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1. AKS – Seasons ChangeSource:AKS - Topic
Following the release of his last single, the heart-warming exploration of Black fatherhood, ‘Parity’, which was supported by the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra (Track of the Week), KISS FM, Amazing Radio, Wordplay Magazine, and GUAP Magazine among others, London-based, independent hip-hop artist and producer AKS (pronounced “Ay-Kay-Ess”) aka the “three letter man” returns with his latest single, “SEASONS CHANGE“, as he continues to tease towards his long-awaited third project, As Plane As Day: Departures & Arrivals.
The London native who’s garnered a recent boost in popularity following his impromptu involvement in many Open Verse challenges via Instagram & TikTok, changes tact to deliver a compelling and nostalgic homage to the songs that played backdrop to the years of his adolescence and the unfolding friendships that have left an indelible mark on his musical journey.
Leaning into his trademark poetic storytelling with “Seasons Change”, AKS delivers a deeply melodic offering that transcends time, beautifully capturing the essence of evolving and endurant relationships. Inspired by the ebbs and flows of life, this heartfelt offering is a sincere reflection on the power of true friendship, weathering difficult and uncertain circumstances but standing the test of time through the seasons of our lives.
Featuring a talented ensemble of musicians, “Seasons Change” boasts a rich musical tapestry that brings its narrative to life. Co-produced by the “Three-letter man” himself under the veiled moniker, #3Letters, and renowned producer Self-Taught Beats (Alesha Dixon, Wretch 32, Yolanda Brown) the infectious production pays tribute to classic songs of the late 90s UK Garage/2-step scene while bringing a fresh perspective to the forefront.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Seasons Change’, AKS says, “I wanted to create something that was indicative of the songs that helped me to fall in love with music and the art of emceeing back in the days when my entry point was Pirate Radio and missed calls for a wheel up. I wanted the song to slot in next to the classics I wished I was old enough to rave to and not feel out of place and in many ways it’s a homage to the soundtrack of my youth, in the same way that it’s a wave to the kids we were in the school playground with lofty dreams of who we’d grow up to be, the adolescents getting up to mischief and having run ins with the law, or the young adults who would put their hand in their pocket and pool resources to try further our ambitions.”
Unpacking the record further, AKS adds that Seasons Change is “…for all the true bredrins that know that even though the seasons may change, and we’re all in different places in our lives…the love is always gonna be the same!”
Choral vocals, by rising TikTok sensation Deborah Bahi, add an ethereal layer as the song concludes, gracefully enveloping in a wave of emotive resonance. Ade Keys, a masterful pianist and keyboardist, adds layers of harmony and melody that enhance the song’s depth and emotional impact. Brass contributions by Adam Chatterton & Samuel J Freeman inject vibrant and nostalgic bursts of energy, enhancing the song’s dynamic range.
“Seasons Change” is available for streaming/download on major digital platforms and serves as a great indicator for the further singles AKS has slated for release as he continues towards the concluding project of his Modes of Transport series.
As an artist deeply rooted in London’s thriving music scene, AKS’ “Seasons Change” not only pays homage to the artists and sounds that influenced him but also invites listeners to embark on a journey of reflection and connection. Through this single, AKS invites us to revisit the moments that shaped our lives and celebrate the enduring bonds that have withstood the test of time.
2. Thomas Day – I Don’t Wanna Leave Just YetSource:Thomas Day Music
Nashville-based pop singer and songwriter Thomas Day reveals his new single & video, “I Don’t Wanna Leave Just Yet,” from his upcoming album, Love Me For Another Day, out October 27th on Arista Records.
With his new single, “I Don’t Wanna Leave Just Yet,” Thomas once again proves himself as a master at channeling heavy emotions into catchy, radio-ready hits. The song unfolds in a dynamic arrangement of lush strings and soulful piano work, providing a gorgeous backdrop for Thomas’ powerful vocal performance. “I wrote this song on a really rainy day in LA with my good friends Madi Yanofsky and Nick Ruth,” says Thomas. “It’s basically about that feeling of not wanting to say goodbye to somebody that you know you have to, and knowing that you’re never going to see that person again.”
The accompanying music video was directed and edited by Ash Summerford (ASHTRONOT). “All the doors represent the memories I’ve walked through,” Thomas explains of the music video concept.
Capturing the hearts of millions with his heartfelt songwriting and powerful vocals, Thomas Day has quickly emerged as one of pop’s most exciting new acts. After taking off on TikTok with his captivating covers, he signed to Arista Records in 2021 and has continued to evolve into a fully-fledged pop star. Already amassing over 130 million global streams, 800K monthly listeners, and 7 million social followers, Thomas is now preparing to share his first full-length project, Love Me For Another Day, out October 27th.
This Fall, Thomas will be taking his heartfelt anthems on the road with his first-ever headline tour. Kicking off in Columbus, OH on October 17th, the North American tour will make stops in New York, Toronto, Nashville, and Los Angeles before wrapping up in San Francisco on November 15th. Tickets are on sale now.
3. Erin Kaith – Down Bad, Vol. 1Source:Erin Kaith - Topic
Filipino R&B songstress Erin Kaith is set to release her debut EP, “Down Bad Vol. 1,” on September 29th, 2023. The EP will feature 9 songs as Erin takes the audience through the different stages of heartbreak. “It’s like a rollercoaster,” said Kaith. “Whether you want to stay or go, you see both the good and bad parts.”
The EP includes her hit single “Down Bad,” which has seen great success due to TikTok. The song caught virality on TikTok, where over 300,000 videos were created. Public figures such as Kylie Jenner have jumped on the viral sound. Kaith has also released “See You,” a painful ballad expressing a scorned lover’s initial disdain. Erin is a student of life, using her experiences to grow as a young adult.
Other songs include “Lately,” a passionate song reflecting on her healing process and contemplating her actions. “Never Be The Same” highlights the heaviness of having to decide the future of a relationship. Erin is seen going back and forth with her feelings but ultimately deciding to let them go. Thus, she comes to the conclusion things will never be the same.
Through a moment of passionate rage, Erin took time to reflect and go through the motions of her heartbreak. Now, through her love of R&B, she is ready to share her story.
4. Toure ft. Yung Bleu – Room 303Source:West Philly Toure
Riding an unstoppable wave of momentum, today Philadelphia’s emerging sensation, TOURE, unveils his latest single, “Room 303” featuring the multi-platinum crooner, Yung Bleu. Additionally the West Philadelphia representative proudly announces his third project in just 11 months, Life Of The Party, set for release on October 13th via DOPE Records.
Known for fusing lithe vocals and percussive flows, TOURE takes a captivating leap by collaborating with another melodious artist for the very first time. During the chorus, Yung Bleu’s [Drake, Chris Brown, 2 Chainz] signature vibrato sensually glides over guitar-laden HitKidd production [GloRilla, Megan Thee Stallion, Gloss Up]. TOURE’s charm flows through each verse as he invites his muse back to his hotel room to romantically rekindle their flame.
This enchanting single serves as a preview of TOURE’s upcoming project, Life Of The Party, poised for release on October 13th. It marks his third project in 11 months, pushing him to the forefront of the conversation on emerging artists to watch. In a recent interview with Talk Of The Town he shared his insights, “Independent artists, without a fanbase – I want to buy into you, you got to sell yourself. I remember the beginning of Future dropping project after project after project. That shit builds your character. Then you end up with 12 singles that you could go perform that people actually know when you put out a lot of music. When you put out one single, you go on stage, do that one song, and nobody knows the rest of your set.”
TOURE’s recent accomplishments include an eye-opening freestyle on Bars On I-95 showcasing his expertise with wordplay. Additionally, he achieved a sold-out headline concert at the iconic Theatre of Living Arts presented by DOPE Shows in partnership with Live Nation. Proving himself as a leading force in Philadelphia’s rap culture, he performed for 1.5 hours boasting an impressive catalog and undeniable mainstream appeal. TOURE floated through track after track including “Out West” from World Toure, “A.T.R.N.” from Only 4 The Trenches, “Game Time” from Hood Poetry, “Kisha” from ALL I WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, and closed out the show with “Federal” as the crowd roared. After attending the spectacle, Secret Philadelphia praised, “To not only bring people together like one big melting pot, but to also create that kind of vibe is downright powerful.”
The impact of his previous EP, ALL I WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, was immediate upon release, catapulting to the Top 40 on the Apple Music HipHop Albums Chart. High-profile endorsements poured in from Armani White, James Harden, Meek Mill, Tee Grizzley, Tierra Whack, Wallo267, and more applauding his unique style of storytelling from the trenches. The EP plays out like an audio map that guides you through all of TOURE’s songwriting multitudes. Tracks like “KISHA” exude swagger and confidence, while “AIN’T WANNA LEAVE” delves into raw emotion, featuring a poignant collaboration with EST Gee. His mastery of entrancing melodies glisten brilliantly over “Can I F*ck Again” as his lyrical prowess create a blueprint for pursuing an ex. Then on “I Got U” he takes inspiration from the cult-classic video game Grand Theft Auto, reflecting on his rich lifestyle with his raps.
Before this impressive journey, TOURE had already released a series of compelling bodies of work, including Hood Poetry (2022), Only 4 The Trenches (2021), and World Toure (2018). Stay tuned to TOURE’s remarkable growth as an artist as his presence continues to expand, solidifying his status as a formidable talent to watch.
5. Jay Worthy, Kamaiyah & Harry Fraud – 9AMSource:LNDN DRGS
Jay Worthy, Kamaiyah, and Harry Fraud just announced a new collaborative album, Am3rican Dream, which will be released on October 13. Along with the announcement, they released the first visual from the album “9AM,” which you can view below.
Further details on Am3rican Dream will be released soon.
6. Anella Herim – Tennessee Love SongSource:NELLA
Singer, songwriter, rapper Anella Herim was raised in Trinity, North Carolina, where he was born on Nov. 22, 2001. His father worked in the church as the worship leader and with his encouragement, Anella started playing drums at age four. By the time he entered his freshman year of high school, Anella had joined the chorus and discovered the GarageBand app. He began recording his own music at home using just his iPhone and headphones. Working a typical job was unfulfilling to the emerging young artist, so he started turning his talent into income by playing at local bars and restaurants.
In early 2020, while playing at the Boxbar Arcade in Greensboro, Anella was approached by Malik Clark of Definitely Out Grinding Records (D.O.G Records). By July, Malik had signed up Anella to perform at the No Stress Fest in Winston-Salem. There he first met DJ ESudd, and the two started working together soon after. “I feel Anella is a breath of fresh air to the world,” said DJ ESudd. “Not only is the music soul touching but his personality is also amazing.”
At least 90% of Anella’s music is self-produced, but he has also worked on records with good friend Kamen Della (KD Got Tha Vibes), and mega producer D.A. Got That Dope. “My music is relatable,” says Anella, “pleasing and at times, it can be indescribable. I just want to touch people with my music.” Anella, who partnered with Def Jam Recordings in June 2022, is now doing music full time. But he also enjoys hanging out with friends, who are part of his creative process, and traveling especially when it is to perform for fans. With his undeniable talent, insane work ethic, and a solid team around him, Anella Herim is ready to take on the world.
7. ElCamino – Neva Gone ChangeSource:PaperChaserDotCom
ELCamino’s versatility sets him apart from his peers. Lyrically, he is capable of painting bleak tales and violent escapades, but also deft at seamlessly shifting styles mid-verse to highlight his soulful and moody singing voice. Both of these attributes create exhilarating musical highs.
Those musical highs have created a runway for Camino to do his thing on numerous big stages over the last few years, as he added his versatility to a litany of high-profile projects, including; Boldy James & The Alchemist’s The Price Of Tea In China Deluxe (2020), Westside Gunn’s Shady Records Debut Who Made The Sunshine (2020), Jay Worthy & Harry Fraud’s Eat When You’re Hungry Sleep When You’re Tired (2020), Boldy James The Versace Tape (2020), Benny The Butcher’s Pyrex Picasso (2021) & Trust The Soprano’s (2021), Conway The Machine’s La Maquina (2021) & Griselda’s Conflicted Motion Picture Soundtrack (2021), and BSF’s Long Live DJ Shay album (2022) on which he was featured on two tracks.
Camino has had a long-standing affiliation with BSF and Griselda over the years, and he has been a frequent and valued contributor to both of the trend-setting crews. Not long after the release of Long Live DJ Shay, Benny The Butcher announced that he had officially signed Elcamino to his BSF imprint. Benny and Camino christened that announcement with the release of a joint single and video for, “80’s Bills,” which served as his first official BSF release.
Now, Elcamino has announced his first BSF album, They Spit On Jesus, which will be released on 10-6-23. After announcing the new album with the project’s first focus track, “Victory” featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s legendary Inspectah Deck, Camino has now released the album’s first video “Neva Gone Change.” You can watch the video for “Neva Gone Change” below.
Elcamino’s BSF debut album They Spit On Jesus will be released on October 6 via BSF Records.
8. No Guidnce – Spicy EPSource:NO GUIDNCE
Music’s most exciting new R&B group, No Guidnce releases their highly anticipated new project, the Spicy EP, alongside a stirring companion music video today. Arriving on the heels of the group’s viral debut Is It A Crime? EP, Spicy sees the group expanding their exhilarating signature sound that has quickly cemented the group as a force within the R&B arena, now harnessed through a more experimental lens and larger-than-life collaborations with producers Ben Billions (The Weeknd, Beyonce, DJ Khaled), Tracksion (Kodak Black) and JR Rotem (Rihanna, Bad Bunny). Set against a lush Miami oasis, the video for “Spicy” directed by Mid Jordan sees the group coming into their own, brimming with an electrifying confidence that serves as the perfect anthem for a fiery rendezvous.
Additionally, the group will be bringing to life the striking new tracks for the first time on tour as they open for the beloved singer Mahalia across Europe this fall. The trek kicks off on October 8th in Leeds and wraps on November 7th in Berlin – full tour dates below and find ticket info HERE.
No Guidnce is the product of four young men coming together to find community for themselves and allow people around the world to find connection and belonging through their deep love for music. The group’s one-of-a-kind magnetism is nurtured through their real friendship and genuine brotherhood that is hard to resist. While they manage to thrill with insatiable melodies and their collective soaring talent, the group is establishing an extraordinary legacy for their largely immigrant families and communities through the power of deep representation and shared values that is connecting with millions around the globe.
The group has quite certainly taken the music arena by storm, reaching accolades rarely seen with new artists and a true testament to their unmatched star power. With only a handful of songs under their belts from their debut this past March, the group has quickly grabbed the attention of many stretching across every corner of the world. Very early on, they garnered large praise from beloved artists such as Summer Walker, Timbaland, Babyface, Labrinth, Miguel, Snoop Dogg, Lucky Daye and Boyz II Men themselves. Additionally, the group has racked up millions of streams on Spotify and views on TikTok, amassing over 2.8M followers on Tik Tok and not to mention over 1 billion views last year alone. The group also has six of the most-viewed R&B videos of all time across the platform and were the sixth most-viewed/followed artists on TikTok within the UK last year, coming out of the gate with a robust social media following that they carefully and rigorously built by hand. Their massive worldwide success couldn’t be clearer as they recently sold out their first ever shows in Europe and the United States with fans lining up for hours to get a glimpse of the wunderkinds.
Comprised of Londoners Zeekay, Ebubé, Josh & Kaci, No Guidnce proves that R&B is more alive and necessary than ever. Their debut Is It A Crime? EP was born from collaborations with an all-star team of producers & writers on the project that include Victoria Monét (Ariana Grandé, Nas), JR Rotem (Rihanna, Bad Bunny), Akeel Henry (Giveon, John Legend), Lunchmoney Lewis (Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne) & Theron Thomas (Lizzo, Usher) to name just a few. The group has brilliantly established a new lane in music that will undoubtedly transform the musical landscape unlike we’ve ever seen before.
“This is project number 2 from us! We took a more experimental route with these news songs in order to bring to life a different No Guidnce sound that the fans haven’t heard from us yet. We’re incredibly proud of this new project and having the world experience it and soon performing it live!”
– NO GUIDNCE ON THE SPICY EP
9. Floor Space – Self DestructSource:Floor Space - Topic
Following their recent single “Smile While Its Ending,” the group brings us an honest and unfiltered approach to the human experience with new single “Self Destruct” out this Friday, produced by John Naclerio. (My Chemical Romance, Brand New).
The track will appear on their forthcoming album Maybe This Is It out October 20. Would love to grab your thoughts on covering the track in some capacity!
In a very Jack White style, frontman Charlie Bruno channels his anger and heartbreak that’s led him to his breaking point of self destruction.
With a catchy bassline, captivating riffs and a melody that transports back to early 2000’s with a modern twist, Floor Space uses their alternative, pop rock inspired sound paired with a compelling mix of truth and humor to tell tales of unhealthy coping mechanisms, what it feels like to go ‘off the rails’ and the healing nature of writing.
10. Adekunle Gold ft. ODUMODUBLVCK – Wrong PersonSource:Adekunle Gold
Adekunle Goldreleased his debut album for Def Jam Recordings, Tequila Ever Afteron July 28th, 2023. The album includes previously released singles “Party No Dey Stop,” “Ogaranya,” and the tracks from his EP Tio Tequila that came out earlier this year. The 17-track album features production from frequent collaborator Kel-P and Labrinth as well as features from Nigerian singer Zinoleesky, Texas superstar Khalid, legends Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers in addition to Gold’s wife Simi.
Tequila Ever After is a love letter to the sounds of Africa that have recently taken the world by storm. It is also a showcase for Gold’s growth and experience as the singer notes he has developed as an artist and human in the last few years since his last release. Speaking to that evolution, he shares “I’m not the Adekunle Gold who released my first album in 2016. I have a lot more confidence now.” Integrating the South African genre of Amapiano, classic R&B, and a complex mix of Nigerian and American rhythms, Gold cements himself as one of Africa’s most essential contemporary musicians and the king of Afro-pop.
On the heels of the release, Adekunle Gold will start his North American tour in September. The 17-date tour kicks off on Friday, September 22nd with Canadian-based Afro-R&B singer Nonso Amadi as his supporting act. Produced by Live Nation and Duke Concept, tickets are now available for sale via Tequilaeverafter.com/tour.
11. Robert Finley – Nobody Wants To Be LonelySource:Easy Eye Sound
Robert Finley released “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” the third single from his highly anticipated album, Black Bayou, due October 27 via Easy Eye Sound. To celebrate the single release, Robert Finley debuted a music video premiered by The FADER.
“Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” is a timeless southern soul classic, premiered today with The FADER, the track showcases sweet R&B guitar licks, funky laid back drums, which groove while Finley’s boundless falsetto lifts us up with messages of resilience and hope in the face of isolation and the cruel hands of time.
“This song is about the many people who have been forgotten,” Finley explains. “Their kids drop them off and go with their lives. I go down occasionally and perform at the old folks home in Bernice. Just take my guitar and play for thirty minutes or so, try to get them to dance, try to bring some joy to them.”
Finley recorded Black Bayou at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. It’s the fourth time the duo have worked together, although for this record they did things a little differently. Rather than write songs beforehand—as they did on 2017’s Goin’ Platinum and 2021’s Sharecropper’s Son—they conceived everything in the studio, with Auerbach leading a band of some of the finest players around: drummers Patrick Carney(The Black Keys) and Jeffrey Clemens (G. Love & Special Sauce), bassist Eric Deaton, and legendary Hill Country blues guitarist Kenny Brown along with vocalists Christy Johnson and LaQuindrelyn McMahon—who just happen to be Finley’s daughter and granddaughter. They worked quickly, devising their parts spontaneously and getting everything in one take.
Black Bayou, is a portrait of North Louisiana from an insider who’s lived there all his life. It coalesces all of the vibrant genres bubbling in the bayou from southern soul, jazz, folk, blues, rock and roll and more. A vivid collection of songs that depict life in North Louisiana, with Finley playing the role of charismatic and knowledgeable tour guide. Tales include surviving the jaws of an alligator on “Alligator Bait,” a true story of his grandfather using him as bait to catch an alligator when he was a child. Songs like “Miss Kitty,” a tale of lust and love are an instant induction into the canon of the blues tradition. In all, a collection set to establish Finley as perhaps one of the last true bluesmen of our time and a truly original Louisiana storyteller who evokes the place and its unique culture for the rest of the world.
“It’s amazing to realize how much of an impact Louisiana has had on the world’s music,” says Dan Auerbach, “and Robert embodies all of that. He can play a blues song. He can play early rock and roll. He can play gospel. He can do anything, and a lot of that has to do with where he’s from.”
If Finley’s previous albums established him as a formidable blues and soul artist – overcoming losing his sight in his 60s to become a music star – Black Bayou, Finley hopes, will help put North Louisiana on the musical map and launch the next generation of stars. Finley still plays small clubs around the region—even the occasional nursing home. Rather than move to where the music industry is, Finley is bringing the industry down to Bernice and working to boost regional acts and has plans for a new local recording studio in the works. “We got a lot of good talent down here in North Louisiana, but nobody’s really done much with it.” Finley stated, adding, “A lot of people just haven’t had the opportunity to record—or even just be heard. It worked for me, so I might as well try to help someone else get discovered, too.”
12. Philly Goats ft. Armani White – Buckle Up (Remix)Source:Philly Goats
Ready to break the speed limit once again, Philly Goats member PGS Spencetaps gold-certified charismatic West Philly rapper Armani White for his high-powered official Remix of “Buckle Up” out today via Def Jam Recordings.
On the track, Armani White rides shotgun as PGS Spence’s original hook pops off. Adding another layer to the single, he burns rubber with his own head-spinning flow topped off with a warning as he urges, “You’d better buckle up!” The Remix unites two Philly neighborhoods and styles on one banger tailormade for turning up. Be on the lookout for the premiere of a stunning and slick music video.
“Buckle Up” has already amassed 2.1 million Spotify streams and 2.2 million YouTube views on the music video. In addition, it picked up plugs from the likes of HipHopSince1987 and more.
The rapidly rising Philadelphia “blick” dance trio Philly Goats—D Sturdy, Sou, and PGS Spence—met overwhelming fan demand with this high-energy anthem. The group initially shared a short teaser of the audio online, and it exploded on TikTok with over 1.3 million creates and counting.
Philly Goats are simply on fire. YouTube named them a “Trending Artist On The Rise,” while The FADER touted “Get Off The Wall” as a “song of the summer 2023 candidate.”
Just a snippet of the latter swept social media into a frenzy, inspiring over 1 million TikTok creates and counting so far. The guys update the classic melody from Kool & The Gang’s “Get Down On It” and speed it up for Gen Z. As a result, it possesses the power to ignite any dancefloor with its swaggering horns, four-on-the-floor thump, and quotable rhymes. Ultimately, it issues a gleeful invitation to move, “I see you up over there on that wall, girl. You better get up off that wall!”
Philly Goats uphold a legacy of high-energy club music, yet they also pave their own lane in the modern movement with airtight rapping and soaring singalongs. It’s no wonder Pitchfork hailed them among “The Next Generation of Club Rap” and proclaimed, “It’s an escape.”
Meanwhile, “X Em” continues to gain traction with 557K YouTube views on the music video. Inciting widespread applause, The FADER asserted, “No matter what anyone says, the Philly Goats remain the blueprint for all-ages fun.” Pitchfork proclaimed, “Like the rest of Philly Goats’ music and videos, it’s pure, unadulterated fun.” Teen Vogue attested, “The collective has evolved the sound that upholds the essence of dollar parties, teen dance cyphers, and tangin’ to no end in a way that Gen-Z craves and TikTok can’t go without.”
Over the past year, Philly Goats have captivated audiences with a sharp and show stopping style. They’ve quietly emerged as the face of the “hip dance”movement in Philadelphia. The guys have incited one viral moment after another, building up to “X EM.”Just the snippet inspired over 251K “creates” on TikTok and nearly 100 million views. Additionally. they rolled through OnTheRadar for a stunning performance of “X EM.”
“Get Off The Wall,” because Philly Goats set the tempo for summer 2023!
13. Armani White – REDEYE TO PHILLY. (Freestyle)Source:Armani White
Profound, yet buoyantly energetic, Armani White wants to trademark happy hood music. Pairing dexterous flows with dense introspection and spurts of impassioned melodies, the 26-year-old delivers a colorful, but poignant soundtrack for survivors. On the freewheeling “Billie Eilish,” he lets loose, fusing zany wordplay with machismo he earned from his upbringing in West Philadelphia, where he soaked up the sounds of Ludacris, State Property and Eminem. The fledgling young MC, who grew up in a troubled home and found healing in beats and bars, took to spitting lyrics from his favorite rappers when he played outside with friends. At age 11, Armani and a friend began using trial versions of Mixcraft to compose their first tracks. After winning both Class Clown and Most Likely to Be Heard a Mile Away in his high school yearbook, the idea of a rap career quickly crystallized. “Stick Up” (2015) was a pulsing boom bap single coated in braggadocio and comical flashes of danger. The video netted tens of thousands of views, and Pharrell even played one of Armani’s songs on his Beats 1 Radio show. But the back-to-back tragedies of his father’s death of cancer, and his uncle’s killing put his musical plans on hold for a couple years. He re-emerged with the lighthearted but existential “Public School” (2018), and Keep in Touch (2019), a project that reaffirmed his all-around songwriting abilities. Soon Armani was hitting the stage for shows with Vince Staples, Nas, James Blake and Aminé, to name a few. Armani’s next EP, Things We Lost In The Fire (fall 2021) addressed personal tragedy with unflinching transparency. It was the prelude to “Billie Eilish” in the new year, and the deal with Def Jam in the bargain. “The reason why I call my songs happy hood music is because I went through a lot of trauma and pain,” Armani says, “and I take that dark, murky color, throw it at the wall and watch a rainbow come out.”
14. 6LACK & Jesie Reyez – HomicideSource:6LACK
Hot on the heels of an explosive run, the groundbreaking artist 6LACK releases two thrilling new songs today via LVRN/Interscope Records ahead of his first headlining tour in over six years. The exhilarating track “Homicide” sees both 6LACK and singer / songwriter Jessie Reyez coming together after many years of friendship and deep admiration for one another. Here, the two artists breathe life into the complexities of intense love, infatuation, and the synergy of the two, painting a portrait of a fatal tango between two lovers. The strong, years-long bond between the two artists is almost palpable through the track, as it tastefully bridges their equally-compelling vocals together. The stirring track “Mean It” chronicles a moving confessional and showcases 6LACK’s unmatched dexterity through a striking vast sonic terrain that demonstrates why he remains one of the most pivotal artists in music today.
Additionally, 6LACK will be kicking off his colossal new Since I Have A Lover world tour on October 1st in Portland. The tour will span across North America and Europe with over 40 dates and with support from an array of dynamic artists including Mereba, SPINALL, QUIN, Jordan Ward, and Sadboi throughout the run – full dates below. The trek will serve as 6LACK’s highly anticipated return to the stage after an over 6 year touring hiatus.
The extraordinary run will see the beloved artist bring to life for the first time his critically acclaimed album Since I Have A Lover in what will undeniably be a one-of-a-kind moving moment for attendees. The live shows will expand on the healing journey that 6LACK set out to convey with the project. An intimate one that both sheds light on the highs and lows of his life, and pulls from his firsthand experiences with mental health, recovery, self-improvement, and love.
Pronounced “Black,” the three-time GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum selling artist has brilliantly captured a voice of a generation through his dynamic art for years now. Born and raised in Zone 6 of Atlanta, 6LACK exploded onto the scene with his breakout debut FREE 6LACK album in 2016, cementing his insatiable, singular sound. He was later catapulted into stardom in 2018 with the arrival of his critically acclaimed album, East Atlanta Love Letter, which hit No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
The revered artist has amassed over 7.8 billion global streams across platforms while also giving the world some of the biggest hits from the past decade through explosive collaborations with some of today’s most beloved artists including J. Cole, Future, Selena Gomez, Young Thug, Timbaland, Normani, Isaiah Rashad, Rita Ora, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Baby, Khalid, Jessie Reyez, Nao and many more. Most recently, his colossal collaboration with Lil Tjay on the song “Calling My Phone” earned him a No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and hit No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track has since reached platinum status and was brought to life through a moving performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
15. 6LACK – Mean ItSource:6LACK
16. Lady London & Dreezy – Yea YeaSource:Lady London
On the fast track to stardom following widespread acclaim, buzzing New York rapper Lady London unveils a hypnotic new single and music video entitled “Yea Yea” [feat. Dreezy] today. It notably marks the first collaboration between these two lyrical femme fatales.
Lady London threads together quotable bars over synth-spiked production and a head-nodding drumbeat. Multiplatinum Chicago force of nature Dreezypulls up with her own fiery and energetic verse, flexing nothing but confidence. The accompanying visual highlights their chemistry on-screen with a fluid back-and-forth as they consistently captivate.
It serves as the follow-up to her viral banger “Pop Ya Shit.”Thus far, the latter has posted up north of 2.1 million Spotify streams and counting. In addition to landing plugs from Variety, Global Grind, uDiscoverMusic, and more, Attack The Culture! raved, “Some rap artists just hit harder and that’s the case for Lady London. The R&B rap star has all the elements to be legendary and proves it.” Meanwhile, Brooklyn Vegan praised how the track, “will take you right back to the early 2000s.”
“Yea Yea” sets the stage for a whole lot more to come from Lady London. Get ready!
Born to Caribbean parents and raised in The Bronx and East Orange, NJ, she obsessed over hip-hop and R&B since her childhood. After achieving a BS from Howard University and a Master’s degree from USC, she flipped the script, opting to forego medical school in order to follow her passion for music. She built an audience by posting viral videos of her poetry, paving the way for her show-stopping freestyle series “Lady Londays.” Attracting a burgeoning following of over a million on Instagram, her lyrical acumen has incited the applause of Busta Rhymes, Cardi B, Lupe Fiasco, Timbaland, and Nas, to name a few.
17. Lyrical Lemonade, Lil Durk & Kid Cudi – Guitar In My RoomSource:Lyrical Lemonade
Award-winning music video director and culture-defining creator Cole Bennett and his multimedia brand Lyrical Lemonade – the community-driven platform and YouTube channel with over 10 Billion views worldwide – unveil a brand new single and music video “Guitar In My Room”with Lil Durk and Kid Cudi via Lyrical Lemonade/Def Jam Recordings.
The track layers cinematic orchestration over breezy acoustic guitar. Against this melodic backdrop, Lil Durk serves up confessional verses before honestly pleading on the chorus, “Accept me please, accept me for me, don’t judge me off my past life, I want you to believe.” Meanwhile, Kid Cudi turns up with an old school Cudder cadence, projecting his instantly recognizable booming intonation through the haze. The accompanying claymation visual proves instantly provocative as it pins an arresting and trippy narrative to the song’s otherworldly ebb and flow.
This weekend on Sunday October 1, Lyrical Lemonade takes over Salt Shed in Chicago, IL with what promises to be an unforgettable 10 Year! Anniversary Show.
Lyrical Lemonade kicked off its partnership with Def Jam Recordings by dropping “Doomsday” with Juice WRLD and Cordae earlier this summer. Thus far, it has amassed over 40 million Spotify streams and 11 million-plus YouTube views on the music video. Rolling Stone professed, “Lyrical Lemonade tapped into its roots,” and HYPEBEAST promised, “Flow-wise, the track is just as seamless, as the rappers’ lively bars and smart wordplay build off one another.” Rap Radar applauded, “the posthumous cut finds the rappers exchanging braggadocious bars and witty wordplay,” and Consequence of Sound wrote, “Lyrically, Juice WRLD and Cordae channel Eminem—whom they’ve both called a major influence—over Dre’s vintage beat.”
And it’s just the beginning…expect more powerhouse collaborations to be announced soon!
18. Tyler Cole – Existential Crisis Boy (Pt. 1)Source:Tyler Cole
Multi-faceted, platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and producer Tyler Cole released his new solo album Existential Crisis Boy: Part 1 via Def Jam Recordings. The album hosts seven tracks with production from Tyler and features from Teezo Touchdown and Baby Tate. The new album continues to showcase Cole’s unique blend of soulful pop tracks that have captivated audiences globally and garnered a loyal fan-base.
On Existential Crisis Boy: Part 1, Cole shares, “To me this is less of an album and more of a collection of moments in my life over the past few years. In my whole public musical journey, I’ve felt really misunderstood. I think this is me finally showing people who I am. The influences span from 90’s Rock to early 2000’s Hip-Hop & R&B to modern Pop. I want to make the people who don’t like to be boxed in feel seen. I’m so excited for everyone to hear this…and what’s to come!”
Cole initially announced his solo return to music with the release of his two track bundle “Good Drugs // Bad Joke” – watch the “Good Drugs” video here, and the “Bad Joke” video here. He followed up with single “Crying in My Car” ft. Teezo Touchdown and earlier this month, NYLON premiered the music video which also featured Teezo — watch here. Most recently, Cole released “Wish You Would,” the closing track of the new album – listen and watch the visualizer here.
On October 10th, Cole is set to perform his first headline show at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles – tickets available here.
19. Liyah Katana – 8Source:Liyah Katana
Liyah Katana – the 20 year-old Toronto-born R&B singer and songwriter presents her debut EP, 8 via Nycesound/ARTium Records/Def Jam Recordings.
The 8 track EP takes listeners on a journey through the vulnerability of relationships while showcasing Liyah’s impressive vocal range. On tracks like “Toxic”, Liyah taps into island vibes with its steel drum-driven groove and head-nodding bounce. Meanwhile, Liyah’s verses simmer into a seductive refrain as she confesses, “What we do is toxic, but somehow I can’t stop it.” Maintaining this momentum, it concludes with an invitation, “Come pull up on me.” While tracks like “Evol” and “Circles,” the more introspective and evocative.
She recently set the stage for the EP with the release of her first single “Str8” that has amassed nearly half-a-million streams and is at the top of Soundcloud’s Top 50 R&B Charts, in addition to 500K YouTube views on the music video. Earning critical acclaim, Complex Canada touted it among the “Best New Canadian Tracks This Week,” going on to praise it as “an ode to solidarity, finding strength in herself rather than searching for validation in others.” YouKnowIGotSoul also plugged the track, while Bong Mines Entertainment proclaimed, “she sings passionately over a piano-laden melody that swells with the weight of her raw emotions.”
20. 4L Javi – Face CardSource:4L JAVI
Emerging SoCal rapper and singer, 4L Javi, returns with his new single, “Face Card.” Produced by Flaugo, the track features Javi’s lyrical finesse as he flows over melodic piano keys and deep, haunting bass lines. The music serves as a perfect backdrop for Javi’s storytelling, which confronts the shift in the rapper’s life and blankets the track with an underlying sense of melancholy.
Known for his previous hits “Jordan Poole,” “Playboy,” and “Models,” Javi seemingly embraced the image of a charismatic ladies’ man. The rapper often paints a vivid picture of a young artist relishing in the perks that come with the journey to stardom; a repetitive whirlwind of packed performances and club appearances, replete with flowing drinks and beautiful women. However, “Face Card” takes a more introspective turn as Javi wrestles with inner conflicts, musing on feelings of longing and nostalgia for a love life left behind, as he raps, “I miss my love life, now it’s the club life.” The track captures the relatable complexities of coping with heartache while seeking solace and distraction in the clubs and parties that surround him.
21. Ne-Yo – Link UpSource:Ne-Yo
three-time, Grammy award-winning hitmaker NE-YO announced his new single “Link Up,” a smooth and seductive song that was produced by Hitmaka, Cardiak and Wu10 and samples the 1980s R&B hit “Looking Up To You,” recorded by Michael Wycoff via Motown Records/Compound Entertainment.
As part of the single release, the multiplatinum musician also unveiled the corresponding, official video for “Link Up.” The visual also includes appearances by Hitmaka, TikToker Ayo Tay and his STARZ co-star Terrence Green from their hit show “Step Up: High Water.”
The new single comes as his renowned “Champagne and Roses Tour” with Mario and special guest Pleasure P approaches its finale with shows in Sugar Land, TX tonight and a pair of California dates during the first week of October. From there, NE-YO will play two additional shows – October 21 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA and December 1 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. See below for the itinerary and tickets are available for purchase HERE.
Over the course of the summer, NE-YO continued to shine on a wide array of stages, including a headlining performance at The White House’s 4th of July celebration on the South Lawn. He also delivered his iconic hits at Michael Rubin’s renowned, Hamptons white party in July that brought together the biggest titans in business, entertainment, sports and music.
“Link Up” marks his first release since his eighth studio album, Self Explanatory, which included collaborations with Yung Bleu, Jeremih and Trippie Redd. His collaboration with Jeremih on “U 2 Luv” topped Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart for three weeks.
22. Rome Streetz – Noise Kandy 5Source:Rome Streetz
It’s been nearly a year since Rome Streetz released his breakthrough Griselda debut album, Kiss The Ring, which was widely hailed by fans as one of the trendsetting imprints’ best releases of 2022. It was also a mainstay on critics’ end-of-year “Best Of” lists, including HotNewHipHop, HipHopWired, Okayplayer, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Rome was also included on the Rising Hip Hop Artists To Watch in 2023 by iHeartRadio and Buzzfeed and made his national debut TV Appearance on Jalen & Jacoby.
If you couldn’t tell then that Rome was on the cusp of becoming one of the industry’s rising stars, the last eleven months have only aided in that claim.
Now, Rome has released the most ambitious Noise Kandy project in the series yet with Noise Kandy 5, which is now available.
Noise Kandy 5 features collaborations with Joey Bada$$, Curren$y, Boldy James, Rigz, Conductor Williams, Evidence & Wavy Da Ghawd.
“Noise Kandy 5 is the final installment of the series” Rome announces. “I have chosen to end the series here at 5 because that number signifies, power; and the series was made to display how dangerous I am with the pen. We’re going out with a bang!”
Rome Streetz recently started a ten-date European tour in support of Noise Kandy 5, you can view the full tour routing here: https://tourlink.to/RomeStreetzEuroTour
23. Valee & MVW – Tailor SwiftSource:Valee
Valee x MVW have shared their new single “Tailor Swift” along with announcing their new collaborative album, VALEEDATION, set for release on October 20th, 2023
In regard to their new single “Tailor Swift,” Valee states “Throughout my career I’ve been known to tailor my own clothes because I like them to fit a certain way. They have to be precise. I approached making this song the same way. When MVW sent it to me I knew it was the one”
MWN states, “The underlying sound and flow in Tailor Swift is essentially avant-garde, compounded by the depth of the entendres and visual metaphors, this track transports the listener into a world of radicalism.”
The producer known as MVW has put the finishing touches to an album with regular collaborator Valee, entitled VALEEDATION, with their chemistry resulting in new music that could just well turn out to be the pair’s magnum opus. VALEEDATION offers a unique language that Valee and MVW have developed through their shared artistic vision. The project’s sonic correlation with fine art allows it to transcend the boundaries of genre, blending into a sound coined as “museum rap”. The structural elements of classical music embedded within the song forms on VALEEDATION add an extra layer of sophistication and elevation.
MVW’s expertise in contemporary classical composition shines through as he weaves together intricate arrangements, showcasing his ability to meld genres seamlessly. Having studied classical music at New York University and under La Monte Young (one of the most revered American minimalist composers) and Bunita Marcus, Waller has also released three full LPs of classical compositions under his full name Michael Vincent Waller, including Moments which received a 7.8 from Pitchfork. MVW has worked with other innovative rappers such as TiaCorine, Xavier Wulf, Lil Gotit, Matt Ox, and Zelooperz.
MVW says, “The music feels like scenes in a movie more than tracks on an album, highlighted by different lighting on a thematic, subtle vibe. There is this sense of installation.”
Valee is a visionary rapper known for his unconventional style and infectious energy. With his distinctive lyrical delivery and unwavering commitment to artistic exploration, Valee has become a transformative force within the rap landscape. This new album follows up Valee’s project with Action Bronson and Greedo 03 produced by Harry Fraud. Valee has also collaborated with artists such as Lil Yachty, YG, G Herbo, King Louie, and Vic Mensa. His EP GOOD Job, You Found Me was executive produced by Kanye West. What sets Valee apart is his artistic evolution over the past few years, which has been meticulously honed alongside one of his core producers, MVW. Together, they have crafted a distinctive sound that fuses contemporary classical influences with refined melodies, elevating the sonic tapestries of trap music.
Valee’s artistic journey has been a deliberate departure from mainstream conventions, as he immerses himself in innovative aesthetics that challenge the status quo. This avant-garde approach serves as a guiding beacon for MVW, offering them a unique lens through which to navigate uncharted territories in music, explore novel genres, and push boundaries beyond the familiar.
Valee x MVW’s Valeedation will be released on October 23 via MVW Productions/Fake Shore Drive.
24. Latto ft. BabyDrill – Issa PartySource:Latto
ATL-based Grammy nominated rapper Lattolinks up with fellow ATL rapper and PDE Records signee BabyDrill release “ISSA PARTY” out now via RCA Records. The single also has an official video coming out at 12pm ET tomorrow. Directed by Shaq Gonzoe & James Rico, the colorful, fun video features Latto and Drill throwing it down in ATL with their friends, Latto’s sister Brooklyn Nicole and even her dog Coca. The visual is bright and playful with dancing and balloons, and you can even spot Latto’s Wingstop Meal collaboration. To celebrate this release, Latto is throwing an ATL party at the iconic Magic City strip club, renamed Latto Cityfor this week’s release.
This release follows her hits “Put It On Da Floor” and the RIAA-certified Gold remix “Put It On Da Floor Again” featuring Cardi B. Debuted at Coachella Weekend 1 this year, “Put It On Da Floor,” produced by Go Grizzly (Future), Squat & Pooh Beatz (Jack Harlow), has garnered millions of streams worldwide across all platforms in addition to landing on multiple playlists including RapCaviar, Rap Life, New Music Daily and more. The track debuted #1 on Billboard’s Hot Trending Songs chart, was top 20 on TikTok’s Hot 50 US Chart and has received co-signs from artists like Lil Nas X, Yung Miami, Lizzo, Coco Jones, Meek Mill and more. The remix debuted at #13 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. It’s explosive visual had Latto and Cardi B linking up in ATL in addition to cameos from Offset, BabyDrill, Angel Reese, and more.
Latto ended last year hitting the lotto – she garnered two2023 Grammy nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Melodic Rap Performance” for “Big Energy (Live)”in addition to winning awards for “Best New Artist” at the 2022 People’s Choice AwardsandBET Awards.The three-time 2022 AMA nominee and four-time 2022 VMA nominee presented at both respective award shows and was announced with the honor of the “Breakthrough Artist” Award for the 2022 Variety Hitmakers. Latto was also honored with the “Powerhouse Award”at Billboard’s 2023 Women in Music Awards. Most recently, she won “Best Female Rap Artist” at the 2023 BET Awards and “Song of the Summer” for her collaboration with BTS’ Jung-Kook, “Seven,”at the 2023 MTV’S Video Music Awards. The track debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was #1 on the Global 200 chart for six weeks in a row, making it one of the longest runs for a track on that chart.
With over 1 billion streams worldwide across all platforms and accolades continuing to rack up from her success, it’s clear that Latto has set the stage to become a global superstar. The release of her hit RIAA-certified 3x Platinumsingle “Big Energy” in September 2021 has made Latto inescapable. She went on to make history with the single as the first female rapper to ever have a #1 record at Pop, Rhythm and Urban Radio with the same single. Overall, she’s also the first female artist in 12 years to accomplish this feat, joining the company of Rihanna (“Rude Boy”), Alicia Keys (“No One”), Beyoncé (“Irreplaceable”), Mary J. Blige (“Be Without You”) and Mariah Carey (“We Belong Together”), the last five to previously achieve this. Last year she was also nominated for “Top Rap Female Artist” for the 2022 Billboard Music Awards and gave a fresh, elevated performance of “Big Energy” – click here to watch. Latto delivered another show-stopping performance at the end of June with a medley of “It’s Givin” and “Big Energy (Remix)” – for the latter she brought out Mariah Careyand Young Dirty Bastard – after winning her first-ever award for “Best New Artist”at the 2022 BET Awards–watch the performance HERE/ watch her acceptance speech HERE. Latto also performed at Spotify’s “Best New Artist” event, the legendary Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala, Billboard’s 2023 Women in MusicAwards(click here to watch), the 2023 iHeart Music Awards (click here to watch) and the 2023 BET Awards (click here towatch).
Latto just wrapped a summer festival run in Europe that included Wireless Festival (London), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Rolling Loud Germany, and more. She also attended Milan Fashion Week where she went to various shows including Robert Cavalli, Etro, Blumarine, Diesel and GCDS. With the release of her latest singles and collaborations plus working on her next album, the next chapter of Latto’s career will have more new music, more vibrant visuals and more big energy from The Biggest.
Stay tuned for more coming from Latto soon.
25. *NSYNC – Better PlaceSource:*NSYNC
*NSYNC releases their first song together in two decades, “Better Place,” from DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Together (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), out October 20th.
Multi-award-winning artist Justin Timberlake returns as the soundtrack’s executive music producer alongside GRAMMY award-winning producer/songwriter Mike Elizondo. Timberlake wrote and performed new original music for the film, which also includes music from the cast and some of today’s top artists including Kid Cudi, Camila Cabello, Troye Sivan, Anna Kendrick and more. Through a collection of 14 tracks, the soundtrack stays true to Trolls’ signature psychedelic joy-bomb of new and classic pop hits.
Trolls Band Together (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) follows the 2020 Trolls World Tour Original Motion Picture Soundtrack which featured the track “The Other Side” with Justin Timberlake and SZA. It also received an American Music Award nomination for Favorite Soundtrack. The first installment and highly successful #1 children’s soundtrack for DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit Trolls featured the 4X platinum selling song, “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!,” which became the best-selling song of 2016, debuted #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, won the GRAMMY Award for Best Song for Visual Media and secured multiple nominations including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and many more.
26. The Plug ft. Swae Lee & Stefflon Don – Run ThroughSource:GRM Daily
‘RUN THROUGH’ is the glorious new single from Amsterdam-based British creative entrepreneur and cultural connector JACK ‘THE PLUG’ EDJOURIAN featuring multi-platinum selling Billboard charting US rap superstar SWAE LEE, and MOBO Award-winning UK rap sensation STEFFLON DON. Co-produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Diego Ave (Megan Thee Stallion, Future, Post Malone), LJay Currie (Drake, Machine Gun Kelly), and Anton Kuhl Jorgensen (Chloe x Halle, Doja Cat), the infectious hip-hop/R&B fusion track is the lead single and precursor to The Plug’s long-awaited and highly anticipated Plug Talk 2 album, which is set for release on October 20.
‘Run Through’ bridges the iconic Southern Rap nuances that Swae Lee brings to the table, with the unmistakable London essence of Stefflon Don, with both artists crafting a stellar rapsung collaboration that steals the show. Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Run Through’ and how the track came about, Jack ‘The Plug’ Edjourian says, “The collaboration was not just about bringing two artists together, but crafting a sound that resonates with listeners. This track is undoubtedly one of my top picks from the album. Collaborating with these incredible talents has been a rewarding experience. As we prepare for the full album release, I’m genuinely thrilled for listeners to dive into ‘Plug Talks 2’.“
After spending five weeks in the UK Official Top 40 Album Chart with his debut album Plug Talk, which birthed ground-breaking hit tracks such as UK Top 20 single ‘How It Is’ featuring Roddy Ricch, Chip, and Yxng Bane, ‘Broken Homes’ with Nafe Smallz, M Huncho, and Gunna, as well as ‘Rich’ featuring D-Block Europe and Offset, while garnering over 300 million global streams, The Plug is excited to reveal the music that he has been working on over the past few years, starting with ‘Run Through’ featuring Swae Lee and Stefflon Don on September 29, before sharing the Plug Talk 2 album on October 20, both via his own record label The Plug Records.
27. Marzz ft. Dee Gatti – Switching SidesSource:Marzz
Rising R&B favorite Marzz releases their new single “Switching Sides,” feat. Dee Gatti via Keep Cool/RCA Records. The hypnotizing offering showcases their signature silky vocals. “Switching Sides” follows Marzz’s latest track “In The Morning” which marked the first taste of new music from the artist since the release of their Love Letterz (Deluxe) EP last year.
Marzz adds, “”Switching Sides” is the acknowledgment of a person not really being who I thought they were. Especially when discovered through cycled habits. The song makes you understand it’s ok to be direct in your feelings.”
It’s been a banner two-years for industry trailblazer Marzz as their 2021 debut EP, Love Letterz, solidified their place as a fresh face in the mainstream R&B scene. A captivating introduction to the Louisville starlets classic R&B and gospel influences. Love Letterz (Deluxe) released a year later with four brand-new tracks showcasing Marzz’s stratospheric growth.
From performing their hit song, “Countless Times,” at the 2021 BET Soul Train Awards to their late-night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Marzz became the artist to watch. Garnering praise from the likes of Billboard who declared, “As for who’s got next on the R&B scene, Marzz can rightfully claim dibs” along with BET who stated, “…Expect lush, perfectly sung R&B…” from Marzz. Last year, they played a run of headline dates in support of Love Letterz and opened for H.E.R. on her North American Tour.
As an artist who blends their impassioned, choir-born voice with vulnerable lyricism and sultry production, Marzz hopes their music will fuel the listeners imagination to create their own narratives — almost like a magic spell.
28. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – TestimonySource:YoungBoy Never Broke Again
GRAMMY Award-nominated Louisiana rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again drops the song and Karltin Bankz-directed video for “Testimony” via Never Broke Again / Motown Records.
The song follows May, 2023’s mixtape Richest Opp, which debuted within the top five of the Billboard 200, making YoungBoy Never Broke Again the third-most successful rap artist in terms of top-10 releases (he shares the honor with Drake and Future*> Drake and Future, who both have 15 to their name). He also made history this year by becoming the first artist – of all genres – to tally 100 career Hot 100 hits.
With more than 30 billion total streams and 109 RIAA-certified releases including three platinum or double platinum albums, NBA YoungBoy is one of the most listened to artists in the world, and his April release of Don’t Try This At Home marked his 6th full-length studio album to add to his canon. The album reached #1 on US Apple Music and #1 on Top R&B and HipHop charts. It is YoungBoy’s 14th US top-10 album. YoungBoy is the third most-streamed artist in the United States last year (according to Luminate), behind Drake and Taylor Swift.
Also in 2023, YoungBoy Never Broke Again was voted as The People’s Champ by readers for the XXL Awards. The Source cited him among the “Top 5 Hip-Hop Artists of 2022,” going on to call him “one of the most prolific rappers on the planet.” OkayPlayer declared, “There’s a YB song for every possible mood you can be in.” NPR put it best, “YoungBoy seems to have the upload button held down: He’s prolific but consistent, always active and always online, rolling out content at the algorithm’s desired pace.”
29. Jharrel Jerome – Trip PackSource:Jharrel Jerome
Hip-hop artist and award-winning actor Jharrel Jerome releases Trip Pack – the second music pack in his previously announced 4-pack project titled Someone I’m Not. Following the release of Rap Pack in August, Trip Pack is also composed of 4 tracks, including the already released “Look” and new single “Zombie.”
Jharrel continues to solidify his much-welcomed presence in the hip-hop scene with more crisp lyrics and modern sounds. On “Look,” Jharrel’s verses suggest a candid yet admirable confidence. For Trip Pack, Jharrel collaborated with William Leong, HOMI, John Marquez and Carter Ace, who served as co-writers and producers on the project.
The release of Trip Pack is accompanied by a multi-track video written by and starring Jharrel. The video, which showcases Jharrel’s dynamic range and takes viewers on a visually stunning “trip” through reflection and self-discovery, was directed by Shomi Patwary and produced by Punom Patwary.
Following last month’s release of Rap Pack, VIBE Magazine stated that “social media was enamored with the single [“The Cycle”] and compared his ‘timeless’ flow and potential star power to Kendrick Lamar and Drake.”
Following today’s release of Trip Pack will be the anticipated releases of Love Pack and Trap Pack – which, along with Rap Pack, form Jharrel’s debut album project – Someone I’m Not – releasing in late 2023.
Racking up over 5.5M streams on Spotify alone with his debut release “For Real (feat. Kemba),” Jharrel continues to make waves as an artist-to-watch, garnering acclaim from Billboard, UPROXX, BuzzFeed, Essence, and more. He followed things up with his 2022 single “Someone I’m Not,”which The FADER praised for “the beat’s soulful motions and Jerome’s punched, introspective bars.”
This year on-screen Jharrel starred in and served as an Executive Producer on the Prime Video series I’m A Virgo by writer-director Boots Riley. The series was met with wide praise and adoration, reflected by the show’s “certified fresh” score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. He was soon after seen co-starring in the Steven Soderbergh MAX series Full Circle and is mid-production starring as wrestler Anthony Robles in the film, Unstoppable, from Producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
30. Calboy ft. Skilla Baby – Gang TimeSource:Calboy
Chicago rapper Calboy has returned with the song and accompanying video for “Gang Time,” featuring Skilla Baby via his new independent imprint Loyalty & Co. “Gang Time” is available everywhere now.
In the visual, we see Calboy and Skilla Baby iced out, flaunting stacks of cash, as they rap back-to-back. “Gang time, I’m on the e-way with this bitch, she throwing up gang signs / Oh this your bitch, she gave me brain, she got a great mind / I’m drippy, drippy, fly as fuck, bitch I got hang time,” Calboy raps.
The Chevy Music-produced “Gang Time” follows Calboy’s last single “On My Own.” His recent music marks his exit from RCA Records and the launch of his independent music career, where he’s carving out his own path with imprint Loyalty N Co.
And he shows no signs of slowing down: in addition to his new album, he’s also working on a TV series. Along the way, he’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in the game, including Lil Wayne and T-Pain, and continues to deliver hit records that resonate with fans around the world.
31. Tymain Robbins – Fashionably LateSource:Tymain Robbins - Topic
North Carolina emcee and creative Tymain Robbins reveals his debut album ‘Fashionably Late’ which is a testament and journey for him to showcase not only his story but also his amazing talent in curating music. The main story of my upcoming album revolves around self-discovery and personal growth. Each track is a chapter in this narrative, with themes of overcoming, determination, and finding one’s true purpose. For fans of artists like J. Cole, Nas, and Jay-Z should find solace in Tymain Robbins.
“I also watched this Russ interview where he quoted something from John Mayor. He mentioned, “if you wait too long to drop your own songs you’re late to your own party”. That saying really stuck with me,” Tymain said. He continued with, “I’m an artist who has held on to years of music trying to create the perfect project, and it’s caused me to not drop much. The interview made me realize that during this time I’ve forced myself to be late to my accomplishments, celebrations, current fans enjoying new music, and new fans discovering me. So, I decided that if I’m late to my party then I at least need to arrive in fashion.”
The overall LP is based on a diverse amount of topics coming from the words of Tymain himself. The tracks that are the focus on this project are “Fashionably Late,” “Denim Tears,” and “Endless Possibilities.” “Fashionably Late” is about coming back after a hiatus and being better than ever due to the amount of work you put in over the off-season. “Denim Tears” plays on the title of the project, is filled with confidence and this song is about the embodiment of everything in your genes. “Endless Possibilities” is about overcoming adversity and finding strength within ourselves. It’s one of those, “if I can do it, so can you” records.
His recent Rolls Royce activation event is an example of how he extends his creativity to outside the studio. The Rolls Royce listening event was inspired by the luxurious and sophisticated nature of the album. “I wanted the event to match the grandeur of the music and provide fans with a unique and memorable experience,” he said. “The Rolls Royce symbolizes both success and class, which aligns with the album’s themes of ambition and self-improvement. I really just wanted to do something different that I haven’t seen before.”
32. Rick Ross & Meek Mill – Shaq & KobeSource:Rick Ross
gamma., the artist-first multimedia platform providing creative and business services across all artistic and commercial formats, today announces a major expansion of its artist, executive, and content rosters with the addition of the illustrious hip-hop impresario, business magnate and cultural icon Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group.
Ross is a nine-time GRAMMY Award-nominated multi-platinum superstar, founder and CEO of the highly successful Maybach Music Group label, two-time New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, real estate tycoon, and owner of a one-of-a-kind car collection, which taken together defines his unique lifestyle, mindset, and culture. At gamma., he will not only release music, but also spearhead multimedia projects.
This includes unleashing his powerhouse collaboration with mentee and brother in arms, multi-platinum superstar Meek Mill.The first taste of the Ross & Meek collaboration is “Shaq & Kobe,” an aptly titled gripping and powerful ode to a relationship between a mentor and his protégé, with a reconciled bond of brothers. The song’s cinematic video showcases how both have given their blood sweat and tears to their artistry and how that has paid off. The natural interplay between them musically and visually maximizes their potency and influence.
“You know Breyon and I have been making money together for a long time, even more important, we have always been able to do great business, which is why I look forward to this partnership with gamma. This is a big move for Larry to be in the position he’s in and for me to be in the position I’m in it’s only right we come together and make some HISTORIC moves,” says Rick Ross.
“Rick Ross epitomizes the multimedia and multi-faceted content pioneer that gamma. was created to amplify,” said gamma. CEO and Co-founder, Larry Jackson. “We couldn’t be happier to formalize our relationship, welcome him to the gamma. family, and propel the trajectory of an already well-established empire. We’re beyond excited for the world to experience his surprise, highly anticipated collab reunion album with Meek.”
Also joining gamma. is longtime Ross business partner and veteran label executive, producer and artist manager Breyon Prescott, including his Chameleon Entertainment label and catalog. As Executive Vice President, Content, Prescott will identify and sign talent to his Chameleon/gamma. imprint as well as attract multimedia projects to the company. In addition, he will continue to manage the music career of Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.
“I’m excited to be part of the passionate team at gamma. Larry and I first worked alongside each other with the legendary Clive Davis, where we broke many artists and enjoyed a historic musical run,” said Prescott. “I look forward to introducing fresh talent and compelling new ventures. With my arrival to gamma., I wanted to walk in the door with one of the most iconic artists and business leaders that I have been honored to work with and have shared major success with: RICK ROSS! He is not only a one of a kind music legend, but also an incredible human being. It’s thrilling that the first project we’re working on together is the highly anticipated collaboration with Meek. Can’t wait for the world to experience it.”
Prescott brings to gamma. decades of experience as both label executive and artist manager. He has not only worked alongside industry giants Clive Davis and L.A. Reid, but has partnered with a wide range of heralded artists to create seminal music including Foxx, Drake, Kanye West, Yo Gotti, D’Angelo, and Angie Stone among them.
33. Jonah Kagen – PollutionSource:Jonah Kagen
Singer and songwriter Jonah Kagenshares his new single/video, “Pollution,” out today on Arista Records. The accompanying music video, which is also out now, was shot in one-take by David Od.
Following his recent hit single, “The Roads,” “Pollution” arrives as another stunning display of Jonah’s distinct acoustic-driven sound. Enveloping listeners with a blend of dynamic folk-rock instrumentation, visceral lyricism, and his warm, commanding vocals, “Pollution” is a song that will tug at heartstrings.
“’Pollution’ is about nostalgia, but more specifically, it’s about the desperate craving to get back to a time of simplicity and innocence,” Jonah shares. “I think there’s something especially heartbreaking about losing your innocence as you grow up, and it’s something that I think about every day.”
The 23-year-old singer and songwriter grew up in Savannah, Georgia and took up guitar at the age of six, diving deep into the instrument’s technical aspects after his jazz musician grandfather showed him performance videos. He further found inspiration in the music of guitarist Andy McKee, whose finger-style technique lit a creative fire within. “He opened my eyes to what an acoustic guitar could be,” he recalls, as he dove deeper into creating music on his own. “If you can bring somebody something with your music that they can’t get anywhere else, there’s nothing better than that.”
Jonah’s debut EP, ‘georgia got colder,’ was released in December 2022 on Arista Records. He’s already cut impressive figures with over 200+ million global streams and over 2 million monthly listeners. Jonah will be embarking on his first headline tour in October before joining Phillip Phillips as support on his ‘The Drift Back’ tour through November. An exciting new voice bringing an undeniable energy and sincerity through his multifaceted sound, Jonah Kagen is undoubtedly an artist on the rise.
34. Sophie Shredz – Eyez On MeSource:SOPHIE SHREDZ - Topic
Emerging hyper-pop act SOPHIE SHREDZ reveals her new single, “EYEZ ON ME.” Blending exhilarating hyper-pop production with infectious pop melodies and classic rock instrumentation, she delivers an explosion of personality with each new release.
“EYEZ ON ME” is a frantic explosion of vibrant synths, heavy-hitting bass, and distorted vocals.“‘EYEZ ON ME’ is about a time in my life when I was getting a lot of negative attention and it felt like all eyes were on me,” Sophie explains.
Instead of wallowing, she transformed her pain into a rebellious anthem about embracing the attention of the spotlight. “This song was a huge turning point in my life. I realized I didn’t care about what anyone thought about me. It’s about regaining confidence and making the best of bad situations.” To put it simply, “EYEZ ON ME” is the ultimate IDGAF anthem!
SOPHIE SHREDZ is the project of New Jersey-born, Nashville-based vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Sophie Ruggiero. She was raised listening to classic rock greats like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Heart, and became an avid guitar player by the age of 7. While her current sound certainly draws influence from the experimental electronic world of hyper-pop, she also imbues her songs with a tapestry of classic rock influences, like show-stopping guitar solos and driving percussive elements.
Sophie is redefining what it means to be a modern day pop star — she’s bold, evocative, openly queer, and a fierce advocate for female empowerment. Her music reflects her own personal and artistic growth and experiences, making it both relatable and authentic. She hopes her music will inspire others to pursue their dreams and unlock a new level of confidence within themselves.
35. TOBi – Someone I KnewSource:TOBi
Nigerian born, Los Angeles-based artist TOBishares a new track and short animated film for “Someone I Knew” via RCA Records. The latest offering comes two weeks ahead of his forthcoming album PANIC, set to be released October 12th – preorder HERE.
“Someone I Knew” is the introductory track to PANIC, forming the thematic backbone for the album. TOBi’s new single is accompanied by a short animated film created by BAFTA-nominated animator Renaldho Pelle and Los Angeles-based animators Studio Linguini. Backed by towering orchestral production, TOBi takes us through pivotal moments in his life’s journey, a constant tight rope balance between being an artist and a human being.
Last month, TOBi and his team launched an interactive digital universe and social fan club. The digital hub holds his catalog that will focus on building a community of core fans brought together by TOBi’s art, encouraged to stick around with an evolving slate of collectible content, new releases, and engagements from TOBi and his network of artists and friends. You can join now at PANIC.FM.
TOBi on his single “Someone I Knew”: “This might be one of the most important songs I’ve ever done. The history behind it, the depth of the stories. Even the accuracy of the sample 50 years after it was originally sung. I’ve always wanted to have my own version of a Florence Welch record. This is what music is about to me. To capture the feeling of timelessness that we wanted on PANIC. I wanted to make a song that would make anybody want to wake up and take agency over their life. That is the story of my journey not just as an artist but a human.“
Earlier this year, TOBi took home another Juno Award for Rap Album/EP of the Year for Shall I Continue? making this his second win following his 2020 album ELEMENTS Vol. 1that won the 2021 Rap Recording of the Year. Last year, his elevated COLORS performance of “Flowers” was released and his song “Move” was featured on Netflix’sDo Revengestarring Camila Mendes (Riverdale) and Maya Hawke (Stranger Things). He also performed at Afrochellaat the end of last year. Prior to this, “All Night Long,” “She Loves Me” and “Flowers,” he released his Alex Goose-produced single and video “Before We Panic” featuring Mikky Ekko (written forRihanna, A$AP Rocky, Drake), which was a prelude to his forthcoming album. The artistic visual was shot and directed by Dom McLennon (BROCKHAMPTON) and Jeremy Grier.
Stay tuned for more from TOBi coming soon.
36. Lil Tony Official – CanoozledSource:Lil Tony Fr
On the fast track towards a major breakthrough, rising hip-hop star Lil Tony shares a brand new single and music video entitled “Canoozled” today via Priority Records.
The track hinges on an uneasy keyboard melody and off-kilter finger-snaps. Anxious cymbals underline his confessional rhymes as he laments, “All my friends is dead I fuck with Blueface like Lil Uzi,” before he repeats the chantable chorus, “I’m Canoozled.” In the accompanying visual directed by DREVEGAS, a girl pulls up to Lil Tony’s spot. Stuck outside, she knocks on the door as he and a female partner-in-crime count stacks and taunt an opp from the couch. The clip perfectly captures the menacing mood of the song.
Continuing a prolific year, it maintains his momentum from the bombastic mixtape TKEY — listen HERE.
Still, everything just bulldozes the way for more to come soon.
Get “Canoozled” with Lil Tony.
Lil Tony may be a newcomer in the rap game, but you’d never know from his confident presence and dizzying lyricism. The arrival of his mixtape TKEY marks the culmination of years of honing his craft and building momentum in his hometown. With the arrival of his “Tried Me” video, the young performer showcases the full extent of his artist and underlines the fact that he’s only just getting started.
37. Lil Man J – Studio In L.A.Source:Lil Man J
Lil Man J shares his new single “Studio in LA.” J has been going viral for the last year on TikTok amassing over 1.5 million followers on the platform, which has crossed over to other platforms. He has 640k subs on YouTube, 300k+ on IG, and has steadily maintained over 500k monthly listeners on Spotify amassing over 70 million streams.
The rapper from SC has been creating content and songwriting through a lot of adversity. He’s a testament of breaking barriers, as he lives through 4 disabilities.
Lil Man J shares, “‘Studio in LA’ is a song I made during my last trip to LA, and I wanted to give my fans the vibe of exactly how I was feeling that night. Some producers including Jayy 23rd who’s become a homie, my fave LA engineer Reef and my manager were all getting into the creative process for real. That track with the pan flute sounds caught my ear right away and I knew the song was gonna be extra hard!!”