30 Up-And-Coming Black Artists You NEED On Your Playlists — Five Cent Sound (2022)

30 Up-And-Coming Black Artists You NEED On Your Playlists — Five Cent Sound (1)

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is a celebration of Black achievements and provides time for recognizing the central role Black people play in U.S. and World history. As there is a clear disparity in the education of Black and White history, this month serves as a reminder and an opportunity to learn about and elevate Black culture. The celebration has been recognized annually in the United States since 1976, when Gerald Ford was the first President to officially acknowledge it. During this month and every other, it is quintessential to amplify Black voices and educate yourself on Black history and how to support BIPOC communities. In honor of Black History Month, we have put together a list of 30 up-and-coming black artists you need to put on your playlists ASAP.

  1. Mint Green

Boston alt rockers Mint Green are the perfect addition to your summer playlist! Fans of female powerhouse pop punk will immediately fall in love with this group.

Listen to “Callie” here;

2. Meet Me @ The Altar

Meet Me @ The Altar is here to change pop punk for the better. The all female POC group have recently made a splash with their most recent release Garden, a song about being there for the people in your life when they need you the most.

Listen to “Garden” here;

3. Yola

Yola is an English artist who blew up at the Newport Folk Festival in 2019, but has been around for a few years, based in Nashville, and has had both a solo career and been the lead singer of a couple bands

Listen to “I Don’t Wanna Lie” here;

4. Juke Ross

Juke Ross is a musician from Guyana with a folksy sound that is perfect for relaxing on a Sunday morning or curling up on a rainy day.

Listen to “French Roses” here;

5. Shamir

Shamir burst onto the scene in 2014 with NPR coverage and a voice smooth enough to make a splash. With experimentalist singer-songwriter pop/r&b, Shamir is by no means a new artist but deserves mainstream recognition. Genre-bending tracks abound, proving the true dynamic abilities of Shamir's vocals.

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Listen to “Pretty When I’m Sad” here;

6. Shea Diamond

Shea Diamond is a blues and soul singer, songwriter, and trans-rights activist. Since her EP was released in 2018, she has been lauded as an incredible talent and champion for the transgender community.

Listen to “I Am Her” here;

7. The New Respects

An indie band based in Nashville, the New Respects are up and comers in the alternative scene. With each band member possessing immense musical talent, this group is sure to make headlines in the not so distant future.

Listen to “Something to Believe In” here;

8. Teezo Touchdown

Texas native Teezo Touchdown twists and bends every possible idea of genre with his humorous and eclectic musical abilities. Teezo has a sound for anyone who is interested in the direction that future music is going in and this is just the beginning for him.

Listen to “Social Cues” here;

9. Sam Ezeh

Sam Ezeh is a 20 year old R&B multi-instrument artist who draws inspiration from artists like Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino as well as 60s and 70s psychedelic soul and rock. He dabbles in just about everything from songwriting to singing to producing.

Listen to “CRISIS” here;

10. Serena Isioma

Serena Isioma’s alt-R&B creations modernly mirror the soul-moving music that defined a large part of the late ‘90s culture. Her/ their Chicago roots and experience as a first-generation Nigerian-American heavily influences the experimental elements of Isioma’s sound.

Listen to “Stop Calling The Police On Me” here;

11. Syd

Syd’s talent is unmatchable — from front-running the soul-rooted alt R&B band the Internet to engineering music for Odd Future and other related projects, her presence was vital to the 2010s Los Angeles music scene. Even after a three-year hiatus, Syd’s latest solo release proves that her uniquely frank songwriting continues to set her apart from the rest.

Listen to “Missing Out” here;

12. Lo Village

Lo Village is a rap trio made up of Kane, Alma and Charles Taylor who create music you just want to bounce to. They combine elements of neo-soul and hip hop, but have a sound that is unlike anything I've heard before. For lovers of Smino, Duckwrth and Tierra Whack.

Listen to “Out The Window” here;

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13. Ivy Sole

Ivy Sole is a rapper and singer from Charlotte, NC. Equipped with a soothing singing voice and poetic rapping style, her music includes influences from jazz, indie, and hip-hop.

Listent to “Dream Girl” here;

14. Anjimile

Anjimile is a queer and trans artist based locally in Boston. In September of 2020, they released their beautifully vulnerable debut album, Giver Taker. The album explores life and death through alcohol/drug abuse as well as the experience of being a non-binary trans person.

Listen to “Baby No More” here;

15. Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks captivates listeners with her eclectic mix of indie, soul, and pop sounds. Her past experience as a poet shines through the soft, descriptive elements of her songs.

Listen to “For Violet” here;

16. Kendall !

Kendall ! is an up and coming R&B artist from the DMV area. Kendall ! makes music for the dreamers whilst delicately draping her voice over her lyrics ever so beautifully.

Listen to “Prism” here;

17. Medhane

Medhane Olusha is an up-and-coming underground hip-hop artist who delivers lyrically dense messages over experimental yet soulful productions. He speaks for the next generation of African Americans, who are opening up more about their personal struggles with mental health (including the effects of oppression on the black community). Some of his contemporaries consist of Earl Sweatshirt, MIKE, Mavi, Navy Blue, Ovrkast., and the like.

Listen to “Affirmation #1” here;

18. Kayla Rae

Kayla Rae is a 26-year-old singer-songwriter and R&B singer from Denver, Colorado. Rae appeared on Soundcloud in 2012 with her first albums "Dagger" and "EROS", and formally entered the music industry in 2015. Kayla recorded more than 200 of her songs, directed and edited her videos, and created the brand. Most recently, it released a song called "Wasted" with Atlus.

Listen to “Y.K.Y.F.V.” here;

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19. PawPaw Rod

Paw Paw Rod is an LA based rapper known most for his debut single "Hit Em Where it Hurts." Known for the groove in his voice and quality of his production, Paw Paw Rod is definitely someone to keep tabs on going forward.

Listen to “HIT EM WHERE IT HURTS” here;

20. Bluey Robinson

Bluey Robinson is a UK based singer who possesses an unmatchable amount of spunk. With a soulful voice that can convey so much emotion and unprecedented production talent, Bluey Robinson is definitely going places.

Listen to “Showgirl” here;

21. Commonminds

An up and coming rapper with flow to spare and excellent beats, Commonminds is an artist that nobody should look over. From the lyricism, to the groove and the beat, there is nothing he can't do.

Listen to “The Wave” here;

22. Zack Fox

Zack Fox is a comedy rapper and stand up comic from Atlanta who hit headlines when he released “Jesus is the One (I Got Depression)” with Kenny Beats. His blend of hilarious lyrics and impressive production makes Zack Fox one of the best comedy rappers in the game today.

Listen to “IHY2LN” here;

23. Spencer.

Writer, producer, and musician Spencer. carries so much energy in his laid back music that you can't help but groove. Classic influences with digital vibes makes him a game changer.

Listen to “Hold it Down” here;

24. Steve Lacy

Steve Lacy is an R&B/funk music from Compton, California. He identifies as bisexual and his personal fashion taste blends gender. His first ep was also made on garage band, and he gave a red talk about creating the most with the bare minimum.

Listen to “Hate CD” here;

25. Moses Sumny

From Asheville, North Carolina, this singer-songwriter brings the perfect blend of indie rock and folk music to the industry. With a voice consisting of everything from an angelic falsetto to a subtle raspy tone, Moses expresses heartbreak through his vocals like nobody else. Do yourself a favor, and listen to this beautiful talent.

Listen to “Doomed” here;

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26. R.A.P. Ferreira

R.A.P. Ferreira (formerly known as FKA Milo and Scallops Hotel) is a fiercely underground Chicago based rapper/jazz poet who seamlessly glides over tracks and with the artful syncopation of a beatnik. he’s an artist that refuses to bow down to big labels, releasing music on his own terms, forming a rap collective full of fellow creative coconspirators. his newest project, Bob’s Son, is a record about his love for the art of poetry, language, and living.

Listen to “redguard snipers” here;

27. Meech

Meech combines self reflection and rapping skill into emotional tracks that bounce. His latest release, "Barriers To Knowing," explores how to endure and process conflicting feelings. Meech is also a member the powerhouse rap collective Van Buren based out of Brockton, MA.

Listen to “Numb” here;

28. Sampha

Although he’s an established industry professional, you’ll be surprised to find that so many people still don’t know the name Sampha. The 32 year-old English R&B singer has collaborated with well-known musicians like Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and serpentwithfeet, who has recently announced the release of his new album with Sampha, “Deacon.” Sampha’s voice is beautifully distinct and heart wrenching, you won’t regret listening to him.

Listen to “Plastic 100ºC” here;

29. Jany Green

Jany Green is an indie pop artist hailing from Anchorage, Alaska. His music blends together some of his favrorite genres, create a sound that is unique to his music. A smooth operator, Green possesses the ability to get even the biggest seat-huggers out on the dance floor.

Listen to “Little” here;

30. Johnny 2 Phones

Johnny 2 Phones is a rapper whose had the ability to open for major artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Juice WRLD. Known for his punchy, college party anthems Johnny 2 Phones likes to keep his focus on what’t going down tonight, and will figure out tomorrow when he gets there.

Listen to “Into the Sun” here;

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How do I find a song if I only remember the music video? ›

To find the name of a song that is used in a video, you can:
  1. Use a song recognition app such as Shazam or SoundHound.
  2. Google the lyrics of the song.
  3. Use a digital assistant like Siri or Alexa.
  4. Search the video description or read the comments of the video.

How do you find a song when you can't remember the words? ›

On your mobile device, open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say “what's this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Then start humming for 10-15 seconds. On Google Assistant, it's just as simple. Say “Hey Google, what's this song?” and then hum the tune.

How do I find a song if I only know two words? ›

If you're listening to the song, use an app like Shazam to identify it on the spot so you can find it. If you only know the basic tune or a lyric or two, use an app like Soundhound and try humming the tune to see if it can identify it. If it's able to successfully identify it, you can look up the song and download it.

How can I find the name of a song by the sound? ›

On your phone, touch and hold the Home button or say "Hey Google." Ask "What's this song?" Play a song or hum, whistle, or sing the melody of a song. Hum, whistle, or sing: Google Assistant will identify potential matches for the song.

Why do I randomly remember songs? ›

The most common one was music exposure, either recently hearing a tune or repeatedly hearing it. A second reason was memory triggers, meaning that seeing a particular person or word, hearing a specific beat, or being in a certain situation reminds you of a song.

What is the fastest way to memorize music without playing? ›

10 Tips for Memorizing Music
  1. #1. Start small. This might go without saying, but building your memory is a process. ...
  2. #2. Use sight reading tips. ...
  3. #3. Play it through. ...
  4. #4. Use your other senses. ...
  5. #5. Visualize the music. ...
  6. #6. Watch your hands. ...
  7. #7. Write it down. ...
  8. #8. Hum, solfege, or hear the piece.
20 Jul 2017

Is it possible to remember sounds? ›

Echoic memory is the ultra-short-term memory for things you hear. The brain maintains many types of memories. Echoic memory is part of sensory memory, storing information from the sounds you hear.

Can Google identify a song by listening? ›

Play a song: Google will identify the song. Hum, whistle, or sing: Google will identify potential matches for the song. Select one of them to view the Search results page and listen to the song, read lyrics, or view the music video.

Is there a music search engine? ›

Shazam - Music Discovery, Charts & Song Lyrics.

Is there an app to identify a song key? ›

Method 1: Moises' AI Key Detection Feature

One of the easiest ways to correctly identify the key of a song is using Moises' AI Key Detection technology. This song key finder works like magic with the power of AI. After you upload your song it will instantly tell you the song's key, along with the chords!

Can you Shazam a song multiple times? ›

If you do not clear the data, you can Shazam the same song a thousand times, only one Shazam will be counted. Repeat the process as many times as you want, with a 5 - 10 minutes break every 5 Shazams. One shazam is done in less than 10 seconds.

Is there an app that can identify music to humming? ›

Deezer can now help you find songs that suddenly start playing in your head in the middle of the night. The music streaming service has upgraded its in-app SongCatcher feature so that it can now identify a track just by humming or even whistling parts of it.

What music do dogs like? ›

Dogs 'prefer reggae and soft rock' to other music genres, research suggests. Dogs appear to prefer reggae and soft rock over other genres of music, according to researchers. The Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow have published a paper which suggests music affects dogs' behaviour.

Does Shazam cost money? ›

Discover artists, lyrics, videos & playlists, all for free. Over 1 billion installs and counting!

Can you Shazam a song by singing? ›

Like Siri, Shazam can't recognize a tune that you sing or hum yourself. If you don't want to use Google for that, then try the SoundHound app (Android or iOS).

Why do I hear songs in my head? ›

MES occurs when you hear music even though there isn't any playing. It's a creation of the brain, but it's not a psychological problem or symptom of dementia. It's usually due to some degree of hearing loss, but the cause can't always be determined. Treating hearing loss may resolve the problems MES is causing.

Why do I always have music playing in my head? ›

Earworms or stuck song syndrome

Recurring tunes that involuntarily pop up and stick in your mind are common: up to 98% of the Western population has experienced these earworms. Usually, stuck songs are catchy tunes, popping up spontaneously or triggered by emotions, associations, or by hearing the melody.

How do I stop singing in my head? ›

Beaman and Kelly Jakubowski, the lead author of the 2016 study, have offered some methods for ridding yourself of earworms:
  1. Chew some gum. A simple way to stop that bug in your ear is to chew gum. ...
  2. Listen to the song. ...
  3. Listen to another song, chat or listen to talk radio. ...
  4. Do a puzzle. ...
  5. Let it go — but don't try.
21 Mar 2017

How can I memorize fast in one hour? ›

Simple memory tips and tricks
  1. Try to understand the information first. Information that is organized and makes sense to you is easier to memorize. ...
  2. Link it. ...
  3. Sleep on it. ...
  4. Self-test. ...
  5. Use distributed practice. ...
  6. Write it out. ...
  7. Create meaningful groups. ...
  8. Use mnemonics.

How can I memorize 2 minutes? ›

Having the list of words in front of you, and something to write down start your timer to count down 2 minutes and imagine a story that will help you to remember the words. Don't do anything else but memorize the story containing associations with words from the list.

How can I improve my music memory? ›

How to get a great musical memory: Ear-memory exercises
  1. Listen to a short line in a solo you like.
  2. Stop the music. Replay the line in your mind.
  3. Listen to the line again.
  4. Stop the music. ...
  5. Repeat this process for 10-15 minutes aiming to hear the music more and more clearly and retain it in your mind.
1 Feb 2016

What is the rarest memory? ›


What noise is best for memory? ›

While many people are familiar with white noise, there is a new color of noise gaining attention: pink noise. Researchers are studying pink noise for its potential to help with sleep, memory, and more. In fact, it may have benefits not only as sound therapy, but also as gentle brain stimulation.

How far back can humans remember? ›

Adults can generally recall events from 3–4 years old, with those that have primarily experiential memories beginning around 4.7 years old. Adults who experienced traumatic or abusive early childhoods report a longer period of childhood amnesia, ending around 5–7 years old.

How can I write script? ›

How to Write a Script – Top 10 Tips
  1. Finish your script.
  2. Read along as you watch.
  3. Inspiration can come from anywhere.
  4. Make sure your characters want something.
  5. Show. Don't tell.
  6. Write to your strengths.
  7. Starting out - write about what you know.
  8. Free your characters from cliché

Can Google detect my voice? ›

Teach Google Assistant to recognize your voice

and say, “Assistant settings.” Under "Popular settings," tap Voice Match. Make sure Hey Google is on. If you don't find Hey Google, turn on Google Assistant.

How do I know if Google is listening to me? ›

You can see what Google has listened to by accessing Google recordings on your account. 1. In your web browser, visit Google My Activity and make sure you're logged into your Google account. Scroll down to the Web & App Activity section and select Manage activity.

Can Siri name a song by humming? ›

Can Siri identify a song by humming? Siri can recognize a song that is playing, but it doesn't have the search for a song by humming features.

What is the best search engine to download music? ›

1. Google Music – One of the hottest and most talked about music search engine as of this moment is none other than Google Music. Developed by the internet mogul Google, you can find Google Music on most android smartphones and Chrome computers.

What is the best song finder? ›

Shazam is ready for download on all Blackberry, Android, Nokia, and Windows Mobile phones. They've even got apps for the Apple Watch and Android Wear. Shazam can also identify TV series if you're curious about a show and can't wait for commercial.

Can Google Chrome identify songs? ›

Identify songs in your web browser using the Chrome extension. If you're using a Chromium web browser (such as Google Chrome), you can install the Shazam Chrome extension to identify songs directly in a browser tab by clicking a Shazam icon—without going to www.shazam.com or using your iPhone or other device.

How do I identify my keys? ›

How to Mark Keys for Easy Identification
  1. Color Code Key Head: Paint both sides of the head of the key with brightly colored nail polish. ...
  2. File Notch in Key Head: Use a triangular file to cut a small (1/8″ deep) notch in the head of your most used key, so you can find it by feel, even in the dark.

How do you identify a key? ›

The easiest way to figure out the key of a song is by using its key signature. The number of sharps/flats in the key signature tell you the key of the song. A key signature with no sharps or flats is the key of C (or A minor). The table below summarizes the key signatures.

Can you self Shazam? ›

On Android: Select and hold the Shazam app icon and tap Auto Shazam.

Why does my song have so many Shazams? ›

In these cases, the Shazam will count toward the version of your song that is determined to be the best match, which is why you may see variations in the number of Shazams across different versions of the same tracks.

What does it mean when someone Shazams a song? ›

Shazam is an app that can identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio. To use Shazam, simply tap the Shazam button in the app or activate it through Siri on an Apple device. Once a song or TV show is identified, Shazam displays additional information and sharing options.

Can Siri Id songs? ›

On iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, or Mac, say “Hey Siri,” then ask what the song is. On iPhone or iPad, add the Shazam widget to identify music in the Today View.

Can Alexa identify songs like Shazam? ›

Once you've enabled Song ID, Alexa will announce the artist and name of every song before it plays. For anyone who likes to put a song on and see where Alexa goes with it, this could be really useful. The only caveat is that Song ID is only available with Amazon Music.

How do I find a song that I don't know the name to? ›

Shazam. With Shazam, users simply hold their phone up to the source of music while a song is playing. Tap a button and Shazam will listen it to identify the song, and provide key information such as the title, artist, and album.

How do you search for songs you know but don't know title? ›

Shazam. With Shazam, users simply hold their phone up to the source of music while a song is playing. Tap a button and Shazam will listen it to identify the song, and provide key information such as the title, artist, and album.

Is there an app that can find a song from a video? ›

Shazam will identify any song in seconds. Discover artists, lyrics, videos & playlists, all for free.

Can Google identify song in video? ›

Ask Google Assistant to name a song

Hum, whistle, or sing: Google Assistant will identify potential matches for the song. Select one of them to view the Search results page and listen to the song, read lyrics, or view the music video.

How do I find a song without Shazam? ›

6 Ways to Identify Tracks Without Ever Using Shazam
  1. MixesDB.com. ...
  2. 1001tracklists.com. ...
  3. The Identification of Music Group. ...
  4. Soundcloud and Mixcloud; comments section. ...
  5. Reddit. ...
  6. Stay curious.
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Is there a website that tells you what songs are about? ›

Shazam - Music Discovery, Charts & Song Lyrics.

Which song is playing on my screen? ›

Open your phone's Settings app. Now Playing. Turn on Identify songs playing nearby.

Can you Shazam your own phone? ›

Use Auto Shazam

To have Shazam automatically identify what's playing around you, turn on Auto Shazam: Touch and hold the Shazam app in the app drawer, then tap Auto Shazam. Open the Shazam app on your device, then touch and hold the Shazam button .

Is SoundHound app free? ›

The app is available in both a free version and a paid, ad-free version dubbed SoundHound Infinity.

What's playing right now? ›

Now Playing
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  • Strange World (2022)
  • Devotion (2022)
  • The Menu (2022)
  • Bones and All (2022)
  • She Said (2022)
  • Black Adam (2022)
  • Ticket to Paradise (2022)

Can Google detect a song by humming? ›

You can ask your Google Assistant to identify songs that play around you. You can play the song for Google Assistant to identify or you can hum, whistle, and sing the melody of a song. Important: This feature is available only on iPhone, not iPad.

How does Siri find a song by humming? ›

Can Siri identify a song by humming? Siri can recognize a song that is playing, but it doesn't have the search for a song by humming features. Perhaps Apple will add the option to Siri in the future, but it currently lacks functionality.

Is Shazam music recognition free? ›

Shazam, which first launched in 2002, is the most popular song identification app out there. It's free for both Google Android and iPhone users.

Can you Shazam your own singing? ›

Like Siri, Shazam can't recognize a tune that you sing or hum yourself.

Can I use Spotify as Shazam? ›

Once connected, you can sync your Shazams to automatically add them to a “My Shazam Tracks” playlist in Spotify—without leaving the Shazam app. Note: To use Spotify with Shazam, the Spotify app must be installed on your Apple device and you must be a Spotify subscriber.


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