Toppa Top 20: LargeUp’s Artists to Watch For 2016

Mink Jo (Jamaica)

Mink-Jo

Mixing R&B and pop with her own island vibes, Mink Jo has been rapidly gaining exposure in Jamaica. Her versatile style, which has a touch of Rihanna, has quickly led to collaborations with some of Jamaica’s major artistes and producers, including Konshens and Busy Signal. Most recently she collaborated with Leftside, aka Dr. Evil, on their single “All Out,” produced by Kepleft Productions. As she gears up for more releases this year, expect to hear a lot more from this new fresh new face in Jamaican music. —Kalifa Madden

How would you describe your sound?

I would describe my sound as a fusion of dancehall/pop with of course the Jamaican attitude and flare we have.

Tell us a little bit about the place you come from…

I come from the biggest dot in the world — Jamaica. It’s a place where you can find some of the most beautiful beaches, people and culture that’s unique. It’s so awesome that a vacation getaway is always around the corner, even in the city of Kingston.

What were your highlights in 2015?

My highlights for 2015 would be, being scouted by my management Brand New Machine, releasing my first EP, BOY.GIRL.LOVE, the support behind it and the collaborations in it, doing my first official video for “Roll Up” on the Sean Paul-produced Full Speed riddim, being trained by movement coach and top choreographer, Tanisha Scott, performing around my country and seeing the growing support via social media, and in the media.

What should we expect to see and hear from you in 2016?

New track releases and collabs. “Right Now” featuring Farenheit, and “How I do It” featuring Brazzabelle from Mad Decent. Also video releases for “Fall Back” produced by Justus and “No FriendZone” Featuring Konshens. I wanna also utilize my YouTube more so hopefully a few more vlogs, so my supporters can feel more acquainted with me.

What artists are you watching in 2016?

I like to stay in my lane and focus on my craft, so I’m not watching any artists; I’m watching myself right now.