HipHopDX – At the top of the year, HipHopDX set the tone by once again electing 10 up-and-coming artists to be part of the 2022 Rising Stars class, which was preceded by artists such as Blxst, BLEU, Morray, 42 Dugg, and more last year.
With the year already more than halfway through its 365-day course, DX has taken the responsibility of tracking the progress of this year’s Rising Stars and laying out the blueprint for their breakout success for the sake of establishing a detailed record of their growth.
There’s no denying the fact that Baby Tate gained an incredible amount of traction last year after releasing the deluxe edition of her project After The Rain and earning co-signs from Rihanna and Raedio founder Issa Rae. But it’s clear the “I Am” lyricist kept that same energy throughout the first half of 2022.
And even though Baby Tate hasn’t released a full project since her After The RainEP, she has remained committed to releasing a consistent string of singles, which include her banger “Pedi” and her double-single “What’s Love” and “Slut Him OUT.”
But it wasn’t until 2022 that BIA truly went from being considered a promising talent to a true Rising Star, as she effectively held her own while going bar-for-bar with J. Cole on their anthemic collaboration “London.” The Dreamville MC was actually so impressed by BIA’s elite level of lyricism on the record that he also took it upon himself to bring her out as a special guest during his performance at Wireless Festival in the United Kingdom last month.
While Coi Leray’s Rising Star status was bestowed upon her by DX earlier this year, the Republic Records rapper realistically deserves an award or some sort of acknowledgement for her resilience and perseverance.
After funneling the hype she created in 2021 behind a popular string of singles, which include her Lil Durk-assisted “No More Parties,” Coi Leray unleashed her debut album Trendsetters in April, which saw her collaborate with artists such as Pooh Shiesty, Yung Bleu, G Herbo, Polo G and more.
If inking a record deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, the former label of Kendrick Lamar, wasn’t enough of an indicator of Doechii’s star power, the moves she’s made since to secure the bag certainly are evocative of her illumination.
Who else, besides Doechii, manages to land on former President Barack Obama’s Summer Music Playlist and collaborate with CTRL vocalist SZA ahead of the release of her debut album?
Thanks to Duke Deuce, the spirit of Memphis crunk music is alive and well.
Following the release of his debut album Duke Nukem last year, the Quality Control signee charged into 2022 with a full head of steam. Migos member Quavo recently added a verse to his Glorilla-featured banger “Just Say That.”
EST Gee has also made his seemingly constant presence felt with a consistent stream of single releases, including his recent offering “Love Is Blind,” along with the guest verse he provided French Montana for their “Keep It Real” collaboration.
Earl Sweatshirt co-signed lyricist Mavi has a bright future ahead of him.
In the years following the release of his 2019 debut project Lets Talk The Sun, the Charlotte native has aligned with artists such as Warner Records rapper IDK, who invited Mavi to join his Simple. World Tour, which he kicked off in June.
While Mavi, who studied neuroscience at Howard University, hasn’t delivered a full-length release since his 2021 End Of The Earth EP, 2022 isn’t over yet and he has shown signs of his resurgence recently via his “Tucked In” single.
It’s almost frightening how quickly Florida rapper Nardo Wick has blown up since releasing his debut song in 2020.
After connecting with Lil Durk, G Herbo and 21 Savage for the remix of his hit single “Who Want Smoke” last year, the 19-year-old MC has maintained his fast-paced lifestyle by delivering the deluxe edition of his Who Is Nardo Wick album in addition to embarking on his 20-date North American tour of the same name.
While most of DX‘s Rising Stars have been active and consistent all year, California rapper Remble appears to be somewhat of a late bloomer.
Following the release of his Lil Yachty-assisted “Rock Climbing” single last September, the “Touchable” rapper has seemingly gone ghost. In fact, he’s only surfaced from his seclusion periodically throughout 2022 to deliver his feature verse on Lil 9’s “Paper Plates,” single and for his recent interview with VladTV to discuss his connection to deceased L.A. rapper Drakeo The Ruler.
Given we are still several months away from the reveal of DX‘s 2023 Rising Stars class, the staff has been hard at work chronicling the best new releases this year, so far. In the meantime, between time, check out the lists we have compiled of the Best Hip Hop,R&B and Rap albums, which include releases from Lupe Fiasco, Pusha T, Beyoncé, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, among others.