This past Sunday at the BET Awards, viewers had the pleasure of being introduced to some of the most intriguing new talent on the scene. No, I don’t speak of the nominees for Best New Artist, rather the up and coming voices featured on the BET Music Matters segment. This year may have brought us some of the best artists we’ve seen on the small stage, with the eclectic and harmonious sounds of Bibi Bourelly, Chloe and Halle, and Anderson Paak. Here’s everything you need to know about these noteworthy neos.
21-year old Berlin native, Bibi Bourelly’s sound is a fresh approach to alternative, acoustic soul. Her gritty voice penetrates through her tracks, exemplifying her background in Blues and Jazz singing. Signed to Def Jam, the singer-songwriter has garnered attention for writing on hits for Rihanna such as “Bitch Better Have My Money”, “Higher”, and “Yeah I Said It.” Not to mention she’s worked with artists such as Usher, Lil Wayne, Nas, and Nick Brewer to name a few. Bibi’s debut EP entitled “Free the Real Pt. #1” dropped last month, featuring single “Riot” which she performed at the BET Awards.
CHLOE AND HALLE
16 and 17 year-old Chloe and Halle, found themselves in the spotlight after their YouTube covers caught wild fire flame. What started almost 8 years ago as two young girls putting their spin on popular music, turned into them becoming Beyoncé’s proteges. The Bailey sisters are currently signed to Parkwood Entertainment, and have found themselves front and center after appearing in Beyoncé’s short film “Lemonade.” Now the sisters have released their own debut EP “Sugar Symphony“, headed by their single “Drop.” Their sounds is fun, but tainted with the nuances of young women about their business.
30-year old Anderson .Paak is a force to be reckoned with, merging the worlds of Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, and R&B in a way that is sure to make your head nod. Named Dr. Dre’s protege, Paak has worked with some pretty heavy names in the business such as Eminem, Snoop Dog, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar. Aside from blowing away the stage at the BET Awards, Paak has also found himself listed as apart of XXL’s 2016 Freshman Class alongside rappers Desiigner and Kodak Black. His recent album “Malibu” turns hip hop on its head, with singles like “Come Down” melding old school vibes with current context.
These three artists are certainly worth a listen, check them out and share your thoughts!