Top 5 Up and Coming Hip Hop Artists You Should Check Before The End Of 2016
The last few years have seen an explosion in hip hop artists. From independent names to collectives there’s more competition than ever. For the audience this is great with more unique voices trying to get your attention. With all the new names on the scene there’s going to be a lot of flash-in-the-pan artists. Looking past them for names that could stick around for a long time, here’s our list of the top five up and coming hip hop artists you should check before the end of the year.
Lil Uzi Vert –
Lil Uzi Vert released his first two mixtapes in 2014 but his third, 2015’s ‘Luv Is Rage’ set the tone. On ‘Luv Is Rage’ he proved himself with production from the likes of Don Cannon and FKi and features from Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug. Lil Uzi Vert stands separate from the crowd by delivering on both club tracks and more experimental ones. Willing and able to take risks on tracks it’s clear that there is more to Vert than we’ve seen.
Montana of 300 –
Montana of 300 turned a lot of heads when he said no to a record deal from Rick Rubin. He made his name at home in Chicago with millions of views on youtube and seems to value his independence. He has been vocal about refusing to sign a record deal. This was clearest in him coming out on Twitter to support Lil Wayne in his contract dispute. He’s still in high demand despite his distaste for record labels. Videos emerging of Montana in the studio with Kanye West are testament to this. Between this and a guest spot on FOX’s Empire, Montana of 300 taking off this year shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Mozzy isn’t new to rap. From age 11 he was rapping with his uncle, GP The Beast, who went on to collaborate with Suge Knight. It wasn’t until 2011 that Mozzy released his first solo album Money Means Mozzy. In the next five years he released another ten albums. Complex Magazine hailed him as having the ‘best run of 2015’. Five years since his first solo release he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Even if he some of his darker, more horrorcore influenced tracks don’t appeal, Mozzy has earned himself a place on the list for the sheer amount of work he puts out.
Playboi Carti –
Playboi Carti didn’t have to wait long to make an impact. He’s got a tour with Lil Uzi Vert under his belt along with Skepta and Frank Ocean collaborations and he’s not even 21 yet. He describes his style as ‘go get it’ and nowhere is cleared then the track ‘Broke Boi’. Carti can count A$AP mob among those in his corner with A$ap Rocky starring in his video for ‘What’. Despite the attention at home and abroad, the Atlanta native’s loyalties are clear. He’s been a part of the Atlanta scene and wants to keep it that way. In an interview with Oyster he said ‘I want the key to my city.’ With the reputation he’s already building it won’t take long before he has it.
On the cover of Northern Lights, Allan Kingdom looks a lot more nineties Fresh Prince than Up and Coming 2016 rapper. This isn’t the case with his musical style though. As a member of Thestand4rd along with Spooky Black, their self titled album as well as Kingdom’s three mixtapes were enough to get him a guest appearance on Kanye West’s ‘All Day’. He capitalised on the attention this brought with the mixtape Northern Lights. There’s a lot more to Kingdom than people might have guessed from only four lines on All Day and he brings something very different to the table. Finding a mainstream audience for his sound is the last step in making Allan Kingdom a household name.
Those are our top five picks for this years up and coming hip hop artists. What do you think of our choices and who do you think should have made the list?