With an incredible amount of great music coming from gifted artists around the globe, there is so much impressive talent blooming in all corners of the world. From Nigeria to the USA via AUNZ, here are 5 global artists that caught our attention in 2021 we think you should keep an eye on in 2022.
With the incredible amount of great music coming from all around the globe, we're excited for what the new year holds. Here are a few artists that caught our attention in 2021 that we’re making sure to keep an eye on for the year ahead..
With the world at her fingertips, burgeoning Nigerian songstress Tems is making a name for herself as a star on the rise. In 2020, the 26-year-old turned heads in the mainstream music industry for her breakout feature on Wizkid’s ‘Essence’, a feelgood soulful tune that was further aided by the notable Justin Bieber who jumped on the song’s remix. The singer-songwriter and producer then featured on Drake’s highly-anticipated album Certified Lover Boy, propelling her further into stardom. Tems then released a remarkably curated EP If Orange Was A Place, featuring R&B crooner Brent Faiyaz, showcasing her silky, smooth-like-butter vocals. Already working with the industry’s best, Tems was dubbed as Up Next by Apple Music and made her television debut on Jimmy Kimmel, performing the EP’s ‘Avoid Things’. The last 2 years have been an exciting uptrend for this Nigerian singer and is really only just the beginning.
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02. Flo Milli
21-year-old Alabama-born rapper Flo Milli absolutely lit up the internet after her breakout single ‘Beef Flomix’, a SoundCloud track that started out as a confident freestyle over Playboi Carti’s ‘Beef’, went completely bonkers and took over TikTok in 2019. Following up with ‘In The Party’, Flo Milli was like a breath of fresh air with her boastful attitude, bubbly delivery and assertive bars. Much into 2020, Flo Milli was at the tip of everybody’s tongue and quite frankly, if you did not know who she was, you were just simply not up to trend. With Flo Milli Shit echoing off every wall on the internet, the rising MC released her debut mixtape, Ho, why is you here ?, a body of work exuding an unyielding confidence and empowers other women as she shares her experiences in music. She was then nominated for Best New Artist at the 2020 BET Awards and received great attention from acclaimed publications like New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Complex. Her recent releases ‘Roaring 20s’ and ‘Ice Baby’ shows she’s got her foot on the gas and nothing is stopping her climb. With such an impressive start to her career, Flo Milli performed at huge festivals like Lollapalooza and Rolling Loud Miami, cultivating a loyal fanbase as she continues to prove she is a princess of rap.
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Raised in Atlanta, 22-year-old rapper Latto is an MC turning heads on her rise to the top. As part of an emerging renaissance of female rap, Latto reigns supreme as she continues to hustle her way through the male-dominated field. Since releasing music in 2016, this southern queen has not given us a chance to breathe since breaking out in 2019 with the release of her EP Big Latto. One of the singles ‘Bitch From Da Souf’ caused absolute scenes, taking the industry by storm and racking up hundreds of millions of streams across all platforms. Trina and Saweetie jumped on the track’s remix later that year, releasing an explosive music video that was raking in the millions as well. The song went RIAA-certified Platinum, making Latto the first solo female rapper to achieve this feat. With a witty and raw pen game, Latto was 1 of 2 women to be inducted into the 2020 XXL Freshman Class, adding another major milestone to her blossoming career. Latto’s 2021 was filled with a string of head-bopping, braggadocious releases including her latest hit ‘Big Energy’. With a lot of hype built around Latto’s name, she went on to collaborate with some of the industry’s best, including Lil Baby, Young Thug and Future.
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04. Lara D
19 year old Lara D is one of the freshest, blooming voices coming out of Australian R&B. Her passion for music and self-expression has been instilled in her from a young age. Coming from a Moroccan-Lebanese background, Lara D’s strong family upbringing has prepared her to enter the music industry with an unshakable, independent mindset. Raised by many artistic influences, unique sonic and cultural vibrancy, this Sydney singer-songwriter is a young multicultural creative paving her own lane in contemporary R&B within Australia. Lara D embraces all the things that make her different and she includes every aspect of her being into the music she makes. With a natural, soulful energy to her sound, Lara D’s style has been compared to the likes of Alicia Keys, Kehlani and H.E.R. With her recent release ‘No One’, Lara D asserts her dominance as an artist to watch in the growing hybrid scene of great Australian music.
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05. Kenzie From Welly
As the name proudly states, this multifaceted musician hails from Wellington, New Zealand and has an unwavering sense of self that translates to the hard-hitting music she makes. Born and raised in the North Island of Aotearoa, Kenzie from Welly thrives in the space found between tradition and not conforming to society’s expectations. With strong ties to her Māori and Samoan roots, this wāhine toa has an unyielding commitment to her community and her activism, both seen in her unique sense of style, sound, writing and performance. Kenzie from Welly played a character in the New Zealand drama miniseries ‘The Panthers’, an important recount of Aotearoa-Pasifika history. Kenzie started out openly freestyling in her garage to developing her style in the privacy of her bedroom. Once her confidence grew, she started experimenting by making music with her tuneful family, one of which is the well-respected Samoan-New Zealand MC Poetik. Taking influence from 90’s hip hop and icons like Bones Thugs-N-Harmony and Lauryn Hill, Kenzie from Welly refined her musical craft by delving into production, engineering and ghostwriting. With her latest release ‘Word To Your Mother’, Kenzie from Welly is expected to give us more fire with her forthcoming debut album Greenstone Door.
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