Unafraid to speak the truth, Reyez is fighting her way to the top (and winning).
With global successes like Drake and The Weeknd, and newer favourites like Jazz Cartier and Daniel Caesar on a white-hot trajectory, it’s true that our feet are planted more firmly in the international urban music landscape than ever before. Still, we can never have too many hometown heroes. And Jessie Reyez surely is one — but that’s not why we need her. Reyez is necessary because her honesty is a respite in a musical climate that thrives on insincerity.
In the six years since he first caught the ear of Pharrell Williams, Compton rapper Buddy has been a consistent but rather elusive figure in hip-hop. Despite Pharrell's cosign, a star-studded list of collaborators from Kendrick Lamar to Miley Cyrus, and even a few acting credits under his belt, he has yet to attain the same white-hot notoriety as some of his peers.
Buddy insists his slow climb is intentional. "I took a lot of time off to really get my life together," he tells Exclaim! "I was ...
Even after four studio albums, Big Sean has the tenacity of a rookie with a point to prove. "I'm hungrier than ever," the Detroit native says of his decade-long career. "I'm at a spot that I've been waiting to get to my whole life, and I want to keep letting them know I deserve to be here."
On his most recent effort, I Decided. (out now on G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), the 28-year-old raps from the perspective of his reincarnated self — an old man who died full of regrets and has been given a rare chance at a do-over.
Chance the Rapper doesn't care for rules. In fact, defiance has been a recurring theme in his short but burgeoning career. His first mixtape, 10 Day, was the product of a ten-day suspension for marijuana possession during his senior year in high school, and between downloads and streams, earned him nearly 700,000 fans. From then onward, Chance continued to break the rules. This year, the Chicago MC embraced defiance to blaze a new trail in music and subsequently own 2016.
The year was suppose...
"If you were a fan of my music before, you're in for a treat," says hip-hop wild child Danny Brown. "Like the title says, it's an atrocity exhibition. That's one thing people are fascinated with. They like watching car crashes, you know? You know it's not right for you to be entertained by this — but you still are."
Brown punctuates this thought with a mischievous laugh. Following his 2013 album, Old, the Detroit rapper has returned poised to cause a commotion.
Inspired by a Joy Division song...