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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.