Late 80’s baby with a penchant for fashion and dramatic narratives which are woven tightly into his song writing. Brought up in a strict Muslim home where rap was pretty much outlawed. He was exposed to different influences such as Modern country and western. This helped to broaden his musical horizons.
Released in January 2017 OCEANS displayed his spiritual use of metaphors as has he croons “I just want to get swept up in your Ocean.” The video is shot in dream like sequence which showcases his cutting edge fashion sense.
With his craft laying between Hip Hop and R&B 2 years on Ye Ali is focusing on really being a part of the conversation in 2019 with his long awaited album rumoured to be on its way in summer 2019.
The “King of Naptown” is the moniker bestowed upon him from his peers for helping put the city Indianapolis on the map. Rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and producer. These are all the skills at the disposal of the man. Battles active in the industry since 2011 has already worked closely with the likes of Wale, Dizzy Wright and French Montana.
Needless to say that Battles has been grinding steadily somewhat under the radar soaking up game. It looks as if 2019 will be the year he really goes for mainstream glory.
Another Indiana rapper on the radar who first came to my attention of 2015 with his EP Lost in Paris. With this sonically charged effort it really caught my ear with its creative lyricism and the wit of his delivery. His battle rapping back ground that has given him that natural ferociousness that he exudes on harder edged tracks.
With a strong buzz again building around the Hurricane Music Group artist, 2019 looks like the year he will finally be recognised worldwide.
The LA native with a deep love of music from a largely Latino neighbourhood. Urban in-fused Latin pop is her thing and she does it quite well. The challenging landscape for a woman of colour is not to be ignored. La La found herself being placed in girl groups and pigeon holed as that hot Latino when offered a solo deal. 2006, was the year that her Myspace ventures put her on the map.
Currently, working alongside Laney Stewart who helped create the platform for artist The-Dream to have success. With a television show in development a movie and new album in the offing 2019 looks to be an absolute cracker.