Rhythm and blues is a broad genre that encapsulates a wide variety of music. Fans of the genre hence always have some great music served up for them. This year, the case was no different. A number of big artists emerged to deliver breakthrough performances with their unique musical styles. Let’s take a look at all the rising R&B artists that dominated the charts this year.
England-based Jorja Smith released her first studio album this year in the form of Lost & Found, which peaked at number three in the UK charts. Songs like Where Did I Go, Blue Lights and February 3rd proved that Jorja is here for the long haul.
The Poppin’ singer has been on quite a roll with her mixtapes. She continued to make her presence felt on the charts this year, with songs like Bitch I’m Nasty and others.
Jessie Reyez came to prominence last year, and there has been no stopping her since then. 2018 saw her bag the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist thanks to her singles which featured collabs with artists like Clavin Harris and Eminem.
The brilliance of Daniel Caesar was on full display this year. He even grabbed a Juno for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for his album Freudian.
Rapper Lil Xan has proved himself in a very short amount of time. 2018 saw the release of his debut album Total Xanarchy, which was highlighted by hits like Slingshot, Betrayed and Wake Up.
Multi-talented American singer Syd also enthralled us with her top-notch tunes this year. She did collabs with the likes of Mac Miller and Snoop Dogg, which were highly acclaimed, to say the least.
YBN Nahmir has been one of hip-hop’s greatest discoveries of recent times. His mixtape which was released just a couple of months ago created waves with its fresh sound.
An artist who rose to fame after his SoundCloud uploads went viral, Smokepurpp gave us an unforgettable mixtape this year in the form of Deadstar 2.
Currently in jail on the charge of possessing a firearm, 03 Greedo hasn’t let his personal struggles affect his music. His 2018 mixtape The Wolf of Grape Street gave him mainstream fame right before he had to turn himself to the authorities to serve his sentence.
Ski Mask The Slump God
In May this year, Ski Mask The Slump God blessed us with his new mixtape Beware the Book of Eli. This short 21-minute, the 10-song ensemble is an absolute treat to listen to.