Going Abroad: 3 Foreign-Born Talents Worth Watching


While there has been a huge integration of culture within our contemporary world, American music fans typically have a limited grasp on music from other countries. Spotify and other DSP’s do a ton for artists in growing their fanbase abroad, with us doing our part to help highlight some of the best emerging artists from outside the United States. Though there are language barriers, music is a common language between us all. You just might find yourself lost in the musical ability. Check it out.

Jeune Vamp

Out of Brussels is one of hip-hop’s brightest shining up-and-comers, Jeune Vamp. This French name can be translated literally to the artists’ more popular alias, Yung Vamp. The European DJ/producer has recently shifted his focus to rapping after culminating a large following across platforms such as SoundCloud and YouTube under the name DJ Yung Vamp.

His SoundCloud following is currently sitting at 74k, while his presence on YouTube can be characterized by his drops across many curated, YouTube pages. His primary inspiration seems to originate deep within the American culture, especially Houston’s hip-hop scene. This DJ Skrew-type influence has contributed heavily to the quality of his production and three existing rap releases. Jeune Vamp is a creative who can do it all, making his production and rapping look easy. Check him out below.

Ricky Ricardo

Next up on our radar is Dominican-born talent, Ricky Ricardo. The young artist has combined the vivid culture of his homeland with the charismatic attitude that is so characteristic of his most recent home, New York City. We’re relatively early to Ricky, however, he does have a strong presence on Instagram with 9k+ followers.

He’s been demonstrating a sharp focus on the quality of his music and the accompanying visuals. His latest drop is indicative of his digital-savvy. The video is for his most recent song, “Esa Negra”, and was perfectly put together by Mike Seager and DogCEO. Take a look at Ricky Ricardo‘s visuals below, and you’ll quickly understand why this upcoming talent is so special.

Higher Brothers

While at a stage past the two previously mentioned artists, 88Rising‘s Chinese breakout group Higher Brothers is similarly unknown to many American music fans. They are a rap group composed of four Chinese members, MaSiWeiDZKnowPsy. P, and Melo. The quadruple-threat has gracefully garnered attention from China’s ever-consuming market. With the help of the Asian-American label 88Rising, the group has made a seamless transition into the beginning stages of their growth within American culture. One of their most popular videos shows artists like Migos, Lil Yachty, Playboi Carti, Denzel Curry, Smokepurpp, Xavier Wulf, Wifisfuneral, Joey Purp, G-Herbo, Smino, and Warhol.SS reacting to the Chinese group’s prior videos. They all share similar thoughts to the rapidly-growing act’s fans, seeming to love everything they saw. Higher Brothers have featured many notable American artists in their work thus far, including JIDScHoolboy QGuapdad 4000Joji and Snoop Dogg. They represent the newest wave of Chinese culture, which is largely inspired by that of America. Take a look at Higher Brothers in the link below, and get hip while it’s early on this side of the Pacific.


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