In case you were wondering, hip-hop had the music industry on tilt in 2017. We watched a barrage of new artists crash the party with no regard: First, Lil Pump challenged the standards of rap veterans with his rudimentary flows. Hate it or love it, "Gucci Gang" still remains alive and well, as it currently sits in the Top 10 on the Hot 100. Don't fret, as purists were blessed too, especially after Rapsody emerged from the trenches of the underground world and released her Grammy-nominated album Laila's Wisdom last September.
On the R&B front, a multitude of stars sang their way into the hearts of fans with their enchanting releases. First, Kehlani showered the masses with her syrupy vocals on her debut album SweetSexySavage. Then, we watched SZA crush her naysayers with her transcendent project CTRL. And let's also not forget that Daniel Caesar morphed into a Grammy-nominated star with his ambitious release Freudian, while the mysterious singer H.E.R. kept the industry begging for more.
It's safe to say that we were stuffed with a fistful of releases that warmed our hearts and fed our speakers. With 2018 officially here, Billboard has a new set of artists ready to make a similar leap into stardom. Take a look at our 10 artists to watch for this year.