June is Black Music Month! It only makes sense that we would honor and celebrate the genre’s most beloved performers.
A lot of our music and culture is influenced by significant American historical events like the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement. Jazz, blues, and gospel are three musical genres with strong African roots. Ragtime and blues rhythms originated from chants combined with improvised instruments in spirituals. Ragtime, which was jazz’s forerunner, paved the way for other musical subgenres including rock and roll and hip hop.
Here are some interesting details about the artists who made these bops!
1. Ice SpiceSource:Getty
“You thought she was feelin’ you?!”
2. Brent FaiyazSource:Getty
If you have been keeping up with upcoming artists, then you should be very familiar with Brent Faiyaz!
So many of Brent Faiyaz’s HITS have smashed the charts throughout his career. But our favorite viral song of his is none other than “Jackie Brown!” This great song QUICKLY rose to fame via TikTok after it was remixed by fellow artist StrudyYounginn.
3. Steve LacySource:Getty
Breakout star, Steve Lacy is one of our favorite rising stars!
As the guitarist of the alternative R&B band The Internet, Steve Lacy became well-known in the music industry in 2017. However, with the success of his smash track “Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy broke out as a solo artist.
Three weeks of chart-topping success later, the song won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Progressive R&B Album.
4. Coco JonesSource:Getty
If you couldn’t tell, we are STANS of Coco Jones!
This beautiful star first hit the scene in 2012, on Disney Channel’s Let it Shine, but dominated as a triple threat when she landed the role of Hilary Banks in Bel-Air.
She continued to see success as her single “ICU” went viral, and signed to Def Jam.
North Carolina native TiaCorine came on the scene in 2018 after releasing her hit song “Lotto,” and has been going strong ever since.
Her latest 2022 single “FreakyT” has been used as a sound on TikTok over 23,000 times!
6. Young Slo-BeSource:Instagram
Stockton based rapper Young Slo-Be, born Disean Jaquae Victor also released one of our favorite viral songs.
He first released music in 2010. Following the success of his song “I Love You,” which Armani Depaul, a legend in the Bay Area, produced, he received widespread attention in 2021.
“I Love You” became a popular sound on TikTok, which went viral on the platform. On August 5, 2022, he passed away in Manteca, California, at the age of 29.
If you been on TikTok, then you know we must include PinkPantheress on this list!
Singer-songwriter and record producer PinkPantheress hails from the UK. She is best known for her Bedroom pop, drum and bass, alt-pop, and 2-step garage songs.
She shared several songs on TikTok, including “Break It Off,” which quickly gained popularity. As a result, she was signed to Parlophone and Elektra Records. “Just for Me” and “Pain” from her debut mixtape To Hell with It (2021), a silver certification followed suit.
Her latest single “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2” featuring Ice Spice also became a TikTok anthem.
8. Lola BrookeSource:Getty
If you were outside, then you already know that Lola Brooke had everyone screaming her lyrics!
“Don’t Play with It” was released in 2021, and it has been on heavy rotations all on the radio.
Hailing from BedStuy, the 718-princess worked with big names such as Latto, Ciara, Lady London, and Yung Miami.
If you want to catch a vibe while listening to nothing but BARS play Lola Brooke!
9. Scar LipSource:Getty
This last artist is becoming the voice of NYC!!
Scar Lip has ALL five boroughs blasting her latest hit “This is New York!” and honestly it is giving us the old-school vibes of NYC.
We have our eye on the talented lyricist, and we can’t wait to see her become a huge star!