Getting Out Our Dreams: the mission statement behind Kanye West’s label remains a powerful reminder of why they continue to push to be the best name in music. Featuring an all-star cast, hit singles that have been livening up your playlists for years, and some lesser known gems, GOOD music has a formula few other labels can match. With their second album Cruel Winter on the way and Pusha T as president, we expect another big year for the label. This guide should help you familiarize yourself with some of GOOD’s artists, and what else to expect from them this year.
El Presidenté Push has been making big moves of his own lately, releasing the first single, “Drug Dealers Dream” featuring none other than Jay Z, off of his forthcoming album King Push. Pusha T assumed the role of president of GOOD Music after Kanye offered him the job back in November, and has since explained his vision for the label. Pusha told Billboard: “We have incredible artists. It’s definitely about getting those albums out in a very manicured fashion. . . . Just really executing all the different avenues of music, art, culture and fashion as well”. Since this announcement, Pusha has worked behind some of the biggest releases so far on GOOD Music. Among his accomplishments are signing Desiigner and helping push “Panda” to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100—the highest charting GOOD single since Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck With You” reached #11 in 2014.
Latest release: “Drug Dealers Anonymous Ft. Jay Z”
Next release: King Push, expected this summer.
What can we really say here? GOOD Music founder Kanye West has so much going on in between Yeezy Season fashion shows, shoes, production credits on Views, taking care of North and baby Ye, and even just taking a nap. Most recently, though, Kanye spazzed on the first single off of Cruel Winter. You can here Yeezy rap at the top of his lungs about “pushing the Ye button,” and how he “might just have to go put his Louie on.” If this is the type of energy we can expect, it would not be surprising if Ye followed through on his “three albums a year” promise. With Cruel Winter expected soon, a third project could end up being a sequel to Watch the Throne or his next solo LP, tentatively titled Turbo GrafX 16.
Latest release: The Life of Pablo
Next release: Turbo GrafX 16, expected this year.
Big Sean’s rise to the top has yet to bring him into elite rapper territory—his next album could open up that discussion. To date, Sean has delivered a consistent discography, one hit after another. 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise marked an important catalyst for Sean: the record simultaneously served as the Detroit rapper’s most personal project AND most commercially successful. He teamed up with the sultry stylings of Jhene Aiko this year as the duo TWENTY88, and their debut EP further showcases his versatility. As far as Big Sean’s next solo project, Pusha T declared that it is completed and up next for the label.
Latest release: TWENTY88
Next release: New album (title TBA) expected this year.
Although Desiigner’s “Panda” has been out since last December, the Brooklyn rapper and his infamous “broads in Atlanta” mantra received the ultimate cosign when it was remixed for Kanye’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2.” Since then, “Panda” has invaded airwaves everywhere from trap houses to high school proms. It’s rare for a debut single to grow so fast, and the question remains whether or not Desiigner will capitalize off his newfound fame. It appears GOOD Music’s newest and youngest member is eager to get to work with reports of Mike Dean executive producing his debut album. Will he be able to shake the “Future sound-alike” accusations? Will he remain a one-hit wonder? Only time will tell.
Latest release: “Panda” music video
Next release: New mixtape (title TBA) announced in April
Originally signed to GOOD as an in-house producer, Travis Scott released his new single “Pick Up the Phone,” featuring Young Thug and Quavo this week. His last album Rodeo proved that Travis is a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop today, and it also yielded his hit single “Antidote.” A folder containing different iterations of his tracks leaked in May, but it didn’t seem to phase Travis. Finally, he was confirmed to be the first feature on his idol Kid Cudi’s new album Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’. Stay tuned, La Flame is bound to drop something soon.
Latest release: “Pick Up the Phone”
Next release: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
After working as a backup dancer on the Yeezus Tour, Kanye quickly signed Kacy Hill to GOOD after hearing a demo of her song “Experience.” Hill released her debut EP Bloo last year, and while it only contains 3 original songs, it shows promise for the indie electro-pop singer. With a style comparable to a softer Florence and the Machine and borrowing some of James Blake’s fuzziness, Kacy Hill’s next release could definitely set her apart from the noise and cement her place as a rising voice. Expect her to be utilized by GOOD in a larger role this year, with recent confirmation that her debut album is being worked on.
Latest release: Bloo – EP
Next release: Debut album (title TBA, date unknown)
Teyana Taylor caught Kanye’s attention singing background vocals on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and eventually got signed to GOOD in 2012. She released her debut album VII in 2014, but the record did not make significant waves due to a lack of marketing from the label. Kanye even admitted he failed to give Taylor’s album the attention it deserved in a Breakfast Club interview. She dropped a new mixtape last summer, and under Pusha’s presidency, hopefully her signature soulful voice will be heard. Taylor is set to go on an unplugged tour, so new music isn’t expected soon.
Latest release: The Casette Tape ’94
Next release: TBA
Chicago punk-rapper-producer extraordinaire is the newest GOOD music signee after Desiigner. HXLT actually has a long history of running into Kanye before being signed, and even worked with GOOD out on the streets, as revealed in his interview with Billboard. Known as the rapper Hollywood Holt, one of his biggest accomplishments before signing was producing the “Back to Black” cover that featured Beyoncé and André 3000 for The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Since then, HXLT has released his debut self-titled, toured, and has continued production for GOOD.
Latest release: HXLT
Next release: TBA