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CHEWING ON BEST NEW ARTISTS: MONEYBAGG YO

We continue our snack-sized review of some top contenders for the BNA Grammy with Moneybagg Yo.

The Memphis-bred rapper has been around for a while, but if Grammy is serious about “coming to prominence” as a criterion, he belongs on this list—he’s never been submitted before. Moneybagg’s A Gangsta’s Pain, which enjoyed a #1 debut, felt like a true arrival. Expanding his street-savvy sonic and stylistic formula, the CMG/Interscope artist incorporated R&B elements and demonstrated a powerful new focus.

Check out our full Grammy Chew BNA rundown here.

TOP 20: HOUSE
ON A HILL
Harry is popular. (5/26a)
SONG REVENUE: HIGHFLIERS
A combined 30 of 50 (5/26a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
SAFE KEEPING
What's the big deal? I.B. Bad has the answers. (5/26a)
STRINGER TOUTS SONY MUSIC TO SHAREHOLDERS
Rob lays out the company strategy (5/26a)
EVP STRIPES FOR UMe'S MURTHY
A total pro gets her due. We bow down. (5/26a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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