Artists to Keep an Eye on in 2017


Here is a list of artists we feel will have a breakthrough in 2017!

From building a fanbase, to delivering great music, to sold-out shows. These artists have a chance to really make their stamp in the music industry with their skills.


The Atlanta-based Group that consists of Quavo, Offset, & Takeoff, has been in the game for some time now but it’s safe to say Migos started off 2017 strong. With their hit single, ‘Bad & Boujee,’ that sat on top of the charts for weeks had fans looking forward to their Culture album. Culture came in at #1 on iTunes in its opening weeks, with other hits including ‘T-Shirt’, ‘Call Casting’, ‘What’s the Price’ and so much more. Migos really trail blazed into the game with their catchy Ad-libs, unorthodox flow and heavy-hitting beats. Migos have been featured on many albums including Big Sean, Travis Scott and Drake. Migos showed their versatility on a catchy, groovy Calvin track ‘Slide’ featuring Frank Ocean. Migos really have a “can’t miss” attitude, just about everything they’re featured on or put out is hot. Expect Migos to stay consistent with their buzz, especially as we head into the later part of the year with music festival season expect to see them on some lineups.

Ari Lennox

The First Lady of Dreamville is on many people’s watch list. This singer/songwriter is from Washington D.C. and has built quite a fan base because of her track ‘Backseat’ featuring Cozz. Ari takes you on a steamy adventure of backseat romance, that will have the windows foggy. Her EP Pho is a great body of work consisting of jazzy grooves and passionate vocals. Ari delivers a great sound showing her ability and different ranges throughout the EP. Ari has one of the most beautiful voices out right now. She’s so full of life, bringing soul on her tracks. She recently toured with D.R.A.M. and had the crowds in complete awe. Ari is expected to do big things this year and we’re excited.


An 18 year old singer from El Paso, Texas. Khalid first made waves when his hit “Location” hit over a multi-million views on YouTube. Khalid followed up with the American Teen album. Khalid takes you on a journey of a love story. Khalid is the next generation of R&B. With a carefree attitude, Khalid is down to earth trying to teach those around him that anything is possible even for a teen. He has a unique sound equipped with an amazing voice. Khalid recently performed on Jimmy Fallon and is ready to take on many sets throughout this year. Be on the look out, this kid has talent.


A producer and artist happens to be a product of the 6. This Canada native is affiliated with XO. Nav has been featured on OVO Radio numerous of times. Nav hit the scene with incredible singles ‘Take Me Simple’ and ‘Myself.’ He showed his talent which got people buzzing like, who is this guy? Nav took on the world for his hook on a Travis Scott track “Beibs in the Trap” which is one of the hottest tracks out today. Nav recently released ‘Some Way’ featuring The Weeknd. Nav has the ability to obtain true stardom.


Is from Zone 6, East Atlanta from spillage village and newest member of Dreamville Records. J.I.D. has a promising future. Within days of signing under Dreamville he released his album ‘The Never Story’. J.I.D. displays his wide range of skill sets from rapping, singing and storytelling ability. Dreamville’s artist development has been amazing over the years. Expect J.I.D. to be teamed up with fellow mates, be at the shows performing and supporting and growing a fan base of his own. Many people are excited to see what the future holds for J.I.D. as he is already compared to many greats early in his career.

PNB Rock

The Philadelphia native PNB Rock is headlined to make a splash this year. His Trap R&B sound shows his versatility when it comes to his music. He’s able to switch up between flows and hit vocals on the same track. PNB Rock’s hit single ‘Selfish’ has been sitting on the top 100 for weeks. He released his first album ‘GTTM: Going Thru The Motions’ which include hit songs ‘Misunderstood’ and ‘There She Go’. PNB Rock has many affiliations in the game, he is featured on the popular Kodak Black track ‘Too Many Years’ where he sings an incredible hook. PNB Rock has gained quite a following, be on the lookout for more music and him going on tour.


These dames are here and ready to run the game. Representing the I.E. out in California this empowered female group consist of T.C. and Jacqie Esmii. These ladies play no games, T.C. with her ability to flow with a great delivery and Jacqie’s vocals would blow you away. Their recent project ‘Redhill Diaries’ is out on DatPiff. As much work as they are putting in, we suspect a possible album on the way. Not to mention a VCD performance is one of the best out with great music & choreographed dancing. It’s a must see. Looking forward to seeing these ladies continue to tear up the stages all throughout California and a state near you soon.

Rocky Banks

Houston’s very own, Rocky Banks, is full of talent and he’s ready to take on the game. Some say Rocky Banks is a real down to earth guy as you can see glimpses of it in his interview in FADER. Musically speaking, Banko is gifted. His hits ‘Funny Guy’ and ‘Alot’ are bringing in views on YouTube. His album “Trust in Banko” has been featured on many indie picks of the week. Rocky Banks was a SXSW showcasing artist. He is very versatile and has a great word play. He has a chance to do big things this year.


Is an R&B singer from Atlanta, Georgia. After being shut out by a previous label, and having previous music wiped off the Internet, 6lack bounced back and created a name for him self. He took off when his single ‘PRBLMS’ hit the airwaves. 6lack released his debut album Free 6lack which includes the popular single ‘Ex Calling’. 6lack is full of talent, he played a part in the popular Netflix series ‘The Get Down’. He helped with ‘Shaolin’s theme party’. 6lack has potential with his R&B/trap feels; We can expect trap artist to prevail in the game these days.


The Inglewood native, also known as John Doe 2, is the latest TDE signee. SIR is a gifted musician and can bring a lot of versatility to not only TDE but also to the music industry. His latest EP Her Too is out today. He showcases his talent with his singing and storytelling abilities. Did we mention SIR has worked with Stevie Wonder? SIR has the opportunity to be monumental and carve his name in the game.

There is so much great talent to be discussed this year. We’re excited to see what these artists bring to the game. They all have the potential to have a great year and career in the music industry.

What are the artists you’re keeping an eye on?

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