KnockturnaLIST: 10 Artists You Should Check Out Right Now

As we wrap up the final days of Summer, more and more new artists are releasing new music to have a great first impression for the Fall. With newfound fans ready to devour more from the next-to-blow, we offer up 10 more new artists you should check out right now. In no particular order.


1. Julian LaHood
In a unique time of music that artists can soar to tremendous heights powered by buzz and social standings rather than talent. Detroit Designer Julian LaHood is one of the many new sensations taking full advantage of his attention with the release of music like his popular video, “Balenciaga”. Creatively combining his two passions, Julian quickly become a well-rounded entertainer with potential to be one of music’s biggest new names.

Backed by both sides of the spectrum, LaHood maintains a course of success that will show huge results we have already seen from other personalities-turned-recording artists.


2. Vanessa Bling
In 2011, Vanessa Bling was one of dancehall’s most promising young starlets, who would go on to earn Jamaica Star’s People’s Choice Awards for “Female Artist Of The Year” and “Most Selling Female Artist.” Under the wing of reggae super star Vybz Kartel, Vanessa Bling also toured the world, appearing on stages from Germany to Israel and all across the Caribbean. It all came to a halt when she was arrested alongside her mentor in 2011.

With all of that behind her, Vanessa Bling takes full advantage of her second chance and releases her new EP, ‘Still Standing’. One of the breakout tracks from the new project is “10 Bags”. Vanessa Bling has been recognized by chart-topping recording artist Cardi B and the entire Dancehall genre. Get familiar with this new queen who is here to stay.


3. Shade Valintino
Shade Valintino is a rare talent who has the determination to be successful. He is a singer, rapper and songwriter who has a signature dance move that is hard to mimic. Shade Valintino’s last single featured Jaquae from Love and Hip Hop. Shade Valintino’s solo debut album was released April 6 of 2018 and was entitled “Small Budget Big Dreams.” With the release of “I Got It” and “Beautiful Bad” Shade will solidify his place as one of hip-hop and R&B’s up and coming stars.

Accompanied by a campaign in support of his breakout single, “Beautiful Bad”, which will focus on inspiring women of all nationalities, shapes, and sizes to embrace themselves, including all of their flaws and scars as beautiful. Shade Valintino continues to strive leading into the end of 2018 with more great music and a promising setup for 2019.


4. OTB Fastlane
Houston’s next big thing is OTB Fastlane. Recognized by Houston legends, highly-publicized by a-list publications, and adored by the locals, the emerging star is ready to skyrocket out the indies to the majors. Taking over 2018 with breakout hits like “Dawg Azz” and “Haters”, OTB Fastlane’s style speaks of growing up from the mud and ascending to newfound fame, along with the consequences that comes with the rise. Following in the footsteps of Hometown legends like Slim Thug, Bun B, and others, OTB Fastlane is following a blueprint of guaranteed greatness.

OTB Fastlane has deeply rooted himself in 2018 and set to grow into a mainstream prospect in 2019 that all of the majors will be pursuing. Highly-anticipated new project on the horizon.


5. Jonoe Trilla
Bronx-natvie Jonoe Trilla is the product of a new generation of kids growing up in the hood who express themselves boldly and unapologetically without the fear of being judged for their individuality. Backed by a solid foundation, Jonoe Trilla has been living up to the hype with great content like his new song, “Replica”. With his popularity continuing to rise, Jonoe is slated to release a highly-anticipated new EP, currently untitled, coming late 2018.


6. Quin
Soulful songstress Quin is best known for her stellar breakout projects, GALACTICA and DREAM GIRL. Soothing sound, beautiful vocals, and impactful body of work, Quin is quickly becoming one of R&Bs most promising new stars to blow in 2019. Quin is currently prepping the next release titled, Lucid. Quin began campaigning the forthcoming release with new single, “Remind Me”. Get familiar with the rising star today.


7. Rockwelz
Powered by the popularity of his new video, “Get Da Strap”. New York-native Rockwelz close out the summer with a bang as he illustrates a compelling record emphasizing our value, and lack of, for life. It urges viewers to firmly stand up for what they believe and let the violence fall waist side. Rockwelz delivers thought provoking lyrics over distressing visuals. That combination heightens the emotion of this hair-raising masterpiece.

With the East Coast in a comfortable space right now in Hip-Hop, this is the perfect opportunity for newcomers to come establish a place for themselves among the greats and flourish.


8. Nay Babii
Denver Model/Recording artist Nay Babii is bursting onto music thanks to the popularity of her two new songs, “Bag” and “Up Next”. Easy on the eyes and impressive vocals, Nay Babii has caught the attention of music with promise of becoming a marquee name in spotlights ASAP. Intrigued, Nay Babii is expected to release more new music as 2018 comes to a close while her previous efforts continue to attract larger numbers. Pay close attention to this one.


9. Z-Money
Backed by high-profile co-signs like Gucci Mane, Young Dolph, and many more South elites. Chicago’s Z-Money is in the early lead for new breakout artists of 2019 with his gritty street style and support. Signed to 1017 Eskimo/Alamo, Z-Money’s claim to fame comes in his latest mixtape, Chiraq Mogul is a more substantial effort, comprised of 16 intense tracks, each marked by Z-Money’s oft-imitated cadences and canny punchlines about the hustle. The new mixtape hosts previously released tracks such as “Bon Appetit,” which features G Herbo and Key Glock and garnered over 3 million views on YouTube, the hazy “Givenchy” (168k views), the haunting and absorbing “Bitcoin” (289k), and the recently released “80 Bands.”

Z-Money is currently promoting his new video, “Durag”, featuring Young Dolph-protege Key Glock. Chicago behind him, Hip-Hop behind him, there’s no way Z-Money can lose.


10. Ra-Sool
Ra-Sool The Alpha was born and raised in Pheonix, Arizona. His sound is described as catchy and metaphoric. He is a true example of the evolution of Hip-Hop. His music amplifies urban culture at its finest. His peers call him “The Hit Maker” because he produces, write, and raps; Ra-Sool in Arabic means prophet or messenger. The Alpha is buzzing off his dirty wining new single, “MsBehavin”. Stream “MsBehavin” on your favorite platform today, click here.

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