We had a great year for music in 2022 and 2023 looks to be even better. With new talent making a name for themselves every single day, NME has outlined their picks for the top 100 emerging artists to keep an ear out for in 2023.
Below, we’ve picked some of the hottest talents from the selection, ranging in genre and popularity.
After collaborating with Interplanetary Criminals in 2022 to produce the chart-topping banger B.O.T.A, Eliza Rose has a skill for catchy choruses and an ear for an addictive sound. Her sound is a unique mix of house, garage and dance, and we can expect plenty more of her upcoming music to take the nightclub scene by storm.
RioVaz was just 18 years old when he went viral on TikTok with his hit Prom Night in 2020. He looks to have a bright future ahead of him. The New Jersey artist had experienced little success before this breakthrough hit. The roots of his music, birthed in the comfort of his childhood bedroom and interconnected with a range of online influences, RioVaz is a perfect example of not needing a professional set-up, top-notch equipment, or a music manager to make music, and now he is now killing it on the big stage – there are huge things to come from this youngster.
French the Kid
Hailing from Essex but influenced by a childhood spent in France, this young rapper stormed into the rap scene in 2020, instantly building a fanbase after dropping an impressive Daily Duppy freestyle. His ability to seamlessly switch between French and English mid-flow, all while combining the harshness of his raps with the softness of his melodies contributes to a sound that is the auditory equivalent of mouth-watering. His debut album impressed listeners who eagerly await a second installment.
Introducing the ‘same old brother with the steez’ from his breakout hit Champagne Shots, this soulful rapper’s ability to deliver meaningful lyrics that match the beauty of the beat over which he spits is a wonder to behold. Expressing his emotions and experiences in a style that can only be described as raw and unique, the rap scene isn’t ready for what Sainte might be brewing for the upcoming year.
The Mancunian rapper, who is yet to drop the balaclava that covers his face, has already made some huge link-ups in the UK rap scene. After featuring on Dave’s second album, the young masked rapper performed alongside the South London artist at the 2022 Brits award, sharing the stage with rap legends Giggs, Fredo, and Ghetts. His debut mixtape featured both Dave and Central Cee and set up a promising career in the rap industry for this newcomer.
We could have picked any five from NME’s full list: the talent is endless. Listed above are a few favourites who really have the potential to make serious waves in the music industry in the coming year though, and we speak on behalf of all music fans when we say we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. Bring on 2023!
Published by HOLR Magazine.