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Words by Alex Siber
Best New Artists of 2017 (So Far)
The emerging stars who are shaping the future of music.
First off, there are a lot of artists who we wish we could include on this list but can’t because we already mentioned them in previous years. It’s a testament to how quickly things move these days—artists who were brand new just a couple of years ago are now making major waves, and there’s already a new crop of brand new artists on the cusp of big things. So take a look back at some inclusions from previous years before you hit us up on Twitter like, “This list sucks, you forgot ________.”
Some highlights from 2014, 2015, and 2016’s lists: 6LACK, D.R.A.M., MØ, Jessie Reyez, Khalid, Boogie, Kevin Abstract, Kodak Black, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Lil Uzi Vert, Smino, Post Malone, A.CHAL, Ta’East, Night Lovell, Stormzy, AJ Tracey, Jazz Cartier, THEY., Kamaiyah, 21 Savage, Jorja Smith, SAINt JHN, Aminé, Noname, Maggie Rogers.
These artists are in varying stages of their careers—some haven’t ever performed live yet but did enough with their first releases to capture our attention, some have been making music for a few years and are finally hitting their stride, and some got signed this year and are playing festivals—but the common thread is that they all did something special in 2017. Here are the new artists who you need on your radar right now.
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Squidnice’s “Everywhere I Go” solidified the Staten Island rapper’s place in New York hip-hop despite looking and sounding unlike anyone else out. His off-kilter recording style (concise bars that recycle themselves to form a chant-inducing echo chamber) and gangster-meets-oddball visual presence stand out in a world overflowing with imitators. “Trap By My Lonely” got the ball rolling just over a year ago, and the dude who proudly claims to have a flow as hot as Jamaica has enough natural charisma for three Big Apple boroughs. An episode of Frank Ocean’s Blonded Radio showed Squid love, Kehlani is a fan, and hundreds of thousands are ready for more.—Alex Siber