Tkay Maidza: U-Huh

Five promising acts who performed (officially and unofficially) during CMJ week

Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single “U-Huh” fuses pop, rap and electronic music for a track that’s as catchy as it is fierce—her lyrics reference “shooting” away the haters (metaphorically, of course). While the M.I.A and Azaelia Banks comparisons have been abundant, it’s clear that Maidza is on track to becoming a global hip-hop star with her own unique flair. For more Maidza, check out her new debut mixtape Switch Tape (featuring a collaboration with UK producer Bok Bok).