Have you ever gone to a party that you thought was going to be lit, then when you finally arrive, you see more people out front ubering than inside turning up? Once you get inside the apartment, only the ghostly sight of empty bottles and fiendish packs of cannibalistic liquor zombies—gnawing each other’s faces off—welcomes you. It is at that moment, after you quickly survey the scene, does it become apparent that your pregaming might have been a little too strong and long. The party has moved on to a better place leaving behind only a punch bowl of unsweetened stale Kool-Aid in its wake.

Depressing; welp time to get some waffles!

This overwhelming sense of disappointment hits me every time I think I’ve discovered some artist that is too crazy to comprehend, and then look down to see that thousands of people have already recognized the greatness and moved on. It isn’t the “I’m not unique” aspect that makes me hang my head in shame, it’s the fact that I’m so late to hop on the bandwagon. A round of the crazy catch-up game inevitably follows this moment, which means I’m spending a couple of day’s listening only to so-and-so; this process can take only a few hours (for relatively new artists) or a lifetime (I’m looking at you Gucci and Curren$y), but it has to happen.

Eventually, I start to get bored trying to get up to speed or I’ll get a nagging feeling that I’m missing out on another currently nameless rapper’s music and never finish my quest.

Well, we here at P.S. 4080 never want you to be out of the loop or feel overwhelmed. To help you avoid this nightmarish scenario, we will provide you with some up-and-coming artists who you should begin to follow. All you have to do is look out for the “Late for the Party” tag and enter to hear some great new music.

Without further ado, let’s begin the first installment:

Jon Waltz

When I first came across Memphis’ own Jon Waltz, I was unsure what to think of him. He wasn’t rapping traditionally, but he wasn’t singing either: he was Drake-ing. It took me forever to find Drake’s music palatable and he is a major artist, so I was slightly leery about this guy. However, it was around my fiftieth time playing “Bang” that I had to just give in and accept that I am a fan.

Waltz is barely old enough to buy nicotine patches, yet he is making music that is so hypnotic. His vocal delivery is made for mass consumption, but his lyrics and his concepts are incredibly deep. Alyss, the name of the protagonist of a series of shorts Waltz published on his website and the inspiration of his EP, was one of the strongest projects that flew under the radar last year—filled with dark introspection and moody production that complements his pragmatic or pessimistic view of the world.

Jon Waltz has all of the intangibles to be one of the bigger names in hip hop, so you should definitely get in on the ground floor now and check him out.

Kali Uchis

I’m definitely late on this one, Kali Uchis has been bubbling for quite sometime. While “Know What I Want” gives off a sugary 70’s reggae vibe, her Por Vida EP displays her jazzier experimental side. Nonetheless, her voice is a gift from the nasally singing god and the way she controls it all over her tracks is breathtaking.

The Colombian songstress has been making heads turn and ears perk up recently, as all signs point to her stardom arriving fairly soon. She has the full package: she can sing, she can write, and she can develop cool ideas. Even on a more basic level though, Kali Uchis has amazing songs in her catalog and she doesn’t seem to know how to make a bad one yet.

If you need more convincing that Kali has next, Tyler the Creator, Kaytranada, and BADBADNOTGOOD all have production credits on Por Vida. She has some pretty great friends and cosigns, plus the talent…it’s looking good for her right now.

Allan Kingdom

I’m super late once again. Allan Kingdom has been making waves online and has even worked with Plain Pat (“Evergreens”). The St. Paul representative is slightly more off-center than the two previous artists, but that should not scare you away. Future Memoirs, besides for being a clever title, was filled with enjoyable and innovative tracks, which forced me to press replay over and over again.

One of the first thing you will notice about the Northern Gentlemen, is his high pitched, oddly nerdy flow. Kingdom has a steez that nobody else can claim, it is like a mixture of Thelophilus London and Jordan Peele. The lyrics that awkwardly fall out of his mouth are always strong. After the initial wave of confusion settles, cleverly concealed brags and wisecracking topical bars will begin to flood your ear canal.

I didn’t expect to like Alan Kingdom as much as I eventually did. Future Memoirs needs to be in your rotation; in fact throw some Jon Waltz and Kali Uchis in there as well. Check them all out and keep tabs on them, they are going places.