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JahleelFaReaL returns with a slick visual for “No Feel”

JahleelFaReaL returns to our pages with a slick new video for “No Feel”. The Texas artist has seen some serious growth over the last few months from doing packed shows in Austin to dropping steady content. Jahleel takes control of all aspects on “No Feel”, completely self-producing the record, directing and editing the video. It’s this self taught talent that intrigues me about Jahleel’s records, as his story grows with each release. Check out the video below.

Check out more of JahleelFaReaL’s catalog below.

The Best Soundcloud Links In My DM’s last night

Soundcloud can be overbearing, the amount of links we normally sift through is endless. The beautiful thing about the app is the same thing that makes it tiresome. Anyone from anywhere can share music where quality is usually an afterthought and styles come and go in waves. Sometimes in my downtime I like to open up the DM’s to the willing, and artists from all over the country came with some heat last night. Here’s some of the best.

LuKe 4K – StarPower ft. Swan Ivy (prod. by ok boi)

My favorite record of the night, Texas artist LuKe 4K comes with the heat on “StarPower” featuring buzzing Ivy Music Group artist SwannyIvy. Produced by ok boi and mixed/mastered by San Antonio’s G Clef, this song is top notch radio quality. The autotune laced record is catchy as hell and the two bring some serious star power to the track. LuKe 4K has been dropping lots of good music lately, his 2018 can be very bright. In the meantime, play this extremely loud.

Lil Sef – Flexing Up (prod. by Cormill)

I’ve been familiar with Lil Sef for awhile. The Atlanta native has been grinding and working on his sound for awhile now. He finds a good formula with “Flexing Up”, you can hear the southern influence in the classic trap beat, catchy chorus, and grimy ad-libs. Atlanta’s musical history has been written by catchy records and artists who blow up overnight. Sef’s putting in that work, excited to see how he builds on it.

SamDoes – Naked ft. Brandon Allen & C02 (prod. by Serge Crown)

Hailing from Maryland, SamDoes sent me a few songs but “Naked” really stuck out. The off-kilter beat with heavy 808’s leads the vibe but the verses really standout on this song. Each artist brings their best. Sam tells me he’s been rapping for 7 years and the experience shows, he can flow with the best of them.  Sometimes when you have so many artists on a track it can come off forced, but “Naked” is cohesive and each verse feels natural. This one is going straight to the playlist. Check out Sam’s other work, his catalog from 2017 is impressive.

A2 – Tarxan (prod. by A2)

The Austin native has a tendency for wavy records and party anthems. His recent single “Tarxan” is really good. The record is as good as it gets on Soundcloud; short, catchy, about xanax, and well produced. If he can deliver more fun songs like this, I will definitely keep listening. This one should be played at every frat party in Austin. Most impressively, everything was produced and engineered by A2 himself.

Dylan Cohl – 007 (prod. by Wolfe De Mchls and Dylan Cohl)

Houston will never have a shortage of artists making good music. Dylan Cohl really caught me by surprise. “007” is a vibe! Reminds me a lot of TDE’s Isaiah Rashad, this dude can really rap. The laid back vibe was perfect to smoke to and his  flow was 10/10, he raps his ass off nearly the whole song. This is definitely one you plug the AUX in and drive to. He’s dropping another project soon and I’m very excited to see what he can do.

Oh boy, The Bishops are better than ever with “Say My Grace”

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The Austin family trio has been putting out quality records for awhile, but I’ve never heard it seem so effortless like “Say My Grace”. The new record, released on Thanksgiving, features a lyrical debut from producer Troy Bishop and it’s fire. Chris Bishop always brings great verses to their songs but the fact we get both Bishop brothers on a track leaves me wanting more. The siblings never fail to impress, and each time I hear a new record I marvel at the growth since the last one. If it was ever in doubt that Cara Bishop was searching for her sound, it’s never been more apparent she’s found it. Her angelic voice creates a beautiful chorus as she speaks on some of the thankfulness we all feel today. The Bishops certainly have a lot to be thankful for, and as listeners, so do we.

Kenny Gee links with buzzing Quin NFN and Mexx in new visual for “How”

Some could argue the most buzzing artists online out of Austin lately have been Kenny Gee and the youngster Quin NFN. After being featured on SayCheese we’ve seen Quin’s numbers flying through the roof and Kenny Gee’s “Rollin Up” featuring Maxo Kream just surpassed 14k plays on Spotify.  Kenny takes advantage off the buzz and gangs up on “How” the Richie Souf produced track featuring another Austin artist, Mexx.

Filmed by Chris Locke from Lit Up AV Studios, the high energy visual features some well directed scenes, coach Kenny in the gym with some ladies and some gang scenes that even include a Swagga P cameo. Regardless how some might feel about who’s hot in Austin, Kenny, Quin, and Mexx do their thing on an entertaining record with a well directed video. Respect.

Peep the video below and keep a look out for more Kenny Gee visuals on the way.

Kenny Gee grabs Maxo Kream for his new single “Rollin Up”

rollinupAustin rapper Kenny Gee has made some noise around the area throwing parties all summer. Now that it’s Fall he returns with some music and grabs Houston frontrunner Maxo Kream for his latest single “Rollin Up”.

Whoever produced this did a great job, chorus sounds really well mixed and creates the vibe for the whole track. Maxo shows some respect for the Austin rapper and mimics Kenny’s flow to start his verse.

Dope to see major Texas artists linking with some of the young kids. Can only hope that continues, as that would go a long way to bringing Texas back to rap’s dominance.

SPOTLIGHT: Grizz’s “Texxaco Shawty” is full of hard hitting street anthems

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Austin’s Grizz has been building and crafting his sound for awhile now. The Team Next member has been dropping consistent heat for the last 3 years and gained plenty of notoriety around the area after his 5353 EP dropped at the beginning of 2017. It’s been straight uphill since then, putting out a bevy of singles and solidifying his sound by working with frequent contributor Scoop Jackson, and fellow Texas producer LDevell.

That momentum lead to the release of Texxaco Shawty, the 8 track project hosted by NTRL is chalked full of bass booming street anthems. One thing that always stands out on a Grizz record is the production. Learn it from Grizz, get the best engineering and production money can buy, cause it goes a long way. Texxaco Shawty doesn’t disappoint. Scoop did a masterful job mixing the project, making sure the sound was consistent throughout the 8 tracks.

Grizz has the ability to blend small amounts of auto-tune when he needs it, with hard cutting lyrics that could really fit on any beat. The energy is always high, and it’s incredibly easy to feed off of that when you’re listening. Grizz is a low-key dude, which only adds to the mystique and character, so anytime he drops something you have to listen.

Top Songs

“Skurt” 2 – skr skr skr skr skr skr SKURTTT. Easily my favorite record on the project, the LDevell produced beat is as classic as it gets. Heavy bass and bells with interlaying keys lays a solid foundation for an uptempo Grizz. Also, out of all the “skr skr’s” in rap nowadays Grizz makes his completely original, this chorus is gold.

“Flexas” – After getting the inside scoop on the next project Grizz is dropping (right around the corner) track number 4 is a look into what we’ll be hearing more from Grizz. A nice laid back approach with all the same content matter, this one vibes really well. Scoop Jackson is the best producer in Texas in my opinion, this one doesn’t disappoint. The combo is magic. “Flexas” going to be on repeat for awhile.

I know I only picked 2, but I could legit put the whole tape on the Top Songs list. This is my favorite project from Grizz to date, can’t wait to see the buzz when the next one drops. Take a listen to Texxaco Shawty below. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think or what your favorite track is.

SPOTLIGHT: Texas clothing brand Flavors Creative Group releases Autumn/Winter collection

Austin, TX based Flavors Creative Group celebrated their 1 year anniversary this past weekend with an exclusive lineup drop featuring some amazing pieces and creative accessories. Moderately priced, with long sleeve-t’s running $32 all the way to custom jackets for $150, Flavors has something for everybody. They even made custom socks, and a coloring book. Nobody is consistently putting out bigger lineups and more creative work then Flavors right now. All pieces are made in America and super exclusive, usually less then 5 available each, so they go quick. For more visit the store here and follow them on Instagram here.

Rizzoo Rizzoo drops crazy visual for his buzzing single “Like A Rocket”

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RizzooRizzoo has been on a hot streak lately. A part of the No Jumper Texas Tour, I got to see him at the show in Austin and for an opener, he had the crowd jumping. “Like A Rocket” was by far his biggest song, and had the whole crowd singing along. It currently is sitting at 55k plays on SoundCloud after 4 months and I would imagine continues to grow as his popularity increases.

A few days ago he dropped off the visual directed by Ronnie Lewis, and got it hosted on Elevators mammoth YouTube channel boasting almost 1 million subscribers. Rizzoo is making all the right moves, check out the video and stay tuned for more.

SPOTLIGHT: SAMO6 debuts “SAMO IS ALIVE” EP with beats from Texas-producer STEELO FOREIGN

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The SAMO IS ALIVE EP is our first introduction to SAMO6. He shows up with a tape exclusively produced by fellow Texas creative and heavily sought out producer, Steelo Foreign. I was genuinely surprised with this tape when SAMO sent it over to me. The tape is filled with luxurious up-tempo beats and laid back flows from SAMO.

This introduction is suiting for the new artist as he dives into a new sound we’ve yet to explore, with melodic-monotone deliveries and a unique repetitiveness that gives some new flare to an already familiar sound. While the monotone delivery can be a turn off to some, the beats from Steelo give it a high replay value, providing a smooth journey throughout the project.

TOP TRACK:

“Runaway” – The second track on the EP embodies the whole sound of the project. The uptempo beat by Steelo is a heater, paired with an uptempo delivery from SAMO provides the listener with a dope track to listen to before diving into the rest of the project. Definitely will have this one on repeat.

After hearing a few quality singles from SAMO, I’m excited to see where he goes for here. They mysterious sounds and few visuals can go a long way into creating SAMO’s character. We’ll be here to watch.

Stream and take a listen below to the new project and let us know what you think!

Spotlight: K.C.J. drops his debut project, and it includes some of Austin’s best.

VIBES Edited CoverIn 2 or 3 years, we’re going to be able to look back at Austin’s rap scene and pinpoint the turning point. It feels like 2017 is that shift. With new artists popping up seemingly every month bringing new sounds to the table, there has not been a shortage of good music coming out of the 512 this year. While hundreds of artists still flood SoundCloud with their singles and mixtape hoping to get found, more and more know exactly what it takes to build a brand the moment they come into the game. Austin’s own, K.C.J., is one of those who knows how to make an entrance.

His debut album, Vibes, is not only a great first project but a collection of the best sounds out of Austin. One genre isn’t enough to categorize it as it floats between R&B and Rap on almost every song. An introspective journey that features plenty of heartbreak, nights fueled by lean and drugs and the confidence that grows as you make it through that journey. The list of features is long, but Popped Cherry regulars like The Teeta and TEDDYTHELEGACY make appearances alongside other area standouts like Aaron Moss, the beautifully voiced London Monet, Freequency, K Gunna, and a handful of others.

The standout on this project has to be the production. Mason Flynt, Steelo Foreign, 1080, Polo, Chris Winston, and Atlanta’s Bosssbeatz really help craft a consistent and deep sound on Vibes. K.C.J. is in his element. With any new artist building a sound, a project of this size this early, usually is a collection of a bunch of different ideas and competing sounds. I never got that feeling with Vibes, K.C.J. knows where he fits and keeps it consistent for an impressive 15 songs.

Top Songs: 

  1. Hallelujah ft. TEDDYTHELEGACY – This catchy single produced by 1080 really captures the sound of the entire project for me. Teddy adds some depth to the hook and K.C.J.’s catchy “Got a lot of diamonds like I just bought the Jeweler” is going to have this one on repeat for a long time.
  2. No Love ft. Aaron Moss, The Teeta – One of the singles that dropped before the project, has racked up over 25k plays on SoundCloud. Produced by 1080, No Love is an angsty anthem for showing no love to haters, girls, and anybody that isn’t rocking with you. Teeta’s verse is top notch. This is one of those rare songs that you could play in the club, in the whip, and by yourself.
  3. All Day – One of the more rap centric songs on Vibes is the first one. Produced by 1080, All Day starts the tape off with a banger. K.C.J. impresses me with his ability to open up emotionally, have it be relatable and still catchy enough to keep on repeat no matter the mood I’m in. This is a great one.

I’m excited to see what comes next from K.C.J., he has definitely staked his share of the scene and shown that he can build and curate an incredibly deep project full of features and producers. Sometimes that skill is far more important then who has the best rhymes or flow. For that stuff will come with practice and more hours in the studio. For right now, K.C.J. knows the scene and what makes it tick as good as anybody. Listen to Vibes below and find the project on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, and Google Play.