Missy Elliott

Missy Elliot is an English R & B singer/songwriter whose soulful, jazz-tinged cadence, heartfelt lyrics, and retro sound invoke names like Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and Amy Winehouse, the latter of whom the Walsall-based artist cites as her biggest influence. Smith issued her debut single, “Blue Lights,” in 2016 followed by “A Prince” and then “Where Did I Go?”

2016 eventually culminated with the release of Smith’s debut EP, Project 11. The following year saw her international profile elevated via her multiple appearances on Drake’s surprise playlist/LP More Life, which saw her holding court amongst a bevy of high-profile guests like Kanye West, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and…

Anderson .Paak

Born Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California, as a teen he played drums in his church Band. His transformation into Anderson .Paak, with his debut album Venice and a sophomore release, 2016’s Malibu met with universal rave reviews. .Paak is now a 4x GRAMMY Award winner, producer, songwriter, artist & director. Anderson released his highly regarded 2020 single “Lockdown” on Juneteenth.

Inspiration for the song came from .Paak’s participation in a Los Angeles protest against police brutality. .Paak won the GRAMMY Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance of “Lockdown” and the politically charged video directed by Dave Meyers, garnered .Paak a GRAMMY nom for Best Music…

Ozuna

The multi-award-winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter OZUNA is one of LatThe multi-award-winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter OZUNA is one of Latin music’s most iconic and listened-to artists around the world. Since launching his musical career in 2015, Ozuna has won countless accolades, including making Time Magazine’s Most Influential People list (2019), and winning BMI’s Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year (2019, 2021) and Contemporary Latin Song of the Year “Taki Taki” (2020).

He won his first two Latin GRAMMYs® in November 2020, for his collaboration “Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí,” with ROSALÍA. He also took home the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the 2021 Latin American Music…

Wizkid

Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (aka Wizkid) began his career in music when he was just 11 years old in Lagos, Nigeria. His first record, Lil Prinz, was recorded in 2001 in collaboration with a Glorious Five, a group consisting of Balogun and his friends from church. In 2006, he started pursuing music full-time, at first collaborating with various Nigerian pop acts including OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, and Banky W. By 2011, he was ready to record his debut studio album as a solo artist: Superstar was released via Empire Mates Entertainment to great critical and public acclaim across Africa, propelling him to stardom in his home country. After multiple…

El Alfa

Emanuel Herrera Batista, better known as El Alfa El Jefe (or simply as “El Alfa” or “the Boss”), is an influential, charting Dominican rapper. He is regarded in his home country as one of the most influential dembow (a Dominican hybrid of dancehall and reggaeton) artists. Since 2012, he has issued more than three-dozen digital singles and videos, including the early hits “Muevete Jevi” and “Tarzan.” His YouTube videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views. Using his thin, gritty voice in syncopated phrasing, his trademark rapid-fire rhymes are regarded by fans as being as infectious as his beats. His recordings are staples on Latin…

Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis is a true multi-hyphenate visionary from music to directing to fashion and beyond. A dual citizen of Colombia and the United States, Kali was raised between the two countries, moving to Colombia with her family as a toddler and beginning school there—Spanish was her first language.

In 2015, Kali released her debut project Por Vida to widespread critical acclaim. Kali then began
collaborating with artists Tyler, the Creator, Daniel Ceasar, Miguel, Jorja Smith, and Gorillaz quickly establishing her range and respect within the industry. After much anticipation, Kali released her first studio album on Interscope, Isolation, in 2018 with ‘After the Storm’ reaching 2x platinum…

Djlodown

In 1997, following the release of her landmark debut album Baduizm, Erykah Badu was dubbed the “Queen of Neo-Soul” in the press. It was a fine enough title at the time; neo-soul was a nascent subgenre and journalists were trying to grapple with this new sound. But Badu was never just that, and was never meant to rule one thing. A forward-thinking creator, she was a gentle spirit and a badass, a multifaceted mix of tender R&B and old-school funk. So the title “Queen of Neo-Soul,” as regal as it sounds, could never capture Badu’s true depth — and 23 years later, she’s still defying the term.

The plan was to spend 2020 performing but the appearance of Covid of course canceled all…

Jhene Aiko

Six-time Grammy nominee Jhené Aiko has crowned a breakthrough year with three new Grammy nominations for her R&B masterpiece, Chilombo, including the prestigious ‘Album Of The Year.’ She was also recently nominated for an American Music Award for Best Soul/R&B female, and two Soul Train Awards. Jhene’s 2020 album Chilombo – now certified Platinum with seven gold and platinum singles – topped the Billboard R&B Chart at #1 not once but twice this year, and has garnered over 2 Billion streams worldwide. Chilombo made chart history as the biggest Billboard R&B debut from a female artist since Beyonce’s Lemonade. Jhene is currently dominating urban and rhythm radio with her…

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith is an English R & B singer/songwriter whose soulful, jazz-tinged cadence, heartfelt lyrics, and retro sound invoke names like Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and Amy Winehouse, the latter of whom the Walsall-based artist cites as her biggest influence. Smith issued her debut single, “Blue Lights,” in 2016 followed by “A Prince” and then “Where Did I Go?”

2016 eventually culminated with the release of Smith’s debut EP, Project 11. The following year saw her international profile elevated via her multiple appearances on Drake’s surprise playlist/LP More Life, which saw her holding court amongst a bevy of high-profile guests like Kanye West, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and Travis…

Major Lazer

Making the world smaller by making the party bigger: this is Major Lazer’s mission. Since its debut in 2009, the trio led by Diplo has consistently affirmed its desire to celebrate cultures, to uplift artists and genres from around the world and to create a new kind of electronic music. The breadth of international artists that we find across Major Lazer’s albums — from Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do, to their latest Music Is The Weapon — illustrates this ethos. This desire to free oneself from codes, to break down barriers, is at the heart of Music is the Weapon. Released in October 2020 this new LP is carried by a list of prestigious names, with…