10 Emerging Brooklyn Hip Hop Artists to Watch
Brooklyn is home to a rising number of up-and-coming acts — here are 10 artists you should be on the look out for:
Duck Down’s most refreshing voice is Chelsea Reject and based off her latest project that dropped this Spring, CMPLX, Chelsea delivers self-awareness, environment mental consciousness, and a freedom unlike any other. Fresh off her tour in Japan this summer, there’s more inspiration to be shared by this young Queen.
If you talking you might want to “STFU.” Abrasive, aggressive and insanely humorous are a only few words that come close to summing up an experience with the “Knizza” Frank Knight. From curating and coordinating his own events that features an array of dope NYC artists, and upon dropping an unforgettable project (“Free Lunch”) Knight is ready to take his audience on an unpredictable thrill ride.
A little “rough around the edges” yet poised and focused, DonMonique is serving the Hip-Hop world what it’s missing : a young, fancy, ghetto princess. If you ever imagined what it would look like if Lil Kim had a niece who became a rap superstar, DonMonique is that. She’s only 21-years old but she makes it cool to “keep it hood” while making your own lane in an industry that turns a blind eye to young black women empowerment. Check out the Don DaDa’s summer 2015 debut “Thirst Trap EP”.
Everybody needs to make room for a Greek god in the form of a true Brooklyn lyricist, Mr. ‘God Neptune’ himself: Naj is Dope. He has blessed the Indie scene with a distinctive work of art, his debut album, Cave To Canvas. Since then Naj has been crushing festival and showcase stages throughout NYC. Make sure you remember D.O.P.E. (Dreamers Of Progressive Excellence) because that’s what Naj is exuding and based on the intricate layers of his work, he expects the same from his audience.
It’s been a long time coming for the Brooklyn supergroup. Phony PPL have been on the tip of many tongues and there’s much reason for that, they’ve had their string of changes and adjustments the last 2-3 years, released their latest album “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” with an assortment of captivating visuals and a handful of tours which have all propelled them to lengthy heights. The Phony’s are next up, consider them “the most famous band you’ve never heard of”.
Another collective with an assortment of quality talent comes in the form of young “Super Saiyans”, also known as, Sus.Life. Most known for crushing open-mics and coordinating their signature jam sessions titled ‘Lus Sife’ (usually located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or the LES), their unique, youthful sound strangely takes you back to a time when hip-hop and Neo-Soul ruled airwaves. Much more are to come from these young Kings and a Queen.
Breaking through the scene, focused and gritty is Crown Heights one and only Dyme-A-Duzin. Former lead emcee of Phony PPL, Dyme has been excelling as an individual artist since his departure in 2013. Consistently making major moves and gaining recognition as an artist well on his way, nothing is stopping the young emcee who is well aware of his environment and the oppression of his people, both locally and nationally.
This list was too short for this intricate collection of four emcees busting down doors and taking names:Radamiz, Madwiz King Critical, and History. Each emcee provides listeners with countless amounts of serious bars, when they’re in the cypher you know it. Demanding your attention with their presence and undeniable talent, they bring power back to real lyricists while the unfortunate get lost in over-populated trap.
Long live ‘Boom-Bap’. Hollywood YSA is the perfect example of a Brooklyn emcee who likes to stick to the basics. If he’s not locked in the studio with handpicked producers laying down his sound on wax, then he’s performing on an iSpitNYC stage near you. The Lotta Money House Ent. front-runner has delivered and received this past year, he dropped his award winning album “Real Recognize Real” (2014 ASMA Album Of The Year), and there seems to be more to look forward to….
– Not to be seen often, the energetic, rebel emcee I.O.D., packs a serious punch of flavor and young wisdom when he touches a mic. The “Brownsvillian” has a variety of visuals that compliment his “kid -villianesque” sound: dark but trendy. He doesn’t make music to be your favorite, I.O.D. creates so that he stands out. Dare to keep up with the young King.