With emerging artists like Ice Spice & PinkPantheress peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year with their hit single, “Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2,” we’re going to take a look at the next generation of hitmakers.
Following a year where some of music’s top acts got back to releasing full-length projects, calling 2023 a year of aftershock would be an understatement. While Billboard charts still feel the effects of late Q4 releases like SZA’s ‘SOS’ or Drake & 21 Savage’s ‘Her Loss,’ it’s easy to get caught up in it all and completely miss out on new, emerging talent. With most of the year being dedicated to heavyweight acts already, it’s important to take a look at the artists who are still making a name for themselves.
Here are some artists that are doing just that.
First up, we have Florida’s own, Luh Tyler. If you haven’t already heard his flip of the theme song to the popular series, Law & Order, then you won’t be disappointed when you press play. But the Tallahassee-native is more than just a one-trick pony. After signing to Atlantic Records near the end of 2022, his debut project, ‘My Vision,’ was released on March 31 via Motion Music/Atlantic Records. The 17-year-old’s scratchy yet laid-back flow and charisma make him stand out instantly. ‘My Vision’ debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums chart. With feature from contemporaries like Lil Uzi Vert — who hopped on “Ransom” on ‘My Vision’ — it’s clear that it won’t be too much longer until he sees mainstream success.
Lola Brooke has shown she really is not to be played with. Since her breakout single, “Don’t Play With It” featuring Billy B created thousands of viral moments (including co-signs from Yung Miami and Latto both featured on the remix). Her creativity and undeniable star power paired with her uncanny rapping ability make her a force to be reckon with as she continues on her monster run in 2023.
Symba’s rise has been a testament to his grind and patience. Since releasing his first project in 2012, the Bay Area rapper has enjoyed a slow but sure path to rap success. After attaining a deal with Columbia Records in 2017 that went nowhere, he eventually found a home at Atlantic Records, but a worldwide pandemic brought up a slew of problems. He managed to work up some buzz by releasing a series of freestyles and co-signs from Snoop Dogg, Lebron James and Fabolous started pouring in. Soon after, he released his ‘Results Take Time’ project — a collaboration with DJ Drama — where his lyrical prowess and Bay-influenced sound shines throughout the EP’s 53-minute span.
Next, we have Scar Lip. She’s had a very impressive 2023 having recently dropped a NY-anthem in “This Is New York” in addition to an appearance on Swizz Beatz‘s ‘Hip Hop 50: Vol. 2’ EP alongside Benny The Butcher and Jadakiss on the . The rapper’s brash-yet-flamboyant style and infectious energy makes up for a rap persona almost comparable to a plethora of New York rap legends before her.
With his newest project, ‘Drill Season,’ Baby Drill established himself as an emerging artist rising out of Atlanta’s heavily crowded scene. Managing to garner a co-sign from Drake and countless features from mainstream acts like Latto, G Herbo and Young Nudy along the way. Featuring eerie production and brooding bass that’ll surely shake any room, Baby Drill owns his sound and raps seamlessly throughout the project. The 23-year-old’s fiery flow is surely resonating with fans as he currently holds over 14 millions views on YouTube and over 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.
With his latest effort, an album titled ‘If Looks Could Kill’, beating out Ed Sheeran‘s ‘-‘ (Subtract) for the top spot on Spotify‘s Top Albums Debut USA chart, it’s safe to say that Destroy Lonely has made quiet a name for himself. Since signing to Playboi Carti‘s label, Opium, the Atlanta native has seen success almost immediately. His first project on the label, ‘No Stylist’ landed at #91 on the Billboard 200 chart. The 21-year-old genre-bending artist has an eclectic ear for beat selection and cites other ATL greats like Future, Thug and Carti as influences but also alternative metal groups like Deftones and gothic rock like The Crystals, making for a sound that is unique and his own.
From Tee Grizzley to 42 Dugg, Detroit’s rise in hip hop has been exciting to watch. 22-year-old native BabyTron is looking to add-on to the city’s apparent takeover. Since his 2019 track “Jesus Shuttlesworth” went viral, BabyTron has been a name to know in the underground rap scene. So in 2022 when he was named to XXL’s Freshman Class it was obvious that he had finally garnered respect nationwide. Moreover, his latest album — ‘Bin Reaper 3: New Testament’ — arrived on Jan. 13, 2023 and was met with favorable reviews, peaking at 100 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Joony has been on a tear since his monstrous run in 2022, where he reached new heights as a Billboard Hot 100 charting artist on a collaborative effort with Brent Faiyaz titled”FYTB.” The track debuted at #97 and would go-on to introduce the Silver Spring artist to the world as a force to be reckon with. Since then, he has released two standout solo project in “PRETTY IN BLACK,” released on Aug. 12, 2022 and “Shitumss,” which dropped on earlier this month (May 5) with a deluxe and tour completed for the former. If his current trajectory is any indication on where he is going, Joony is set to have a huge summer. With his creativeness and vast genre-bending ability, he’s certainly an artist that is sure to liven up any set or playlist.
Pennsylvania native Eem Triplin has utilized his dynamic melodic presence and lyrical prowess to garner co-signs from Drake and Tyler, the Creator. Having started as a producer, he stepped out of the background in 2022. After releasing a successful stream of singles, it looks like he has also managed to attract a strong fan base. As he continues to grow his catalog he currently boasts almost 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 70 million views on YouTube.
You may have heard “FreakyT” but TiaCorine has a lot more up her sleeve in 2023. Her hit single has garnered over five million views on YouTube, been used in over 23,000 Tiktok videos and peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Rap Airplay chart in March. The Winston-Salem artist’s sound is heavily inspired by hip hop, rage rap and alternative rock. Growing up with influences like Lady Gaga, Rico Nasty and Tyler, the Creator, you won’t regret diving into her catalog to see how she takes all of these inspirations and makes them into her own style.