Happy New Year to you all! We're 15 days in and I want to get right to it! This year has already started off strong! We have had the City's heavy hitters come out the gate early with heat. Coke Bumaye, Hollywood Luck & Milli Montana have become the frontrunners this year and it seems like the momentum will continue. Underneath the surface we have some up and comers and a few familiar faces you might want to pay close attention to. These individuals have potential to take this year by storm and I for one want to put the spotlight on them. So let's get into this year's Power Players on the rise for 2018!
Jode Boy has something to say and if you haven't seen a wordsmith, than look no further. Jode Boy (born Jodeci Mayfield) has been generating a buzz with a series of freestyles and videos via YouTube in which he has been releasing on Fridays simply titled "Faithful Fridays". What separates Jode from most is how incorporates his faith into his music without losing his edge. The BDE affiliate has a project in the works but until then follow him on instagram @ofm_jodeboy and stay in tuned!
If you haven't heard of Jones, it's ok. No I'm lying!!! This crooner has a niche for creating hypnotic vibes and if you haven't heard 27 Summers (available on iTunes) please do so now! Jones draws some similarities to Drake but don't get it confused....this man has mastered the art of the pen with his songwriting skills and his new single "I Can't Do It" is proof! He's currently working on 28 Summers which is the follow up to 27 and I am for certain this effort will put Jones on the scope! Follow on IG @notdafakejones
ill Phil had a good run in 2017 and has carried that momentum right into 2018. He has produced what may possibly be one of the anthems for 2018 with Hollywood Luck with "Stunt On You". The Brooklynite has strong tides with Mississippi. He attended Jackson State University and also played in the Sonic Boom. His sound and foundation was cemented in the City of Jackson and now he's currently taking over one track at a time. He's worked with some of the City's best and brightest and you haven't heard the name by now...don't worry! Check your favorite artist soundcloud or artist page! ill Phil is somewhere to be found! Follow on IG @illPhil718
Shamir-O is an up and comer that shows great promise. In the past 6 months, he's been on stage alongside YFN Lucci, Trill Entertainment's Foxx and currently with Hollywood Luck. He's recently released 3 singles and videos to match and has a project set to release this year. Some would say he draws comparisons to Boosie Bad Azz but this young spitta has his own story and definitely has his own swag. So be on the lookout for O. Follow on IG @shamir_o
Skyy left us at the end of 2017 with the single "Feelings" (produced by ill Phil). This was a sign of great things to come. He's currently working on 2 projects (one a joint project with Rap Crooner Jones) due to be release this year and if you're not excited about this than you're sleep. Stay on the lookout for more from J. Skyy. Follow on IG @skyysohigh
Vegas is an unpolished gem. He has a chip on his shoulder and that has created a monster that the world may not be prepared for. But get ready because he's caused a whirlwind with 3 singles already this year and has 3 projects on tuck. The Valley Street Bully is on the move and you have only 2 options...get right or get left! Follow on IG @dono_vegas
J Pride's wave has steadily been on the rise. Her current single "FDN" (which features the Queen of Miami Trina) is making noise and with a video in the works, you know this is only going to add more fire to the flame. J. Pride is on a mission to show us all some 'Black Girl Magic' and I am ready to get the full experience. Follow her on IG @jpride2u and get in tuned.
To close this out is non other than Northside's own Mike Hustle. This rhyme spitta has been on fire since the release of his album Nature Born Hustler. He's created a lane of his own and at this point, there's no one standing in his way but himself. Mike Hustle has a sound that's undeniable and his style will make Pimp C proud. If you haven't got exposed to Hustle Luciano follow him on IG @hustleluciano and get plugged in.
This concludes my list for 2018 for now but trust in believe I will be WATCHING!