Bringing together all forms of progressive music, Soulection is an independent music platform, radio show, and artist collective that was founded in Los Angeles in 2011. By consistently bringing visibility to meaningful music and curating memorable experiences, Soulection has broadcast it’s vision and created a culture that brings together hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio to Russian parents, Alina Baraz has been around music all her life. With both parents having classical training, she was destined to find her voice through music, citing D'Angelo, Daniel Caeser and Amy Winehouse as some of her major influences. Almost immediately after the release of her first single, “Roses Dipped in Gold” at age 19, Baraz and her family moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a singer/songwriter full time.
The determination to be a true original is part of what makes Rico Nasty so interesting. Perhaps a byproduct of the fact that women in rap still have to fight to be seen as multifaceted creators, Rico expresses her complicated self through alter-egos: the raging Trap Lavigne, dainty singer Tacobella, and her main personality, Rico Nasty. In 2017, she released the Tales of Tacobella EP from the perspective of her super-femme alias, though she’s finding it increasingly hard to be soft like that nowadays.
Ed Sheeran grew up in Suffolk where he learnt to play an old guitar given to him by an uncle. Spurred on by a chance meeting with the aforementioned Rice when he was 11, Ed started writing songs. Aged 16, he moved to London -- into a flat above the T-Bird pub in Finsbury Park -- with only one thing on his mind: playing gigs, as many as he could and as often as he could.
Panic! at the Disco is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, vocalist Urie is the only official member in the band, supported on tours by guitarist Kenneth Harris, drummer Dan Pawlovich, and bassist Nicole Row. Panic! at the Disco recorded its first demos while its members were in high school. Shortly after, the band recorded and released its debut studio album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005). Popularized by the second single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", the album was certified double platinum in the US. In 2006, founding bassist Brent Wilson was fired from the band during an extensive world tour and subsequently replaced by Jon Walker.
Styles P, a member of The LOX, grew up on the streets of Yonkers, NY, rapping alongside Jadakiss and Sheek Louch. In their late teens the trio met Mary J. Blige who was so impressed with their tough street east coast lyrics, she gave them a big break by putting their demo in the hands of Sean “Diddy” Combs. Diddy immediately hired the trio to write for Bad Boy Records. With the label, The LOX quickly started collaborating on hits with Diddy, the Notorious BIG, Mary J Blige, and Mariah Carey which gave them instant notoriety and status within the hip-hop and mainstream charts.
Snow Tha Product has achieved what many artists coming into the rap game could only hope for… longevity. Since dropping her first project Unorthodox in 2011, fast forward seven years later and she is a mainstay in the hip-hop world – selling out national tours, two successful merch lines, countless projects, and most importantly, a legion of loyal fans. Snow has become a symbol of hard work, perseverance and raw talent. Her relatability goes beyond gender or ethnicity, Snow refuses to conform to societal expectations and stands up for issues that she believes in whether it’s women’s rights, immigration, or other political issues.
Sylvan Esso began as a chance meeting, followed by a couple of risky cross-country relocations that coalesced into ten songs. It became very clear early on that these songs were the product of sheer alchemy; Amelia's effortlessly acrobatic melodic reflections complimented Nick's dynamic compositions in ways that were as unlikely as they were undeniable. When it started it was whisper quiet, a slight frame, something almost domestic but gleaming with excitement. Then it made contact with the air.
Desus Nice and the Kid Mero are the stars of the hit Viceland show "Desus & Mero" and host their own Podcast "The Bodega Boys." They've made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Myers and MTV's Joking Off.
Eric Bellinger, Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer from Los Angeles. Bellinger began songwriting in 2010, and his co-writing credits including "Lemme See" by Usher, "New Flame" by Chris Brown, "You Don't Know" by Tank, "Right Here" by Justin Bieber, and "Disrespectful" by Trey Songz.
Rapper Bun B (born Bernard Freeman) rose to fame in the duo UGK. Bun B and Pimp C formed UGK in the late '80s when their former crew, Four Black Ministers, fell apart. Based in Port Arthur, Texas, UGK signed with Jive, and with 1992's Too Hard to Swallow began a series of Southern gangsta rap albums that were successful sellers. Bun B formed the side project Mddl Fngz in 2000, but his main concern was still UGK.
Flatbush Zombies (stylized as Flatbush ZOMBiES) is an American hip hop group from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York City, formed in 2010. The group is composed of rappers Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott, the latter of whom also serves as their regular record producer.
Born to Scottish parents, raised in Japan and Hong Kong, immersed in American pop-culture, and having attended college in Hollywood, Bishop is a true world citizen. She began writing her own songs at the age of seven, and would perform these unfiltered observations about her life to a captive audience: her family. It is now recognized that this precociousness, coupled with her upbringing, would draw a clear line to who she would become.
Tech N9ne is once again hitting the road, this time, with his Strictly Strange Tour 2017. The rapper-businessman will be bringing Strange Music label mates, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, and Ces Cru on the tour, as well as gold recording artist and former Strange Music artist, Brotha Lynch Hung. A full list of tour dates and cities will be announced later this month.
Wyclef Jean's extraordinary musical talent has brought him wealth and fame and taken him all over the world. He's been a member of the biggest-selling rap group in history, he's a multi-platinum hit-making solo artist; and he's produced for, and collaborated with, an incredibly diverse array of musical superstars. But throughout his entire career, Wyclef Jean has never forgotten where he's come from, the places that nurtured his character and creativity as a young man: his native Haiti, where he lived until age nine, as well as the projects of Brooklyn and the streets of Jersey.
OVO Sound signee Roy Wood$ offers a chilled-out version of trappy R&B on his debut studio album. But he's yet to find a sound that is distinctly his own. In a year that saw releases from every artist on the OVO Sound roster, signee Roy Wood$ had plenty to live up to with his debut album Say Less
The second album from The Neighbourhood, 'Wiped Out!' came to life in a makeshift living-room studio near the band's Southern California hometown. After spending three months dreaming up riffs and beats and melodies at a live-in studio by the ocean, singer Jesse Rutherford, guitarists Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margott, and drummer Brandon Fried took up in Abels's mom's Simi Valley home, set up their equipment on a ping-pong table, and began piecing those otherworldly sounds into songs. Working with producer Jono Dorr -- one half of the production team 4e, who collaborated with The Neighbourhood on their 2014 mixtape '#000000 & #FFFFFF' -- the L.A.-based band built off their hip-hop-meets-alt-pop aesthetic and shaped a whole new sound that's stark but intricately layered, moody but hypnotically melodic.
Riff Raff hails from Houston, Texas. He first came onto the scene in 2009, when he appeared as a contestant of Fonzworth Bentley's MTV reality show, "From G's to Gents", during its second second. Although he was eliminated in the second episode, Riff Raff ran with his newfound fan, and has been heavily marketing himself on the Internet ever since.
Taylor Bennett is a 21-year-old independent artist from Chicago, Illinois. The younger brother of Chance The Rapper is changing the game with his lyrical style, flow and heart pounding live shows. Bennett’s rise has been meteoric, selling out shows all over Chicago and being featured on the cover of The Chicago Reader as “The next up in Chicago.”
A$AP Ferg may hail from a block in Harlem notoriously known as “Hungry Ham (Hamilton Heights),” but that never completely defined him. Whether it be launching clothing and jewelry lines or attending art school, he constantly bobbed and weaved past expectations. As a rapper, unpredictability remains his only calling card. The next member of the A$AP Mob collective to have a solo project, he can slip from gruff, gritty rhymes to soaring singing, and he does so seamlessly. On his A$AP Worldwide released mixtape, Trap Lord, he’s got his own musical domain on lock.
Growing up around music from his Father & two older brothers, it was inevitable that Futuristic would be a natural. He wrote his first raps at the age of six and hasn't looked back since. Born in Illinois but moved to Arizona in high school & currently residing in North Hollywood. Futuristic's flow seems to be just as hot as his surroundings.
The man behind Dim Mak Records who founded and released artists from Bloc Party, The Kills, Klaxons, MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Mystery Jets, The Rakes, The Gossip, Envy, also is the same man behind the production moniker Weird Science that has remixed Peaches, Snoop Dogg, and Bloc Party. Under his own name, Aoki has remixed Robin Thicke, Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran and Timbaland, Chester French, S.P.A.,
In 2013, a 16-year-old LORDE quietly, yet confidently asserted herself as the voice of a generation with her full-length debut, Pure Heroine. The album would go triple-platinum, win two GRAMMY® Awards, and spawn the seven-times platinum record-breaking international juggernaut single, “Royals,” and quadruple-platinum follow up “Team.” The former cemented LORDE as “the youngest solo artist and the only New Zealander to achieve #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.”
Born Tyrone Griffin Jr., Ty Dolla $ign has been an in-demand writer, producer, and featured artist since helming YG’s 2010 smash, “Toot It and Boot It (feat. Ty Dolla $ign).” Since then, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, has fast become one of hip-hop’s most highly demanded collaborators, contributing his acclaimed production and writing skills to Chris Brown’s #1 hit, “Loyal,” Kanye West’s “Real Friends” and “Fade".