J SOULJA is no rookie to the Texas rap scene. The 4Life4Ever signed artist is 6 albums deep and still evolving in 2018. As J SOULJA prepares for the release of “iLLSZN” a double disk album (Red Pill & Green Pill), he drops off a slick visual for “Ol’ Skool Wayne II” filmed by NewHighFilmz. Check it out below.
UPDATE: As we were writing this J SOULJA dropped a banger to help celebrate his birthday. Check out “Blowin’ Up”, it’s a perfect anthem for the rest of your weekend.
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.
Houston artist Lona has really prided himself on his versatility. Whether he’s rapping about his own self reflection, growth and flaws, or singing songs of love, passion, and pain, he’s constantly shown himself as a mixed bag of emotion and mindset. As he prepares for the release of his next album 346, he dropped 2 songs that truly encapsulate his duality. Let U Tell It is a transparent look into the mindset of a young nigga on the come up, letting the naysayers speak with he forges his own lane, while Have U has Lona reflected on the pain of failed relationships. Listen to both below, and be on the lookout for 346 this July.
Earlier in January 2018 up&coming Chicago artist KiddKill dropped a 9 track mixtape full of bangers called “The Killtape” executively produced by two San Antonio producers, Duvin Beats and Yung E. Now he’s back with a brand new single and it’s another Banger. If he keeps up with this consistency, you might hear about him everywhere soon. Check out the new track below titled “What’s Up” produced by Duvin Beats.
Uprising artist Boakie from ATL just released a creative ass new visual directed by @filmswavebray titled “Wop” produced by YvngShoku out of Orlando. You can watch the visual below here, and also download the song which is doing pretty big numbers on YvngShoku’s Soundcloud.
Just recently landing a spot on Popped Cherry’s video of the month, we felt that everyone should get familiar with Lil Xelly an upcoming artist that you should really look out for this year. Not too long ago he released his very first project, making sure you guys didn’t miss out on what he was cooking he blessed the streets with 105 tracks. The project is titled “SONGODTV”, it’s literally a project you can just let play at a function every song is too live. Go ahead and press play down below and tell us what you think.
Houston aint stopping for nobody, just days before the end of the year The Tokyo Twins drop off an addicting record titled “Northside” and it’s already racked up some impressive play totals on Soundcloud. The Woodland natives pair a futuristic sound with some equally wavy graphics in the visual shot by Chinos Productions. With the video already premiering on BET Jams and getting some radio spins this one might go a long way.
Boy do we have a show for ya’ll. Our good friends Dial 737 and Shark Jacobs are back on their bullshit and bringing Austin, TX the biggest and best party to end the year. Featuring performances by Chxpo, Lil Tracy, Teeta, Dress Up, Tay Money, B Superior, Lil Tweak, and Lamadi this one will be wild. Cop your tickets here.
After making a recent appearance on TEDDYTHELEGACY’s track/visual for “Battleship”, Austin’s own and ALUMNIÌI artist CeddBo$$ drops a visual tonight for “So In Love Freestyle”, one of the lead songs off his recent BO$$szn EP. The project consisted of 7 smooth tracks, mixing R&B elements with the classic southern rap feel native to Texas.
CeddBo$$ can definitely be categorized as a lyricist, the type of music you throw on the aux chord when you’re driving with no particular destination, just vibing. “So In Love” has that feel. He raps about his girl who has been playing games, and how lame most rap dudes are, but Cedd embraces it and loves it all. You can tell he makes music that he loves and isn’t stressing about the rest.
Filmed by Capital City Collective’s @Dan2TheEl, the visual shows off slick shots of downtown Austin and Cedd cooling with his crew. The song comes off as a tad personal, matched perfectly by the video.
Every time we post another artist from Austin we’re constantly reminded how deep the pool of talent goes. The ALUMNIÌI collective is definitely rising through the ranks, as Cedd and Teddy continue to put out good music. I hope 2018 brings more success their way. We’ll be here to cover it.
AJ Bray been making waves in Central Texas for a while now, and after dropping his latest single Mobbin and moving out to LA this summer, he’s been hard at work at his next project, the follow up to last springs Gucci Durag Chronicles. The first was a nicely developed representation of him as an artist, and the sequel takes what he’s curated as his sound and pushes towards its next level.
I put this thing on for five seconds, and I looked in the mirror and had a complete edge and the wettest waves on the planet. Beginning to end, Gucci Durag Chronicles II showcases AJ in his purest form, owning his flows, being overtly confident in his lyrics, and showing off a strong ear for production, coming into his own and really dominating his individual sound. Though the tape is short, it doesn’t really lack any weight, sacrificing length in exchange for high quality. Track by track you don’t really find anything missing or bare. Straight out the gate, the intro track Busy is a braggadocious banger. The idea behind the track is that somebody like AJ Bray doesn’t have time for any extra, he’s too busy running up bands to worry about anything more. Indolence Beats production on it sets it off with think heavy 808s and a dark melody, but it’s the presence of the artist that gives it true life, which is a theme that’s mirrored throughout the whole project. Waitin On is an energetic track that makes fun of the opps that fail to bring AJ down in any way. The guest verse from Chxpo fits nicely and adds that extra layer of depth to the track, the transition from the hook and the feature so seamless that it’s like they were together in the booth when they recorded. Those paired with the other tracks, Dap You Up, WWYD, and Mobbin all work together to offer a nicely cohesive project, the Aye Cue verse on WWYD is a strong standout as well. Sounds from producers like Kashcloud and Cashmoney AP sprinkle the project and add a nice punch with their beats, and there is no mistaking any style or flow on the entire tape. This is 100% AJ Bray.
As a whole, GDC2 is dope as shit. It serves as a strong introduction to a blossoming artist if you weren’t already familiar, or shows a new form of growth of his artistry for his fanbase. With the being the first induction of the type of level he’s on since his move, I’m already ready to see what else he has in store. It’s only a matter of time before we start to see big things.