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NJ Next Year in Review 2019: The Best in NJ Hip Hop Reflects on This Year & Looks to The Future

Since launching in early 2018 The Pop Break’s “NJ Next” column has profiled some of the most notable people moving Hip-Hop forward in New Jersey. From MC’s and producers to business owners and visual artists “NJ Next” had it covered.  

To celebrate the two year anniversary of the column and the end of 2019 Angelo Gingerelli gathered some of the most interesting people he interviewed and asked them their thoughts on Hip-Hop in 2019.  

Enjoy the 2019 wrap-up and THANK YOU for two great years of “NJ Next”!!!  

Name: Angelo Gingerelli 

Hometown: Long Branch 

Featured in NJ Next: Every Damn Month 

Known For: Writing the column you are reading right now.

IG: @Mr5thRound 

Top 3 Albums of 2019: 

  1. Little Brother – May The Lord Watch 
  2. Gang Starr – One of the Best Yet 

Top 3 Singles of 2019: 

  1. J. Cole – Middle Child 
  2. Gang Starr – Family & Loyalty 
  3. Lil’ Baby & Gunna – Drip So Hard 

Best New Artist: 


Best Trend of 2019: 

Veteran artist like Gang Starr, Black Moon, Little Brother Smiff-n-Wessun and Chubb Rock making new music that appealed to new and old fans.  

Plans for 2020: 

Continuing interviewing NJ’s best up-and-coming Hip-Hop artists for “NJ Next” and going to more shows at The Jersey Shore.  

Krush JacksonName: Krush Jackson 

Hometown: Trenton 

Featured in NJ Next: April 2018

Known For: Making Trap Muzik in the State Capital 

IG: @krush_jackson 

Top 3 Albums

Dave East -Survival 

Tsu Surf-Seven 25

Krush Jackson – KRUSH’EM

Top 3 Singles

Casanova 2x feat Fabolous – So Brooklyn

Chris Brown feat Drake – No Guidance 

DJ Khaled feat John Legend and Nipsey Hussle – Higher

Best new artist: Mozzy

Plans for 2020

Two new projects, more interviews (podcasts, radio, etc.), music videos,  building a more active fan base and staying consistent. 

Dark City Lights

Name: Bulletproof Belv 

Hometown: Asbury Park 

Featured in NJ Next: May 2018 (with “Dark City Lights” collaborator Matty Carlock)

Known For: Bangers like “Build Another” and “10 Summers 10 Winters”

IG: @bulletproof_belv 

Top 3 Albums of 2019: 

  1. 2Loyal 2Foreign – Rose From The Park
  2. Tsu Surf – Seven 25
  3. Albee Al – King Opp

Top 3 Singles of 2019: 

  1. Fetty Wap – Cologne 
  2. 2Loyal 2Foreign – Guts & Glory
  3. Bulletproof Belv- 10 Summers 10 Winters

Best New Artist: 


Best Trend of 2019: 

Independent artists staying independent while becoming successful huge stars in the music industry. 

Plans for 2020: 

Dropping the EP “Mommas Boy” January 2nd and another EP soon after. 

Name: David Hernandez of LoFiDelic Records (904 Main St. in Belmar)

Hometown: Belmar 

Featured in NJ Next: April 2019 

Known For: Keeping vinyl alive at the Jersey Shore

IG: @lofidelicrecords 

Top 3 Albums of 2019: 

  1. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  2. Black Pumas – Black Pumas
  3. Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Top 3 Singles of 2019: 

  1. Black Pumas- Colors
  2. Brittany Howard- He Loves Me 
  3. Michael Kiwanuka- You Aint the Problem

Best New Artist: 

Black Pumas

Best Trend of 2019: 

New artists recording genuine SOUL music like it was recorded in the late 60’s/early 70’s and not the same old cookie cutter R&B music that is plaguing the industry.

Plans for 2020: 

More records, more live DJs, more live bands, more lounge.

Name: Jonathan Ramsay 

Hometown: Neptune 

Featured in NJ Next: March 2019

Known For: Running whatsthemovement.net 

IG: @RamsaySaidWHAT 

Top 3 Albums of 2019: 

  1. IGOR – Tyler the Creator
  2. Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville
  3. The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae 

Top 3 Singles of 2019: 

  1. The London – Young Thug feat. J. Cole, Travis Scott
  2. Earfquake – Tyler the Creator
  3. U Say – Goldlink feat. Tyler the Creator, Jay Prince

Best New Artist: 


Best Trend of 2019: 

Collaboration projects and Posse Cuts were back in 2019. We need more of that again.

Plans for 2020: 

Unveiling 2 new programs on the WTM media platform in addition to our branded podcast, A-Side B-Side. Also throwing quarterly music showcases and a couple of day parties.

Name: A1 

Hometown: Toms River 

Featured in NJ Next: August 2018 

Known For: Making beats and collecting thousands of pairs of shoes for the “Soles for Souls” charity 

IG: llcool_a1 

Top 3 Albums of 2019: 

  1. SiR – Chasing Summer
  2. Joell Ortiz- Monday
  3. Big K.R.I.T.- KRIT IZ HERE

Top 3 Singles of 2019: 

  1. Rapsody feat. J. Cole – Sojourner
  2. Nas- Jarreau of Rap
  3. SiR feat. Kendrick- Hair Down

Best New Artist: 


Best Trend of 2019: 

Sampling 2000’s RnB

Plans for 2020: 

Collaborate with as many artist and entrepreneurs as possible on songs, events, and everything in between!

Name: Rodney Coursey 

Hometown: Ocean 

Featured in NJ Next: July 2019

Known For: Founding and Running GardenStateHipHop.com 

IG: @rodneygshh

Top 3 Albums of 2019: 

  1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana
  2. Tyler, The Creator – IGOR 
  3. Rapsody – Eve

Top 3 Singles of 2019: 

  1. Boogie – Silent Ride
  2. DaBaby – Baby Sitter
  3. YBN Cordae – RNP feat. Anderson.Paak 

Best New Artist: 

YBN Cordae

Best Trend of 2019: 

The new renaissance for women in hip-hop.

Plans for 2020: 

Redesigning the Garden State Hip-Hop website, planning more events and growing as an independent music publicist.

Angelo Gingerelli
Angelo Gingerellihttp://fifthroundmovement.com/
Angelo Gingerelli has been contributing to The Pop Break since 2015 and writing about pop culture since 2009. A Jersey shore native, Gingerelli is a writer, stand-up comic, hip-hop head, sneaker enthusiast, comic book fan, husband, father and supporter of the local arts scene. He likes debating the best rappers of all time, hates discussing why things were better in the “Good Ol’ Days” and loves beating The Pop Break staff at fantasy football. You can catch up with Angelo on Twitter/IG at https://twitter.com/Mr5thround, at his website www.FifthRoundMovement.com or interviewing rising stars in NJ’s Hip-Hop scene on “The A&R Podcast” (iTunes/SoundCloud).


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