Hottest Hits of 2022


While we wrapped up this year’s collection of new releases, we browsed through playlists and selected highlight music that led audiences to the repeat button. From pop to rap and all genres in between, 2022 was a year of evolvement in the music industry, and independent artists were the focus. Featured on Lyric Select and Hip Hop Exclusives, we ring in the new year with memorable names in the rising artist category.

Bezaloha – “Gate Keepers” – New York native Bezaloha has been on fire. Releasing 3 EPs within 2022 alone and showcasing his versatility with each project having its own unique genre ranging from pop, hip hop, R&B & rock. It’s going to be kind of hard to guess what’s coming next from the young star, but rest assured that you won’t be let down. I IG: @WhyAlohaWorld 

Criz Milz – “It’ My Time” – Criz Milz is from Gary, IN and now resides in Las Vegas, NV. In 2023, he will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Big Game Hunterz Entertainment Muzick Group & Production that he started in 1998 along with Ivory Holmon Jr. Criz Milz was mentored by Chicago legend George Daniels, Studio925’s Greg Gray, MicCheck owner Michael Howard and Chicago’s Sekou Bahari. He was also a part of the groups Basement Click Gangstaz, P.I.C., Murda Capitol Clicc, N’Kognito/Hoodlumz and “81219”. IG: @CEO_Milzzzzz

E-Dash – “At it again” – This is the second single from artist E-Dash. Its melodic chorus and hard giving lyrics make this song a timeless classic. E-Dash has a flow all his own that keeps the  audience spellbound and in amazement as he demonstrates pure hip hop genius. E-Dash delivers a banger with “At It Again” currently song of the day in Belgium Germany and song of the week with over 1.8 million views on whackstars podcast show. I IG: @BRealPromotions

Emac Money – “GNA” – Emac Money aka LitGod is a Brooklyn born, Miami raised artist who is quickly rising to the top! In 2014, he dropped the hit single “Booty Talk” with Young Money artist Tyga, the same year he signed with Universal. In 2016, he ran into legal trouble and was incarcerated for several years. However, that didn’t stop him. In 2020, he was released and formed a new label “LiT4EVR Music Cartel” with a fresh unique style and image, birthing the persona “Big LiT” the “LiTGoD”. His most well known record “My Time” peaked at #12 on the iTunes charts and currently has 250K+ Spotify streams. With his own unique style and sound, Emac Money is an artist you need to hear. I IG: @EmacMoney 

FMEO Dixon – “Lion” – Philadelphia based hip hop artist FMEO Dixon blesses us with a hot new single titled “Lion”. The talented artist followed his passion for music as he began to look into an inner space, spiritually awakening and aligning with his true purpose. F.M.E.O is an exclusive brand representing those that hold themselves accountable to fulfill their purpose.  Taking charge of one’s life mentally, socially, spiritually, physically, financially despite the conditions and trials we all face everyday. I IG: @Fmeo_Dixon

Getmoney Dro ft. Rick Ross – “True 2 Da Game” – Getmoney Dro is a rising Philadelphia based artist who just released a hot new single titled “True 2 Da Game” ft. Rick Ross. His latest release “Dangerous” was a hit with over 100k streams and sales in the first week. The talented artist is signed to Bc Records and has features with major artists such as Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Murda Mook and more. He has a unique style that motivates and captures your attention. Getmoney Dro has also performed with artists such as Lil Durk, Meek Mill & Sim Santana. We expect big things from him in 2023! I IG: @GetmoneyDro215

Haze OPC – “Push Your Way Thru It” – Bringing in 2022 with a successful album, Haze OPC knew there was still work to be done. He set things in motion with “Together”, a heartfelt song similar to “Dear Mama”. His next single “All White (Feeling Godly) took the world by storm and it is still consuming music lovers from around the globe. International Haze’s presence has been felt throughout the year garnering major attention and ending on a higher note with the release of his groundbreaking third single, “Push Your Way Thru It”, reminding everyone they can work themselves through any obstacles in their way. I IG: @mr_paper_chaser_opc 

IamDerby – “Take Me Away” – “Take Me Away” by well-known Virginia artist IamDerby is produced by Primetime Beatz and co-produced by IamDerby. It features Rosamira, WanBob, and Manuel Trabucco who covers the saxophone solo in the song. Sampling the very well-known song “Everything” by Mary J. Blige. Check out the new video I IG: @IamDerby_

IDK Ro – “Hoopty Music: May God Bless the Fall” – I Don’t Know Ro is a metaphor-filled, complex artist from Las Vegas. Ro’s eccentric and vibrant nature electrifies from the guitar to Harmonious tones to excite stages and nightclubs across the globe. Born in Long Beach, California, IDK Ro uses his west coast influence within his lyrics and overall persona. Several highlights in the young artist’s career include airing on Sway in the Morning, A guest appearance from Busta Rhymes, performing at the 2018 BET Experience. He is easily the newest and fastest artist on the rise. Check out his new EP now! I IG: @IDKRoOfficial

Jahfeeil – “Honey Cotton Candy” – Jahfeeil is a talented artist with a passion for R&B, Soul and more. Born in Los Angeles, but raised in Houston, TX, this charismatic singer and songwriter managed to combine stunning melodies with infectious grooves and great beats, in order to create a catchy, yet direct and edgy sound. Jahfeeil  is quickly generating quite a powerful buzz around him due to his distinctive approach to songwriting. He has often been compared to artists as diverse as Prince, Bob Marley, & Curtis Mayfield. I IG: @JahFeeil

Jaymellz – “High Hopes” – Jaymellz is a singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer from South Carolina. Formerly known as J_Mello, he’s worked with names like DJ Smallz, Soulja Boy, and appeared on tapes hosted by Gillie Da Kid and Bow Wow. His single “High Hopes” is a message to his doubters and naysayers letting them know there’s no stopping him. I IG: @realjaymellz

Kng Pastor – “Money Phone” – Using music as a canvas, Kng Pastor aka 1330 vividly paints a picture of life, love, and the pursuit of a better tomorrow. Upon releasing 5 singles showcasing his unique lyrical ability, 1330 has gained a worldwide following. “Money Phone” is described as the “pursuit of a better life”. The dream of many men has always been to be a provider for their loved ones, and this song exemplifies that very meaning. I IG: @PastorDelBarrio

Lette Weaver – “Toxic” – Lette Weaver is breathing life into emotions through her music. The talented artist focuses on the vitality of being able to admit her own truths when it comes to women and relationships. She affirms that the first step to resolving your problems is to admit you have them – a recurring idea in “Toxic”. BizzieMade created the infectious beat, Bambino sound engineered and mastered the track, while Lette Weaver showcases her ingenuity with song writing. An inventive storyteller, Lette Weaver’s music encourages listeners to feel the vibes and experience a piece of her life through her original craft. I IG: @LettemeBang

Mary K – “Mr. Criminal” – Sweet Maria aka Mary K, was born in Angola, but grew up in different countries such as Czech Republic, Cuba, and Nigeria. She started her music career working as a backup singer for different Angolan groups and solo artists. Mary K stood out as a songwriter and wrote songs for many artists. Months later, she launched her solo career and toured in Angola and internationally. The talented artist has won numerous awards and nominations. Most recently, she participated in the Afrofest online festival, released “Mr. Criminal”, and launched New Dimension Entertainment. Mary K is the new dimension in music. I IG: @MarykWorld

Mosberg Banga – “The Stovv 2” – Mosberg Banga released a new single collaboration with Proffeny, D1ffr3nce, Sam G. The Stovv 2. Stove 1 was released last year as a lead off single with (D.H.S) Dark Hustlers Society. Leading up to their album In Hustling We Trust Vol 1 hosted by Jadakiss. Proffeny collaborated with Mosberg Banga on his solo project 16s of Hard with the song Food on the Table. Check it out now! I IG: @RealMosbergBanga

Mr. Streetz – “Broken System” – Mr Streetz fires shots at the ‘System’ with new song “Broken System”, an eye opener to all the people who have been blinded by the powers that be. 2022 has certainly been an eventful one for London based rapper Mr Streetz, from his first ever release in January, he has created a vast following. His new release “Broken System”, delves deep inside to bring out the emotions felt with our current democracy, this song erupts with as much power as a built up pressure cooker. Mr Streetz says, “this song will open the eyes to even the blindest souls in our world”. I IG: @MrStreetzOfficial 

PacSlim aka Tk6 – “Voices” – PacSlim aka Tk6 just dropped a hot new joint titled “Voices Keep Listening”. The talented artist says “Ain’t much to say when yo haters watchin, grateful yung fella, how dope is that”. Check out his new release now and follow him on IG. I IG: @tk6yf_15

Renzo D – “Special Delivery” – Rising artist Renzo D blesses us with a hot new single titled “Special Delivery”. This joint goes super hard and it’s the next best longest verse since Jay Z’s verse on “God Did”. The artist was discovered by Fat Joe and Jadakiss and continues to put out hit after hit. Check out TikTok part 1 and 2 videos now. Renzo D is up next! I IG: @RenzoDDon

SoS Kham Kham – “ I.O.W. E.T.J.” – I owe everything to Jah / I outwork everyone through Jesus is the latest mixtape from the self proclaimed Starr Of Tha South. This hot new tape is hosted by DJ Chill Will and is available on all platforms. It’s all bangers from beginning to end. She also dropped 2 videos for the project, with a 3rd set to drop 1/1/2023. I IG: @soskhamkham

Stickio – “She Know” – Born in NJ now residing in SC, Stickio is a music star on the rise. He provides his hip-hop and R&B fans with a variety of authentic, modern, & tastefully forward music. Painting colors on the canvas of life, Stickio creates diverse songs that express pain, lust, life lessons, and growth. Anyone that hears his music is bound to become a fan. Stickio aims to show the youth positive alternatives to the streets by providing various perspectives of life through his music. He recently signed a management deal with Zy Da Shadow under Shadow Work Ent. Look out for Stickio’s new project dropping in 2023! I IG: @_Stickio

Sweet Limb – “Vibes” – The musical project of rising creative Sweet Limb channels DIY artistry rooted in candid lived experiences and soulful instrumentals. Raised by a single mother and overcoming depression, independence and perseverance have formed the pillars of this emerging artist’s life and music. Finding ways to fight through his struggles with the help of his gentle, yet impactful musicality, Sweet Limb is truly a gem and inspiration. I IG: @SweetLimb

Terrell Fure’ – “Real Playa-ish” – Terrell Fure’ is a rising New York based American dancehall/reggae artist. He just released a hot new single titled “Real Playa-ish”. The talented artist is known for his distinctive voice and versatility. Check out his new music now and make sure you follow him on IG. We expect big things from him in 2023!I IG: @TerrellFure

Wakko The Kidd – “9 Chainz” – Wakko the Kidd is a well known California based artist. He just dropped a new video titled “9 Chainz”, which the artist says is “about enjoying life and reaching your goals”. Earlier this year, he became the latest victim of a crime wave gripping Los Angeles and was shot multiple times in an ambush attack. In the music video 9 Chainz, Wakko recaps footage of his recovery. He shot the music video in the same place the shooting occurred. Wakko brought all his homies and had a block party celebrating his life. I IG: @wakkothekidd

Word Life – “Magic City” – The Bronx born and now Dallas based rapper Word Life has been making a lot of noise with his latest single “Magic City”. The release of “Magic City” was first broke in New York City clubs and landed Word Life on the top 15 iTunes Charts in the UK. “Magic City” is shot by @Firsteyemedia using a Led Wall Soundstage which is next level technology called Virtual Production. I IG: @IamWordLife

Zy Da Shadow – “No Evil” – Zy Da Shadow is a rising artist from Pittsburgh, PA who just dropped a hot new single titled “No Evil”. He wrote the song as a way to capture some of current signs of the times in the culture of hip hop. “No Evil” is a musical representation of some of the struggles people are dealing with from inside and outside the culture of hip hop. Zy has made it clear that he is motivated to bring a renewed positive transformation back to hip hop through clever wordplay and transparent lyrics. I IG: @ZyDaShadow