YNW Melly is an American rapper whose song Murder on My Mind became a huge hit, especially after Melly was charged with double-murder. In 2019, he pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial. If proven guilty, he could face life imprisonment or even capital punishment. Apart from the double-murder charges, he is a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy.
A man whose music has been marked by an aggressive style of rapping, 6ix9ine is a figure who is as controversial as he is popular. Making waves in the music scene with his debut album in 2018, the upcoming rapper became involved in a string of sexual offenses and other felonies. Despite his legal issues, he continues to be popular.
Tione Jayden Merritt, better known as Lil Tjay, soared to fame with his Billboard Hot 100-charting tracks Brothers and F.N. He initially gained prominence on SoundCloud. He is also known as the Bronx Justin Bieber. Fans love his signature use of the auto-tune feature in his songs.
Jidenna is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Interested in music from an early age, he co-founded the rap group Black Spadez when he was in high school. As a young man, he worked full-time as a teacher before becoming a popular rapper. He is also a founding member of the social club Fear & Fancy.
Rico Nasty is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her punk aesthetic and unique delivery, Nasty achieved popularity in 2018 when she released singles, such as Poppin and Smack a Bitch. Over the years, Rico Nasty has been serving as an inspiration for contemporary artists like ppcocaine and Flo Milli.
BamBam is a Thai rapper and singer based in South Korea. He is popular as a member of the South Korean boy band, Got7. Interested in singing and dancing from a young age, he participated in many talent contests. He trained under JYP Entertainment for a few years before making his professional debut. He also performs as a solo artist.
American musician, singer and songwriter, Michael Franti is also a well-known activist, who advocates peace and social justice, especially in the Middle East. Currently the lead singer of the musical group, Michael Franti and Spearhead, he is known for blending hip-hop with other varieties of music such as jazz, rock, reggae, soul, funk, pop, and folk, releasing numerous albums since 1988.
Nicole Bus is a Dutch singer whose single You became the joint-fastest debut single to peak at number one on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. Bus achieved popularity in her home country and won the Grand Prize of the Netherlands in 2010. She then appeared in a couple of TV programs before signing to Roc Nation and gaining international acclaim.