Walking into 2017 Staten Island is no longer the ‘forgotten’ borough. Thanks to a growing number of movers and shakers in the music industry! The Staten Island hip-hop scene has been infiltrating the nations airwaves, Dj sets, and YouTube channels with millions of views collectively just this year.
Nevertheless, 2016 was definitely one for the books. There was a rise of creative energy and collaboration between local artist, Djs, producers, and promoters. Staten Island artist have been represented on Hot97, Tidal, and on Sunday Night Football this year just to name a few outlets. Leveraging their talent and network has proven hip-hop is thriving in this borough as well.
Staten Island “musicpreneurs” have proven themselves through producing original music, producing videos, finessing live shows, and so much more. Check out the links below identifying the key influencers creating their own waves. Don’t worry if you don’t see someone who “should” be on the list, 2017 is a new year and another chance to do it #ForTheLove.
MOST VALUABLE ARTISTS IN 2016 ON STATEN ISLAND (UNDER 23)
• Lite Fortunato • Eddy I • Billy Finesse
• Squid Nice • Cheeky the Hot • Cash Rican
• 303 Bam • Trey Eighty • Chukey Hollywood
• Malcolm Chase • Pretty Blanco • Su Bviley
• M2 • Naysh • Trills Szn
• Bio Bean • Shoneyin
MOST VALUABLE ARTIST IN 2016 ON STATEN ISLAND (OVER 23)
• Kofi Black • Hue Hef • Holy Moe
• Tyrone Briggs • C – Black • Deanna Hunt
• KrewMinati • Squeegee • Wifi Deezy
• Laya LaRoche • Spank • Youngin
• Billy Da Kid • Brodie Jaymz • Bentley Bell
• James Rich
MOST VALUABLE ARTIST YOU SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR IN 2017 ON STATEN ISLAND
• Malcolm Upserd • Chris Valentine • Ihsan Reed
• Left Lane • Pretty Boi Green • Starda
• Kash Verrazano • Elaine Kristal • Boo Banger
• 380 Radio • Bless • Chase Green
• J Stoner • Jay Tre
It may be easy to assume that the artists above are the only guys with talent. Conversely, you would be dead wrong if you believed that. The list below highlights the local producers and engineers who have worked with some of Staten Island’s best artist. They have been a part of creating music that is shifting hip-hop and creating local but soon international stars. It is through their keen senses of sound and creative direction that keeps hip-hop alive in every neighborhood in Staten Island.
MOST VALUABLE PRODUCERS IN 2016 ON STATEN ISLAND
• Mike Cash • Jair the Shadow • Glaze
• Eff Dope • Joey Thrillah • Charlie Beats
• Rook • MR O • A.R. Yum
• 5 Pm • M Two • Craze on the Beat
• Mista Moe • Waff Beats • Blurr
MOST VALUABLE ENGINEERS IN 2016 ON STATEN ISLAND
• Real Job Hason • Glaze • Belize
• Tekst • Willie Lee • Spanish
• A.R. Yum • Mike fuego • M Two
• Ron Hughes • Dave Park • Blurr
• Young Matt • Lucid • Lyrics
Happy New Year Lovers!!!!!