Hot 97 has a long history of breaking new talent, and “Who’s Next” is keeping the tradition.
From Angie Martinez’s iconic interviews, to Peter Rosenberg’s Real Late Show, New York’s favorite station has been introducing us to who’s hot in music for decades. Remaining a part of the conversation, They’ve created Hot 97’s Who’s Next? : a carefully curated showcase spotlighting the the next best acts in music.
Overseen by on-air personality Scottie Beam, Who’s Next takes you on a dope trip through Soundcloud, allowing you to enjoy the acts you may have never heard of, but should be paying attention to. For October’s installment, the 6 act line up comprised of Twigg Martin, Sam Lao, Topaz Jones, Khary, Rob $tone and Nick Grant.
If you missed Hot 97’s Who’s Next, we’ve got you covered. Check out a recap of the performances and get familiar with the artists below.
“He said he was coming with some bars and he came with them bars” said Hot 97’s Shani Kulture of Twigg Martin. Setting the bar high for the acts to follow, the Brooklyn native had a sound that was true to his New York stomping grounds; loaded with quick wit and homegrown grit. Martin’s never ending punchlines kept the crowd engaged while reminding us that Hip Hop is alive and well here at home.
The Dallas native was a long way from home, but once Sam Lao recited her verse she was quickly welcomed. With a poetic cadence, Lao showered the audience in nostalgia as she spit empowering raps over Nas and Beyoncé samples. The only dual threat to hit the stage, Lao offers a sound so unique that it’s incomparable and without a doubt- unforgettable.
If you’ve never had the privilege of seeing Topaz Jones perform live, you need to add him to your “must-see” list. Jones is known for high energy, get- you-dancing displays, and this performance was no different. Heavenly influenced by funk, he left no spot on the stage untouched as he danced through a quick flip through his addicting catalogue of hits including the explosive “Tropicana”.
Performing cuts from his latest LP Intern Aquarium, Rhode Island’s Khary left his heart on the SOBs stage. From jumping in the crowd for a ground level performance, to calling out the VIP’s in the building, Khary won the audience over with his charm, while leveraging his undeniable skillset. While he may now “f*cking know” if he’s a rapper or not, after that performance we have don’t have a doubt in our minds.
RCA signee Rob $tone became a viral success after the release of his hit “Chill Bill”, and brought that same chill to NYC. His San Diego swag was ever present in his performance; the swaggy, slower paced “gangster rap” that’s signature to the coast. The hypnotizing whistle of the popular record brought a calm, smoky bounce to the crowd and it was quickly apparent that $tone is more than just a singular hit.
The stand out performer of the night was South Carolina’s own Nick Grant. His stellar cypher at the BET Hip Hop Awards is still trending and by the demonstration of his skills at Who’s Next, he’s not slowing down any time soon. Grant took to the stage and brought you back to the 90s with his timeless flow and dynamic presence. As he spit with Nas-esque dexterity, every pair of eyes in the room fixed to stage afraid to miss a beat from the young lyricist; who was joined by Big K.R.I.T. for a surprise performance. From cuts to his mixtape ’88 to his radio hit “Get Up”, the audience watched as Grant singlehandedly challenged the argument that new music, isn’t good music.