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KABOOM! MAGAZINE TOP 14 INDIE ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2014

KABOOM! MAGAZINE TOP 14 INDIE ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2014
chance-the-rapper-lead 1. CHANCE THE RAPPER Solidify he was the next breakout star with his critically-acclaimed mixtape of the year; Acid Rap. Chance the Rapper has been noted by many socially acceptable publication as the musical breakout star of 2013. Giving a bit of fore warning in 2012 with his previous project #10Day, Acid Rap dropped on music like the rapture, many of music’s top stars became instant believers of the Chicago kid, even his Chi-town brother Kanye West mentioned his pleasure in the new kid. Acid Rap was such a success, the mixtape broke barriers charting on Billboard, moving over 1k units in physical production. Chance spent majority of 2013 on the road, promoting his now instant-classic mixtape, headlining his very own tour with nationwide The Social Experiment. The Chicago emcee became one of the most sought after collaborators in 2013, in demand by greats in today’s music like Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, and now best bud Childish Gambino. Chance finished out 2013 being one of the only features on the now critically-acclaimed project from Childish Gambino; Because the Internet, contributing on the popular second single, “The Worst Guys”. Helping his brother-in-arms land his highest selling first week sales to date with 93k and a top-ten opener on Billboard. Opening the new year, Chance is already scheduled to hit the road with arguably the biggest-selling rapper of all-time in Eminem on the MMLP2 Tour. The Tour also puts Chance side by side with Kendrick Lamar. Chance is happily independent and plans to stay that way in 2014. He has shared this course of actions with several news outlets and has confirmed a debut LP to hit shelves in 14′. When you got Obama in your back pocket, do you really need a major label backing? The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals 2. RIFF RAFF Surfing the wave of his 2012 effort; Birth of a Icon, Mad Decent recording artist Riff Raff spent majority of 2013 Don Kingin’ his follow up studio album; Neon Icon into highly-anticipation status. Boasting about the star-studded supporting cast of Hip-Hop elites set to appear on the new project and provide feature verses. The list of features scheduled to include Drake, A$AP Rocky, Juicy J, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, and Snoop Dogg. Throughout the year, the Houston emcee dropped several popular videos like “Raiders vs. Hawks”, “Ace of Space”, “Dolce & Gabbana”, and  each reaching over a couple millions views. Another big accomplishment for Riff Raff was linking with popular Los Angeles Hip-Hop group Far East Movement on “The Illest”, the record served the airwaves for several months, becoming a popular request among listeners. Riff Raff also gained some publicity for his on-going feud with Spring Break film director Harmony Korine. Majority of 2013, Riff Raff and Korine went back and forth on the film copying Riff Raff’s persona without the rapper’s consent. Riff Raff wanted to fight the actor of the film James Franco and threaten to sue the director for 10 million dollars. Although there was never a lawsuit filed, the media attention only boosted Riff Raff’s awareness to the general public. Becoming a popular attraction on the media front, Raff was on the couch with major media outlets like Myspace, LA Weekly, Skee TV, and ABC during the Grammy’s. Lil Duval and America even let Joey Highroller into their homes on the small screen with an hilarious walk through appearance on MTV’s Ain’t That America. Jumping into 2014, fans are on the edge of their seats awaiting the release of the collaboration project Galaxy Gladiators, a joint project between Riff Raff and Action Bronson. Then there is that long-awaited new project; Neon Icon, a project that has been delayed since Summer 2013. A visual production which will include a video for every record on the project.   Screen-shot-2013-07-29-at-10.38.02-AM 3. ERIC BELLINGER This Compton crooner had a very productive 2013 from beginning to end. At the end of the 1st quarter of 2013, Eric released the third installment in his Born to Sing collection. Volume 3 was the best yet from the series, hosted by the King of R&B himself Usher, featuring collaborations from Tank and Sevyn Streeter. Eric penned some amazing ballads that will go down as some of the best R&B material of 2013 on the mixtape, “Body Language”, “Club Lights”, “Film Me”. Following his buzz worthy mixtape, Eric caught more success for his scripted of Chris Brown’s hit-single, “Fine China”. The record soared to the top of the charts and Eric scored an award nominations. Bellinger’s request at the studio for his hit factor included a diverse catalog, from R&B high priority entertainers Mario, Chris Brown, Usher, to Hip-Hop rappers Lil Rob, Problem. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter closed out 2013 with a hot new single featuring fellow Compton recording artist Problem entitled “I Don’t Want Her”. Got fans into the holiday spirit with the release of a Christmas-theme mixtape, entitled Your Favorite Christmas Songs. Early plans for Bellinger in 2014 is the release of his new mixtape, The Rebirth set to drop February 11th. Proclaimed as an appreciation project of new music for his day one followers. fredo-santana-chief-keef 4. FREDO SANTANA Chief Keef’s cousin took ahold of the reigns for Chicago after the “I Don’t Like” rapper fell off. Fredo Santana broke out in 2013 as a stand alone sensation. People began to take notice to the emcee with the release of his highly-recommended February 2013 Fredo Kruger mixtape, a body of work with the same hype and aggression as Keef but more lyrical and clarified. Fredo made a name for himself aligning himself with credible street recording artist and producers like Juelz Santana, Young Scooter, Mike Will Made It, and Young Chop. Riding the wave of Fredo Kruger, Santana landed a cameo in the Drake hit-single “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, possibly his biggest visual presence to date. Santana dropped two more mixtapes throughout 2013 entitled Street Shit and It’s a Scary Site 2, both received well deserved praises among media outlets. Fredo Santana became a sought after feature artists throughout the year as well, working with Soulja Boy, Chicago’s brightest Lil Durk, King Louie, Lil Reese, Travi$ Scott, Trouble, Frenchie, and Ballout. Later on in 2013, Santana delivered an incredible debut album, Trappin Ain’t Dead, featuring a surprise verse from the King of today’s Hip-Hop Kendrick Lamar. Chief Keef also made an appearance on the album, Trappin’ Ain’t Dead has grown into being mentioned as one of the best project in 2013 Hip-Hop by a newcomer. Every major is looking to snatch up Fredo in 2014 before he releases more heat for the streets. Fredo Santana only contractual ties at the moment seem to be to his Glory Boyz Ent imprint. 1395337_457086807733009_38254777_n 5. M.I.C The Bay Area heartthrob recording artist M.I.C. entered into 2013 after being on the road for the last leg of 2012 headling his own Takeoff tour. Embarking 2013, M.I.C. prepared fans for the March 2013 release of his mixtape; Legit. The mixtape was an addiction to his majority female fanbase, singing the praises of the its breakout cuts, “This My Shit” and “Dolla Signs”. M.I.C. documented his journey through 2013 and fans were taken on a ride through his shows throughout California from northen, southern and all in between, and the crazy fanatic women that pack the front row in every city. M.I.C. viral presence was enormous in 2013, social media fanbases flew into the triple digits on every popular social network. Flooding the recording artist with fanatic appreciation for his music and pretty boy exterior. Aside from causing a female stampede everywhere he touchdown, M.I.C. grabbed studio time collaborations with YG and Jonn Hart for some work on his EP. M.I.C. dropped his latest EP; Clothes Gotta Go exiting 2013, Jonn Hart was featured on the title track and the EP has been receiving a lot of support on iTunes. The leading video from the project, “Bust It” off his upcoming new project; Clothes Gotta Go. The perfect title for the kid with an enormously large female following. M.I.C. delivers a more adult content then normal on this record but its a perfect medium for fans of all ages. Directed by Hector Toro and James Bahman, co-starring as the female lead is the beautiful Whitney Nicole, shot in Los Angeles. Although the young boy is a indie artist, he is making moves like a veteran. Check out the video and get ready to come out them clothes ladies. That organic love M.I.C. fans have for the rising star appears unbreakable and not just a facade. The Bay Area is flourishing with great talent and M.I.C. is definitely developed to be the brightest  star to ever come out of the soil. 2014, M.I.C. is plans to become an overall brand, he is set to drop a new clothing line titled Legit Livin’, as well as pushing official M.I.C. merchandise that is already in popular demand. On the music front, M.I.C. will be turning up the sound a little and heading into more of a grown and sexy environment but will continue to bring the noisy with new party anthems. At the this point in time, there has been no mention of an official debut album; however, labels have already taken a liking to the talented San Jose representa and don’t be surprised if he makes an announcement of finding a label home in 2014. Screen-shot-2013-04-07-at-10.59.48-AM 6. LIL DEBBIE In 2012, it was Riff Raff that first saw Debbie’s potential and encouraged her into the recording booth. In 2013, Debbie was quoted describing how she realized her purpose on earth was to create music, “‘BRAIN FREEZE’ opened me up to a whole new world and what I was really meant to do.” She adds, “When the song went over a million views, I was so happy.” Bay-Area’s Lil Debbie released her highly-anticipated debut EP Queen D with California-based label Give N Go Sounds/Dumb Luck. Last October Complex Magazine premiered Debbie’s 2013 debut video “Bake A Cake,” that racked up over 350,000 views in a month. As Debbie quickly became a household name, endorsers aligned themselves with the Queen D immediately. Hand selected by Snoop Dogg to be Brand Ambassador for Colt 45 malt liquor and on the fashion front donned the face of Married to the Mob. Fall 2013, Debbie hit the road on a self-promo run tour, hitting Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and many more. Very positive receptions at every stop, Debbie left a huge mark on 2013 as an overall rookie of the year. With an EP out of the way, 2014 looks to be Lil Debbie’s big breakout year with fans eagerly awaiting a debut album. Nothing is confirmed on the current status of the debut, fans are hoping for a Debbie/Kreayshawn or White Girl Mob reunion at the top of the do-list for the album. audiopush-e1337025722950 7. AUDIO PUSH New lease on their career and looking to shake the Jerkin’ moniker once and for all in 2013, Oktane and Price Tag, together known as Audio Push brought a large amount of media attention with the release of the Hit-Boy’s HS87 compilation project; All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of. The project streamed on the iconic social media service MySpace in March 2013. Audio Push supplied a lot of heat to the project with incredible verses and catchy records over Hit-Boy productions. Many of today’s hottest came running to the duo for work and it would appear that the “Teach Me How to Jerk” hit-makers shook the old look and noticed as the forthcoming. A large portion of 2013 for Audio Push was spent on the road on Americ’s Most Wanted tour. Opening for Hip-Hop heavyweights Lil Wayne, T.I., and 2 Chainz, the duo hit the stage and immediately hit the studio to craft their new mixtape; Come As You Are. Reviewed by many as the best work yet from Push, the mixtape features T.I., Lil Wayne, Joey Bada$$, IamSu, and Ty Dolla $ign. With rave reviews, Audio Push didn’t leave time to unpack after the AMW tour as the duo gassed up and got back on the road for their very own self-promoted tour for the newly release project. Audio Push closed out 2013 opening up for Juicy J at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. With fans eager for a brand new official Audio Push project in 2014, the duo hasn’t confirmed an official project yet but it won’t be a year without new music from the newly revamped Audio Push. IMG_7665re 8. BILLIONAIRE BUCK Leaving behind his former stage name Compton’s Buck for a more suitable transition. Now, Billionaire Buck kicked off 2013 pushing a single, “Future One Nite Stand”. The record spiked on the in the Dirty South while the Mr. Boomtown directed video premiered on MTV; however, the result left fans seeking more from the Compton emcee before he gained their full attention. Compton’s very own then dropped a collaboration record with longtime affiliate Young Life, “Mercedez Boyz” and hit the road with Coast 2 Coast. Recently, Buck collaborated with fellow buzz worthy artists from the West Coast Dubb, Ty Dolla $ign, and the late-Nate Dogg. Popular West Coast DJ Power 106’s DJ Carisma hosted Buck’s latest mixtape; Eclipse, which was released early 2013.  Buck’s stock quickly rows with a year-ending surprise track surfaced blogs “Streets Raised Me” featuring YMCMB’s capo Lil Wayne. Fans were thoroughly impressed by Buck’s lyric abilities to match wits with the self-proclaimed Best Rapper Alive. Overnight, the Compton brave became a sought after talent from both labels and artists. What’s ahead for the Block Baller in 2014? Buck is looking to keep the features and notable production to a minimum due to the fact he is seeking to establish himself as a main attraction in music through his hard work and distinct sound. He isn’t looking to be type casted as an a rapper riding the wave of the successful Compton sound. He is looking to be notified by the general public as a universal recording artist. Top of the year, Buck will be delivering two new project, mixtape; The Eclipse 2 and EP; The Black Jew. Skeme 9. SKEME Folks maybe a bit late on the Inglewood emcee Skeme, but nonetheless the rapper decide to deliver his best body of work yet from beginning to close out 2013. Surprising fans with breakout features on many of your favorite rappers projects. Skeme also turned himself into a brand name when Snoop Dogg hand selected the emcee to be one of the official brand ambassadors for revamped malt liquor Colt 45. Skeme created a fanbase around his ability to make great music with pure lyricism and gritty-authenticity. Respected by every West Coast veteran and active due to his relentlessness and will to stay true to himself. Skeme closed out the fourth quarter of 2013 dropping his brand new project; Inglewood. A star-studded project featuring support from some of Hip-Hop’s brightest: Iggy Azalea, Wale, Dom Kennedy, and Nipsey Hussle. Skeme is jumping off the porch and hitting the road with Dom Kennedy on the Get Home Safely tour at the top of 2014. To follow, Skeme will be staying on the road til the summer on a self-promo run of the newly released project. 80s-photoshoot-Print-Size-e1382540484508 10. TANIA PONCE Every year, music is always blindsided with an artist whom surprises the world with their impressive vocals and infectious personality. 2013 ushered in smokin’-hot latina model/singer Tania Ponce, coming out of the small city of Central California known as Madera.  Coming on the scene at the top of 13′ with a dance number titled, “Take A Shot”. A bit catchy but nothing meteoric to the public, it wasn’t until several popular Youtube covers and a full production spanish ballad, “No Es Culpa  Mia” that locals realized they had a superstar on they’re hands. Rooted in both pop and traditional Latin music classics, the 21 year-old songstress looks to be a double threat, crafting tunes for both genres. Throughout 2013, Tania kept busy collaborating with popular Central California artists like Retro and Baeza. Tania and Baeza had a collabo record, “Feenin For It” do impressive for a short period, racking up over 39k views on Youtube.  Tania has the potential to be a crossover vocalist that can quickly transition into a universal showstopper. A label’s golden ticket with her ability to market to two different marketplaces at the same time. Right promotion and right hit-single, 2014 looks to be the breakout year Tania needs to achieve superstar status. What we know so far about the Blonde Bombershell plans for 14′ is a soon-to-be  untitled project set to release 2nd quarter. AD_Welcome_To_Comptonfornia-front-large 11.  AD While fellow Compton native-turned-Hip Hop Elite Kendrick Lamar kick down the door for the Hub, rising newcomer AD snuck through the window and took a few thousand fans to join his underground fanbase. AD came on the scene with a major promotional push, receiving praise from Kendrick Lamar himself and a star-studded blessing from late-icon Eazy-E’s son Lil Eazy E in AD’s debut visual, “Compton”. Backed by a breakout debut video, AD continued to keep his momentum releasing two tapes this year in; Welcome to Comptonfornia and #Project A to high regards among critics. AD even hit the road in 13′ and shot a second video while on the road titled, “Ready” that held fans over while having fun in the summer sun. AD closes out 2013 with an entertaining standout feature on the new Cali Swag District mixtape on the record, “Out Here”, a track which also features Waka Flocka and Skeme. Entering 2014, AD has his eyes set on dropping an brand new project currently, untitled and is pushing a feature record off the forthcoming tape titled, “Say About Me”.  With Compton as a melting pot for label executives looking for their own K-Dot, don’t be surprised to see AD take priority on a major label roster in 2014. bebeohare 12.  BEBE O’HARE Many could be unfamiliar with the Chicago born burgeoning female emcee known as Bebe O’Hare because she only dropped one project this year; however, 2013 was the time to get the world familiar. Carefully groomed under the hit-making watchful eyes of Midi Mafia, Bebe fine tuned her lyrical arsenal and packaged possibly the most underrated mixtape of 2013 in her October debut Fashionably Late . Features on “Fashionable Late” include Chevy Woods, Wiz Khalifa, BJ The Chicago Kid and more. A breathe of fresh air on the female hip-hop scene, a slick wordplay style, and crafty punchlines. Bebe is on the verge of becoming a contender in not just the female market but overall Hip-Hop genre. Co-signed by a few Hip-Hop legends like MC Lyte, Naughty By Nature, and more as being a phenomenal rhymeslayer. Bebe is a lyrical juggernaut, once she starts putting words together there is no stopping the powerhouse. O’Hare ended out her 2013 delivering an unforgettable live performance during the Brand X showcase. First-timers fell in love with Bebe instantly for her incredible stage presence and attention grabbing freestyle abilities. Entering into 2014, Bebe is currently working on a follow-up project to Fashionably Late, along with working on Midi Mafia/Brand X artist projects like  Brand New, Mucho Deniro, and Jazmin Sisters. 130807-Majid-Jordan 13. MAJID JORDAN Drake had the biggest hit of his career to date in 2013 with, “Hold On, We’re Goin Home” and half of that success is thanks to countrymen Toronto songwriter/producer duo unknown Majid Jordan. Being featured next to today’s biggest selling Hip-Hop recording artist brought the du0 and overnight success along with a cult following of new fans investigating the google search engine to find anything they can on Majid Jordan’s past. Until the hit single, Majid Jordan was basically a poof out of thin air on the music front. Not a single article of press was archived on the duo’s previous existence. Hardly any music surfaced other than an EP titled; Afterhours that dropped in the middle of summer.  The EP gives newfound fans an identity to their sound and what fans can expect from Majid Jordan in the future. Majid Jordan signed with Drake’s OVO imprint instantly, following the record going straight to number-one across billboard. The duo even accompanied Drizzy to a few television appearance like Ellen and were in the homes of millions performing the hit live. It will be eventful to witness the duo’s debut music video surface in 2014 along with the undoubtedly second collaboration with now boss Drizzy Drake. Jazmin-Sisters2-860x573 14.  JAZMIN SISTERS Coming off of hiatus since their global recognition as MTV’s Pop Group. we see a resurgence in the form of Los Angeles-quartet Jazmin Sisters. You maybe familiar with the girls from their MTV stint. The four in one voice Chinese-American sisters have partnered up with Grammy-winning producers, Midi Mafia. Nadia, Felicia, Celia and Daria brings a unique sound and appeal to R&B, their voices blend effortlessly and the harmony exhibits the deeply genuine love and sisterhood among the girls. Linking with the newly established Brand X, Jazmin has been in heavy collaboration with the imprint stable of recording artists, Bebe O’Hare, Mucho Deniro, Brand New, and Midi Mafia handling the boards. Jazmin Sisters premiered their debut EP 90’s Baby with Vibe Magazine in early November 2013. 90′s Baby takes the sisters into a new sound that explores the roots of one of the greatest musical time periods in R&B. The perfect starting point for new fans looking to get that old-school feel back into their playlist. A couple breakout favorites on the EP include, “You”, “Cali Girls”, and “Laid Back”. Following, the sisters made a lasting impressions on their returning year with a memorable performance at the Brand X showcase last December. Fresh off stage, the sisters returned to the studio to prepare for a big 2014, looking to continue the momentum of “You” which is currently topping DJ pools and making airwaves. The new year will show just how you unique and successful this quartet can be. Definitely make sure you get real comfortable with this group because they will be making a lot of noise heading into 2014.