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SPOTLIGHT: SAMO6 debuts “SAMO IS ALIVE” EP with beats from Texas-producer STEELO FOREIGN

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The SAMO IS ALIVE EP is our first introduction to SAMO6. He shows up with a tape exclusively produced by fellow Texas creative and heavily sought out producer, Steelo Foreign. I was genuinely surprised with this tape when SAMO sent it over to me. The tape is filled with luxurious up-tempo beats and laid back flows from SAMO.

This introduction is suiting for the new artist as he dives into a new sound we’ve yet to explore, with melodic-monotone deliveries and a unique repetitiveness that gives some new flare to an already familiar sound. While the monotone delivery can be a turn off to some, the beats from Steelo give it a high replay value, providing a smooth journey throughout the project.

TOP TRACK:

“Runaway” – The second track on the EP embodies the whole sound of the project. The uptempo beat by Steelo is a heater, paired with an uptempo delivery from SAMO provides the listener with a dope track to listen to before diving into the rest of the project. Definitely will have this one on repeat.

After hearing a few quality singles from SAMO, I’m excited to see where he goes for here. They mysterious sounds and few visuals can go a long way into creating SAMO’s character. We’ll be here to watch.

Stream and take a listen below to the new project and let us know what you think!

Spotlight: K.C.J. drops his debut project, and it includes some of Austin’s best.

VIBES Edited CoverIn 2 or 3 years, we’re going to be able to look back at Austin’s rap scene and pinpoint the turning point. It feels like 2017 is that shift. With new artists popping up seemingly every month bringing new sounds to the table, there has not been a shortage of good music coming out of the 512 this year. While hundreds of artists still flood SoundCloud with their singles and mixtape hoping to get found, more and more know exactly what it takes to build a brand the moment they come into the game. Austin’s own, K.C.J., is one of those who knows how to make an entrance.

His debut album, Vibes, is not only a great first project but a collection of the best sounds out of Austin. One genre isn’t enough to categorize it as it floats between R&B and Rap on almost every song. An introspective journey that features plenty of heartbreak, nights fueled by lean and drugs and the confidence that grows as you make it through that journey. The list of features is long, but Popped Cherry regulars like The Teeta and TEDDYTHELEGACY make appearances alongside other area standouts like Aaron Moss, the beautifully voiced London Monet, Freequency, K Gunna, and a handful of others.

The standout on this project has to be the production. Mason Flynt, Steelo Foreign, 1080, Polo, Chris Winston, and Atlanta’s Bosssbeatz really help craft a consistent and deep sound on Vibes. K.C.J. is in his element. With any new artist building a sound, a project of this size this early, usually is a collection of a bunch of different ideas and competing sounds. I never got that feeling with Vibes, K.C.J. knows where he fits and keeps it consistent for an impressive 15 songs.

Top Songs: 

  1. Hallelujah ft. TEDDYTHELEGACY – This catchy single produced by 1080 really captures the sound of the entire project for me. Teddy adds some depth to the hook and K.C.J.’s catchy “Got a lot of diamonds like I just bought the Jeweler” is going to have this one on repeat for a long time.
  2. No Love ft. Aaron Moss, The Teeta – One of the singles that dropped before the project, has racked up over 25k plays on SoundCloud. Produced by 1080, No Love is an angsty anthem for showing no love to haters, girls, and anybody that isn’t rocking with you. Teeta’s verse is top notch. This is one of those rare songs that you could play in the club, in the whip, and by yourself.
  3. All Day – One of the more rap centric songs on Vibes is the first one. Produced by 1080, All Day starts the tape off with a banger. K.C.J. impresses me with his ability to open up emotionally, have it be relatable and still catchy enough to keep on repeat no matter the mood I’m in. This is a great one.

I’m excited to see what comes next from K.C.J., he has definitely staked his share of the scene and shown that he can build and curate an incredibly deep project full of features and producers. Sometimes that skill is far more important then who has the best rhymes or flow. For that stuff will come with practice and more hours in the studio. For right now, K.C.J. knows the scene and what makes it tick as good as anybody. Listen to Vibes below and find the project on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, and Google Play.

 

TRAE CANE RELEASES VISUALS FOR “ON MY OWN” FILMED BY COLE BENNETT

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-12 at 10.09.31 AMTrae Cane has been on a huge viral push the last few months. “On My Own” produced by Steelo Foreign boasts 18.5k plays on SoundCloud after 2 months, and Trae went out and got the biggest name in rap videos this year to take it to the next level. Yesterday the Austin rapper released a video directed by Lyrical Lemonade’s Cole Bennett. If you have seen any Cole Bennett video in the past, you’re guaranteed to be wow’d by the creativity, animation, and coloring and this visual is no exception. Shot in downtown Chicago with the help of an icy white Tesla X, “On My Own” comes to life. Check out the video below.

Austin’s TRAE CANE surprises us with 3 new visuals from his EP “DIGITS”

Yesterday out of the blue, Austin’s TRAE CANE released visuals for 3 songs off his 2016 EP Digits. The project put TRAE on a lot of peoples radars and are still racking up plays a year later. Fully produced by Texas hitmaker Steelo Foreign each song brings its own vibe to the table and helped create a sound that TRAE has built on with his releases this year. Each video was directed by frequent Anahata Milityia contributor Dak.ta. Watch all 3 videos below.

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SWIDLIFE presents “Ascension” featuring TRAECANE, BILLYRACXX, XANSOLEAUX + more

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As if the music weekend couldn’t get any better, our homies over at SWIDLIFE dropped their 1st curated mixtape and it’s full of some of the best underground sounds in the game. SWIDLIFE is one of the best platforms shining light on some of the best, most slept on artists. The 8 track mixtape titled Ascension pegs some major Texas heat too. Here are the tracks that standout to me the most.

Billyracxx & OG Chess (prod. AGKeyz)

Houston links up for a track with no apparent name, but it doesn’t matter. Billyracxx’s energy is locked in and he delivers the perfect melody. With his recent single “Wonderland” and now this, I’m confident he is on the brink of blowing up. OG Chess offers a simple verse over the spacey AGKeyz production but it’s all he needs to do, Billyracxx kills this. It’s a perfect way to start off Ascension.

GuapOut – TRAE CANE (prod. Steelo Foreign)

One of the hottest artist/producer combos in Texas drops another heater with “GuapOut”. The SWIDLIFE exclusive is produced by the talented Steelo Foreign, and the beat continues the astral synth theme that is noticeable throughout the mixtape. “GuapOut” is Trae at his most braggadocios, and he doesn’t slow down. The motivational hustler music that has made TRAE CANE so popular should have everybody trying to bring the guap out.

The Colour Black – XansoleauX (prod. XansoleauX)

My favorite track on the tape comes from a San Antonio artist by the name of XansoleauX. Self produced, the beat is so intricate and haunting, at first I thought it was just an instrumental track. It sets the tone for the darkness of Xan’s verse when he comes in. Full of energy, I’m praying we get a creative visual for this one.  The producer can sing and rap, and we all know how successful that combination can be. I’m excited to hear more from XansoleauX.

**HONORABLE MENTION** Elixir – Anthony Rogers (prod. Mayeniac, Bricc Flair, and Sonorous) 

The last song of the mixtape goes out with a bang. “Elixir” is an autotune-laced record you could hear on a Future x The Weekend collaboration. Rogers makes it seem easy, even when switching up his flow mid verse he stays on point. I don’t know much about Anthony Rodgers quite yet, but if Elixir is a promise for what’s to come I expect huge things from the Pennsylvania rapper/producer.

Listen to the whole tape below.

Trae Cane & Steelo Foreign create a wavy vibe “She Kno”

Austin artist Trae Cane links up with Steelo Foreign for a jazzy track. The song is sampled from Mac Demarco’s Shigeo Sekito – “the word II”. Steelo Foreign has his own twist to the instrumentals making it mesh with Trae Cane’s sound flawlessly. Trae Cane takes things to another level by laying down some a catchy hook and wavy verse. Be on the look out for a new project from Trae Cane coming possibly this fall, till then take a listen to his newest single below.

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