Masego is a musician who refers to his music style as TrapHouseJazz. He is most known for his collaboration record with FKJ, “Tadow.” His most recent album Lady Lady was released September 2018 and is probably my favorite of all of his albums. He also has two other albums that came out in 2016, The Pink Polo EP and Loose Thoughts.
R&B artist dominican artist DaniLeigh who recently rose to fame after signing to Def Jam. She released an album in 2017, Summer with Friends and in 2018, The Plan.
Xavier is probably one of my more favorite artist on this list. His music is such a vibe! My two favorite songs by him are Blind Man and Running Round.
Smino, rapper and singer (Singer Smino > Rapper Smino) from St. Louis. I randomly came across his music after listening to J.I.D. DiCaprio 2 and the J.I.D. radio came on. I love his album NOIR.
I don’t remember how I came across rapper J.I.D.’s music, however I am so glad that I did. I love his style and his flow! He also seems like the coolest person in the world to kick it with.
Just like Smino, I heard Earthgang music from the J.I.D. radio playlist and I also fell in love with them. Rags EP is what confirmed my love and appreciation for their music.
So I definitely found out about Jesse from HeyFranHey. She talked about him on her podcast, the Friend Zone. She also created a playlist and his song, Earth Girls was on it and instantly connected to the vibes of the song.
So, Mac definitely randomly came onto one of my radio playlist. When I first heard his song, Slow Down, I thought he sounded JUST like Frank Ocean. Another one of his songs I love, Get to You Again, he sounded JUST like Frank Ocean as well, so you can imagine my surprise when I got to his page and he was no black. But, I love him and his music, such a cool vibe and sound.
Brent Faiyaz recently gained some notoriety after his 2017 album, Sonder Son.
dvsn, dvsn, dvsn. I remember the first time I heard their song, Too Deep. It was on an episode of Being Mary Jane. I heard it and I Shazam’d it immediately. I needed to know who were the brilliant artist behind this record. Once I saw they had a full album, I gave it a listen and KNEW that they were IT.
I believe that J. Cole has done an extremely great job with the artist he has added to his label, Dreamville. I mean I’ve already mentioned J.I.D. and Earthgang, but he has THE Ari Lennox. Like THE THE Ari Lennox. Her voice is so soothing to listen to and I can’t wait until the day she blows up and gets the credit she deserves.
I think I found out about the vocally incredible Syd from an episode of Being Mary Jane as well. Her voice is amazing and I also don’t think she gets the credit she deserves because she’s not the standard of what the media would call beautiful, although she fire to me.
Guordan is also another one of my faves whose music is a fucking vibe!
Ro James got some attention for his hit single, Permission, but I still don’t think he gets the respect he deserves. His 2017 album, Eldorado, deserves way more respect, love and affection.
Anderson Paak is also another one of my favorites. If you haven’t listened to Oxnard what are you really doing with your life???
After Crew with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy, we all fell in love with GoldLink. But his 2015 album And After That, We Didn’t Talk…CLASSIC.
Berhana was also another random find that I’m lad I stumbled upon.
I heard June because of FKJ who I learned of because of Masego. It’s such a beautiful thing when you find a plethora of amazing artist you didn’t know about after stumbling across one amazing artist. That chain of events is undefeated.
So, Taylor Bennett, also Chance the Rapper, definitely doesn’t get the credit he deserves and I truly believe it’s because of his brother Chance. I know for me personally, I never paid attention to him because I was too busy trying to be sisterwives with Kirsten (Chance’s fiance), but I’m so glad I actually gave his music a listen because he is actually a dope artist.
Of all the artist on the list, I think Gene is the MOST underrated. Looking through his music on Spotify, his songs have the least listens which is sad because the boy can blow. Also, if someone knows this man, put in a word for me? K, thanks.