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Texas artist Robot has a banger with “Camera”

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.

PREMIERE: Ain’t shit sweet on this side, Grizz is back at ya neck with “Rydah”.

Don’t think everything is sweet in the hippie-friendly, bike riding capitol of Texas. Grizz, a member of the prolific Austin rap group Next Gang, is back with a reminder of who is really at ya’lls neck out here. Surround by his gun-toating, pitbull wielding cohorts, the Xpensive Visuals directed video displays classic Grizz aesthetic. While far from commercial appeal, “Rydah” provides classic Texas underground allure and an intimate look inside the Kngofthawoods perspective.

Produced by 20gs, “Rydah” is classic trap production, heavy 808’s with tantalizing synth giving way to Grizz’s deep distorted vocals. Be careful though, play this one in the whip and cops might just pull you over on sight. Grizz has been putting out heat for the last year, true underground fans can find some diamonds in his catalog including songs with Lil Tracy, Mackned, The Teeta, and Swagga P. With a new website unveiled, music, and merch on the way, expect to see Grizz’s name popping up again and again the rest of this year.

Qmaine aka 77 Birds unleashes a high quality visual for his single “Gotti”

Austin’s Qmaine always grabs my attention when he releases something. Known for high energy songs and high quality videos, the guy who goes by 77 Birds isn’t shy in sharing that he makes music in hopes that it makes the listener feel something. In order to receive emotion from something you have to put emotion in… and Qmaine is un-apologeticly himself at all times. I wish more artists were this way.

Filmed by Chino Chase and Paradise Bleu, “Gotti” plays around with some 90’s filters edited by Q himself. The video shows off a beautiful girl stuck at home while Qmaine is out on the road making plays. Every hustler has had some sacrifices to get where they are, and Qmaine definitely has a story to tell.

Check out “Gotti” below and let us know what you think.

Teeta’s clever wordplay and chilling cadence make his new single “Couches” one of our favorites of the year.

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Austin’s The Teeta is back on our pages with a seriously infectious single titled “Couches” produced by the talented Netherfriends. The hard hitting record gives way to Teeta’s lo-fi style, creating imagery for the listener through clever wordplay and a chilling cadence. Teeta has the ability to make songs seem effortless, this is one of those.

This isn’t the first time the two have linked up, the frequent collaborators have worked on several tracks from each artists catalog. The production on “Couches” goes to show how talented Netherfriends can be. We won’t stop playing this one for a long time. Let us know what you think!

The Bishop’s are stars on the rise, and getting better with each release

I admit it, I can’t stop listening to “No Breaks”. It could be the tantalizing keys produced by Troy, how Cara Bishop’s sultry voice meshes with Chris’ verses, or the way The Bishop’s always make you feel like everything going on in your life is temporary and that something bigger is coming.

The sibling trio from Austin keeps getting better with each release, and that’s a scary sight because they’re already really good. With the buzz slowly building, and a fan base that consistently turns out to see them play live, the sky is truly the limit and I’m anxious for them to get there.

Austin’s hard hitting Grizz continues to drop heat with “Savage”

Grizz turns the heat up just in time for a Texas summer with the hard hitting single “Savage” produced by BosssBeatz. The Atlanta producer continues to provide absolute fire for a growing number of Texas artists as his Killstreak collaboration projects with fellow Next Gang member Teeta opened up the doors to a lot of new opportunities. I hope it doesn’t stop, based on what Grizz did on “Savage”, we could see a lot of successful collab projects in the future.

Grizz has been one of the most consistent artists out of central Texas over the last year, dropping countless hot singles and projects certified for the street. If you haven’t gotten familiar, we think this is a strong introduction. Stream “Savage” below and let us know what you think.

Lamadi and B$uperior keep it low-key on new banger “Gosha”

2018 for the young kids, and nobody been moving harder then Austin’s B$uperior. He links up with buzzing Atlanta artist Lamadi on a low-key banger produced by Tarzan. It’s emphasis on the production and the quiet laid back lyrics give “Gosha” a high replay value. Both artists performed in Austin last month to a raucous crowd, and the energy is spot on with this one. Run this one up for the boys below.

Search and K.C.J drop some heat with “Secure the Bag”

The music dropping out of Austin keeps getting better and better and the city continues to craft it’s sound. Always looked at as the little brother to industry powerhouses Houston and Dallas, Austin is prime for a big 2018. Two Austin artists that have gained some steam are Search and K.C.J, and they come together for a classic sounding banger produced by 20grams. “Secure the Bag” features a hard hitting chorus and a few solid verses. This is the first I’ve heard from Search but it appears he’s doing some big numbers on Soundcloud. K.C.J looks to build off a successful album release in 2017. Rumor is he has a Quin NFN collab on the way. Take a listen to “Secure the Bag” below.

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.