Welcome to the continuation of my listening of influential artists I’ve discovered in 2016. Originally the post numbered more than 3000 words. For readers that asking a lot so I decided to make them smaller. So here’s part 2 of the artists I found myself listening last year.
Clicking on each artists name will open a new tab to the song listed. Thus you can enjoy the songs I’ve chosen to represent them.
The songs listed aren’t necessarily their best but one of my favorites to give you sample of their impressive talents. So grab a drink and take a seat. This list is a I created from a year’s worth of countless hours looking and listening.
This part is more hiphop focused as that genre is also very important to me. So here are the special individuals you should listen to and follow.
This young rapper hailing form Boston is someone whom you might label a vaporwave rapper. In truth he chooses his targets to extend his skill set. One of my favorite songs involves a somewhat familiar tune. He raps about life being similar to living underwater.It can be subdued at times but more importantly it’s yours(his) to live. He manages to do this with well a executed flow and lyrics.
I think I’ve left this song on repeat for hours honestly. This young man is a rapper by name but he’s also quite the storyteller. Here he raps about that weird space we find ourselves at in the middle. It’s a myriad of thoughts and feelings that often leave us thinking what’s important or what should I do. I know artists shouldn’t be labeled but I file him under lyricists.
D-Real’s raps are clever and rather creative. This shouldn’t be surprising considering he’s from Atlanta, Georgia. Seeking influences and inspirations from life, he celebrates an awesome beat with some well executed catchy verses. The song is an upbeat country rap recognizing his geekdom. It’s a real toe tapper and he body work follows the trend.
Do you know of any artists that have a song tribute to the children of the Syrian War? I’m guessing the answer is a hard no. He often creates vivid imagery of hard truths and harsh realities with his ability to rap and sing interchangeably. He messages maybe be heavy but compositions are light, rhythmic, and smooth. His music has a special place as powerful poetry.
Stationed out in St. Petersburg, Florida Alec is a rapper that uses his influences with Florida to push his present forward. Here he raps about the pursuit of money and sure you’ve heard it before. However you’ve never heard about it with verses infused with nods to the Carribean islands and nerd culture. Alec reminds us people just want their cash and damn everything else. His motto – you always have love and yesterdays
Natsu is a busy producer with his eye on expanding his portfolio constantly. He regularly seeks different sources and genres of music as inspiration. With Mirage Saloon he took an existing track with Sonic Mania and put his own spin on it. It then becomes something different and evolves if you will. From making a modern day trap beats of yesteryear’s anime to remixes of chart toppers, no task is too great for the youngman. This young Belgian is a musical workaholic.