California rapper Lil Xan debuted with a drugged-out sound that helped propel his track “Betrayed” to viral success. Delivering emotive rhymes that focused on sex, drugs, and hedonistic behavior, his music fell somewhere between contemporaries like Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Peep. Born Diego Leonas in Redlands, Xan emerged inContinue Reading

Affectionately known as the Jacks, the young pop-rap duo Jack & Jack used video-sharing sites, music-sharing sites, and other bits of social media to launch their career in 2014. Friends since kindergarten, Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson gained a loyal following thanks to a series of short comedic videos theyContinue Reading

Canadian songwriter, producer, rapper, and singer Drake sustained a high-level commercial presence shortly after he turned to rapping in 2006, whether with his own chart-topping releases or a long string of guest appearances on hits by the likes of Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky. Each one of the formerContinue Reading

Canadian rapper Belly (aka Rebellyus) was born Ahmad Balshe in the West Bank Palestinian city of Jenin. Hoping to escape violence and poverty, Belly’s family immigrated to Ottawa, Canada when he was a boy. Belly was purportedly selling drugs on the street by age 13 and already distinctly aware ofContinue Reading

Scottish electronic dance producer and DJ Calvin Harris (born Adam Richard Wiles) went from posting his music online to producing material for Rihanna and selling millions under his own name within a few years. A talented remixer, he has won Grammys and MTV VMA awards, broke Michael Jackson’s record forContinue Reading