Sounds Like: Degrassi: Next Class pop-R&B
For Fans Of: Rihanna, Tinashe, The Love Below
Why You Should Pay Attention: From 2007 to 2009, Michaela "Mickey" Shiloh was signed to producer Rodney Jerkins' Darkchild Records. Despite still being a teen, she co-wrote songs with enough commercial sex appeal for Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Pitbull. Now, however, Mickey balances writing for Jackson's Unbreakable with releasing SoundCloud-streamed pop-R&B confessionals about dating in the Tinder age. For now, anyway: Rather than release a proper debut, Mickey hopes to post all her music on her official site, so fans can "make their own albums." Her seemingly off-the-dome lyrics reveal how her messy sex life can get her in trouble — like in "Nauseous," which sounds like Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You" if it was about taking a pregnancy test without Plan B handy. Meanwhile, "Drunk on the Mic," the song that Demi Lovato, Kylie Jenner and Justine Skye shouted out on Twitter and Snapchat is at more than 320,000 plays.
She Says: Occasionally Mickey takes fan requests, like when a satellite engineer for the Japanese military said she should cover "Prototype" by Andre 3000. "We met on Instagram and I was talking to him one night," she says. "He said I should do 'Prototype' because he loves that song and I did the song in two hours. I downloaded the MP3 off YouTube and I wrote the song. It was released that same night. … I never met [Andre], but my friend Tara is a friend of his. I think we're probably very similar because we get a feeling about something. It's just that feeling when you hear a beat and track, and know what you want to say already because it inspires you in that moment. If I met him someday, we would vibe really well and I would instantly want to get in the booth."
Hear for Yourself: "Drunk on the Mic" is a turbulent, Weeknd-inspired panic attack where Mickey blows her own cover about being a player: "I told you that I fucked guys when I was 16/What a fucking lie, what a fucking lie/I only slept with one, baby." Christina Lee