2020 was a challenging year for many people, not only in the United States - all over the world. It seems as though no matter what happened in people’s lives, they took to music for comfort. An extremely successful year for music despite many economic issues; if you were looking for new artists during quarantine, you definitely discovered at least one artist from Philly. These are our top ten favorite artists coming up out of Philly.
You may not have heard of him yet, but you will - we guarantee it. He’s been networking his ass off for the past few years or so, and he’s finally starting to drop music more frequently. Cove combines dark melodies and trap instrumentals to make his magic similar to Juice WRLD and other artists - but in his own very unique way. It has an ominous feel to it that I haven’t heard before, but I like it. He started off the year with a new music video for his track “Faces.
9. AP THE PLAN
As much as I hate this word...“vibe” is the perfect description of AP The Plan. A duo consisting of Benyeji and Will IV, the two present indie, pop, and rap over lo-fi instrumentals to form something beautiful and unheard before. Their track “Monday Afternoon,” as well as the visual for it, helped them get some good looks. Basically, if you know, then you know.
8. MOSES MOSIMA
A true talent, Moses Mosima is a singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, and maybe even more. 2020 saw the release of Absent, a collaborative album with fellow HBC member IHATEYOUSHEED. Now we’re already heading towards Moses’ upcoming solo album, as he released his new single “Different” at the top of the year - which was a certified BOP.
7. THEODORE GRAMS
A 21st-century storyteller, Theodore Grams deserves way more love than he gets. This lyrically talented artist and producer can often be heard alongside Badland Breez, with who he even has a project titled La Phamilia. Below is the most recent music video from Grams, filmed in the studio, where he spends a lot of his time.
6. MILES CHANCELLOR
The past twelve months have been extremely busy for Miles. He dropped his fourth full-length project, an EP, and a lot of singles. He also released a compilation project that showcases the talents of his collective TheCrewDown and many artists from Philly, Camp Quarantine. The genre forming artist is gearing up to release his new album Spook! : ACT II, which will mostly contain R&B.
T$AN has been making waves for a few years with the help of producer Manny Laurenko. His waves as an independent artist, led to him catching a deal with Columbia Records. On Christmas Eve, T$AN released the T$ANTA Christmas Tape to hold fans over until his upcoming album, T$ANBOX.
4. MAMBA CINCO
Mamba Cinco has been blowing up in Philly in recent years, but now he’s gaining traction worldwide. Signed to PnB Rock’s New Lane Entertainment, Cinco has worked with PnB Rock many times; he’s also been on tracks with Poundside Pop, Tylah Yaweh, Leaf Ward, and more. He started 2021 by releasing “Billy 3” as part of the “Billy” song series; a visual was also included.
3. DIAMOND STREET KEEM
Diamond Street Keem didn’t need to be signed to Meek Mill’s Dream Chaser Records to create hype on his name. He’s been making his own noise in Philly for quite some time & now he’s expanding to gain notoriety worldwide. In November, he dropped off his most recent project, Diamond N Da Ruff.
2. POPP HUNNA
2020 was a huge year for Popp Hunna which can largely be attributed to TikTok for helping make his song “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” go viral. His year ended with Lil Uzi Vert hopping on the remix to the viral hit and then releasing his second project of 2020, Mud Baby.
1. POUNDSIDE POP
Some may know his name from his recent beef with Meek Mill, but we care more about the project he dropped at the beginning of December, Wock and Roll. This project showcases features from Lancey Fouxx, OT7 Quanny, and Fat Nif. Everything about his music feels authentic, original, and just sounds good altogether. If you're not familiar with him yet, you should familiarize yourself - but if not, we're sure you'll be hearing his name a whole lot more.