The summer is hot and so are the artists featured on this list. Now that we’ve revealed our midyear list of 37 best songs of 2019 so far, gifted you with 15 perfect rap lyrics for your next Instagram caption and rounded up the 10 best music biopics you should watch, it’s time to fill you in on the underrated artists you need to know. Maybe you’ve heard of some of them, maybe you know them all or maybe, just maybe, they haven’t made it onto your playlist yet. Ranging from pop to contemporary rap, every musician listed here is arguably underrated—but won’t be for much longer.
1. Ari Lennox
Signed to Dreamville Records, J. Cole’s record label, Ari Lennox is a neo-R&B singer hailing from Washington, D.C. She has a soul wave sound similar to Erykah Badu and SZA. Lennox released her debut studio album, Shea Butter Baby, in May 2019, with a track featuring J. Cole himself. If you’re looking for soulful tunes for chilling out at the pool or on your rooftop, Ari is it.
🎧 Start with: “Whipped Cream” and “Shea Butter Baby”