At this point San Antonio is becoming a breeding ground for artists who want to carve their path creatively. Since day one, Static Kiwi has aimed to drop nothing but hits, and has pretty much stuck to it. Their sound packs a major punch, and instantly hits as soon as you press play on any track. Their latest In My Bag is energetic, aggressive, and hard hitting, with members Landxn and Dino showing they’re no slouches when it comes to lyricism, and deserves to be on everyone’s radar. Check it out below.
I spend way to much time just going through soundcloud and Apple Music looking for the latest releases from any and everybody, just because you never know what somebody has to offer. There’s so much new music dropping, it’s easy to just get caught up in whatever’s hot on the TL, and way too many new artists, or even established ones, drop something super hard that goes almost unnoticed. With Under The Radar, I’m trying to give some shine to the hard shit that may not be getting the right amount of attention.
Good Gas Vol. 1 & 2
I love producer projects. Producers are such a vital part of the game, as they have always been, and it’s really important to hear them they display their art just like any rapper. Good Gas is a type of “playlist” or compilation curated by producer FKi 1st, known by most for his work with Post Malone and Larry June(Good job 1st!). Each volume is short, like 4 songs a piece, but features names like 2 Chainz, Smooky Margiela, UnoTheActivist, and really showcases 1st’s versatility as a producer, making a club hit in Lil Nigga ft. Kash Doll and a west coast anthem in Ooh with G Perico and 03 Greedo. Check it out here.
Standout Tracks: OOH ft. G Perico & 03 Greedo, Birfday ft. Key!
NGeeYL – Tales of YL
South Carolina’s NGeeYL has been a blip on my radar for a minute now, finding his track Front Page Gang on soundcloud. He provides a dark aggressive aesthetic to trap, his new mixtape under 300 Ent. enscapsulates that to a T while still showing his progression as an artist. Listen here.
Standout Track: Trip Gang
Choker – Honeybloom
Choker is one of the best new artists out if we’re being honest with ourselves. His first project Peak was one of my top projects of 2017, and he’s 2 for 2 with his latest. He kind of just picks up where Frank Ocean left off, delivering a Hip-pop style that sees him raising questions on mortality, relationships, and a journey of self discovery. All self produced and engineered, he’s a multi talented kid who actually has a lot to offer, unlike some others who make the same claims(Fuck Russ). Honeybloom is packed with emotion both lyrically and sonically, and is truly a project that should not be skipped. Peep.
Standout Tracks: This whole mf slaps tbh
Avantdale Bowling Club – Self Titled
A share from a friend that I may have missed on my own, A.B.C. is an avant garde jazz rap project that explores a mans desire to provide for himself and his family, while trying not to mull into complacency. I may be a little different than want most are used to, but its a passionate project that delivers on what it’s trying to execute, going against everything that modern rap portrays. The instrumentals are beautiful, recorded by a live jazz band which artist Tom Scott fits perfectly over as he raps about trying not to lose himself as he works to provide a better life for his family. Check it out here.
Standout Tracks: Years Gone By, F(r)iends
Reek – Recliner
Fresh off dropping one of the best projects in the city this summer with Chapter 2wo, Reek dropped off a new loosie a couple weeks ago with production from Fritogang’s Dubb. Recliner is a smooth track that places lyricism and flow at the forefront with a soulful foundation from the beat. A lot of the lines require a double take, so don’t let this go over your head. Peep here, playarrrs.
Jack Harlow – Loose
A cosign is a powerful thing when it comes from the right person. Signed to DJ Drama’s Generation Now imprint through Atlantic, Jack Harlow has been in my sights since his I first heard his track Dark Knight off his last project. Loose takes everything good about his last, and pushes it even further. What I like about Jack is he has good songwriting capabilities and all the features act as complements and have their own place, all the while he never compromises his bars. I mean, dude has a strong voice and can really rap. He has a seriously bright future in the game. Check out Loose here.
Standout Tracks: PICKUPTHEPHONE ft. K Camp, Sundown
Coi Leray – Huddy
Hailing from Jersey, Benzino daughter is actually super hard. she’s got a great amount of confidence in her flow, which is rare among newer artists. A random twitter find made her an artist I really wanna follow. I’ve never experienced somebody who has rapped about taking niggas girls AND girls niggas in the same verse. Amazing. Check out the video for Huddy below.
Dallas’ Arthur Black came through with one of his smoothest drops in a minute. Glaciers is a laid back, minimalistic yet aggressive track that gets its point across with ease, and is as cold as the title suggests. Arthur’s voice and cadence makes even his hardest lyrics glide like it’s nothing, especially with his own production. The feature Drip shows out as well, really fits in the pocket with his flow. Check it out below.
Brussels, Belgium based singer & rapper Krisy (also known as De La Fuentes when producing & mixing) extends to us his heart and demonstrates his genuine infatuation for his secret lover on “Erotiquement Votre“, bringing his own singular style to the French rap scene.
Krisy anticipates a phone call among baby pink & salmon hues, dreaming of her facial features as she takes a sip from a glass of Rosé. Slow motion clips of her eating grapefruit & strawberries plays into the idea of her being comparable to fruit, tantalizing and sweet. With the utilization of panned out HD clips, the video focuses on distinguishing features of the face as he further conveys to us his intoxication. In touch with his feminine side, Krisy shows several scenes of him with flowers symbolizing his gentleness, while even incorporating a baby girl balloon into the scenes to further exude the way he would like to nurture & spoil her with love and affection.
Over a soft & sultry, low-fi like beat, lines like: “Miss, let me seduce you“, “I can talk to you because it suits me“, & “when I look at your face, I see the sky” only come to truly accentuate the deep intensity of his passion.
The visual for “Erotiquement Votre” is sure to be one of the most crispiest visuals that I have ever laid eyes on.
Press play to enter Krisy B‘s dreamy & romantic realm below:
If you haven’t heard of Eyedress, you definitely have some homework to do.
26-year old Manila, Phillipines based musician & producer, Idris Vicuña, also known as Eyedress, is serving us up a refreshing & alternative incorporation of sounds. Meshing down-tempo beats, tranquil synths, and faded vocals, Eyedress constructs & manufactures unchanging ballads influenced by indie rock, Atari classics, distress, heartache, and hallucinogens — most of which a great deal of us can connect with.
‘High Street Drive By‘ reveals Idris speaking on his journey through a period of which he experienced divorce, getting kicked out of his own home, & even getting dropped from his then label, XL Records. Respectively, he was vulnerable enough to open up to his listeners about his hardship that normally, most would be too embarrassed or humiliated to share. It was incredibly inspiring to read and absorb his story in that regard. We all experience times when things just seem to be crashing all around us, however it truly caught my attention realizing that he chose acceptance and proceeded to move forward, continuing to gift the world with undying hits.
After a series of trials and tribulations, Eyedress was then signed with London-based record label, Lex Records, in March of 2016, which you could only imagine the sense of newfound hope & contentment in association to the signing.
This song appearing on Eyedress‘ latest album ‘Manila Ice’, which released June 2, 2017, is available on all major streaming platforms listed.
Press play on “High Street Drive By” and bear witness to all of its vibrant Super Nintendo essence below:
Come take a swim with LITTLE PISCES BABY.
Atlanta producer and rapper, aka former member of Awful Records, KeithCharles Spacebar, did it on us again with ‘Thank You, Tracee Ellis Ross‘, reinforcing his exclusive imprint on Atlanta’s underground sound.
The bridged duality between Alicia Keys’ legendary ‘Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude)‘ and Prophet Posse’s ‘Game F*cked Up‘ enables us to tap into a new expanse of musical awareness. KeithCharles makes this tricky concept look & sound like child’s play, amidst his impeccable producing ability.
The visual for ‘Thank You, Tracee Ellis Ross‘ takes us through some reminiscent and nostalgic Southern feels, showing KCSB riding in a slab, relishing and appreciating favorable memories, along with the occasional flashes of ever so graceful Tracee Ellis Ross, putting significance on the authentic allure following the vision.
Be sure to check out more of KeithCharles Spacebar on Apple Music, Spotify & other major streaming services.
Watch ‘Thank You, Tracee Ellis Ross‘ below:
No one is coming for Octavian‘s top spot and that’s a fact.
Southeast London raised artist, Octavian, is wrapping up & shipping out a whole new wave of fortifying flows. Down to the simplistic stride matched with his divergent tone and accent, his sound is unparalleled and quite superlative. His cadence along with all of the above creates a catchy tune that has the ability to bust down any door that he desires.
Sam Wise, member of the House of Pharaohs, based out of South London as well, is also featured on this scorching anthem. With that being said, us listeners are being led that much closer to heart of the Southeast London underground.
“Feelin’ like the Don Dada” — both artists exude an unsurpassed level of natural self confidence, assuring you that you will not be sleeping on them for much longer at all. The skills of these two artists combined thoroughly presents to us their true functionality and ability, which is essential for extensive growth in their careers.
Octavian & Sam Wise don’t come to disappoint, as you will be spotting them much more in the coming months of 2018. Also, be sure to check them out on Apple Music & Spotify.
Take an unprecedented trip through ‘100 Degrees‘ below:
Ever been so in awe of your lover but didn’t know how to translate it accurately enough to describe your true admiration? Well, Miami based musician and producer, PU$$EIDXN, is giving you the absolute remedy with this track.
Bringing a fresh alternative soprano-R&B tone, PU$$EIDXN is smooth, intimate & versatile, making for a romantic, good-for-the-soul bop that will last for years to come. This track appears on album “Save for a Rainy Day” which debuted in June 30, 2017. Whether playing this track through your headphones or simply riding around in your car, you definitely want to crank the volume. There is a hidden bass line during the chorus which supplements such a unique & raw dimension to the song that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Click on the Fort Nights live performance below to view a larger scope on who PU$$EIDXN is creatively:
Be sure to check out his most recent album titled “For the Love of Pu$$” released Feb 14, 2018 on Apple Music & Spotify to catch more of his waves. Let us know what you think because we can guarantee you will have this one added to your rotation.
Manchester based duo Children of Zeus (also known as KonnyKon and Tyler Daley) introduced to us their footprint on the British RnB/soul culture after appearing on Balamii Radio in 2017, based out of Southeast London. Upon listening, I was immediately captivated, as they remind me of nostalgic artists from childhood such as Raphael Saadiq, Jon B, Mos Def, De La Soul, Slum Village, and likings of the sort.
This classic 70bpm jam is guaranteed to have you bopping your head. Their melodic and intriguing voices combined with the smooth layering of instruments are a perfect way to enter this sun-filled summer ahead.
“I Can’t Wait” appears on their latest EP titled “The Story so Far…” which is available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Be sure to check it out in all of its mastered glory.
Go ahead and get familiar with their faces while you’re still ahead in the game. Press play on their latest visual for song “Slow Down/All Night” down below and let us know what you think.
Shot by: Karl John
Influenced by the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D and Kendrick Lamar; Detroit, MI native, Kultur3 is definitely someone you need in your library. Following his single “Lemonade”, his new drop “Pull Up” , is the perfect summer song for you and whoever your partner in crime may be. With vibes emitting off the track similar to Travis Scott and Rich The Kid, this song will have y’all ready to take on the day with high energy.
Photo: Divine Productions
Be on the lookout for his upcoming album “ATYPICAL”. A calm, cool, collected, yet adventurous project from Kultur3 expressing his life experiences. From happy times to even the most troubling, as well as showing his true colors to the world as he embraces being the unique odd ball of his friends and family. He aspires to be as big as Drake or his hometown hero Big Sean, and with the ambition and talent he holds, it is very possible.
Photo: Divine Productions
Listen to “Pull Up” below !