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SoundCloud First follow to first feature: Jay Prince’s First on SoundCloud story

Since joining SoundCloud back in 2009, 24-year-old Jay Prince has quickly become one of the UK’s hip-hop scene’s fastest rising stars. The East London rapper, who released his first full EP  “BeFor Our Time” on SoundCloud in 2015, has worked with a number of well-known collaborators including Mura Masa, Avelino and Aminé in addition to supporting Chance the Rapper on the European leg of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour.

Known for his poetic lyrics, nostalgic flow and chill, laid back melodies Jay Prince has amassed over 59.3K followers on SoundCloud and boasts several tracks with more than half a million plays. Having recently been tapped to perform at SoundCloud’s emerging artist showcase at SXSW in 2018, and with a brand new album on the horizon, we can expect nothing but big things for him in the future.

Listen to the latest music from Jay Prince on SoundCloud now.

SoundCloud First comment to first collab: starRo’s First on SoundCloud story

In 2016, Los Angeles-based artist starRo made history by becoming the first Asian electronic producer to ever be nominated for a Grammy. But before he was blazing trails, before the Recording Academy took notice of his heady, imaginative grooves known as “future R&B”, before he was starring in commercials for Beats by Dre and appearing on the talk show circuit in his native Japan, starRo, a.k.a. Shinya Mizoguchi, was searching for his breakthrough on SoundCloud.

At first, music was merely a dream, the passion project he pursued when he wasn’t working his day job at a tech company or driving for Uber. But after joining SoundCloud in 2009, the connections starRo began to make on the platform encouraged him to produce more tracks, post them more frequently, and engage with his increasing number of fans. Everything changed when the renown Los Angeles musical collective Soulection discovered one of starRo’s remixes and reposted it to their own SoundCloud page. That one share scored starRo more than 10,000 plays and exposed his creations to an entirely new audience.  

He only quit his day job two and a half years ago but starRo has already performed alongside GoldLink and Anderson.Paak, collaborated with artists like BOSCO and Jay Prince, and, oh yeah, snagged a historic Grammy nomination. Wherever starRo’s journey takes him, we’re proud of where it all started – first on SoundCloud.

Listen to the latest music from starRo on SoundCloud now.

SoundCloud First upload to first album: Taylor Bennett’s First on SoundCloud story

Chicago’s Taylor Bennett is proof that SoundCloud is where music emerges, where new artists take shape, as his music journey and SoundCloud are inextricable. The younger brother of Chance the Rapper, Bennett wasted no time in forging his own path, uploading his first tracks on SoundCloud at the age of fourteen. In the span of just three years, the rapper released two mixtapes, an EP, and his debut album, Broad Shoulders.

The buzz Bennett built on SoundCloud with his playful and infectious bars quickly manifested in offline opportunities. He sold out his first show when he was just seventeen. Soon he was opening for artists like Vic Mensa and YG on tour and performing alongside his idol Nas at Lollapalooza. And as Bennett continues to grow and develop as an artist, his relationship with SoundCloud only deepens. His most recent album, Restoration of an American Idol, debuted on SoundCloud in 2017 and gained more than five million plays in less than three months. Just last year Bennett surprise released Throw Aways: UNMIXED as a SoundCloud exclusive, tweeting that the compilation of unheard and unmixed tracks was “just for the real fans.”

Now the rapper is expanding his influence, teaching other artists how to successfully launch and navigate their own independent careers. In order to better showcase emerging talent, Bennett created his own indie record label, Tay Bennett Entertainment; signees include Chicago rapper-singer Bianca Shaw. Wherever Taylor Bennett’s journey takes him, we’re proud of where it all started – first on SoundCloud.

Listen to the latest music from Taylor Bennett on SoundCloud now.