With the year winding down, I just want to take a moment to show some love to a project that I felt like glossed skipped over by the majority. I found Peak in an article somewhere in like May, and was honestly blown away by the fully developed and organic sound, truly bare and honest lyrics, and a wave of emotion packed into each track. Probably the most interesting part of this album is that it’s Chokers debut, self-produced and self-released. Blending indie pop nuances with a Hip Hop core and some artistic embellishments, Peak has a wide soundscape that reminds me of a lovechild of Frank Ocean and Toro Y Moi with a dash of Joy Division. Chokers spoken word style flow puts you right in the middle of each scenario he describes, pulling you in with scenes of love, heartbreak and growth. The instruments are tightly contained and all over the play at the same time. One moment they can be soft and subtle, and the next you can be hit over the head with beautifully aggressive kick drums and synthesizers, shown in the breakdown in Sunflower and the production on Moshka. If you take the time to listen, this project really checks all the boxes of a good record. I don’t wanna sit here and give you a massive breakdown of the album, that’s not the point of this. I just wanna let everyone know, if you skip this one, you’ve skipping easily one of the best projects of the year.
New Braunfels rapper Lil Ooh really just turned up the heat. His lastest offering LOOKATDEES has gained a lot of steam since he dropped it, so its only right that he pairs it with his cleanest video yet. Ooh is one of the most hardworking artists in central Texas, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets some serious shine. Check the David Jiang shot visuals below.
It really be the artists around you with the most genuine and authentic sound. Jay$teez and Eddie B linked up for Diamonds, and it’s one of the best underground songs I’ve heard in a minute. The laid back, soulful, and jazzy instrumental is so infectious you could listen to it by without vocals, and both artists know how to ride, Jay$teez bringing the melodies while Eddie B hitting with bars like “put the ring on the game like it’s Smeagol” for all my nerdy niggas. Listen to the track below.
Already back to work after hitting us with his latest body of work Gucci Durag Chronicles II, AJ Bray blessed us with a new hit. Produced by Izak, who’s careers starting to heat up himself, Make It Quick shows off AJs talent who instantly quotable lyrics and perfectly riding a rhythm with his delivery. Listen to Make It Quick below, and be sure to peep GD2 here.
Khawaja has been putting in a lot of work recently. From dropping collab projects and singles, a solo project, and a handful of loosies, he’s had a busy year, and with this new track, he might just have a hit on his hands. His latest offering Sabr, arabic for patience, pays homage to his cultural roots, and shows us what it’s like to hungry, trying to make it in the game at any means necessary, and you can really feel that hunger come thru when you listen. He’s tired of being patient, he’s kicking the door down and forcing his way into the game. Khawaja has a seriously high production quality in his tracks, so you know the tape he’s got in the chamber is about to be major. Give Sabr a listen below.
San Marcos via New Braunfels rapper Lil Ooh came through with some heat, dropping his latest track lookatdees. The S.Diesel beat allows Ooh to bring forth the raw energy he’s known for as he takes a look at all the lames around him under a microscopes. He’s really been impressing with his recent output, so let’s hope he blesses the streets with a project soon. Listen to lookatdees below.
Texas City rapper Yung Fuji dropped off a visual for his track Lxner. The hazy xGod.Lifex x Pa$tor Herb$ production nicely complements Fujis flow and style, which he uses to prove why he’s easily up next. Once of the best voices in underground, his consistency and confidence in each of his tracks is steadily pushing him towards success. Check out the video 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.
One of the most underrated producers out right now, A.K.A. just dropped some new off for us, this time with a very different style. Performed by Keevee, Wanderlust is an ElectroR&B track that vibes really well and takes you to a different place. The pairing sort of reminds me of a young Aaliyah and Timbo collab from back in the day, a sultry voice and space age prouction that was the first step in redefining a sound. Peep 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.