Hey good people of Earth. Here we have the mandatory list of our Milwaukee rappers to look out for in the new year. This one is a little different. We have been checking out a lot of these lists and there seems to be a pattern here…..All the same artists on all the lists. Not only that, but artists who have been on these lists for the last few years and artists that are already well established.
This one is a little different, none of those people will be on here. We will be taking a look at 17 up and coming Milwaukee artists to look out for in the new year. No one who has a buig buzz or has been rapping for 20 years (sorry Denku, you know you’re my favorite). No specific order either, so let’s just jump right into it.
P.s. These are MKE rappers. So to all the dope talent around the state, I see you. Special shoutouts to talents Cullen Sampson, EveryOne, Blake Ambrose, Keag, LoDoubleT, Charles Grant, L8ye etc etc etc…Could go on for days.
1. Will Static-
This 20 year old emcee has so much promise. I mean we did just write this article about him (HERE! READ IT HERE!!!) With an incredible work ethic, dynamic flow and unique voice, Will is setting himself up for a huge 2017. Trust me, I have the inside track. Some major moves coming from inside his camp.
Mr. EastSide Empire is gearing up for a big 2017. Starting off this January, with the release of his project Prezident Magic. With an incredible flow and top notch lyricism, the 19 year old rapper is a force to be reckoned with. I had him on a show or two earlier this year and was impressed with everything I saw. From music release to being mentioned by producer Kato as a great talent, Magic is coming.
BMORN is goofy. Dude always has a big ass smile on his face, whether he is at a show or just throwing us live feed from the studio. His work ethic and business sense is what gets him on this list. He is not afraid to make moves. Mr. Brew City Boy/MidWest Made Men has a head for these things. I personally booked him on a lot of the shows he had this year, and showed up to events he had, like the Libra Bash, just to support him. oh yeah, did I mention his rap skills? On the mic he is able to switch up from lyrical to trap seamlessly.
AKA Yours Truly AKA Young Torch is another member of the Brew City Boys, and a talented one at that. YT brings it in every fashion of hip hop too. From rapping to producing. When I saw him perform at the Libra Bash I was blown away. I knew who he was before that, but had no idea he brought it the way he did. Love songs, lit songs, conscious shit, the dude is an incredibly well rounded emcee.
5. Teddy Ted-
You know the name, right? You should! Teddy Ted is going make a splash on the mainstream stage, just a matter of time. From that auto tune singing style of Drake to an incredibly pristine flow, Teddy Ted has everything the mainstream is looking for and everything that will get you up in the club. Don’t forget to peep!
Another one I debated about putting on here. While I love the kid and that’s my dude, the music flow is at a drip. Meaning, the music hasn’t been coming out as we ALL wanted it to. So, he makes this list, because he has the damn talent. I expect a music filled 2017 from Jahmarri, I personally know he has some big projects and collabs happening. That accapella he dropped last week gives me hope. He’s a loud mouth no doubt, lets turn that into music. I expect we will see a lot of him in 2017. ( Sorry Jahm, had to rib a little, haha.)
7. SAFS Sunny-
SAFS is everywhere. If you are an artist or fan of local hip hop, you’ve heard of SAFS Crew. The odds are that that is due to Blizz McFly, Klassik or Vincent Van Great, but let’s not overlook Sunny. An original founding member and one of my favorite emcees in the city. With a unique voice and delivery, Sunny has a style that is all his own. While he has slowly been putting out music this last year, I expect a big 2017 from him and finally get that full length project.
8. Young Daa-
SAFS! Another crew member and possibly one of the most slept on emcees in the city. Daa is another unique talent with an instantly recognizable voice. His flow is impeccable and his lyrics range from party to personal seamlessly. He released one of the most slept on ep’s in the city this last year and every track he touches is immediate fire. Keep an eye on Young Daa, a little promotion and Daa will have a killer 2017.
Famous puts in the work that makes you think his name will come true. He makes this list because of the incredible amount of work that he does. From rapping and producing to videography/photography, FamousMF has an arsenal of talents under his belt, and he is only getting better. While I do think his promotion game needs a step up and sometimes his lyrics are a bit flat, he has all the talent inside of him. I can see him writing some crazy ish, but if he decides to step back and produce or anything else, there would be no problem.
10. Nate Brady-
The kid pushes buttons. He spams, a lot. He gets people in their chest. This is his strategy. For him, it seems to work. While I never condone pissing people off, it has certainly gotten him some attention. While I still think people know his name from it more than they know his music, the kid has talent and he does numbers. With a lyrical flow and throwback style I am excited to hear a lot more from this young cat. He’s got a little old school steez to him.
11. Joe Quinto-
I’ve been a fan since early last year when he sent in his Dancing With My Demons ep (under the name Cinco) to us here at KnowMoreMusic for review. It is on my list of favorite projects from last year, it’s also no surprise that he stepped in up from there. Fresh off a win for music video of the year, Joe Quinto is a surprise. He is the underdog you route for in the movies. With a creative mind and artistic drive, he has a great future ahead of him. Also, his live show is something you don’t want to miss!
It speaks volumes that the youngest artist on this list is also (arguably) the most established. 18 year old Kane has a bright bright future ahead of him and I think we are seeing that develop right in front of our eyes. While he draws from influences like Young Thug and Kodak Black, Kane is another species all together. He does not box himself in or limit himself to one genre. Mixing rap, trap, rock, influences like Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, even pro wrestling, make Kane a special and unique talent. Add on top of that his work with Freespace, which gives the youth a place to perform and be free, Kane is a weapon. He blows up big. No question. Just watch.
Fact: Taj is dope. Fact: Team Ugly member Taj has something special. Taj is on another plane than a lot of us in many ways. She is an enigma. Spiritual, in touch, unapologetic, who she is. Oh yeah, like I said….Dope. The music is fantastic and adds to the mysticism I kind of see around her. From being able to go from songs you want to party to, to songs that really make you sit down and think, Taj has an arsenal of talent that should not be overlooked.
14. WillTheGlide &YL64-
I hate to group a couple artist together, but they make such a great team and we’re running outta space! Seriously though, Will TheGlide and YL64 are two talented members of Team Ugly. Both are unique and both have their talents. Call Log was one of my favorite videos of last year. It was super fun to watch. Will showed off his singing/rapping ability and YL just super brought it with his verse. They are young, smart and have hella potential to make s huge splash.
15. Tyso $upreme-
He has a work ethic and a strong support system behind him. Do not count out Tyso as a major player in 2017. The kid has dropped a lot of dope music with Nefelbiata and his solo stuff is really starting to take off. He is for sure someone to watch out for. With a strong pen game and team behind him, his talent knows no bounds.
16. B Justice-
This guy has the whole world in front of him, waiting for him to make that step and it’s going to happen any moment now. He is getting some attention, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. He has the music on lock, but not only that…he has the business sense and has built himself a great brand name. The opportunities for him keep coming, but he remains humble and never slows down. He is constantly working and that is going to put him into a new category this year. Eyes open.
Dad is everything. On the surface Dad might seem like a gimmick, that couldn’t be less true. What Dad is, is a marketing and promotional genius when it comes to branding himself. On top of that, it does not hurt that is a an incredibly talented emcee. 2016 showed a lot of people that they were missing their father. In 2017 Dad is about to have a lot more kids. One of the most recognizable figures in Milwaukee hip hop, watch out for Dad this year. If you don’t listen to Dad, you’re grounded!
Honorable mentions: JCMB, AMEAS, Cochise, LR, Myles, Cleo Fox, Cleo White, Riqo, CleretiC, Frankie Pyro, LeanBeatz, Platinum Boy Gang, , Too many to name.
Shoutout to EVERY artist making music in MKE.
If I didn’t list you, I may never have heard your music, send me links to check out!
I’ve decided just to highlight two producers who are seriously putting in work and have a bright future ahead on them. Just a list, but watch out for these two!
2. Don P.
Thanks for checking out the list and make sure to keep an eye out on every one of these artists!