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Under The Radar, Vol. 1

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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

 

Khawaja – RIP

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.

Lona – Stay Sleep

Houston’s Lona is on a wave to the next level. His grind and commitment to his art paired with his levelheadedness translates very smoothly into his music. Stay Sleep is his latest single from his upcoming album 346, telling all those who aren’t rocking with him to keep that same energy when he’s at the top. The A.K.A. production is dark and aggressive, perfectly matching Lona’s energy as his spits about his come up and the ups and downs that come with putting your all into this shit. People might think the game is all about the limelight, but Lona shows us not everything that glitters is gold. Listen to Stay Sleep below.

TwoHorizonRA x DC4Prez – Vigilantes

San Marcos rap collective The PNTHN is back at it again with Vigilantes, once more hitting you upside the head with some straight quality. The Por Vida instrumental is super smooth, nicely samples some orchestral sounds, and knocks very hard, serving as the perfect playground for 2 top notch MCs to spit that shit over. The back and forth repertoire between DC and RA on  impeccable, showcasing a strong chemistry that is replicated in almost every PNTHN track. Listen to the new heater below.

SHAMAN – Abuse ft. Paul Ke11y

Texas rapper Shamans new track is doing big numbers. Abuse is an anthem for anybody masking the bullshit they go through with the bottle just to get by. The realGRADEAMUSIC production is dark and ominous, adding to the songs Aesthetic, and Shamans lyrical introspection really makes you feel every word. Listen to the track below.

DC4Prez ft. Tony Tone – Jabroni

PNTHN members dc4prez and Tony Tone link up to destroy some Alchemist production with Jabroni. Contrary to what niggas these days will tell you, there’s a number of young  new artists coming with straight bars, and this is perfect evidence. The beat is top notch, and both DC and Tony beat it up like Tyson in his prime with their lyricism. Listen to Jabroni right fucking now, and be sure to peep The PNTHNs mixtape …From Disorder.

Duwap Kaine – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Still rolling off the Forever Kaine tape he dropped this summer, Duwap Kaine let loose a new collab with Pierre Bourne, titled Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Duwaps flow serves as the perfect complement for the production on the new track, and as we saw with Santa, these two have a certain chemistry has comes through really well when they work together. I definitely wouldn’t be opposed if they did an entire project together. Duwap may be one of the most slept on artists in the A right now, but his consistency can’t be questioned. Listen to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse below.

 

Listen To Dylan Cohl’s Death Proof EP

Houston’s Dylan Cohl is a new artist with a sound and style that has roots in Hip Hops classic down south era. His latest body of work, Death Proof, takes me back to the earlier 2000s with his flow, and the laid back southern sounds he brings forward remind me of early UGK or Geto Boys, but blends it with a modern swag to create something timeless.  He’ll definitely be one to look out for, bringing back the Texas Trill sound in a way that would make Bun B proud. Check out Death Proof below.

The PNTHN Drops Debut Tape “from disorder…”

San Marcos rap collective The PNTHN may have lowkey dropped one of the strongest debuts this year. from disorder… has raw energy, strong chemistry between the members, and bars that hit you upside like middle school kids when you get a haircut. From track to track you get hit with smooth as production that members like dc4prez an Kenny Casanova flow over with ease, and every single track is creative and has its own power. The whole project fits nicely together, yet each track is able to strongly stand on its own.With this just being their debut(like this is fire as shit), these small town boys have officially kicked the door in on the rap game, and are just getting started on taking shit over.  For a lack of better words, this shit brazy fam. Peep it below.