5 MORE ARTISTS YOU NEED TO START LISTENING TO
WRITTEN BY KARAN TELI
Stay with me here. I was sceptical at first, but now, I’m a fan. Lil Peep uses his influences from early 2000s emo and punk rock musicians and bands such as Blink 182 and Panic! At The Disco, merges them with his Hip-Hop influences like Gucci Mane and creates ‘Emo Rap’.
Much like the bands I listed, Peep uses negative and rage filled emotions and lyrics throughout his music to show us his depression, grief and anxiety, often discussing suicide, addiction, ex girlfriends and love; all emotions and situations which are very, very real. It can be very relatable to listeners who are going through similar problems and along with being a completely different style of Hip-Hop, shows why Lil Peep has built the fanbase he has. His album ‘Come Over When You’re Sober Part 1’ shows all of this, particularly on ‘Awful Things’ and has me excited for the Part 2. Lil Peep is not the only one; $uicideBoy$, XXXTentaction and others have also been credited with the rise of Emo Rap.
First heard on GoldLink’s ‘Crew’, Brent Faiyaz is a 90’s R&B star living and breathing in 2017. The star is among a handful of new and young R&B artists who are improving and breaking boundaries for the genre with every release. His album; Sonder Son, does exactly this. The 90’s vibe shines throughout, making me remember artist like Next, 112, Ginuwine and Donnell Jones in their prime. ‘Talk 2 U’ is the shining star of the album and Faiyaz’s career so far, but the future is definitely bright for him. We’ve got a sure R&B superstar here.
REX ORANGE COUNTY
Much like Kali Uchis is my last rendition, I have to thank Tyler, The Creator for this one. By featuring Rex Orange County on Flower Boy tracks ‘Boredom’ and ‘I Ain’t Got Time’, he opened the door for Rex to get a new wave of fans. I am one of those new wave fans. A British, London based talent, I’ve seen his music labelled as ‘Pop’ and ‘Alternative’. I agree with both labels, but his music has a special quality; it has that feel good factor, without being to cheesy or forced. You can tell Rex is just creating music that he genuinely likes listening too, much like Tyler. Probably why the two get on so well and had such great chemistry on Flower Boy.
Formerly known as Spooky Black. He’s been around since, but has not yet reached the heights I imagined when I first discovered his music. Now, as the reinvented Corbin, his album ‘ICE BOY’ is a step in the right direction. He has a similar vibe to King Krule (from his voice and instrumentals all the way down to his revealing and honest lyrics) who himself has developed a huge cult following, something I believe is going to happen in Corbin’s future. ICE BOY and Revenge Song are two personal favourites of mine, and 2 stand out songs of 2017 as a whole.
At 15 years old, to have Billie Elijah‘s voice, songwriting skills and ways of captivating emotions is a rare and unique skill. Her voice shines particularly on songs like COPYCAT and Idontwanttobehereanymore, while her songwriting skills are showcased throughout her entire 8 track EP ‘don’t smile at me’. She has been compared to Kevin Abstract, the front man of BROCKHAMPTON, who appeared on the last rendition of ‘5 artists you need to start listening too’. Billie is definitely one for the future.