• 6

    Innanet James

    Few artists rival the energy of Innanet James. The Maryland MC raps like he recorded his verses while joyfully dancing down a city block, his youthful voice bouncing off building walls. The infectious vocalist hits a sweet spot somewhere in the crosshairs of Soulection swing and the playful storytelling of rap lore.

    Darting from sensual ambitions to black pride to everything in between, James understands how to make art that entertains. Expect A Portrait for Free, his upcoming EP, to make a splash. Until then, let “Summer” soundtrack yours.—Alex Siber