In 2018 the rap climate would tell you we don’t come across a rapper spitting bars very often, certainly not on the internet. Blogs would have you believing true lyricists have been sent fleeing to the shadowed corners of open mic venues or J. Cole fan pages. In their defense, very rarely do we stumble upon a rapper who can appeal to both hemispheres.
However on Tuesday off a tip from an industry leader in town, Houston’s Doeman came across our inbox with the best thing we’ve heard this week. The Southside artist had the internet buzzing yesterday with the release of his new Bird Medina directed video “Barrio God II Intro”. The J Cardenas produced track is everything you want with a haunting melody paired with aggressive drums. Riding in on an old Chevrolet convertible, Doeman doesn’t skip a beat as he talks his shit. His second verse calling out our governments twisted Immigration laws, a talking point for many but a daily occurrence and obstacle many Texans are faced with.
With over 10 million Hispanics in Texas, Doeman has the ability to do what most artists can’t. With compelling bars, and a natural swagger that growing up in Houston can teach you, he has the ability to build a platform that nobody else in Texas has shown they can stand on. It just so happens that it’s something the whole state can get behind.
With his project Barrio God II on the way soon, and rumored collaborations with Cardiak, Willie B from TDE, and Scoop Deville after a recent trip out to Los Angeles, Doeman is an artist who might level up before you catch your breath. Stay tuned for more.
Houston’s new wave has been making a lot of noise with the likes of Trill Sammy, Dice Soho, Sad Frosty, Maxo Kream, and more getting nationwide attention. Looking to break his music beyond the barriers of the Lone Star State, Burger Man has been preparing himself for quite some time to be an outlier in Houston’s music scene. Catching the nation’s attention with his retro-inspired visual, “Fuck College” and now he’s back to apply pressure with his Pablo Aguilar directed music video, “Hunt’. Seems like Burger is making all the necessary moves to build some buzz in the busy city of Houston. Check out the video below.
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.
The biggest city in Texas has no shortage of musical influence. Houston’s 627 square miles offers countless talent, and a million lanes. In the midst of the recent wave of artists like Trill Sammy, Dice Soho, and Maxo Kream laying their foundation in the city, Space City has seen numerous artists feeding into that alternative lane. One of the newest selections in this new lane for Houstonians is Nick Ryan. Channeling his inner Majid Jordan, Ryan’s autotune croons over an open soundscape. While I found the autotune to be overused, “Found”, the lead single for his upcoming project, “Lost & Found”, offers a listener a good idea of what Ryan can bring to the table. I look forward to hearing more from the kid from Houston.
With a project in the works, buzzing Houston artist Rizzoo Rizzoo has been creating a wave for himself over the last year delivering infectious single after single. I had the opportunity to catch him live during the No Jumper Maxo Kream tour last year and he had one of the best sets I’ve seen in a long time. He emits flavor and high energy no matter where he goes building attention for his upcoming mixtape Nawfside Huncho.
Part of that roll out, is the new gravitating visual for his song, “4 Deep”. Although it strays from the hit-making Rizzoo that fans have grown to love, it shows more of an egier/serious side of his artistry and a deeper look into how far he’s come as a melodic lyricist. As he’s gaining more traction, we definitely recommend getting hip to what the “Nawfside Huncho” has cooking.
Khawaja stays with the hits. The Houston artist dropped a smooth, somber, energetic ballad that makes you feel. RIP shows a change of pace for the artist, with vibrant production from Cash Money AP and 30Hertz that really breathes life to the story he’s telling and putting you in the mood for Hennessy and texts you’ll regret in the morning. Listen to it below.
After a haitus, the Backyard Noise gang is back in full effect with their new single Distance. Each member delivers a verse that presents their own style and character, while fitting together with seamless transitions. Spacey production from AKA provides an eerie knock that pushes the squad to another level. Be on the lookout for more from the crew coming very very soon.
Fresh off the release of her last record that was exclusively hosted by Elevator, Samantha Stone is back with a new heart break anthem titled, “I Don’t.” The record is a collaborative effort between her and Dallas, TX. based singer John Rose. John began to receive overwhelming attention in 2017 as his debut single Beautiful reached 2.8 million plays, a landmark accomplishment for an unsigned artist making music from his home that led to a recording deal with New York’s 300 Entertainment. The two singers gracefully intertwine over an airy and melodic production that showcases both of their lyrical ability and vocal prowess.
“The song is about being so infatuated with an ex lover, while trying to get over them at the same time. I had a love so toxic and dangerous, I knew I had to get away. I didn’t want to feel miserable anymore and the only thing I could do was run away.” – Samantha Stone
The chemistry of artist and producer is arguably the most important thing in rap right now. Like, everybody wants to work with Metro, but not everybody can even fit with what he brings to the table (cough, Nav & Big Sean, cough). More than ever we just hear artists rapping over beats sent to them, sounding good to the ear but lacking true depth, and it’s honestly become rare to hear something that sounds truly organic. Sometimes though, if you look hard enough, you might find collaborations that fit like a glove.
Members of the Backyard Noize collective, Lona and A.K.A. are no strangers to working to together, yet this project is the first time everything has felt so tight knit. A.K.A.s vibrant, bouncy production style is in full force, matching Lona’s voice and delivery very well, whether he’s holding a melody or delivering a verse. He has a talent for remaining distinct with his sound while keeping each beat unique in their own right, with their own life and style. A.K.A. steals the show with his feature on LUV 4 U as well, his R&B pseudonym Alvynne showing serious melodic ability. Lona’s versatility is one of his best qualities. Being able to transition between rapping and singing with ease is a highlight, his singing standing out on Precious Tyme, and 1998 Freestyle showing he can rap with the best of them over a classic feeling bounce.
Neither of these guys ever disappoint. Serving as an appetizer until Lona’s 346 album drops, Moment’s Notice is the blend of artist and producer connection that the game needs more of. Listen below.
After sweeping the streets with his single, “Location”, Houston’s NFL Cartel Bo plans to continues to add more fuel to the fire with is trap anthem, “Product”. Carrying the lyrical intensity he displayed on “Location”, Bo flexes his wordplay even more with the righteous delivery he infuses on this record. His voice, especially in the intro, triggers thoughts of early Rick Ross. Between the work of the hook and the alignment of the verses, it’s a descriptive tale of pressing xans, taking different people’s pack, advising drug dealers to know their legal limit, and more. Songs like these can go a long way in measuring Bo against some of today’s kingpins of the South, but will allow him to separate himself because he’s a Texas artist who’s riding a different wave. Follow him on IG here.