Kold x Windy is coming to its explosive first season-ender this week. We know one thing for sure, it will definitely have some incredible music in its lineup. Following rising hip hop and drill star Malika “Kold” Wise ( played Sh’Kia Augustin) and Renee “Windy” Johnson (played by Nijah Brenea), this dramatic series is fueled by the authentic sounds and raw energy surrounding the drill music movement.

Nijah Brenea and Sh’Kia Augustin of "Kold Windy"on WE tv
Nijah Brenea and Sh’Kia Augustin of "Kold x Windy" on WE TV. Image: WE TV/Johnny Marlow.

The talented on-screen duo share which rap artists should be in your rotation all year long, from drill stars to the new era of female rappers.

Tierra Whack

This Philadelphia-based rap artist first started rhyming to combat her shyness and credits Dr. Seuss as one of her inspirations. Tierra Whack released her debut album Whack World, in 2018 and received "Best New Music" recognition from Pitchfork. She shares her vocals performances, complete with synchronized hand motions, on Instagram.

Kid Cudi

Since his first self—published single "Day 'n' Nite" and his first official full-length project, a mixtape titled A Kid Named Cudi (2008), Kid Cudi has been reinventing the game. He’s currently working on a joint album with Travis Scott.

Miss Dri Dri

The lyrical genius behind the music in the Kold x Windy series, Miss Dri Dri started out as an accountant. Realizing her true passion was dropping beats and dope rhymes, this rising starlet hopes to work with the greats: 50 Cent, Drake and Missy Elliot—just to name a few—in the not-so-distant future.

King Von

After gaining notoriety for his songs Crazy Story and Took Her to the O, King Von, a.k.a Dayvon Daquan Bennett, went on to release his first studio album, Welcome to O'Block in October 2020. His next album, What It Means to Be King, was released posthumously in 2022.

City Girls

Miami-based duo Yung Miami and JT broke onto the scene with their uncredited guest appearance on Drake's 2018 single "In My Feelings.” Issa Rae's HBO Max show Rap Sh!t is inspired by the City Girls' rise to fame, and the duo is part of the 2023 Rolling Loud global tour.