2016 was a great year for hip-hop and R&B. The scene saw a whole slew of new artists as well as a few improved artists making waves on Billboard charts and Top Picks everywhere.

As per usual, Drake’s climb from the bottom to the top of the food chain continued to take first place on stage and in his fresh visual releases.

We Loved ‘Hotline Bling’ In 2016
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You can always count on Beyonce to produce some magic with each passing around the earth , but most critics and fans alike, would agree that the Queen b’s ‘Lemonade’ was more than an epic success and her sister Solange dropped a melanin-kissed tribute to her truest self, which made some seriously soulful waves.

Bey’s Album Set The Bar High For Queens On The Rise

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Kendrick Lamar continues to impress, fetching more features with some of the most influential players in the game again and again in 2016.b Both J.Cole and Frank Ocean scored raving reviews after finally dropping their much-anticipated albums.

Cole Came Through With That Heat In 2016

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Even underground and multi-genre artist made their presence known in the past year. Anderson Paak came up from his previously behind the scenes role as a composer in the industry to being the voice and mind behind a few award-winning track himself.

The list goes on, Kanye was off the chain in more ways than one. Teyana was recognized for more than just her ability to hold a sensual tune etc, ect. 2016 was a major year for music and the momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon for these 19 artist’s on the rise.

Tey And Ye Did That!

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Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a connoisseur of sorts or just getting mad bored with your usual playlists, peep game on these 19 artists who are doing the most and doing it well in the year to come…

Starrah

After helping to curate some of the biggest hits you have heard as of late, this artist is finally making a name for herself, instead writing for someone else. Starrah has credits on Rihanna’s “Needed Me”Kevin Gate’s “2 Phones” and you might recognize her voice from Jeremih’s “Pass Dat.” A solo album is way past due for this artist on the rise.

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Dae Dae

This Atlanta based trap artist brought the heat in 2016 with his hit “Wat U Mean? (Aye Ay Aye).” Dae Dae aso scored some pretty dope features, linking up with Young Thug, Lil’ Yachty, and  2 Chainz to collaborate. Let’s see if Dae Dae can stay at the stop of the highly competitive trap game born out of ATL.

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Westside Gunn & Conway

In a time when New York hip-hop has held onto its deeply seeded roots in speaking the truth over familiar beats blended with soulful hooks, these two manage to bring a new school vibe to a classic tradition. They made fire with their  projects FLYGOD and Hitler Wears Hermes IV.  The scene is definitely looking forward to what this dynamic duo has in the works for 2017. Rumor has it they will be working with some of the illest producers out there including Just Blaze as well as Alchemist. 

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