Five For '09

AllHipHop Staff


Shontelle is a beauty fresh from the island of Barbados who

spent some of her life proving to her parents that a career in music isn’t

hazardous to her future. While attending the University of the West Indies, she

penned the Soca hit “Roll” that is most famously sung by Alison Hinds. Writing

“Roll” helped her land a deal with SRC, but it was her versatility in singing

Urban Pop and Soca that gave her the creative freedom in her music. This year

she released her first album, Shontelligence, which featured her popular single “T-Shirt.” Shontelle’s ability to tap into

multiple genres as well as penning most of the songs on her album, makes her a

viable competitor in the music industry. Hopefully another hit or two from Shontelligence should open doors for songwriting opportunities and

possibly duets with some of our favorite artists in the near future. – Mo’ BT-Shirt - Shontelle

Kevin Rudolf

This year Kevin Rudolf introduced us to his rock/ rap mash

up by hooking up with Lil Wayne for his hit single “Let It Rock.” The New York

native signed to Cash Money Records/Universal Republic Records and dropped his

debut album, In the City.

Though Rudolf may seem new to many, he’s been making moves

behind the scenes in the music industry for quite some time. He is a

writer/guitarist/producer and has been offering his skills on the guitar to

megastars such as Timbaland, Lil Kim and many others. Currently Kevin Rudolf is

featured on the single “Shooting Star” by David Rush, also featuring rapper

Pitbull. As his name begins to create new waves, expect more hot collaborations

and backroom heat from this rising star. From what we saw in 2008, it is almost

certain that Kevin Rudolf will have us rockin’ again in 2009. – Isha

“Ice” ColeLet It Rock - Kevin Rudolf

Jack Splash

With the 2008 release of Time Traveler, Jack Splash and Panda 1 as the funk-filled duo

Plantlife, brought our ears back to the ‘70s and early ‘80s when Prince and

P-Funk reigned supreme before rock, soul and funk went their separate ways.

Splattering yester-years’ grooves into production for John Legend, Alicia Keys,

Raheem DeVaughn, Jennifer Hudson and Solange Knowles, Splash slipped Hip-Hop

soul under the radar in 2008. Set to collaborate with Missy Elliott, Jamie Foxx

and the critically acclaimed pairing with Cee-Lo to name a few, Splash is

hailed as the maestro to usher in the next generation of funk, elevating his

bold batch of Hip-Hop electronica funk in 2009.

– Brandon M. DunlapSun Shines Through Your Love - Plantlife

Kid CuDi

Kid CuDi is definitely an artist to watch in 2009. Aside

from recently signing to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, CuDi has garnered

attention on his own through the release of his mixtape A Kid Named CuDi. Working under and using Plain Pat as a mentor can’t

hurt, either. CuDi’s currently running off of the steam from 2007’s “Day N’

Nite”. The single is consistently being added and gaining airplay. Jim Jones

even helped propel the single by remixing it, even though it was one of the

worst remixes ever recorded. Since then, he’s rocked clubs with DJ A-Trak and

collaborated with Kanye West on 808s and Heartbreak and the international leg of the Glow in the Dark

tour. CuDi’s currently working on his untitled LP, aimed for release this

spring. In the meantime, download A Kid Named CuDi from 10DEEP (

if you haven’t already. Your ears will thank you. – Roshan BhattDay N Nite [Main] - Kid Cudi



Having already broken onto the UK scene with his album A

Tale Of Two Cities (as Mr. Hudson & The

Library), Ben Hudson recently signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label and

is set to be the name on everyone’s lips in 2009. Featured on the Louis Vuitton

Don’s 808s & Heartbreak,

Hudson’s creative love bomb gives reason to believe that an electro ‘80s

revival with a Hip-Hop twist could be on the horizon. He’s not exactly the

poster boy for Hip-Hop soul, but the Oxford grad white boy from Birmingham,

England, has more musical prowess to him than meets the eye. Interested in

Kanye’s newest member to the G.O.O.D. squad? Either pick up his album A

Tale Of Two Cities or take a peek at his

MySpace page,, and check out his latest track, “There

Will Be Tears”, which Zane Lowe, the UK’s equivalent to Funkmaster Flex when it

comes to breaking records, is calling the hottest record in the world. –

Will “ill Will” LavinAsk the DJ - Mr. Hudson and The Library