By Dymond Alexis
Every year a new realm of artists come around and each year I develop new favorites, new tracks that I love and often wonder where these artists go!
There have been many artists on my radar in 2018, some I’ve grown to love and have watched their growth as artists throughout their entire career. Some artists have been in the game for a few years but, excelled so much in 2018 – I had to add them to the list. Below, I’m going to name a few artists to look out for now and in 2019 in the tri-state area.
Armani White has definitely took the music scene by storm. He’s not new to the game but, after returning from a small hiatus as he grieved the death of his father, Armani entered into 2018 with a bang.
The Philadelphia native has had an amazing year. From performing at Made In America for the first time to recently completing his three city tour, ending in his hometown Philly – Armani is set to take off in 2019.
Listen to his latest release “Onederful” below and make sure to look out for him in 2019!
MELo V isn’t new to the game either but, definitely made more noise in 2018. The R&B singer improves every year, creating new R&B favorites and now, has added in a taste of Jersey within his leading single, “Bad Girls Only,” off of his recent project Talent Over Views. The Elizabeth, New Jersey native has continuously fed fans new bops throughout the year, covering some of our favorites including Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up,” and creating Melo Movement, something followers began to look forward to on Mondays.
MELo has gained many supporters within this year including Hot 97’s DJ Drewski, who premiered his song “Bad Girls Only” during his segment, even playing the song again last night during his Sunday show on Hot 97.
The R&B artist is making a name for himself and is definitely an artist to look out for in 2019.
The Queen of Southside has been on my radar since 2016 but, she recently released her first full body project and blew me away. Shaqeyah has always been a gem, seeing her first song “Confidece” gain so much attraction off the debut has always kept me intrigued and ready to see what she has in store for her fans.
Shaqeyah has opened up for Leikeli47, Toni Romiti and more without even dropping a project! She recently dropped her first EP GLOW, all written by Shaqeyah. It features five tracks with guest appearances by Mir Fontane and Rico Nasty.
I’m excited to see what she has in store for 2019.
Brooklyn, New York native Kevin AntoniYo recently dropped one of my favorite projects of this year – The Motions, and yes it’s amazing! I met Kevin two years when I first did interviews in New York, he had a few tracks out but, went off in 2018!
Besides releasing his project The Motion, Kevin was featured on BET’s latest series “Hustle in Brooklyn.”
Longtime friend and partner Darnell, was a cast member of the show and Kevin made a guest appearance, and one of his songs was also featured on the show’s tracklist. From producing tracks for other artists such as Sydney Renae, to opening up for Devvon Terrell (who is featured on The Motions), Kevin is making noise and should definitely be on your radar in 2019. Also, make sure to book with Brickhouse Studios in 2019!
I just found out about him but, he’s so dope. He recently released a song titled, My City Needs Hope, and it reminds me of PnB Rock’s “My City Needs Something.” He’s young, hungry and looks like he’s willing to work.
He hasn’t put out many songs but, the attraction he’s been getting – he’s a person to look out for in 2019.
Diamond Street Keem
This guy took Philly and the entire music scene by storm and he’s got the city backing him already. One, he’s a CEO at 19…two, he just started rapping over a year ago.
Diamond Street Keem is definitely up next in Philadelphia when it comes to male rappers. His views are constantly going up also. When he first started rapping he had a little over 4,000 followers, now he’s heading to 20K – all organically.
Many of the artists that are rising either have the same sound, flow the same on every beat or just isn’t original – he’s a special one rising in Philly.