Words by LargeUp Crew
Photo by Eddie Pearson
Now that we’ve finished taking stock of 2014, it’s time to take a look at what’s ahead in 2015. As we’ve done in each of the last three years, we’re putting our reputation on the line to pick the new artists we think are set to make an impact on Caribbean music in the next 12 months.
Two years ago, we named Chronixx, fresh off his debut mixtape but still relatively unknown outside of Jamaica, as our top artist to watch for 2013. You know how that turned out (If not, here’s an update). In 2014, we gave the honor to Jesse Royal, an artist who now seems to be following a similar trajectory; Alkaline, Kranium and Liam Bailey were a few other acts from the list who went on to have breakout campaigns.
This year, with no clear-cut leader emerging from the crop of new artists coming out of the Caribbean, we looked in a different direction, and made a surprise pick you might not expect. Here’s 15 new and up-and-coming acts we’re expecting big things from in 2015.