R&B singer and songwriter Kehlani became known during the mid-2010s for a modern twist on the pop-R&B and neo-soul figures—from TLC and Brandy to Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott—whose work they absorbed as a youngster. The Bay Area artist's self-released mixtape "Cloud 19" (2014) paved the way for the Grammy-nominated "You Should Be Here" (2015), a deal with Atlantic Records, and a Top Ten debut album, "SweetSexySavage" (2017), the source of Kehlani's second Grammy-nominated recording, "Distraction." Besides the recognition from the Recording Academy, Kehlani became an in-demand featured artist, supporting hits such as Charlie Puth's "Done for Me" and Cardi B's "Ring." Since hitting the Top Ten a second time with another mixtape, "While We Wait" (2019), Kehlani has offered a second Top Ten LP, "It Was Good Until It Wasn't" (2020), and their third album, "Blue Water Road" (2022).
With Rico Nasty
Washington, D.C. area rapper Rico Nasty weaves hip-hop with her self-described "sugar trap" aesthetic. Building upon the buzz of her early mixtapes and songs like 2017's "Poppin" Rico released her 2020 debut studio album, "Nightmare Vacation".