Despite his evasion of stylistic pigeonholing and no label affiliation — not even a major-bankrolled vanity imprint — Chance the Rapper became one of the most significant artists to infiltrate the mainstream during the 2010s. Through several mixtapes, his output underwent a rapid evolution as he celebrated life and faith,Continue Reading

Transferring the reflective style of rappers like Drake to the genre of gangsta rap, Louisiana-based MC Kevin Gates spent five-plus years on the mixtape circuit before climbing into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart with his 2013 release, Stranger Than Fiction. Born and raised in Baton Rouge,Continue Reading

Zayn Malik is best known as one of the founding members of the boy-band-of-a-generation One Direction. Born Zain Javadd Malik on January 12, 1993 in the working-class town of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, Zayn honed his vocal talents and stage command at a young age. Growing up as aContinue Reading

Rapper, singer, and producer D.R.A.M. (which stands for “Does. Real. Ass. Music.”) is best known for his 2016 summer hit “Broccoli.” Born Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith in Germany, the Virginia-based artist released his debut mixtape, #1 Epic Summer, in 2014. It featured the single “Cha Cha,” a club-worthy cut that wasContinue Reading

    Blue Eyed Boy is fronted by ‘Johnny Rose’ an electronica/pop artist and singer/songwriter based in London. The brand new single from Blue Eyed Boy is entitled ‘Time’ and is taken off the album ‘ Blue Eyed Boy’. The single ‘Time’ recently made it’s chart debut on the KingsContinue Reading

Canadian pop-R&B singer and songwriter Alessia Cara (full last name: Caracciolo) made her recorded debut in 2015, though she started racking up YouTube views — with acoustic covers of popular songs across several genres — four years earlier. Upon graduating from high school in her native Brampton (a suburb ofContinue Reading

An MC who was lifted to the majors thanks to a groundswell of support, Washington, D.C.’s GoldLink mixes forward-looking hip-hop, jittery indie rhythms, and heavy danceable beats that hark all the way back to the ’80s and D.C.’s go-go movement. Born D’Anthony Carlos, he launched his career as Gold LinkContinue Reading