The biggest city in Texas has no shortage of musical influence. Houston’s 627 square miles offers countless talent, and a million lanes. In the midst of the recent wave of artists like Trill Sammy, Dice Soho, and Maxo Kream laying their foundation in the city, Space City has seen numerous artists feeding into that alternative lane. One of the newest selections in this new lane for Houstonians is Nick Ryan. Channeling his inner Majid Jordan, Ryan’s autotune croons over an open soundscape. While I found the autotune to be overused, “Found”, the lead single for his upcoming project, “Lost & Found”, offers a listener a good idea of what Ryan can bring to the table. I look forward to hearing more from the kid from Houston.
Austin’s Qmaine always grabs my attention when he releases something. Known for high energy songs and high quality videos, the guy who goes by 77 Birds isn’t shy in sharing that he makes music in hopes that it makes the listener feel something. In order to receive emotion from something you have to put emotion in… and Qmaine is un-apologeticly himself at all times. I wish more artists were this way.
Filmed by Chino Chase and Paradise Bleu, “Gotti” plays around with some 90’s filters edited by Q himself. The video shows off a beautiful girl stuck at home while Qmaine is out on the road making plays. Every hustler has had some sacrifices to get where they are, and Qmaine definitely has a story to tell.
Check out “Gotti” below and let us know what you think.
Keith Canva$ is a 21-year-old rapper from Portland who currently has the streets of the Pacific North West on fire. The West Coast native released Philly 2 LA featuring Croosh (Woah, I Need, Pupply Love) in September of 2017. Lately, the rest of the West Coast has begun to pay attention to the young rapper. His latest release comes as a collaboration with one of the biggest artists on the scene right now, Los Angeles based rapper $teven Cannon, who has been blowing up over the last year as a member of Xanarchy.
The video piggybacks off the success of the single as Canva$ continues building buzz around his name. Since the initial release of ‘90210‘ his monthly listeners have skyrocketed (+28,000) thanks to being discovered and placed in Spotify’s coveted “Fresh Finds” (612,000 followers) playlist. With a quickly expanding fan base, and an absolutely smashing new record produced by Ben Great (production credits include Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Xan, OddFuture) of The Beat Brigade, Keith Canva$ is primed to have an explosive remainder of 2018. The ‘90210’ video is an out of this world Mike Video directed flick that finds the two rappers flexing through out Los Angeles.
Austin’s The Teeta is back on our pages with a seriously infectious single titled “Couches” produced by the talented Netherfriends. The hard hitting record gives way to Teeta’s lo-fi style, creating imagery for the listener through clever wordplay and a chilling cadence. Teeta has the ability to make songs seem effortless, this is one of those.
This isn’t the first time the two have linked up, the frequent collaborators have worked on several tracks from each artists catalog. The production on “Couches” goes to show how talented Netherfriends can be. We won’t stop playing this one for a long time. Let us know what you think!
The Texas wonderkid doing big numbers on every platform goes by the name Ace Savage. His energy is electric, and catalog boasts singles with serious billboard potential hidden inside. His most recent release on Spotify is “Honor Roll”, the poppy R&B cut has racked up over 150k plays in under two months and he returns this past week with a remake of Lil Uzi Vert’s smash record “The Way Life Goes”. The self reflective track could very well be his own, and if you haven’t heard of Ace “You’ll Get Over It” is a great introduction.
The villain never wins in the movies, luckily that isnt the case for SAMO 6, with his new EP SUPERVILLIAN, SAMO is back and embraces being the bad guy this time around. The Austin, TX rapper sets the tone with this 6-track release with the first track “Woodstock”, letting you into a glimpse of the lifestyle of the young artist on the rise. After garnishing some relevance with reposts from trippie redd and more for his slowed down chopped up versions of your favorite songs, he’s now setting a trend with his own music. With production from Steelo Foreign, 16yrold, Sachy and a few more this tape is definitely worth the spins. Push play below, and dive into the world of a SUPERVILLIAN.
Although South Carolina is becoming a new haven for artists to emerge, it has historically been overlooked by media outlets. Lately, it has given us a consistent flow of artists presenting more of the grittier side of rap in the state. Silk The Prince offers us a taste of something else, with edgier melodic sounds, he definitely gives the casual fan a reason to listen closer. Last week he dropped off a new captivating record, “Movie” produced by Kato, which shows off his skills creating dope melodies along with a new age song structure engineered to engage a listener. If you’re not familiar with Prince, definitely check out this Lil Jake exclusive song below.
With a project in the works, buzzing Houston artist Rizzoo Rizzoo has been creating a wave for himself over the last year delivering infectious single after single. I had the opportunity to catch him live during the No Jumper Maxo Kream tour last year and he had one of the best sets I’ve seen in a long time. He emits flavor and high energy no matter where he goes building attention for his upcoming mixtape Nawfside Huncho.
Part of that roll out, is the new gravitating visual for his song, “4 Deep”. Although it strays from the hit-making Rizzoo that fans have grown to love, it shows more of an egier/serious side of his artistry and a deeper look into how far he’s come as a melodic lyricist. As he’s gaining more traction, we definitely recommend getting hip to what the “Nawfside Huncho” has cooking.
Check it out below.
Texas artist D. Brooks and Little Rock’s Tan The Terrible are back on the NTRL Exclusive sponsored track this time with the support and production from GBC contributor Hovenchy. Known for their melodies and pop samples with a heavy dose of auto-tune, the duo turns “Rockstar Two” into an anthem worth of the summer. The first installment of “Rockstar” made some noise in 2017 hitting Elevator and Daily Chiefers while running up 7k plays on Soundcloud. This time around Tan takes the chorus, laying down a catchy confession of why his girl hates him and his lifestyle.
“I’m a rockstar too, and she hate that too”
D. Brooks verse shows the growth his music has taken since we’ve last heard him on our pages. Engineered by Triga, D’s voice blends well, mixing melody into his verse effortlessly. DJ Chxno, the youngest of the OVO Chopstars likes what he hears and adds the official Chopped Not Slopped version. Texas is on fire, let us know which one you like most. Stay tuned for more D. Brooks, his second album Boy On Fire is due later this fall.
San Marcos is home to some of the hottest artists in Texas right now. One of the brightest up and comers is the Maryland born Jay$ee, a star track athlete turned artist buzzing around the area lately. He displayed his best at SXSW where he opened up for Chicago’s Valee and performed at 2 sold out clubs, Jay$ee has lately become a fixture as the headliner to numerous events around the state. Coming off the success of their collaboration “Whole Thang”, which ran up 11k views, Jay$ee reunites with GLV Deelow and GLV Purp for another banger. “Stepped In the Room” produced by Chris Winston is a high energy club record where each verse is as good as the last. GLV has some major star power, Deelow and Purp both bring their charisma and energy to any track they’re on. The Jon Bronson directed visual shows off the trio at their best, and provides the framework for their energy. Take a look below, and keep a look out for more of the young kids slowly taking over the scene.