Arts & Culture Editor
By Nicholas A. Moskov
Arts & Culture Editor
New Year, new group of artists. Most of these artists are on the brink of becoming huge successes and this year will define whether they make it to the top and remain kingpins of the underground. All it takes is a weird outside musician to make one song that resonates with people on a huge scale for these artists to become the next big thing. Just look at ILOVEMAKONEN or Father. Here is our list of the artists on the rise in 2016:
Most people know of him from the shoutout Drake gave him on Instagram, and Earl Sweatshirt's response on Drake being a "culture vulture." But this rapper from Florida makes a unique brand of trap music that aggressive yet melodic and blissful, being compared to Lil Boosie and Chief Keef. His mixtape "Heart of the Projects was one of the best of 2015 and hopefully in 2016, he can continue to make music that resonates with people on a larger scale.
Without a single body of work, Playboi Carti has been able to build a strong following for himself based on the strength of songs he posted on Soundcloud. He has worked with A$AP Rocky and is currently signed to Father's Awful Records label. Sometime in 2016, Carti will drop "Cash Carti: The Mixtape" and we're excited to see where this very new artist will proceed in his career.
On the weirder side of Philadelphia, Lil Uzi Vert is blowing. He has released a few projects but it wasn't until his mixtape "Luv is Rage," that Uzi really got a lot of hype. His was featured on Young Thugs "Big Racks" from critically acclaimed mixtape Slime Season 2 as well as hit single "WDYW" by DJ Carnage.
Chris Travis dropped his first mixtape in 2013, back when was associated with SPACEGHOSTPURP's Raider Klan. After leaving them, he has continued making his unique combination of trap influenced bangers and ethereal cloud rap. He is truly one of the best in the underground and with a number of underground hits, one of them may come and prove itself worthy enough to have mainstream appeal.
Chicago Drill music was probably one of the most influential movements in hip hop during the 2010's so far. It has taken hip hop to a darker, nihilistic place and while Drill music doesn't have the same influence it used to, new hip hop from all around the country has taken the task of being a hard as possible, and Atlanta's closest thing to drill is 21 Savage and his Slaughter Gang. His music is harsh, aggressive, and completely id driven trap music and it's amazing. The Slaughter Tape by one of the best of 2015 and 2016 definitely has a lot in store for him.