1. L3x Divine | @L3XDIVINE
L3x Divine is an emerging independent talent from Las Vegas with who can sing and rap. Her talents have gotten her attention from all over, including an entry in the Legacy Hip Hop Challenge in Chicago where she was recognized by the KB, and Singer/Songwriter Natalie Lauren.
L3x’s quick delivery paired with the car-shaking production comes together like The Beatles. With strong bars and punches about the love of God being what perfects us, “Perfect” reminds us of who we are and whose we are.
I Ain’t Convinced
In her latest single, “I Ain’t Convinced” L3x isn’t having it. The L.V. native crafts a song that could have been inspired by anything from self-doubt to the enemy, and reminds the listener that God is present and the focus. The feel is a cross between a post-breakup song and a motivational one that’ll get your face twisted and your feet moving. Add this to your playlist.
2. DaShawn Shaunta | @DaShwnee
DaShawn Shauntá is one to watch. Hailing from the small city of Grande Prairie, Texas this young rapper’s candid and straightforward bars and laid-back silky delivery has been making waves. DaShawn is one to keep an eye on.
DaShawn Shauntá curves the nonsense with a song that’s message is simple: “stay focused, stay away from the traps, and stay out my DMs.” The message of “Femme Fatále” stays clean, but the production is dirty. If you’re not in the mood for the nonsense this song is the anthem.
Up front “Ch$nge” might seem like another good sounding cliche about getting money and flossin’, but upon further inspection, it actually dives into how focusing on the money and it’s pursuits (the ice, the club life, and so on) leaves you empty. If you want a break from typical radio Hip-Hop that doesn’t sacrifice quality or meaning you’ll want to dive into this song.
3. A.I. | @GoaiMusik
Quick Fact: The name a.i. Comes from her relationship with God being “All In.” Another fact about a.i is that she was recognized as a winner in the “Up Next” category for the Kingdom Choice Awards (KCA).
Pick Em Up ft. Selah the Corner
Her project, Severed Threads is about her life, her story, and how it has formed and shaped her. “Pick Em Up” does a great job of severing any doubts that you might have about the amount of talent, lyrical depth, or respect due to female rappers, and hits that nail right on the head. If you’re in the mood for rappers rap with bars, metaphors, and a flow that’s cold, check out this song.
Continuing to showcase her penchant for straight, undistilled hip-hop, “The Exposition” sets the stage for her album (that you seriously need to check out) and gives a glimpse into its subject matter. Another dope song from a.i that serves as an example of her ability as a lyricist and a professional “stank-face” maker. If you want rap with substance, look no further.
4. Ada Betsabe | @adabetsabe
Her name is Ada Betsabe, but you can call her “Ada” though. The Dominican born artist sings, raps, and speaks in not one but two languages! Using a sound that ranges from Spanglish trap to heartfelt ballads, Ada offers a fresh voice with a satisfying sound that blurs genre lines.
Singing, “So I’ll fear no evil, long as you’re with me/Si El esta conmigo, quien contra mi?” Her song “Sparrow” is a soft but not light reminder of God as a comforter and companion in troubling times. Encouraging, uplifting, and profound, this song is like rain to water the soul.
Sin Limites (No Limits)
There are no limits to what God blesses, and when He does, man cannot stop or slow it. “Sin Limites (No limited)” takes the brakes off and set your bass on fire. If you need a boost in your day, this is the fire Spanglish song you didn’t know you needed.
5. TK Lee | @tklee___
TK Lee brings personality, color, and brightness to her music, but also a certain fortitude and courage to go big. Coming from Kansas City, Missouri TK Lee brings gospel & contemporary influences to her music.
It’s Gonna Be Okay ft. Eric Ashby
The subject matter of this song is heavy, but uplifting and encouraging in its delivery. TK Lee uses her battle with anxiety and depression as fuel for this song but shines with hope in Christ. “My hope and prayer is this song touches those who wrestle with mental illness, letting them know our God can handle whatever the issue is and it’s going to be okay.”
This song has a strong message that is strictly for the ladies: everything you’ve been through has a purpose, and your hustle is recognized. Let the insecurities fall, stay on the grind and remember that God is on your side; you’re royalty. If you want to feel appreciated this is the song for you. And if you’re feeling good, share this song with someone who you want to smile today.
6. Linga TheBoss | @linga_theboss
Boss Up w/ Xavier Sorrow
Linga has a sound that crosses somewhere between a (clean) Cardi and a motivational speaker with a hard-hitting, super satisfying slapper. From the verse to the hook, the infectious delivery of Linga stands out as something dangerous and attention-grabbing. You’ll want to have this on repeat for sure. “Boss Up” needs to be on your playlist today.
“Royalty” is a proclamation of identity and declaration of intent to walk in purpose and live knowing oneself worth. From her EP Distinguished, available on Soundcloud. Looking for more from linga in the upcoming year.
7. Sada K. | @SadaKMusic
A recent RMG Amplify signee and first woman represented by the group, Sada K. is not one to sleep on. A hybrid singer/songwriter from Kansas with over a decade of experience, Sada. K blends contemporary gospel, hip-hop, R&B, and other influences to create a memorable sound and dope music. We see big things coming in her future.
We Can Make It
“We Can Make It” is encouraging, hold on, a rally and reminder that you have people on your team, pop-hop, inspirational, encouraging, through it all, comes across like a good friend reminding you that they’re going to be there for you. The song is like a person reassuring you
Soulful and deep, dramatic and tense, “Ready” is a song to soldier forward to. A straight-up blues track in the best ways. “Ready” is a glimpse of Sada’s life and journey up until this point and an anthem for moving beyond the known.
8. Brea Miles | @AlwaysBrea
Born in Richmond but raised between North and South Carolina, Brea Miles has a style that is unique and authentic to her deeply rooted faith and flavor. Brea has been around for a minute and thus far has had three projects in the iTunes top 20. Let’s check out a few highlights.
Return of the Queens Ft. Mahogany Jones, Angie Rose HeeSun Lee, Mia Hunt
We all love a good posse cut. Something about hearing different styles and voices all taking turns trying to one each other. Featuring verses from such talents as Mahogany Jones, Angie Rose, Mia Hunt, and HeeSun Lee, “RTQ” takes a different approach, more than delivering top-notch bars, but building rather than teardown each other. Stop reading this and play it again. You know you want to.