A year full of singles and a few videos has put Atlanta native Kenzie Tarantino on the radars of blogs around the country. This week he releases a single off his upcoming project Samples & A Redd’s, and it’s another solid track. While his bars won’t blow you away, what Tarantino provides is a great ear for beats and songs with some replay value. Produced by Musikal, “011” is a smooth beat allowing Tarantino to lay down some simple verses. A unique voice, with some unique production will go a long way to building a career for Kenzie. I’m excited to hear what is next.
Inspired by the classic N.E.R.D song “Everyone Nose (All These Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)”, Goon Des Garcons and Idle Kid team up for an amazing rework of the 2008 hit, and it’s a masterpiece. Idle Kid spins the classic chorus into a wild sample and the beat on this thing goes CRAZY. Goon provides the song with a 2017 facelift. Nothing embodies the LA lifestyle then a Pharrell joint about cocaine, and Goon does this thing justice. The distorted pseudo rock is a perfect sound for Goon as most of his bangers include sounds similar to this, I can only imagine how wild this one will sound live. Goon has been dropping lots of heat lately, and after a crazy show at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles, he’s about to take over the scene. Keep an eye on the kid from Arkansas, because he’s about to pop.
Trae Cane has been on a huge viral push the last few months. “On My Own” produced by Steelo Foreign boasts 18.5k plays on SoundCloud after 2 months, and Trae went out and got the biggest name in rap videos this year to take it to the next level. Yesterday the Austin rapper released a video directed by Lyrical Lemonade’s Cole Bennett. If you have seen any Cole Bennett video in the past, you’re guaranteed to be wow’d by the creativity, animation, and coloring and this visual is no exception. Shot in downtown Chicago with the help of an icy white Tesla X, “On My Own” comes to life. Check out the video below.
Vibes, tons of vibes. NYC’s hottest DJ Bonita Santos drops off a new mix Last Call and it has got something for everybody. She lays down a slow groove of R&B hits, including Ashanti, Daniel Ceasar, Childish Gambino, Erykah Badu, Aaliyah, Smino, and more. What I like most about Bonita is how she blends what is currently hot with generational hits that will never go out of style.
R&B is all about knowing when to bring it close, and pull it away, and Bonita is a natural on the mix, building emotion and pulling it away, but never letting the vibe die. This is a perfect mix for any night, pull somebody close and put on Last Call.
Bonita’s SoundCloud is jam packed full of curated playlists and creative mixes. A good DJ always has their ear to the ground, and Bonita never misses a beat. Look for her to make some major plays in NY and take her talents around the country soon. With mixes like this, she can get any venue to vibe.
Scoop Jackson, the local Austin producer has seemingly worked with everybody who is popping in central Texas lately. He’s been teasing solo work for a long time and we finally get a listen to what we’ve been missing. He joins Austin hitmaker Baby Guwop on “Catch Me If You Can Pt. 2” with a verse and production, and it’s perfect.
Baby Guwop has a knack for making catchy auto-tune filled records that blend pop elements with rap. In February he released a full length EP titled Catch Me If You Can produced entirely by Scoop. It included hits like “Pop Star” and “Amy Winehouse” and introduced a successful sound that Guwop would continue to craft and build on.
“Catch Me If You Can Pt. 2” is a great continuation of the sound. Guwop makes happy music for the trap, and has me nodding my head through the whole song. Scoop jumps on the second verse and provides a great melody. “Black on black like my Timbs, got no room for new friends”, was stuck in my head all night after listening to this. The two obviously have a great connection, and Scoop has really crafted Guwop’s sound into something that is commercial enough to really be marketed and taken to the next level. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
Ted Park continues his ascent with a another catchy record titled “No Go”. Landing a feature from a major Korean artist has been on his radar for awhile and when
Okasian DM’d him on Instagram, Ted was shook. In an article with VIBE Ted says, “He’s one of my favorite Korean artists, and the first major one that to reached out and showed so much love — it was a blessing. “I sent the record through to him because I thought it matched his dark and hard hitting sound, and he had it back to me next day. We have even more joints coming which I know the people are gonna love.”
“No Go” is a heavy hitting, bass bumping song, produced by longtime contributor and platinum selling producer, DJ Pain 1. Ted’s strength is his melodies, and how often he switches them up. Paired with the darker sounds of Okasian, who kills his verse, and one of my favorite Pain beats in recent memory, this one is a certified banger.
It will be interesting to see how this song does in South Korea, Ted’s ancestral home and where he spent several crucial developmental years growing up. Creating a demand in one of the most lucrative and fan crazy music scenes like South Korea could take Ted to a whole other planet. If not now, he will soon.
Houston songstress, Damaria, drops her debut EP tonight at 9pm. Following up on the successful release of “Never Find Another”, she drops another cut off the album with “Friday Night”. R&B doesn’t always need to be full of Chris Brown dance moves, and catchy choruses. Classic R&B is a vibe, it’s a feeling, it’s addicting. Produced by Soulful808s, “Friday Night” is a fresh rewind on that classic feel. Damaria is one of my favorite artists right now, and we’ll be posting her EP Love Overdxse as soon as it drops tonight. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Austin’s Al The Rippa should be a name you start hearing more and more. Yesterday he drops off the Breadshots directed visual for his hit single “Ramen” produced by 2050 Beats. Showing off the difference between then and now, Al pays homage to his youth and his come up. Austin hip hop is on a tear this year, but what is most impressive is how many different styles of music are being brought to the table. As far as hustler music goes, Al The Rippa is definitely one of the best in the city. He knows how to build a song, has an ear for a catchy hook, and plays his cards well. I’m excited to see what comes next.
One of the artists we’re super big on over here at Popped Cherry is Tan The Terrible. 2 weeks after the release of his hit single “Never Fails” produced by Ian Eastrn, he drops off the visuals, and they’re dope. Filmed by The Manic by Design Studio and Autoboy Official, “Never Fails” is a classic spin on Bonnie & Clyde told by Tan. Accompanied by his girl, Tan hits a lick on an armed robbery in the hills of Hollywood and makes off with everybody’s favorite things, cash and drugs. Check out our review of the song here, and check out the video below. Tan The Terrible is dropping his album soon, stay tuned for Popped Cherry for the latest.
Austin’s D. Brooks gears up for the release of his debut project Unorthodox Rockstar, available on all platforms Oct. 22nd. Little is known about D. Brooks, other then his last 5 single releases have boomed on Soundcloud, improving with each release. Over the weekend he released the cover art for the album, and yesterday releases “6 for 6” produced by frequent contributor tredyboi1hunna. It’s a little darker then anything else we’ve heard from D so far, and Tredy matches the vibe with the bass heavy production. If this is a look into what the album will sound like, we’ll be hearing some very very dope new stuff. Stay tuned for any releases from D. Brooks before the album drops.