In 2016, we saw the emergence of new artists such as Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, and Desiigner. These artist shifted the culture, but they aren’t the only ones. Here are five new artists to watch in 2017.
Tee Grizzley | 22 | Detroit, MI
With an indisputable hit in rotation titled “First Day Out” and a street buzz swarming throughout the masses, Detroit artist Tee Grizzley is poised to take center stage in 2017. After performing alongside Chris Brown, and Trey Songz at The Big Show at The Joe concert on Dec. 28, 2016, Grizzley has fans curious as to what his next moves will be once the ball drops.
6lack | 24 | Atlanta, GA
Atlanta boom-bap sound plus trippy lyrics equals a recipe for hits upon hits. 6lack seems to be hitting the right buttons as his debut album, Free 6lack, reached No. 5 on the Billboard Rap Charts in November. The album also included the singles “Ex Calling” and “Prblms.” Keep an eye on this young cat from East Atlanta in 2017.
Guordan Banks | 27 | Philadelphia, PA
Although he isn’t new to the music business, Guordan Banks gained much traction in 2016 for many reasons. The biggest one is credited to his single “Keep You in Mind,” which reached #1 on the Billboard charts. He had this to say about his recent success, “We didn’t expect ‘Keep’ to go this far. We thought of it as more of a buzz record. But God had another plan.”
There is no denying Bank’s sole sound and stage presence, which is why he should be watched closely in 2017.
Bibi Bourelly | 22 | Berlin, Germany
Bibi Bourelly is Def Jam’s latest R&B darling. Her unique singing abilities and wordplay have garnered comparisons to the late Amy Winehouse. For sure, 2017 will be a great year for this young songstress as she continues to make great music.
Princess Nokia | 24 | New York, NY
Princess Nokia is a rapper from New York whose roots trace back to Africa and abroad. Her mixture of culture, materialism, and religion make her one of the most unique talents that will be worthy of our attention in 2017.