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If this list is any indication, 2019 will be filled with incredible music, thanks to artists like Kelsey Lu, IDER, Jean Deaux, Fontaines D.C., Mvstermind and more.

Rahkii is a Chicago singer / songwriter whose sound is too big for one genre. She’s worked as a background vocalist for Jennifer Hudson, Eryn Allen Kane and Patti LaBelle, and it’s high time for her to take the center stage.

In her latest video, Lizzo takes cues from assorted bits of nostalgia — Jane Fonda workout tapes, Coming to America, QVC infomercials — and shades them with her singular, life-affirming zeal.

These are NPR Music’s picks for the top 10 R&B projects — not restricted by gender — that are leading the vanguard. Remember their names and watch the throne.

Brother Ali is one of the linchpins of Rhymesayers Entertainment and it’s probably because he’s one of the best sayers of rhymes out there. His latest album is called “All The Beauty In This Whole Life” and latest Single is “Sensitive,” and it solidifies his place as one of the most respected voices in Hip Hop.


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