9 Artists Due to Blow in 2021
Welcome to the inaugural segment of artists for 2021. This exciting must-watch list aims to champion stand-out acts that caught our eye in the previous year. In 2019, we brought you talents such as Miraa May, NSG and Frosty.
This year, as usual, team 9bills won’t disappoint. Here are 9 artists we have spotlighted to shake tables in 2021.
Following a string of viral freestyle videos on Twitter, it was hard to avoid Keeya Keys on social media. In 2020, he kept the momentum going with more social media content, as well as a few official releases, including singles ‘Bebey’, ‘Anglo-Saxon’ and ‘Ruud’. With football punchlines, witty wordplay and the online personality to match, we feel like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Keeya in 2021.
No1 does football punchlines better than Keeya keys ⚽️ 🔥 pic.twitter.com/hezq2Mt3Zk
— 9bills (@9bills) November 30, 2020
2020 gave us two full-length projects from R&B singer-songwriter Ling Hussle, and if the quality of music on these tapes is anything to go by, then the bar has been set high. With features from the likes of M Huncho, a collaboration with fellow R&B singer Rebecca Garton and previous co-signs from Krept and Konan and DBE, the future looks bright for Ling Hussle, with her delicate vocals and smooth sound.
Ling Hussle is the future of UK R&B 🔥🙅🏾♂🧢 pic.twitter.com/ErctnJbu7w
— 9bills (@9bills) March 9, 2020
Having taken the stage to compete on The Voice Kids in 2020 where he made his debut performing AJ Tracey’s ‘Ladbroke Grove’, as well bodying his Semi-Final performance –
‘No Violence’ – there is no arguing that Amos is a rap prodigy to in the making and one to look out for throughout the year.
His songs ‘Grindin’, ‘Struggle’, ‘Letter to Boris’ and Cloud 9 freestyle all demonstrate Amos’ range as a young artist; highlighting his ability to tap into different realms that exist within music from such a young age.
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The west London rapper sent a wave of excitement across social media, following the release of his ‘Hello’ COLORS session – in which Blackman’s charm and charisma radiates effortlessly, throughout the performance.
The artist has already collaborated with the likes of Ghetts and Fraiser T Smith for Future Utopia’s ‘Nature or Nurture? /Am I Built Like This?’, and has recently released visuals for the remix of his song ‘Foolish’ featuring Lavida Loca; giving us a glimpse into the greatness he is destined for in 2021!
This guy is super cold, he glided on the beat 🥶 pic.twitter.com/TfwxWseFwe
— 9bills (@9bills) November 2, 2020
Rapidly rising UK artist Nippa, grasps the attention of many audiences with his smooth melodic flows, displaying an inviting R&B sound throughout his music. 2020 was undoubtedly a strong kick start for Nippa, achieving a total of almost 20,000 views on his own channel independently. Showcasing his versatility and uniqueness with catchy, rhythmic tracks like ‘Squeezin Ya’ and ‘Change My Tone’, Nippa presents his extensive capabilities and potential as an artist.
Please let’s not fail the UK R&B Scene, the amount of talent is insane! Nippa deserves his accolades! 😤😤 pic.twitter.com/ls6zzhaKq2
— 9bills (@9bills) December 9, 2020
Displaying his highly compelling style of music, Seno J contributes to the new wave of R&B drill entailing a mix of melodic vocals on a hard-hitting drill beat. The heartfelt lyricism Seno J delivers in his music, creates a pleasant listening experience for many audiences demonstrated in tracks like ‘Tik-Tok’ and hit single ‘FaceTime’. His significance within the UK scene is highlighted as he brings a sound not many others perform, showing his distinct individuality as an artist.
Drill is still evolving, what we calling this? Pop Drill?? Kinda goes in too 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/pp7nKBUZNU
— 9bills (@9bills) December 22, 2020
Increasingly popular female artist ShaSimone, predominately renowned for her viral sensation freestyle on twitter, seizes her well-deserved spot in the UK scene. The success of her highly approved clip, led to the recent release of ‘Belly’ reiterating her multiple talents as an artist. ShaSimone involves witty wordplay with smooth, jumpy flows showcasing her authentic energy throughout her music. She sets an image for UK rap, bringing a charismatic aura into her style of music, giving audiences a sense of certainty that more potential will be delivered throughout 2021.
Potentially one of the UK’s most progressively rising artists of 2020 Scribz Riley, expands in popularity amongst masses of audiences, reflective of his consistency displayed throughout the year. Achieving a total of over a million views across visuals to both tracks ‘East Side’ and ‘Mandy’ Scribz Riley evidently appeals to many, delivering his smooth R&B sound and distinctive vocals. His captivating lyricism resonates with numerous listeners, presented once again through the recent release of his debut EP ‘Wish Me Luck’, including prominent features such as 6lack, Kaash Paige and Headie One. 2021 will be an increasingly successful year for Scribz Riley, as he continues to prove his potential and great talent throughout his music.
OMG guys, i've found the East London Frank Ocean 🔥🌊🌊 pic.twitter.com/YDUwqxMRyn
— 9bills (@9bills) May 4, 2020
Celebrating his Congolese heritage through his name, Zaire is quietly bubbling under the radar of rappers from outside London that you need to know. We’ve coined the name “afro-drill” as the genre name for his sound. As the afrobeat and drill worlds continue to boom, Zaire is the most promising example of a fusion of those two worlds.
Who have you got on your radar for 2021? Leave a comment down below!