Ranging from fraught to vicious, the voice of 070 Shake (Danielle Balbuena) is among the most unique in contemporary rap.
Part of the New Jersey-based 070 crew, the rapper and singer broke through in 2016 as a teenager with "Trust Nobody," originally released during the year's first quarter. The cold-blooded track was picked up by Kanye West
's Def Jam
-supported Getting Out Our Dreams
label, which re-released it in late September, as Shake was about to begin an extensive October-November trek across the U.S. as the opening act for the 1975
. A Lil Yachty
collaboration titled "Rewind" was issued during that stretch. Just after the tour's completion, Def Jam
released the various-artists Direct Deposit, Vol. 1 compilation and featured "Trust Nobody" as the finale. Shortly thereafter, Shake and her 070 associates -- including Ralphy River, Treee Safari, and Phi -- independently released a compilation of their own, The 070 Project: Chapter One. Another independent Shake single, "Stranger," followed in April 2017. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi