Continuing on from Part 1, I’m sharing my picks (and hopes) for the artists that could break out in 2016. Again, list is in alphabetic order.
6. Movement — soundcloud.com/movementofficial
Movement are another in the line of this haunting, minimalistic, vocal-driven sound that either is my new fascination… or is just what’s popular right now for emerging artists.I feel like these guys have nailed down their sound, and now are just that one big single away from being the next one.
#7. R I T U A L — soundcloud.com/ritual_music
I know very little about R I T U A L. Is that dude up there him? (It’s a picture form their/his Facebook page). Is it a just one guy? Is it a group? Granted, I could probably find the answers if I searched, but ain’t nobody got time for that! Besides, I could care less how many members comprise R I T U A L. As long as they keep churning out nothing but breathtaking music, I’m a happy camper. Next to ACES, R I T U A L is the act I next hope to really make it big. I absolutely love their sound, production, vocals… all of it. Wonderful.
#8. Roy Wood$ — soundcloud.com/roywoodsofficial
If I was a betting man, Roy Wood$ is the next breakthrough hip hop act. He is a member of the OVO crew afterall… but it’s more than that. He’s got this gritty flow that is… in my very official opinion, quite unique in today’s world of hip hop. Hoping that we hear a lot more from him next year… and maybe even a few mix tapes that include some cuts from Drake himself.
#9. Skizzy Mars — soundcloud.com/skizzymars
Pretty sure that everytime I post a new Skizzy Mars cut, I claim that he feels like a guilty pleasure. I’ve given up trying to pretend I don’t like Skizzy Mars. His stuff is consistently so goddamn catchy that some days I end up JUST playing Skizzy Mars music. His stuff is totally radio-ready, and frankly I’d be surprised if he isn’t a big deal in 2016.
#10. VÉRITÉ — soundcloud.com/veritemusic
I still remember the first time I heard Weekend. It is everything I love about catching an artist on the first few days of releasing a song you just know is going to blow people’s minds. Ever since that release I’ve been sure that VÉRITÉ was on the fast track towards the same types of success that Lorde, Ellie Goulding and other hot shot female acts have had. Really hoping I’ll be lucky enough to see VÉRITÉ live next year.
That’s it! Thanks for following along the journey this year everyone, and hopefully you’ll join me for another great year in 2016!