For PAPER's 2019 predictions list, we looked across every aspect of pop culture — music, film, art, activism, social media, fashion, beauty — for fresh new faces that are about to look a whole lot more familiar. Tierra Whack, Slayyyter, and Tayla Parx are set to feature heavily on your pump up playlists. Justice Smith, Chance Perdomo, and Emma Nelson are starring in upcoming blockbusters in cinemas and on Netflix. Writers Sally Mao and Morgan Parker are headed to bookstore shelves, and artists like Damon Davis and Jessi Jumanji will headline gallery shows. We've figured out exactly whose profiles you're about to follow: Layla F. Saad, Allen Salway, Hunter Harris. Plus the people you'll be getting fashion, makeup, and self-love inspiration from: Isaac West, La'shaunae, Crystal Methnay. It's going to be a good year! These are the 100 names worth getting to know in advance.
Illustration by Austin Call (@Duhrivative)
What do you do?
I am a musician, actor and author.
What are you most proud of from 2018?
2018 was quite a big year for me, so it's difficult to choose one thing. I'm going to list three: 1) Released my album You Will Not Die everywhere except North America. It's coming out on the 22nd of February 2) Won the "FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film" at Palm Springs International Film Festival 3) Realized a dream: Played on Jools Holland. I've watched that show since I was a teenager
What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?
I'm writing for my next album, and as pleasurable as that is, it's always a wrestling match.
What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?
You Will Not Die being released in North America is fucking amazing. More people get to hear what I slaved over for about 4 years. That's always exciting and frightening at the same time.
Where can we follow you?
As chosen by Justin Moran, Claire Valentine, Michael Love Michael, Kat Gillespie, and Jael Goldfine
Illustrations by Austin Call (@Duhrivative)