Though many outside the 804 may be sleep, the collective known as the Association of Great Minds (AGM) have been some of the hardest workers in VA, especially within the RVA scene. The group consists of solely Richmond natives, all hailing from the Southside of the city. This includes VA Legend Nickelus F, Michael Millions, Radio Blitz, and Namebrand. Nickelus F may be the most known of the group, he’s been putting on for the city for a decade and has worked with many of artists, including hip hop/pop icon Drake in some of his early works like Room for Improvement. This is not a limit nor judgement of him or his lane, however, as he’s been creating his own raw sound coupled with tuned vocals that’s aided him in creating multiple RVA classics such as Triflin’, Vices, and Faces. Other members such as Michael Millions and Radio Blitz are dope artists in their own right, providing us with solid albums such as Beautiful (Michael Millions) and the collaboration LP with Radio B titled TENTHSNDHRS, which received rave reviews from regional magazines as well as on our site. The final member, Namebrand, is one of the best producers coming out of RVA and also happens to be the brother of Michael Millions. He’s collaborated with many artists, including Noah-O and of course his fellow AGM member Nickelus F, on the 2016 standout project Stretch Marks. This powerhouse collective has been working to put on events for Richmond and continue to put on for the city with their event the past 3 years, Flag on the Moon, which we covered in December 2016. This event is used as a showcase of all the local upcomers in Richmond, with over 15 artists performing that night! If you’ve been sleeping on AGM and all they’ve been doing to put on for RVA and Virginia as a whole, we suggest you support and start paying attention!
Coming out of Suffolk, we caught wind of this talented group. Breeze PARK. The group has 4 members Cam, PLAY, Rye, & Ty. The 4 bring together a nice 90’s vibe but it mashes from R&B to Lyrical to also bit of Rock. Beat selection is key in the industry and they hands down always come correct on that aspect. They’re young but their sound is timeless and can definitely be played around the world. Their critically acclaimed project “Strangers EP” (check out our review) really made a powerful mark for this group, it now stands at over 30K downloads alone and well over 100K streams. This group of guys have their own lane, their own style, and just their own way of doings things. In the past, Suffolk has been slept on but with the help of BreezePark, they are creating a scene for not only their city but Virginia as well. Aside from the US, they have a big following in Paris & Africa. Really excited to see were they’re going to be at a year from now. Be on the lookout for their next EP.. there’s no set date yet so follow them closely!
Richmond’s Divine Council seemingly leapt to the forefront of the VA music scene this past year! The group consists of Lord Linco, Cyrax!, ICYTWAT, and $ilkmoney. The groups has been on the grind since it’s inception by Lord Linco in 2013, and with the addition of producer ICYTWAT (originally from Chicago) was made complete. Their grind was a slow one, as they took advantage of the bubbling, RVA scene where there are many venues and gigs artists frequent to try and get their name out htere. This coupled with some strategic releasing and work on social media, helped them to garner a solid following which allowed them to eventually perform out of VA. One of the most intriguing aspects of Divine Council that iaided them being put on the map was the cosigning and taking-under-the-wing by hip hop legend Andre 3000 on their latest track Decemba Remix.
Norfolk’s iLLPackMobb is arguably the most talented and diverse collective in VA! The group includes rappers, producers, engineers & a cinematographer. Members Era Hardaway (founder), Doe$ki, Vontae Knight, Jae R, Bliq. Al-Doms, Lando, Night Treez, No1DraftPickReem , SVPXR, Whip, Blow, Webb, On Go Dunman, Shaq, Mack, and Chris Corenza. This 2016 was a key year for this collective. Keeping it honest, Jae R, Al-Dom$ have to be in the top tier of lyricist in the VA pointblank.. Records like “Warning” & “Summer Falls” proves just that. though Era is no slouch either, just check his visual for On The Lo! And Vontae Knight Visuals is arguably one of the premier cinematographers in the game. Yet one thing you learn about this group is that you can’t put them in any box because they’d break it everytime. Doe$ki especially went hard this year with his #YNSTM Tape with some production by Era Hardway, No1DraftPickReem, & NightTreez. With a ever growing buzz, their continuous growth, performances at venues such as The NorVa, as well as 40 oz Bounce experience under their belt, we firmly believe this collective has what it takes to blow up and continue to put on for VA & the 757. If you aren’t familiar with them, set your alarm, check out their website, and wake up!
Peter $un has been one of the hardest workers from the RVA scene. He’s gotten comparisons to many with his unique sound and style, including Chance the Rapper. Peter is most definetly a man of his own though, with projects like Paradise Is A Day Away garnering over 18k plays on many of its tracks, painting vivid images with unique vibes. He & We Are VA Media Group have been working hard to expand his brand, with features on RapNation, shows in cities stretching from vermont to the midwest, and his recent part time relocation to NYC. RVA is offering many different sounds and artists coming into 2017, one would be sleep to not note Peter $un
When mentioning some of the top artists in VA when it comes to clout, buzz, and purely putting on for the state..you can’t leave off the OG, Mi$tro! This Caroline County native,first began to garner buzz with his first project “The Commonwealth II”, from which hee garnered much buzz, and subsequently released his self titled EP in 2015. The culmination of much of Mi$ro’s grind and hard work could be seen with his signing to MIH Entertainment, and linking with LA hometown hero King Lil G, who he joined for his Lost In Smoke 2 Tour. He has gone on to give us his latest single this year with Gxddamn, which was a hard-hitting track with a dope visual to match. Much of the appreciation and respect from Mi$tro is him being one of the pioneers in the new age for the VA scene, as well as being an artist who has never been afraid to reach down to aid others in their come up. He’s co-signed and supported many of artists, blogs, and even us in our earliest inception. Frequently sends free beats to upcoming artists, all to keep the Virginia network and community working and continuing to evolve. No matter what one could say about his music alone, and your preference, one thing that can not be denied is the fact that Mi$tro is authentic, and never shy of the fact he is #ForeverVA.
$tar Gang has been dominating the scene of Manassas for a minute, to say the least! The group contains members G$tar Giorgio, G$tar T, Lul Lip, Lul Rock, and Huss Baby. Their sound is largely based on a lot of energy and melodic vocal delivery that they bring with their music. Tracks are guaranteed to have catchy hooks, smooth melodies, and something you can turn on to cruise in the whip or turn up to at a function. When attempting to describe their musc, one can feel that consistency isn’t a strong enough word. Their catalogue of singles and bangers is extensive and unwaivering in quality. Giorgio is the latest to release, with his G$tar back EP garnering over 22k+ total plays. Keep an eye out as Star Gang continues to run it up in 2017!
Virginia’s own, Treez Lowkey, is a rapper & producer. He can be claimed as one of Virginia’s Soundcloud Kings in terms of streams and following as easily hold over one million streams. He’s definitely artist you can turnup or cruise to with a sound like his its hard to not play a sound 3-4 times straight. He had a strong 2016 touring a couple cities and networking with producers like Woqdagurl, Taz Taylor, & 16yrold. Treez may arguable be Richmond’s hottest Artist 2016. We can only imagine the damage he’s going to do this year!
Ver$ace ChaChi many could consider the self made king of Soundcloud in VA. His unique sound/style, with plenty of game culture and anime influence, has garnered him over 13k followers, most tracks over 20-30k plays, and has steady built a following through this music media tool. This following has even allowed him to stretch overseas, on minor European tours/shows, as well as being featured in regional magazines such as RVA Mag. He has partnered with other members off TTF and has also began booking shows for his 1234 tour curated by Slapdash RVA with friends Dr. Millionaire and Dan V Hefner. Originally hailing from Richmond VA, keep an eye on him as he continuous to expand 2017.
Possibly Shark City’s most prominent figure is Young Crazy! He and Crazy Camp have been working overtime to put on for the city and bring noise to VA. His presence cannot be denied, ever since his 757 anthem Get Dumb took over in 2013, the grind hasn’t stopped for Big Crazo nor his camp. Since then he’s released singles, numerous Ep’s, collaborated with 21 Savage, shared the same stage as 75 legend Pharrell, and has released a ton of quality visuals. His latest work, The Definition of Crazy 3 tape, was some of his best yet and a showcase of much of Virginia’s top talent, such as F12, Malik Sparrow, Kino Beats,Ready Rock James, Doe$ki, Young Money Yawn, & Breeze Barker. With national magazines such as XXL & The Source paying attention, his upcoming January Tweak Up Tour with MoBoombox, and all of Virginia behind him…the sky is the limit for Big Crazo!
Alexandria’s Young Moe has been on the grind for some time now, and this dedication and humble hustle is what has landed him on this list! Young Moe started first making buzz with many of his collaborations in 2010-2011 with DMV legend, Fat Trel, on tracks such as Death Is A Guarantee which made a decent regional buzz across the area. Young Moe didn’t let up though, releasing an onslaught of quality visuals, as well as his Humble Hustle mixtape series, that really showcases his unique voice and storytelling ability, that one could instantly recognize as authentic. In hindsight, Moe left us with many AVA classics, many now holding 200k+ views on YouTube, such as Tryna Find My Way and Letter 2 Amarie. Along with these visuals, Young Moe used many grassroots tactics to network and show face, such as traveling around Northern VA with a trunk full of CD’s, handing his first major mixtape “Humble Hustle” out in the local Kingstowne plaza, and many small venue shows. This is a path far different than most, a true Virginia hustler’s slow grind. He is now visibly reaping the benefits of his work over the past 5+ years! He is now a BWA affiliate with Kevin Gates, going on major tours, numerous articles in XXL, as well as having a recent critically acclaimed project “Street Scars 2”. With all this one can’t deny that he’s putting on