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Hip-Hop Artists to Watch In 2017

2016 Rap Trend: A Shift towards Positivity

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2016 Rap Trend: A Shift towards Positivity

Hip-hop is considered a billion dollar industry. And the year 2016 was a big year for hip-hop. 2016 became one of the most interesting years for rap albums. While old-timers returned to the game triumphantly, mainstays pushed themselves innovatively, and newcomers gave a completely new direction to the hip-hop culture.

Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty were some of the flag bearers of the hip-hop music.

What’s exciting to know is that if the rising stars are anything to go by, the year of 2017 would be even better. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the genre to reach new heights.

Here is a list of the hip-hop artists who excelled in the previous year and are capable of blowing up in the present year.

Dave East


Former basketball player, David Brewster Jr. changed his name to Dave East when his college ball dreams didn’t turn into reality. Last year, Dave East released his 10th mixtape, Kairi Chanel, inked a multi-million dollar partnership with Def Jam and boarded on his primary headlining tour. Read what Dave East has to say about New York Hip-Hop.

Jazz Cartier


Cartier’s fan base and bank balance know no bounds. Last year, Cartier saw an over 2500% upsurge in online merchandise sales. His mixtape Hotel Paranoia was a big 2016 hit. This rapper has very recently released "Tempted" – the first single from his new record, Fleurever.



Russ’s journey to fame was not an easy one. He released one song per week in 2014; it took time for his music to gain popularity. However, he did achieve his goals in 2016 with his first Billboard-charting single "What They Want." In 2017, Russ Vitale is likely to make an appearance at several music festivals. He admits having an unremovable stain of self-confidence.

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Saba made a cameo on Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap and Coloring Book, and debut a brand new song "Angels" with the Chicago artist on Stephen Colbert; soon after, he was ready to take benefit of the thrill that he had reaped. In 2017, he released an album that touches on the blessings and plagues of Chicago’s West Side – Bucket List Project. According to his retinue, the album hoarded over a million Apple Music streams and 770,000 Spotify streams in its initial week.


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Winning million hearts with his debut summertime hit "Caroline", this rapper from Portland became a heartthrob in the world of hip-hop music in 2016. He is inspired by Kanye West’s 808 and Heartbreak and Outkast’s The Love Below. Surprisingly, he taught himself to make beats with online tutorials. Adam Aminé Daniel has signed a deal with Republic Records. He hopes to surpass preceding milestones in the current year.


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An American poet and hip hop recording artist from Chicago, Noname is loved for her rich lyrics and low voice. Her debut mixtape, Telefone was released in 2016 and anticipated by fans and media. The FADER, Complex, and Rolling Stone welcomed Noname as one of the most exciting and significant new artists of 2016. In the New Year, she is all set to bring a live show to 18 cities.

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