These days, music lovers have many choices when it comes to picking a streaming service.
Services like iTunes, YouTube Red, Tidal, Rhapsody and others offer up a variety of options, and other upsells as each company fights for a piece of the consumer’s dollar.
It has helped open up many new distribution outlets for artists as well, who have rushed to put their back catalogs and their newest material on to the streaming services.
So here lies the problem. How do you filter through the thousands of releases each Friday to find the best new Hip-Hop artists?
Harley Geffner over The Daily Pennsylvanian’s 34St.com did some of the work for you so sit back, relax and take a listen to the artists believes will have breakout success in 2016.
This could be the year Internet sensation Trill Sammy has been waiting for. The Houston, Texas rapper blew up by dropping short freestyles on his Twitter page. Then his song “Trappin'” hit in 2015. Now, Trill Sammy has about 500,000 followers across his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. He is also working on music with Fredo Santana.
This Toronto-based singer has started out the year with some power moves. His new “Venis” EP recently debuted and has received mostly positive reviews. It is a conceptual release that centers on a planet who’s energy is derived from estrogen. “When you listen to my music, it takes you to a different space,” Ramriddlz told The Fader. “Venis is the planet where all you do is dance and play with babes.”
New York-based rapper Wiki continues grinding and dropping well-crafted albums over four years after his critically acclaimed EP “1993” was released. Wiki grew up well off on the upper West Side of Manhattan and started spitting rhymes in sixth grade. If you are wondering, his name is a take on “Wikipedia.” However, he draws lyrical inspiration from the likes of Cam’ron, Juvenile, and Buckshot.
Check out the rest of Harley’s picks for 2016 here.