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.
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.
Austin’s R&B killer TEDDYTHELEGACY has been dropping heat lately so we gotta show love. First, “Pain” produced by Jimmy Dukes catches Teddy in his feels, andshows off some more bars then we’re used to. Speaking on some real shit and turning that into great music isn’t easy to do, Teddy makes it look easy.
This past week he dropped off a remix of Travis Scott’s “A Man” and absolutely kills it. Sounding a little like Bryson Tiller on the verses isn’t a bad thing, Teddy took a Travis Scott song and turned it into his own shit. I’m going to have this one on repeat.
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.
Khawaja just can’t be stopped. His production is impactful, and he continues to push himself artistically, which shows with each new release. Linking with Arthur Black on the production, Picture Perfect shows Khawaja catering more towards his pop sensibilities with the structure, the production knocks like straight hip hop. The synths are soft and light, but the 808s kick you in the chest, in a good way. I love to see an artists versatility, and with Khawaja, you never know what’s coming next. Arthur Black is making a name for himself as well, and this is a huge step in the right direction. Picture Perfect is sure to get the parties jumping all fall. Check it below.
Houston songstress, Damaria, drops her debut EP tonight at 9pm. Following up on the successful release of “Never Find Another”, she drops another cut off the album with “Friday Night”. R&B doesn’t always need to be full of Chris Brown dance moves, and catchy choruses. Classic R&B is a vibe, it’s a feeling, it’s addicting. Produced by Soulful808s, “Friday Night” is a fresh rewind on that classic feel. Damaria is one of my favorite artists right now, and we’ll be posting her EP Love Overdxse as soon as it drops tonight. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Rising Houston songstress Damaria delivers us an enticing and captivating video for her Summer single “Never Find Another”. Directed, filmed, and edited by the crazy talented Ciara Boniface, the video shows Damaria pushed to the brink by love. Shot almost like a short film, “Never Find Another” tells a story of being decieved by someone you’re in love with, and coming to the realization that you aren’t the “only one”. One of my favorite videos of the year to this point, Ciara Boniface is a true star behind the lens, and Damaria has the makings of a star in front of it.
Produced by StevieBBeatz, the production quality of the song is excellent. Sometimes engineers and producers can over-mix female vocals but not in this case; the quality of her voice shines through. I heard the song before watching the video and thought it was good, but didn’t think too much of it. Don’t get me wrong, Damaria kills it. However, sometimes with songs like these, you need to put a face to the music to really connect – and the video did all of that and more.
Damaria drops her debut EP this month, and “Never Find Another” definitely takes the place of a lead single. With really only Kehlani, SZA, and the legendary Mary J. Blige delivering great female R&B albums this year, the market for another R&B star is wide open. With the right push, I think the ceiling is very high for Damaria. Stay tuned to Popped Cherry for more on the talented Houston artist.
We post a lot of Austin rap on Popped Cherry but TEDDYTHELEGACY reminds us it’s still R&B season with his song “Told Her” featuring Cedd Bo$$. He pairs the release with a new video directed by Michael Sterling that shows some slick drone footage of Mt. Bonnell. I feel like Teddy’s sound has some crazy potential and “Told Her” is another step in the right direction.