Artists To Look Forward Too In 2013
Being this is the tip of the iceberg of 2013, Get Wit It picks Elliphant, Solange, kNERO, Joey Bada$$, Fred The Godson and Angel Haze as artists to blow up in the coming year.
Elliphant is like the perfect storm of different in-style things. The singer fell in love with urban music in London during her time in the U.K., and it brings an interesting twist to the slightly more refined pop that usually comes from her homeland of Sweden. She’s got a heavy dose of the Santigold and M.I.A. type of energy, and in only a few songs she’s proved that she can pull off both brash, in-your-face style (“TeKKno Scene”) as well as a more radio-friendly, welcoming sound (“Down On Life”). We could see it taking off in Europe before America, but if she does make it over here, we could see her making it very big.
Producing, Acting and rapping kNERO is about more than being a skilled artiste. As far as a developed artist, kNERO feels he’s still in the stage of growth, but he got a vision and an understanding of his style. Despite being the nephew of Liberia president, Ellen Johnson Sirleft he take a stand in his music to bring forward the awareness of the struggle in Liberia. Working with former Roc-A-Fella artist Amil, Jamal “Gravy” Woolard. The word is he’s in works with Ghana artists, Kaaki, V.I.P Ghana and Samini. Keep a look out for his EP “The Moment Of Luxury” .We can see him being one of the go-to newcomers in 2013.
Solange isn’t precisely a new kid on the block, but a hot end to 2012 has us feeling like 2013 could finally be the year that breaks her on a larger scale. A quirky, undeniable cool and a knack for song selection have garnered the younger Knowles sister praise by the bundle in past years, but recent EP True hints at continued artistic progression and the potential for commercial breakthrough in the new year.
Angel Haze’s tumultuous life story seems close to a drama-filled book, but the “Gossip Folks” rapper has managed to channel her frustration with life through her music, basically making her the perfect storyteller. Unlike most femcees, Angel Haze strays away from using her sexuality as a catalyst in the overly saturated man’s world of hip-hop, which christens her with the title of a femcee breath of fresh.
Joey Bada$$ may only be 17 years old, but he has the soul of a rapper far beyond his years. The Brooklyn rapper released his 1999 EP, and to the liking of hip-hop heads, Joey delivered a well thought out collection. With rumors swirling around a possible Roc Nation deal, Joey Bada$$ is one of those artists who will emerge on the radar of many in the upcoming months.
Fred The Godson
Fred The Godson has experienced a plethora of such trying times. The South Bronx rapper was dealt a raw hand at an early age. Drugs, violence, and poverty played a formidable part in his upbringing. However, like many other hip-hop “Rags To Riches” success stories, Fred not only uses his life experience as a platform for his music, he embraces it as a positive. He’s the american dream. He stared down the face of adversity and turned an unfavorable situation into an outlet for him to share his gift, and unquestionably, his music is a gift. Fred The Godson is a poet, a voice, a revolutionary, and an avid storyteller. His rhymes reach all avenues of the genre and affect each individual person differently. His multitude of styles, metaphors, and punch lines make him as individualistic as an artist can be.