When it comes to the California music scene, it’s certainly one of the faster-growing hubs of homegrown talent. Historically silenced by all the “stars” moving to California, the local scene has been buzzing this year. The versatility and variety of work has been something to watch out for and you can see that with Los Angeles act, DPIH. The growing artist has released content in the past but he delivers an impactful visual with his new single, “Death”.
The eerie melodic jam is off-kilter to say the least but it gives an insight to watchers that DPIH certainly has a different mindset than others when it comes to his artistry. It’s really clean, sonically and visually. The video was filmed by Eugene Ehl, who absolutely killed it. That level of professionalism usually goes a long way for newer artists, and it definitely makes me want to see what DPIH is coming with next. Premiered by the good people over at Modern Life Mag, check out the video below.
One of the names you might skip over when discussing Central Texas’ buzzing artists is Ghostboy Jaysee. The former track athlete at Texas State comes from the East coast, but attended school in Austin before moving down I-35 to San Marcos. If you aren’t up to speed about the budding music scene in San Marcos it’s getting dangerously close to “you’re sleeping” levels. With a slew of talent from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas all converging into such a small area mixed with producers and engineers focused on their craft, San Marcos has become the place to be, for more than just fraternizing on The Square.
Jaysee has seen what trusting the process can create. After dropping single after single the past few years, the strategy has certainly paid some dividends. His last release “Stepped in the Room” featuring GLV’s Deelow and Purp, dropped in May and has ran up 28k views on Youtube.
His first solo track with no features in awhile, the growth is evident. “Juvenile” is an ode to Jaysee’s journey. Balancing everything from sports, school, and trapping has given him a hunger for more. Produced by the talented Bott, the bass heavy anthem features simple melody, crisp bells, and rolling drums. If Jaysee wasn’t sure of his sound this is it. Paired with a clean video from Trent Owens (iamPSDNYM), the upward trend from Ghostboy Jaysee continues. Look for “Juvenile” on all streaming platforms this week and his debut project on the way soon.
The Teeta has been a fixture in the Austin rap scene for years. Recently we’ve seen Austin’s Rap landscape spike in quality and popularity and a big reason for that is because Teeta is always raising the bar. This past week he appeared on the cover of the highly regarded Austin Chronicle, featured in their article about “The future of Austin Hip-Hop”, the hype around Teeta is real. He recently released the full length project “American Pop” inspired by the 1981 animated film of the same name, The Teeta gives us his own take on the current Hip-Hop where rappers are the new “pop- stars”. Waving his purple flag proudly reppin’ Team Next, Teeta gives you his emotions, ups and downs, and so much more with this full length release.
Partnered with the Atlanta producer Bosssbeatz, the two come together to build something special. Since their last collaboration project, the Killstreak series, the two have definitely progressed. While American Pop pulls from many of the same trap elements that Killstreak does, it is far more refined in nature. With ominous landscapes built with eery electric guitar, Teeta transforms from the “pretty boy trap” rapper we’ve enjoyed to something bigger and brighter. From the music to the art created for the album (shoutout to @lonelyboyjoshua), rarely do you find an artist who can thoughtfully incorporate pain, sadness, anger, love and happiness all in one place. American Pop has something for everybody.
- Stylish – The most catchy song on the album rings in a quick 1:17 but meets all the requirements of “DJ run that back”. “Stylish” is definitely a continuation of the sound Teeta and Boss developed working on the Killstreak series and shows Teeta’s growth and ability to make a hit record. One more verse, especially a high profile feature on this, and “Stylish” could BOOM.
- Risky Business – My favorite record on the album blends a super dark organ synth with some slapping 808’s and some descending bells. “I might give that girl my heart, but she can never take my soul though/ And I do hate when we’re apart, this love a drug might fuck around and overdose” is something anybody can relate with. Switching up flows and melodies without, “Risky Business” lands at the top of my list.
- 2400 Degrees – Situated on the back half of the project, 2400 Degrees shows why American Pop is one of the deepest projects of the year. The ode to Juvenile/Lil Wayne works in Teeta’s favor, blending his style of slurred words with the infamous “After you back it up then stop”. Again sitting at the 1:30 mark, this one is quick and catchy and deserves a rewind.
- T–Pain Freestyle – The last record on the album might be the best, with a dark beat heavy on the 808’s, Teeta spits an excellent verse with a super catchy chorus. The only collaboration on the album (outside of Bosssbeatz) goes to Ladi Earth who has stormed onto the scene in 2018. Her energy is usually unmatched and her live show never disappoints. She delivers a short verse that completes the record and the album. “T-Pain Freestyle” is a must listen.
If you’re unfamiliar with Teeta, you’ll find American Pop is just an extension of his entire discography and I strongly advise you to dive in. He’s released a massive amount of work since late 2016 including over 10 projects, a ton of singles, and several videos premiering on Elevator, Daily Chiefers, and more. He’s next on our list to blow.
If you know anything about Austin music, you know that KUTX 98.9FM dominates the radio music landscape. Their new hit show The Breaks hosted by Confucius and Fresh is on-air every Saturday night between 10pm-1am. The Breaks has morphed into the go-to platform for up and coming urban artists in Austin following KUTX’s mantra as the “Austin Music Experience”. After a successful SXSW The Breaks Showcase which saw multiple local performers playing in front of a packed crowd at Karma Lounge, The Breaks teams up with The Hakone Agency to bring you the next show in the series… Summer Jam.
The lineup is stacked with well-known artists to a few up-and-comers primed to deliver great performances. Melat is by far the best R&B singer in the city and paired with artists like The Teeta and Deezie Brown, Summer Jam promises to be inclusive to a variety of sounds and styles. This one will be one for the record books. The full lineup includes;
with sounds by Joaqu.n.
You can purchase your tickets online here or at the door for just $10. 50% of all ticket sales will go directly to Kids In a New Groove, a local non-profit that gives children in foster care direct access to music opportunities and hands-on mentorship. The Hakone Agency is also donating a portion of the proceeds to The Eden Reforestation Project’s tree planting efforts in Madagascar.
If you’re looking for a guttural growl that’ll rouse you from a needless slumber, Robot’s “Camera” has it – lots of it, to be precise. The bouncy, eclectic tune captures the bare minimum as far as production goes, purposefully. Robot’s chaotic, oddball flow takes center stage here. The results are best to be heard for yourself. Spoiler alert: It fucking bangs, brutally.
Words by Trey Alston.
Hailing from Long Island, NY and New Jersey, MHCSB is a blend of several different styles. These guys always bring a high amount of energy, great production, and bridge the gap between hyphy rap and actually spitting bars. From the self proclaimed Suburban Superstar Ab Flexinn (Long Island, NY) to the talented producer/rapper Spaceman Labonte (NJ), Money Micc (Long Island, NY), Brown Boi Pachino (NJ), and others, MHCSB has all the tools necessary to level up.
We had an opportunity to link with them during SXSW 2018, as the group made their first trip to Texas and attended the annual week long festival showcasing some of the best up and coming acts from around the country. MHCSB certainly stayed busy that week, hopping on Wane’s World SXSW and opening up for G.O.O.D Music’s Valee, as well as 3 other shows. For new artists SXSW can be intimidating. Streets full of dirty mixtapes stepped on by thousands, the smell of old beer and the previous nights escapades lingering in the air. MHCSB did it right, hitting numerous stages with the heavy energy that is lacking by most new acts. You can hear more about their Texas experience, 4 Loko diet, and what inspires their work below.
Building off the success of their 2017 single “Blue” the group drops off a new @NimbusNine directed visual for their new single “Top Shelf”. The Pvt Joker and Manzo produced beat offers the perfect assist for MHCSB to float on. With the groups ability to blend styles while keeping their verses original, pairing it with tripped out visual creates an enjoyable experience for listeners.
With production placements, solo projects, and more group projects, MHCSB is one of those names to keep an eye on. We’ll keep watching over here at Popped Cherry and keeping you updated on the latest releases. Let us know what you think!
We had the opportunity to sit down with rising Texas artist and Midnight Society’s hardest working artist Yung Bambi for an exclusive interview. Hosted by Back2Back Hip-Hop’s Andy Alessio, the laid back conversation touches on Bambi’s recent collaboration project with Hounds titled DOGDEER, how Bambi has adjusted his creation process to make music he likes when he’s 30, and a crazy experience he had going out to Belgium to do a show recently. The interview is only available on Wane’s World’s Spotify Playlist. Take a listen below and stay tuned for the next interview featuring Billyracxx soon.
The enigma that is Houston’s Billyracxx, returns with a new single produced by Mason Flynt, titled “Shadows”. Billy is fresh off the heels of the Elevator-premiered “High Maintenance” video, which racked up 10K YouTube views in just a couple weeks. Now he returns with a new sonic landscape that fully embraces the darkness around him. Recently we’ve seen Billy’s heavy auto-tuned vocals become more crisp and clear, mixed and mastered by frequent contributor Steelo Foreign, they’ve been able to take Billy’s artistry to the next level. “Shadows” offers a continuation of the great visuals we’ve come to expect self directed with help from frequent contributor Dakota. “Shadows” delivers great cinematography with the usual elements of aliens (his latest project was called Alienation), quick camera cuts, and beautiful dark and twisted scenes.
After performing in Los Angeles at the BET Awards Weekend, a steady stream of amazing visual content, and support from some of the biggest blogs in the industry, Billyracxx is primed to blow up. He won’t act like it, it’s not his style. He’ll just keep putting in good work that pushes the envelope of what we expect artists to deliver every time they drop a song.
Check out the new video for “Shadows” available exclusively on Riveting Entertainment, with a release on Youtube set for Friday. “Shadows” is available on streaming services everywhere.
Talented producer Joaqu.n is one of the biggest movers and shakers in Austin. His weekly party The Nu Wave, always has the cities trendiest artists and scene kids raging every week. They always play Sheck Wes‘ buzzing “Mo Bamba” and people literally go wild. In honor of former University of Texas basketball player Mo Bamba being drafted last night by the Orlando Magic, Joaqu.n dishes out his version of the hit single. It’s a perfect mix for the rest of the summer. Stay tuned for more music from the talented Joaqu.n set to hit our pages soon.
Houston’s new wave has been making a lot of noise with the likes of Trill Sammy, Dice Soho, Sad Frosty, Maxo Kream, and more getting nationwide attention. Looking to break his music beyond the barriers of the Lone Star State, Burger Man has been preparing himself for quite some time to be an outlier in Houston’s music scene. Catching the nation’s attention with his retro-inspired visual, “Fuck College” and now he’s back to apply pressure with his Pablo Aguilar directed music video, “Hunt’. Seems like Burger is making all the necessary moves to build some buzz in the busy city of Houston. Check out the video below.