Best We Told You So



Photo by Anthony Mair

OK, so we’ve had very little to do with the rapid commercial and critical ascent of 20-year-old singer-songwriter Shamir Bailey, the North Las Vegas native whose debut album Ratchet was announced with a building-size billboard in Times Square. Sure, we put the dance/folk-music performer on the cover of our Intriguing People issue in January (and, if we were any less humble, we might add that it was his very first magazine cover). But everything that came before and after that—2014’s critically acclaimed Northtown EP; the respectable showing on Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists chart (Ratchet’s first single “On The Regular” charted at No. 36, and its follow-up “Call It Off” at No. 15); and the rave reviews from The New York Times, Pitchfork, SPIN, NME and, yes, even Billboard—all that is the product of Shamir’s talent, passion and raw savvy. Still, we’re kinda pinching ourselves that we had this fast-rising pop-music juggernaut on our cover six months ago. You would be proud of that, too.

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