Last year, due to the effect of the corona pandemic on the world, most sectors thrived and struggled through the progress of getting back on their feet. And none has thrived more than the music sector. During the waves of the pandemic, we were forced to quarantine and stay inside and out of sight. While the pandemic separated us from our family and loved ones, we had to turn to music and other forms of entertainment to keep us busy. And hip-hop have done nothing but give us countless artists to listen to and update our playlist. The pandemic helped upcoming artists eager to break through give their shot at the public and did nothing but surpass most expectations.
In 2023, things are returning to normal, and a new set of young rookies and seasoned veterans are setting the waves and increasing the bar of hip-hop music. Below is a list of 8 artists to expect more from in 2023:
To no surprise, Keldamuzik is at the top of this list, as she has announced her upcoming projects, which are excitingly going to blow your mind. With her projects and achievements, she has proved and will prove the fact that she’s here to stay. Hailing from the Bay area of California, a special place for the most unique, innovative, and open-minded individuals, Keldamuzik is no less. The latest release of her latest music video, “Mind Sex,” is currently setting the waves in the music industry. She shows no sign of stopping anytime soon with her upcoming projects and events.
After her exciting debut in 2019, she continued to soar high and make her country proud. With her initial hit “try me” in 2019, she began to draw international attention to her sights. With her way of blending R&B and Afrobeats, she has successfully appeared on high-profile tracks like Wizkid’s “essence,” which got Tems, her first top 10 billboard hit, and Future’s single hit “wait for you,” which topped the US billboard in 2023. Born in the capital city of Lagos to a British father and Nigerian mother, she has nurtured her talent and made her country proud.
An American rapper and record producer who gained significant recognition following the release of his single “Orange Soda” in 2019 and later collaborated with Kanye West on the song “praise God,” which peaked in the top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was certified platinum in April 2023. He has accomplished spicy songs, including collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on “Family Ties.”
Having shown interest in poetry at the age of 11, Lady London has always had a talent for creative writing.. after discovering her passion for music, she went further and learned her style of music and released her first rap song at graduate school. With her debut in 2021, after she released “never,” she has proved that her wordplay is one of her best attributes and is in its best form. It’s only a matter of time before she drags her way into the mainstream media.
After closing 2021 with a self-released EP, “Cortlandt Baby,” with six unique tracks, B-Lovee has flexed one of his talents to the public. With an ear for implementing nostalgic samples and hit, he separated himself from the pack and went further to grabbing melodic elements and creating hits out of them. Born in Maryland, b-Lovee is an American rapper who got popular through his participation in the “IYKYK viral hit. He later went from “my Everything” to appearing on songs with prominent rappers such as Digga D and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
Another Nigerian female singer-songwriter has captivated her fans and other artists with her blend of Afropop and R&B melodies lined with her stunning vocals. Along with Terms, this Nigerian star is leading a new class of Women, singing about preserving their power, preserving and protecting peace, and providing awareness for them at large. After being signed to one of Nigeria’s leading labels, “Mavin,” she released her global charting single “Bloody Samaritan.”
A rapper from Bronx, New York, has worked her fame into rap stardom. She started her rap journey in college and has seen it through. DreamDoll has worked different jobs to meet ends meet, including a bartender at starlets of New York, where she was discovered and signed to Warner Records.
Another rapper slowly grinded his way to success in 2021 after releasing his breakout hit “Who Wants Smoke?” in January 2021. Initially, the track didn’t crack mainstream media until G Herbo, Lil Durk, and 21 Savage induced the track with rap reinforcements and added their grim tales and style to the official remix in October. His hit “Who Wants Smoke?” later cracked the Hot 100’s top 20 and earned him his first glorious platinum single.
In conclusion, I recommend that you look forward to their upcoming performances. Artists like Keldamuzik are sure to keep bringing top-notch performances to our screens.