BBC Radio 1Xtra predicts the hot acts of 2017

Stefflon Don, Dave, RAY BLK and MoStack amongst artists to appear on 1Xtra’s Hot For 2017 list.

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s MistaJam and DJ Target tonight revealed the 10 acts from the world of black music that 1Xtra tip for big things in 2017, in the station’s annual Hot For 2017 list compiled by 1Xtra DJ’s and staff.

This year, 100 percent of the artists to feature on the list are from the UK - 90 percent of which are signed to independent record labels.

The Hot For 2017 list - which introduces 1Xtra listeners to some of the artists the station predicts to be big on the scene over the next 12 months is:

  • AJ Tracey
  • Avelino
  • Dave                                     
  • Jorja Smith
  • MIST
  • MoStack                              
  • Ray BLK               
  • RAYE
  • Stefflon Don
  • The Fedz

2016’s line-up included the likes of Bryson Tiller, Bugzy Malone and WSTRN, who went on to have a successful year, with support from BBC Radio 1Xtra throughout.

Artists to feature on the Hot For list in earlier years include Krept & Konan (2014), Sam Smith (2014), Ella Eyre (2014), The Weeknd (2013), Disclosure (2013), Frank Ocean (2012), Wretch 32 (2011) and Wiz Khalifa (2011).

MistaJam says: “Over the past few years, 1Xtra's Hot For list has established itself as being ahead of the curve of other end of the year tip lists; taking a temperature check on the underground to let you know those 1Xtra supported artists who will truly make an impact on wider mainstream culture in the forthcoming years. This year's crop of artists not only highlights the immense quality of music we can expect in 2017 but also demonstrates the commitment only BBC Radio 1Xtra has to nurturing emerging artists from the genres the station represents.”

AJ Tracey says: “As someone who's come up listening to 1Xtra and featuring many times, it's a massive honour to be picked for their Hot For 2017.”

MoStack says: “Happy and blessed to be included in the Hot for 2017 list. It's sick that 1Xtra are backing and supporting artists like myself. Next year’s gonna be crazy, more music, more videos. Let's get it…”

MIST says: "It's a huge thing for a Birmingham artist to be on the Hot For 2017 list. A year ago I would never have thought this would have happened to me. Big shoutout to everyone supporting."

Ray BLK says: “I'm so grateful for the recognition and 1Xtra's constant support! 2017 is going to be a big one!”

Jorja Smith says: “1Xtra has been playing in my house since it launched so I’ve always been listening in. So happy to be on the list, I feel very proud. Thank You.”

The Fedz say: “Words can't describe the overwhelming feeling when told that we were on 1Xtra’s Hot For 2017 list. It's a cherished honour to be part of it and, ‎for the official announcement to be made on the 13th - our lucky number, makes it extra special!”

RAYE says: “I'm so made up to be part of this list, 1Xtra has been a massive support to me over the last year and gave me my first ever radio plays, I have so much love for the 1Xtra fam.”

Avelino says: “It's great to be included, let's keep moving forward.”