As Hip Hop fans, one thing is for sure about 2021: We’ve been fed well. Looking back, it’s been an incredible ride in which Drake, Kanye, Vince Staples, Tyler, J Cole, Isaiah Rashad, Nas and many others have dropped well received projects. The easy thing to do would be to cover those albums like countless other media outlets have already done. Here at Today’s Hip Hop though, we like to keep our eyes on the next crop of talented artists. Throughout this year, there have been tons of dope indie releases and up and coming artists that have flown under the radar and it’s our job to shine a light on those too. So here’s a spotlight on some under the radar artists who have released songs, albums, EPs etc in 2021.
At this point, whether you’d prefer to acknowledge New York Drill as a legitimate art form or not is irrelevant, the drill scene is here to stay. New York has carved out it’s own style of drill music that is distinctive from other regions and produced various stars over the past few years. The same way that Brooklyn drill has captured the attention of the world, it seems that Bronx drill music is shaping up to do the same. While dozens of rappers have surfaced in the BX, the borough has produced its first budding drill star in Kay Flock. Despite his recent start on the mic, Kay Flock’s videos have been doing numbers on YouTube, with his most recent couple of tracks “Is ya Ready” and “Being Honest” cracking the million views mark in just a week and trending on the top 25 on YouTube for music. Rumors are already brewing that labels have been hitting up Kay Flock in search of the next star of Drill. As a rapper, his gravely delivery gives us G Herbo vibes and his dark violent lyrics provide some insight on what it’s like in the birthplace of Hip Hop these days.