Hayes DuJardin – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Every year, new artists emerge to the forefront of the public eye. Last year brought acts like BROCKHAMPTON, Juice WRLD, Steve Lacy, Valee, and Gus Dapperton amongst others. This year, “Mustangs Ahead” looks at five artists to keep on your radar.
- Guapdad4000 – With a never-ending stream of self-proclaimed nicknames such as the Balenciaga Bandit or the Ferragamo Falcon, Guapdad has mastered the art of translating an online presence into a music career.
His scammer persona mixed with his soft rap voice made him a surprise fan favorite on Dreamville’s “Revenge of the Dreamers III” collaboration album, and it’s likely he will only continue to rise with cosigns from the likes of Drake.
- Lil Tecca – Love it or hate it, hip hop is built on a foundation of bragging about things that may not be truthful. Lil Tecca captured that perfectly in his breakout smash hit “Ransom”, in which he raps about luxury cars he doesn’t own and activities he never performed.
His care-free attitude about the music industry makes him an easy-to-love artist, and it should continue to catch on.
- Megan Thee Stallion – Megan has taken the typically male-dominant rap industry and turned it on its head so far in 2019. From her powerful, dominant character, to her catchphrase “Hot Girl Summer” catching the Internet by storm over the summer, she has been taking up real estate in the minds of listeners for months on end.
- Omar Apollo – Taking a break from the rap scene, Omar Apollo is a someday-superstar who isn’t quite famous yet. One of the most creative and exciting artists in the DIY scene, Apollo is a singer, a guitarist, a producer, and a rapper, and somehow executes all of these perfectly.
He has already proved his mastery of songwriting, and with an eagerness to shed his “bedroom pop” label, he will likely break out to a wider audience before too long.
1.100 gecs – Dylan Brady and Laura Lees have crafted something one of a kind with 100 gecs. An experimental duo who can’t be restricted to a genre, their release “1000 gecs” is one of the most polarizing pieces of music to release this year.
Dipping its toes in rap, electronic, pop, metal, and even ska among plenty others, there is no stone left unturned by this duo. With the vast amount of industry connections that Dylan Brady possesses from his years of collaboration, it’s impossible this duo goes unnoticed for long.