FiveTwenty's Artists to Watch in 2019

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by: FiveTwenty Collective Staff @FiveTwentyCHH

The whirlwind that was 2018 has come to an end. 

CHH saw an increase in content and artists during the past year. We here at FiveTwenty Collective began discussing which artists have us excited about 2019 and we decided to share our top picks with you.

Below are the names that our staff will be paying extra attention to during the next twelve months as their ministries and catalogs increase:

Eric’s picks:

| Messa Montana 

Messa Montana claims the top spot for me for one reason, intrigue.

I have only recently become aware of the Houston, TX emcee but he quickly grabbed my attention. His style has a throwback element that I enjoy immensely since I grew up on late 90s/early 2000’s hip-hop. Messa is a lyricist in every sense of the definition: “ So we go so loco, not local but coastal. Unashamed through vocals to keep the gospel global. So let your bondservant speak Your word with all confidence. Remaining faithful even though they’re hollering and martyring.”

While his Spotify page may not be packed full of content at this point, what did surface this year has me eagerly awaiting what will be coming in 2019. Make sure you check out Messa’s feature on Rich Colon’s newest project ‘Transit Notes’, he brought it on the song “Jamba”.
Kode Red   | Shyne On Me


Anthony's picks:

| Jon Keith

Jon Keith is an insanely talented creative. I have been following his work for a couple of years now and he has something special.

He can act, dance, and that boy can RAP! His music videos, YouTube content, and music alike comprised some of my favorite content of 2018. His two projects, "Lost Boys" and "Honey Blonde", as well as several singles, proved that he is both a lyrical beast and a creative powerhouse.

My favorite songs from his latest project are "Thass God", "All For You" featuring King's Dram boss man Ruslan, and "Adonai". 

If you don't know who Jon Keith is go check out his body of work.
| Hilgy   | Kode Red


Nate the First's picks:

| Wande

This young woman burst into 2018 with the Poetics produced "Elevated" and did not stop. 

With hits like "Fuego" and "I Gotta Live", Wande put her stamp on CHH as one of the top spitters male or female. With a full project in the works, Wande has established herself as someone that is destined to take that next step in 2019.

| Shem RiveraShem popped into the CHH scene in 2018 with his self-titled project featuring the single "Bread And Butter". Releasing several singles throughout the year, Shem showed his growth in each song and culminated the year with the hit "Super Saiyan". Keep an eye on this young artist in 2019.

| Parris CharizParris was very busy in 2018, dropping two EPs. His solo project 'Waves World' and his collab with fellow waver Jarry Manna 'Super Splash Bros'. Parris put everyone on notice with his first full length album 'In My Weakness' (you all know how I felt about that album). Going on his first nation wide tour with Ty Brasel, Parris is primed to hit the next level in CHH.


Nate the Second's picks:

| PoetiCS

"PoetiCS bring the DRUMZZ IN!!"

That has become a staple production tag within the CHH community, when you hear it you know you won't be disappointed. PoetiCS sauced up his portfolio in 2018 working with artists like Canon, Xay Hill, Parris Chariz, Tony Tillman, Dillon Chase, Eric Heron, J-Phish and a seemingly neverending list of others.

When I think of work ethic PoetiCS comes to the front of my mind.

That dude big grinds and he has a big heart to top it off. 2018 was an impressively productive year, but it feels like just a warm-up. I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open for what is in store in 2019.
| Smoovy seni.   | Not Klyde


Now it is your turn! Who are you giving extra close attention to this year in indie CHH? What are your thoughts on our staff picks? Hit the comments and let's discuss or give us a shout on Twitter.

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