Women in Music 2019

Mapei, Spencer Kane & Uncle Murda: Emerging Picks of the Week

Billboard+ Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week: Mapei and Spencer Kane

Welcome to 2015! Though the calendar has changed, Billboard still presents our weekly roundup of tracks to discover from the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. After giving them a listen, be sure to check back next week for a fresh selections to jumpstart your weekend.

"Don't Wait," Mapei

Mapei crafts a hip-hop/pop (hip pop?) gem in "Don't Wait", a devilishly catchy song from her debut album, Hey Hey. Above a grooving funk beat complete with an enchanting guitar riff and Brazilian drumbeats, Mapei floats between a playful, smooth rap and vulnerable singing as she warns against hesitating to reveal your feelings to your loved ones, "Don't wait 'til I do wrong / Don't wait 'til I put up a fight / You won my heart, without a question/ Don't wait for life." The 31-year-old pours a spirited charisma into her vocal delivery, and her efforts impressed one notable fan:

Thanks to Troye Sivan naming the track his favorite song of 2014, plenty of his 2.26 million Twitter followers discovered it. All the activity whizzed "Don't Wait" to a No. 1 re-entry this week. The song's parent album, Hey Hey, was released in Sept. 23 via Downtown Records.

"Runway," Spencer Kane

Indiana native Spencer Kane's career looks to take off with "Runway," the single from his album of the same name, released in Sept. 2014. The track, produced by 808&Elite, is a textbook course in the pop-EDM hybrid that has churned out hits for artists such as Jason Derulo and Chris Brown. The production glides between thumping drumbeats laced with rapid-fire vocal delivery and pockets nearly devoid of sound, save for the slightest futuristic vibes. Connecting the two is a booming chorus in which Kane dedicates himself to the next phase of his life, singing, "Gotta hit that runway, runway, I gotta do what I gotta do." Kane's fan club, the "Kaneiacs" certainly helped their star on Twitter, generating enough activity for "Runway" to fly to a No. 2 debut this week.

"Rap Up 2014," Uncle Murda

Okay, 2014 is over, but Uncle Murda's recap of the year summarizes the year perfectly in the opener: "2014 was crazy." In just over three-and-a-half minutes, the Brooklyn native revisits a host of newsworthy topics from the past twelve months including the great Instagram account purge, the Jay Z and Solange elevator fight and the hip-hop world's beef with Iggy Azalea. Luckily for Iggy, Murda refrains from throwing any negative criticism her way, but other celebrities -- namely, K. Michelle and Young Thug -- are two victims of Murda's wrath. In all, 42 stars populate "the realest yearly rap up you ever heard", which sets aside special mention for the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases and the political and social responses. Listeners heard Murda's message loud and clear, playing the track more than 12,000 times on Audiomack. The resulting Twitter activity sent "Rap Up 2014" to a No. 20 debut on the Emerging Artists tally for the week.


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