Marked by a gritty candidness, 6lack is all the buzz in hip-hop music these days. Known for his viral single "Prblms," rapper, singer and songwriter 6lack released his debut studio album Free 6lack in November 2016. Impenitent lyrics and hazy loops make for a multi-layered record. In his track "Alone/EA6," he tells us "I'm not gonna conform," and his music certainly reflects that attitude.
This elusive R&B singer gets down to the heart of the matter with her music. She remains anonymous under the identity "H.E.R.," (an ironic acronym for Having Everything Revealed) telling NPR that she "really just wanted it to be about the music." She sings with a forthrightness yet vulnerability in "Losing" and a sincere sultriness in "Every Kind Of Way." Her sonorous vocals impress, and she exudes an enlightened self-awareness that'll have you immediately drawn in.
3. Kevin Ross
This emerging artist sings with an unmistakable fluidity and ease. He released his debut album The Awakening earlier this year. He told Billboard, "It's a full spectrum with a variety of R&B, from old-school nostalgic vibes, to more contemporary, and with a signature sound based on the things I love." Songs such as "Don't Go" feature his effortlessly smooth and soulful vocals that'll totally melt your heart.
It's hard to believe that the "Location" hitmaker is only 19 years old. His debut studio album American Teen was released this past March and features millennial anthems colored with teen angst, yearning lyrics, and down-to-earth vocals. Notable songs include "Saved," and "Young, Dumb, and Broke." He's also been featured on songs with Lorde, Calvin Harris, Logic, and Alessia Cara, putting him in the spotlight even more.
The dynamic singer rose to prominence with her debut studio album, Ctrl, which was released in early June. A bluntness and stream of consciousness that characterizes much of her work makes for relatable and authentic music. The R&B/neo-soul album features a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and notable songs including "Love Galore" and "The Weekend." It's a body of work not to be missed.
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