Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Pros: Ridiculous flow; versatility; excellent attitude.
Cons: Will the mainstream welcome another rapper/singer hybrid?
Essential Listening: A Different World
Also hailing from Montgomery County, Phil Adé might be the most prepared for stardom out of the batch. With an absurd flow and the ability to make any type of song, Ade is primed to enter the game as a rare breed—a complete artist.
Aligned with D.C. crooner Raheem DeVaughn’s 368 Music Group imprint, Ade is just as at home snapping on a the boom-bam of a 90’s-esque track as he is on a radio-ready single. In other words, he can rip Ice Cube's "Wicked" just as easily as he can flip N.E.R.D's "Everyone Nose.
Ade has been on the incline since dropping his debut project, Starting On JV, in ‘09. He’s shown growth with each subsequent release, and his #PHILADEFRIDAY mixtapes, composed of weekly new music releases, show he understands the importance of social media and staying current. This dude has all of the right intangibles to break out the area.