This week’s Top 7 artists’ list is full of diverse artistry. The list is always composed of hard-working rappers or singers who deserve to shine if only for the week. I have an artist who moved me with an empathetic track dedicated to those who have passed on from cancer. The first track I heard from the artist was a clear move of annihilation and high energy. He was more turned up than a Gucci Mane concert at 1′ O’clock in the morning. But, as he slowed it down on the next track for a good cause, he turned a touchy subject into a positive acceptance flow. There’s also a singer who will melt any stage he touches who I had to get on this week’s list. I then took it out of the country with a few artists. There’s a U.K. duo who has a conscientious flow I’m co-signing personally along with BBC. Another artist I’ve featured proves that Drake is not the only Canada-native with flows. This is the beauty of music. Being able to hear every track that touches your inbox, but hearing that significant message in each song where you are aware that you’re actually listening. Without further ado, in no special order, here are this week’s top artists I’m vibing’ with.
Playy has hit the block and then some
With a seasoned artist like Playy, he’s probably heard everything of a complimentary-nature under the sun. What I see most from his music is a well-rounded individual with no limitations. He’s the young man who penned the chrous for ‘My Chick Bad’ with Ludacris. He’s also the young man who has appeared on the albums of top-notch artists Kelly Rowland, Twista, and many others. Having had a record deal at one point with Interscope, Playy has learned a valuable lesson about the music business. One thing you can count on is that he’s steady evolving. His single ‘The Weekend’ is a portrayal of a party animal lifestyle. With all his hard efforts in helping hits get played, he deserves to live it up to the fullest. Check out his video ‘Birthday Dress’ featuring rocker Matt Koma as it has over 2 million views. For more music from Playy, click here to download his ‘Counterfeit Mixtape.’
Artist Nazerath has lived in a few places, thus creating various flavors of his lyrical style. As you hear his track ‘Monster,’ it’s a tongue-twisting pace of a Chi-towner. He then flips it up and slows it down on ‘What You Drinking Homie’ promoting Hennessey a little bit in there. He makes music for everyone to listen to as not one track is dull he has written. He’s been performing for years opening for big names like Dipset head Cam’Ron. The special aspect of Nazerath’s movement is that it doesn’t stop at just music. The Chicago resident has also started a fundraiser called Love, Hope, and Strength. As his mom is presently battling cancer, the battle has become his second cause next to rapping. He developed the organization to collect donations for those living with the disease in need of medical assistance. As Nazerath understands many victims are not financially stable to get the proper healthcare, his goal is to aid with funding as much as possible. You can download Nazerath’s music and donate to this cause by clicking here.
Leddie & Smoggy (L&S)
L&S is the latest hip-hop sensation all the way from Middlesbrough in the United Kingdom. This female and male duo offers the classic form of hip-hop taking things back to the days of ‘Self-Destruction.’ Their views are fluently expressive on ‘Walk the Line’ as conformity is not their forte. They share synonymous issues we’re facing in the U.S. like the school systems being in bad shape, and how society wants everyone to be a certain way. That wouldn’t make the world go round if that were so. L & S speaks against these exact ways as not following the norm. They’re walking their own line with a nice set of scratching to back them up mixed with a piano accompaniment also heard. They’ve also performed with artists such as Scroobius Pip, Mongrel, and Devlin. From a background of cyphers and previous group, Norf and Lights, L & S are more than ready for the world with their genuine hip-hop sound. Click here and check out their latest single ‘Walk the Line.’
Nino Punchlines is a different type of artist where he doesn’t always have anything lyrical to say, but your listening to him regardless. One thing that’s true to him is he does seem to keep a comedic punchline comparing himself to ‘South Park’ and ‘The Dave Chapelle Show.’ Nino has made a name for himself performing around Chicagoland opening up for artists like Chingy and R&B favorite Tyrese. His latest single ‘Nino Says,’ is a ‘Simon Says’ tale of Nino kicking reasons for you to stay quiet, yet do what he says. He’s a Biz Markie-type fellow if you will, but not the Biz Markie ahem ‘facial outline.’ Nino is funny and ready for the tube. He’s an artist you can see five years from now with his own TV show somewhere in MTV’s line-up. He’s a hilarious cat whose unique appeal will take him far beyond his imagination ever could. Click here to keep up with Nino Punchlines. Also be on the lookout for his solo mixtape coming soon ‘Ratchet In Chiraq.’
ShaqIsDope is a 20-year old putting it down for Toronto, Canada in a major way. To be under 21, the artist has clever lyrics and topics beyond the regular ‘smoke-dope-and-fall over’ music. With his Canadian accent and latin roots, he has an interesting blend of influences to compliment his sound. The young ‘handsomeness’ was ready for his Varsity jacket before Joe Buddens and Wiz hit their NBA track. He’s a hip-hop artist going strong on bars with no red light in view. He’s unparallel to any artist from his hometown as he shows nice wordplay on ‘2nd Year.’ He lets you know he had to grind in the dirt, feed in the mud’ to get where he is. You recognize the grind time put in from ‘2nd Year,’ which is a personal favorite of mines. His latest interlude released ‘RGBD’ is him smashing a chopped and screwed ASAP Rocky beat. Puting his own original twist on things, ShaqIsDope has a bright future ahead with potential to open up any door he’s knocking on. Click here to check out more music from the Canadian hip-hop star.
R&B singer Simply Eric is a Rochester, New Yorker giving your body all it needs. With his song ‘Tonight,’ he has a smooth presentation aiming to please. His voice is of a Bobby Valentino tempo and a Trey Songz storyline. He seems like a chivalrous gentleman on ‘Ecstacy’ with the chorus chanting ‘Ecstasy, I’ll give you all you need, satisfaction is, guaranteed.’ What woman wouldn’t fall for a man like that? He puts the love back in the world using music as his platform. Simply Eric is giving you all of him and easing your mind. He’s the guy mama roots for you to stay with and cherish. What I really appreciated about Simply Eric is that he doesn’t have to be raunchy to get his point across. Sometimes raunchy can be R. Kelly-good, but if it’s not your style it’s best to leave it be. He makes awesome soul music for any age or radio station to play. As you’re in a loving relationship, he has a therapeutic sound to calm the ‘sex talk music.’ He’s what the industry is missing right now as he’s maintaining traditional love tunes at its best. You can check out more music from Simply Eric by clicking here. He also donates part of his sales to charitable organization, World Vision. It’s a charity with the motive in place of aiding those who are poverty-stricken or have been hit by tragic circumstances.
Clinton Shelton is the guy you may sleep on if you only listen to club tracks. He makes everyday life music. The Newark, New Jersey native gives you honesty you can feel and sometimes relate to. On ‘What’s Love’ he goes in on his own self-proclaimed apprehension about emotions. You hear the struggle of his dad’s current state on this track, which segues into his next track ‘Best of Me.’ As he rhymes about losing his father and brother on ‘Best of Me,’ he only has so much to offer at that stage in his life. With pain so great and nonsense constantly at his heels, life’s pleasures like children is not even an option at the moment. He spits the real on having trust issues, but still giving the best he can in spite of the problems. He pens an open letter of autobiographical accounts, which will take Clinton far as he stays true to his inner self and surroundings. That’s his niche because his lyricism churns out great tracks from painful happenings and maintaining a candid style. Download the artist’s mixtape here ‘The Clinton Shelton Project.’