The origins of Hip-Hop may have started through the concrete jungle but the genre has infected millions across the globe since it came into fruition of the late 70s. Whether it be our upstairs neighbors in Canada, across the Atlantic Ocean in the U.K., Africa, and to the Caribbean Islands the sensual lyrics and head-bopping beats are destined to reach your ears.
Hip-Hop has always been a universal language and the feelings can be understood on every continent. Even if the listeners can’t comprehend the lyrics the mumble rap era has taught us that it doesn’t matter as longs as it bumps, and reaches the soul that’s all that matters. We bring to you 10 International Artist makings waves across the charts
Notable tracks: Toast, Rapture,
Mikayla Simpson is a 19-year-old artist from Spanish Town, Jamaica. Her musical background started at her church choir, where she would later learn to play the guitar as well. She went viral in 2017 after her Instagram tribute to Usain Bolt ‘Legend’ got reposted by the runner himself. In 2018 she inked a deal with Columbia Records UK and released her debut album ‘Rapture’ on May 14th, 2019.
Notable tracks: Sober, I Wish I Missed My Ex
Mahalia Burkmar is an R&B singer-songwriter and actor from Birmingham England. Mahalia cites Lauryn Hill and Eryka Badu as her creative influences and released her first EP ‘Head Space’ in 2012 when she was only 14. She later appeared in the 2016 film Brotherhood but went on to pursue her career in music. Her latest album “Love and Comprmise” recently dropped and is making quite the buzz for the artist.
8. Fka Twigs
Notable tracks: Two Weeks, Water Me
Tahlia Debrett Barnett is a British dancer, producer, and singer-songwriter. She first got recognition for her dancing roles in Pop music videos for artists such as Ed Sheeran and Jessy J among others. Her electronically trippy sound has trailblazed the UK, earning her over 30 nominations in major music awards shows globally. Twigs’ career highlights also include being featured on A$ap Rocky’s ‘Testing’ for the track ‘Fukk Sleep’ in 2018, as well as headlining the ‘Afropunk Festival Atlanta’ 2019 this October.
Notable tracks: Wanna Know, Funky Friday, Location, Streatham
Born David Orobosa Omoregie, Dave’s main occupations include rapping, singing, producing and acting. The multi-talented UK phenomenon has been active since 2015, releasing a string of successful singles until his debut EP ‘Six Paths’ was released in 2016. Dave saw his first entry into the UK chart after Drake featured himself on a remix of ‘Wanna Know’ by Dave, premiering on OVO Sound Radio. Dave’s first #1 single came with his 2018 track ‘Funky Friday’ featuring popular artist Fredo. Miraculously his debut album ‘Psychodrama’ also became his first #1 debuting on the UK Chart, and later being certified Gold.
Notable tracks: Shade, Pause, Urban Jazz
Diana De Brito, better known as IAMDDB is a singer from Manchester, England. Her music is an unlikely fusion between Trap and Jazz, combing elements that form an urban sound. She has thus far released 3 albums and attributes her talent to her musician parents. In 2018 she was nominated for BET’s ‘Best New International Act Award’, becoming a major highlight in her career.
Notable tracks: Inglorious, T N Biscuits
Tyron Kaymone Frampton, better known as Slowthai is Northamptonshire born rapper currently signed to Method Records. Slowthai’s style is raw and his lyrics are oftentimes politically focused. His 2018 Debut EP ‘I Wish I Knew’ received praise from outlets such as Pitchfork and Complex, stabilizing his platform in the UK scene.
4. Jorja Smith
Notable tracks: Get It Together, On My Mind, On Your Own
Jorja Alice Smith is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Walsall, England. Jorja first went viral with her Twitter freestyle over Treble Cleffs ‘Ghetto Kyote’ in 2015. In 2016, while working at Starbucks, Jorja recorded and released her single ‘Blue Lights’ skyrocketing her fame. Only a year later Drake himself collaborated with her on the project more life, as well as Kendrick Lamar’s ‘I Am’ for Black Panther soundtrack on 2018. Stormzy featured on her next hit titled ‘Let Me Down’ this year her latest single “Be Honest” she’s hosting Burna Boy. Make sure to check out her latest album effort “Lost & Found”.
Notable tracks: Shutdown, Praise The Lord, No Sleep
Skepta, Joseph Junior Adenuga is a Grime artist hailing from the UK. The success of his debut album ‘Greatest Hits’ released in 2007 gave him a platform in the genre. Skepta’s fourth album ‘Konnichiwa’ held his global hit ‘Shutdown’, and won the album a Mercury Award after debuting at #2 on the UK Album Chart. Skepta’s career highlights include being featured on Drake’s ‘Skepta Interlude’ as well as featuring alongside drake on Wizkid’s ‘Ojuelegba’ remix in 2015.
2. Burna Boy
Notable tracks: Ye, On The Low, Pull Up
Domini Ogulu is a Nigerian singer, widely popular for his Afro-inspired sound. His massive success is partially attributed to his first major-label album ‘Outside’ released in 2018, featuring artists like J Hus, Lily Allen, and Mabel. Burna Boy went on to win a BET for ‘Best International Act’ in 2019, earning him his spot in the industry and setting him up nicely for his album release “African Giant”.
Notable Tracks: Shut Up, Big For Your Boots, VOSSI BOP
Hailing out of Croydon, South London Michael Omari is a global Grime artist, with musical influences such as Skepta and Lauryn Hill. After the release of his ‘Dreamers Disease’ EP Stormzy won MOBO Awards for ‘Best Grime Act’ in 2014 and 2015. His 2017 album ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ went platinum opening doors for his career in the process. Stormzy’s ‘Vossi Bop’ became his highest-charting track after topping the UK Chart in 2019.
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