Meet The #YouTubeBlackVoices Artist Class of 2021

Throughout history, Black artists have innovated and influenced every genre of music in immeasurable ways. To both celebrate and nurture Black artistry around the world, YouTube developed the #YouTubeBlack Voices grant program — an initiative dedicated to equipping up-and-coming Black creators and artists with the resources to succeed on the platform.

This grant program is part of a larger #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, a global, multi-year commitment to uplift and grow Black creators and artists on the platform, as well as to produce and acquire new YouTube Original programs, focusing on racial justice and the Black experience.

These artists and groups — from the United States, Kenya, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Nigeria — span generations and sounds.

Whether drawing inspiration from R&B, reggaeton, emo, afrobeats, rap, punk, country, funk, or spaces beyond, their work expresses the power of their vision and their passion for pushing their communities and music forward.

The Artist Class of 2021 will receive dedicated partner support from YouTube, seed funding invested into the development of their channels, and participate in training and networking programs focused on production, fan engagement, and well being.

Please meet the the inaugural #YouTubeBlack Voices Artist Class of 2021:

Brent Faiyaz

Columbia, Maryland, United States

BRS Kash

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Fireboy DML

Lagos, Nigeria

Jean Dawson

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico / Los Angeles, California, United States

Jensen McRae

Los Angeles, California, United States

Jerome Farah

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Joy Oladokun

Nashville, Tennessee, United States


Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Mariah the Scientist

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

MC Carol

Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Woorabinda, Queensland, Australia

Myke Towers

Quintana, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil


São Paulo, Brazil

Rexx Life Raj

Berkeley, California, United States

Sauti Sol

Nairobi, Kenya


Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Sho Madjozi

Limpopo, South Africa

Tkay Maidza

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Yung Baby Tate

Atlanta, Georgia, United States


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