vocal about his insistence on shedding the "ghostwriter" label. When pairing such robust songwriting skills with such a potent presence on his solo releases, the duty ought to be a simple order to comply with.

- Milca P


The cult of Young Nudy grows with every inference of slime. Before the expressions turned correctly edified within the minds of the final rap public, it was Young Nudy who greatest envisioned a conveyable model of “slime” for each day use. Next, Young Nudy shortly acted on the thrill generated by “Since When,” a single he drafted with cousin 21 Savage. But Nudy wasn’t about to attend for cuzzo to move him the buck.

After going dutch with P’ierre Bourne for a lot of 2017, with whom he credits his breakout, Nudy proved himself deserving and prepared for the coaching wheels to comes off, as soon as and for all. And with that, Nudy undertook his turnaround of his personal accord, with an adherence to his self-taught “Slimeball” logic.

While Nudy nonetheless has assets to fall again upon if want be, it’s via his personal hard-fought efforts that he’s earned his place on the Zone 6 Totem - particularly with consideration to the trials and tribulations that arose from him dropping out of highschool within the tenth grade. But a lot to his credit score, the pitfalls have achieved nothing however strengthen his resolve - his improved work fee on Slimeball three, an ideal instance of his “zero remorse” mentality in beating the chances. It stands to motive, the Target employers who fired the Zone 6 Rapper on the veritable low level of his “profession,” shall be on his mailing record for years to come back, fingers crossed.

Devin Ch


The drawback of figuring out Shady Records’ long run bility cleared up instantly with the absorption of Buffalo’s Griselda Records into the fold. An Indie powerhouse in their very own proper, the label spearheaded by real-life brothers Westside Gunn and Conway, is basically credited with defining Buffalo’s gruff “rap id” inside the area.

For starters, Conway is the kind of character Eminem identifies with on a spread of cultural points associated to their MidEastern comeuppance. Judging by his immense pull in Buffalo, and the resultant pipeline created via the area in its entirety, Conway is exhibiting the business the secondary explanation for an A&R’s job: the recruitment course of doesn’t at all times start or finish on the shoulders of an unexploited entity. Sometimes all an artist wants is the chance to showcase their abilities on the nationwide scale. While Boogie stays Shady’s greatest business discover within the post-50 Cent period, Conway shall be doted on by Eminem to map the lineage of MidEastern rap, one visit a time.

- Devin Ch


Florida’s been a scorching spot within the rap recreation over the previous few years, as many “Soundcloud Rap” leaders predominantly come from the Miami area. And whereas YNW Melly is an artist from the encircling MIA space who got here up off of Soundcloud, he can’t be merely categorised as a “Soundcloud rapper.” A famous descendant of Future and Young Thug, Melly makes use of his supply to melt the blow of the tough themes in his music.

Melly started constructing a buzz in 2017 together with his EP Collect Call however August 2018’s I Am You is absolutely what helped kick issues off. Along with singles like “Butter Pecan,” “Virtual (Blue Baleniciagas),” and “Melly The Menace,” Melly gained a severe buzz that in the end led him to a studio session with Kanye West. Melly kicked off the 12 months together with his new undertaking, We All Shine, which included the Kanye West collaboration, “Mixed Personalities.”

Of course, Melly has already handled some authorized points up to now which have each damage and helped his profession in a method. If he stays out of jail, there’s little doubt he’ll grow to be a famous person in his personal proper.

- Aron A


The resident siren adorning J. Cole’s Dreamville roster, Ari Lennox soulfully crept into the hearts of many in 2018, particularly along with her “Whipped Cream” outing. Listeners had been handled to a number of singles from the D.C songstress in 2018 and new listeners had been successfully launched to considered one of R&B’s most prolific voices so far. 

Ari Lennox is a proficient songwriter who simply can’t write for different artists as a result of her content material at all times consists of “tremendous private shit.” Her candor ended up being a blessing in disguise, carving out a lane of her personal along with her particulars of unrequited love and private fantasies. The result's a catalog of countless bops that couldn’t be carried out any higher and leaves a robust impression on anybody shut sufficient to overhear any of Lennox’s picks. This 12 months followers, new and outdated, shall be looking out for a full-length bundle after the onslaught of singles, together with the J. Cole-assisted “Shea Butter Baby.”

- Milca P


For lots of people, it felt like Tierra Whack was a reputation that popped up in a single day, however that’s not the case. The 23-year-old Philadelphia MC created a buzz as Dizzle Dizz -- her former alter-ego -- and obtained reward at 16-years-old by A$AP Rocky who was impressed by her “Kendrick Flow.” Fast ahead to 2018 and her multi-media debut album, Whack World was one of the critically acclaimed albums of any style to drop that 12 months. The album consisted of 15 one-minute lengthy songs that had been every accompanied by their very own visible therapy.

“Mumbo Jumbo” from Whack’s World in the end earned Tierra Whack her first Grammy nomination for Best Music Video. Tierra’s obtained public reward from Vince Staples, Solange and has unreleased music with Meek Mill, who dubbed her as his favourite new artist within the recreation proper now, and Childish Gambino. Whack is paving her personal lane in hip-hop and receiving reward by a number of the largest within the recreation whereas she’s at it.

- Aron A


The TDE stamp of approval has come to imply an incredible deal. In that sense, Reason’s pedigree has already been established, to an extent. A lyricist to his core, the Carson rapper caught the ear of Top Dawg via his There You Have It Project, which in the end spurred an official re-release. Since then, Reason has been leaving his mark on the plenty, whether or not it's via delivering distinctive radio freestyles, poignant visuals, or integrating himself within the Dreamville camp as a trusted affiliate; search for him to make an look on that upcoming Revenge Of The Dreamers three joint.

While There You Have It stands as a worthwhile aperitif, followers nonetheless have his TDE debut to sit up for. For now, Reason has been holding busy, hitting the lab and finessing his stay improvement. The rapper can presently be seen on the Catch Me If You Can tour alongside J.I.D, and phrase of a collaboration tape has already kicked off. For these on the lookout for depth, west-coast sensibilities, and a pointy lyricist’s thoughts, Reason checks off all of the containers.

Mitch Findlay


Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot could very nicely be two of the sport’s most artistic entities. Their eternally slept-on arrival providing Shallow Graves For Toys stays a necessary capsule of underground Atlanta hip-hop, the golden level the place talent and sauce masterfully coalesce. Now, a number of tasks later, Venus and Dot stand on the verge of true greatness; their new album MirrorLand stays extremely anticipated, and their contributions to the Dreamers three album shall be bountiful. The scope of their potential has but to be realized, however given the character of their workload (from musical endeavors to a nonstop string of tour dates), the duo will probably shut the 12 months that a lot nearer to ubiquity.

As versatile as they're intelligent, EarthGang brings an abundance of abilities to the fold. Penning advanced verses ripe with vivid imagery and hilarious bars, Venus and Dot navigate their method via instrumentals by forsaking the scenic route. Do your self a favor and create a playlist spanning Rags, Robots, and Royalty collectively. An odd, surreal, and insightful journey can work wonders for the physique and thoughts.

Mitch Findlay


The newly anointed Scam King of Scamsnetticut, Guapdad 4000’s potential equals that of his charisma. With an easy allure, the younger rapper has managed to mix into the brand new faculty’s graduate class, navigating social media with a practiced contact, all whereas peacocking with the perfect of them. Yet his expertise shouldn't be undervalued. 2017’s Scamboy Color revealed a rapper on the verge of greatness to come back, with singles like “Scamboy” showcasing his technical prowess, from movement to rhyme scheme innovation.

You would possibly discover Guap popping up in a studio close to you, a employed hand to lend a touch of sauce to any event. You would possibly discover him honing his personal craft, piecing collectively the subsequent undertaking; ought to the sample proceed, are we to anticipate Scamboy Advance within the close to future? From blessing the Dreamville studio to smoking blunts with Wiz Khalifa, Guap has solidified himself as a real “locker room presence.”  The full scope of his potential has but to be revealed, although I reckon 2019 shall be variety to the Scam King, ought to he determine to go legit.

- Mitch Findlay


If 2018 was the breakout 12 months for Jorja Smith, this 12 months could also be marked by the rise of a fellow R&B artist from the UK. Ama Lou, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from North London, caught the general public consideration along with her very first single "TBC" in 2016. She penned the pro-Black anthem after residing in America for some time and discovering herself discouraged by the political local weather. The observe clearly resonated with a lot of its listeners and set excessive expectations. Lou’s debut additionally caught Drake’s consideration. The rapper instructed the up-and-comer he was a fan and copped a few of her merch. He additionally used a few of her "TBC" lyrics in a caption to considered one of his Instagram posts, though his following could not have identified the place the phrase had come from on the time.

They will discover out quickly contemplating Ama Lou’s newest undertaking DDD, launched in late March of 2018, together with a sensational 13-minute video. The lyricist’s husky tones are hypnotic. Viewers are more likely to discover themselves enamored with each her vocal efficiency and her appearing abilities, because the entertainer performs the function of a gold-tooth prison.

- Zaynab


“MF+G” has been on repeat for a minute. Still, two track choices solely reveal the smallest extent of Mez’ full vary of skills. As it occurs, stated skills have already been realized in equal measure by Dr. Dre and J. Cole, who prolonged a hand to Mez throughout the historic Dreamers three classes. Of course, you would possibly keep in mind Mez’ presence from Dr. Dre’s Compton album, the place he contributed a number of spotlight verses to the undertaking, together with star activates “Darkside/Gone,” and “Talk About It.”  Now, Mez continues to work behind the scenes, quietly getting ready his 2019 blueprint, which is ready to incorporate a brand new installment of his Data Plan sequence.

Yet Mez is liable to pop up wherever the motion is. Last we noticed, the Fort Campbell lyricist was placing in work alongside Dre, 2 Chainz, Anderson Paak, Dem Jointz, and extra, his songwriter’s contact probably enjoying a pivotal function behind the scenes. Capable of shining over all method of instrumental, whether or not lure bangers, stripped down, sample-driven minimalism, or west-coast head-bangers, Mez has honed his craft accordingly. Should we obtain a full-length undertaking in 2019, and all indicators level to sure, anticipate loads of converts.

Mitch Findlay


In 2018, we noticed some shocking figures step out of the shadows, staking their declare as a number of the extra distinguished breakthrough forces in hip-hop. From a rainbow-haired web troll to an emo-rap connoisseur, one explicit artist continued to quietly rise the ranks of the underground with every effort: Lil West. He will not be a family title but however with all that West has obtained deliberate for this 12 months, you higher be maintaining a tally of him.

The younger Delaware product has been working with a number of the hottest names within the manufacturing realm. Take A Daytrip have taken a liking to his model and veteran rappers Rich The Kid and 21 Savage have additionally prolonged their co-signs. The usually genreless vocalist can transfer in so many alternative instructions, flaunting his versatility as an artist on a number of events final 12 months. We’re excited to witness Lil West conquer new heights in 2019 throughout his climb to the highest.

- Alex Zidel

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