In between live sets, press conferences and visiting booths in the NOLA Convention Center, we found time to check out the new artists roaming around the 2016 ESSENCE Festival. For this week’s five-track selection, we rounded up videos by the noteworthy up-and-comers we had the chance to meet and see. Get acquainted below.
BJ The Chicago Kid – “Turnin Me Up” (Live)
Ingrid – “Flex” Feat. Sevyn Streeter
Third Ward rapper-singer Ingrid Burley is the latest signee to Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment. She also wrote Queen Bey’s “Love Drought” from Lemonade. “Flex” comes from Burley’s Trill Feels EP and features Sevyn Streeter.
Tish Hyman – “Subway Art”
“Subway Art” is the first single from Tish Hyman‘s debut album, Dedicated To. The Bronx artist told press at ESSENCE Festival this weekend: “[‘Subway Art’ is] about how I felt riding the trains in New York, and if you’ve ever ridden the train in New York, then you can visualize this.” Dedicated To drops July 12.
Luke James – “Oh God” Feat. Hit-Boy
Luke James‘ cover of “The Beautiful Ones” at the 2016 ESSENCE Fest Prince tribute had us all in our feelings. Watch his video for “Oh God” featuring Hit-Boy below. His self-titled album Luke James is out now.
Daley – Alone Together Feat. Marsha Ambrosius
Daley‘s advice to other young artists is to study other artists. “If you’re really at that beginning stage, find an artist that inspires you, that you really love and you want to listen to everything they’ve ever done,” he told BBC America. “Mine was Prince.” Hear the influence below.
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Essence Music Festival 2013 [PHOTOS]
1. Jill Scott1 of 19
2. LL Cool J2 of 19
3. Maxwell3 of 19
4. Big Daddy Kane4 of 19
5. Brandy5 of 19
6. Charlie Wilson6 of 19
7. New Edition7 of 19
8. Michelle Williams8 of 19
9. Bobby Brown9 of 19
10. DJ D-Nice10 of 19
11. EPMD & Roland Martin11 of 19
12. Kenya Moore12 of 19
13. Laz Alonzo & Lance Gross13 of 19
14. Darrin Henson and MC Lyte14 of 19
15. LL Cool J & Parrish Smith15 of 19
16. EPDM, Brandy & Nephew Tommy16 of 19
17. Biz Markie, Posdnous & DJ Cool V17 of 19
18. Al Sharpton & Trey Songz18 of 19
19. Leela James19 of 19
5 Tracks To Put Into Rotation This Week: 2016 ESSENCE Festival Edition was originally published on theurbandaily.com