The villain never wins in the movies, luckily that isnt the case for SAMO 6, with his new EP SUPERVILLIAN, SAMO is back and embraces being the bad guy this time around. The Austin, TX rapper sets the tone with this 6-track release with the first track “Woodstock”, letting you into a glimpse of the lifestyle of the young artist on the rise. After garnishing some relevance with reposts from trippie redd and more for his slowed down chopped up versions of your favorite songs, he’s now setting a trend with his own music. With production from Steelo Foreign, 16yrold, Sachy and a few more this tape is definitely worth the spins. Push play below, and dive into the world of a SUPERVILLIAN.
One of my favorites from the Texas underground, Lil Simba dropped off a new single today with “Goyard” produced by GoldNRhodes and mastered by Steelo Foreign. Coming in at just over 3 minutes, this one vibes heavy throughout the whole track. Simba brings 2 hard verses to the table and a chorus that has me hitting the replay button every time. I don’t remember hitting the repost button on Soundcloud so fast. The Austin rapper might be new to your timelines, but stay tuned, he’s got more singles and videos on the way.
Richy Hyliger has long been known for vibe heavy singles and catchy bars that run up an insane amount of plays on all platforms. This time he drops a full project on our heads. The 5 track EP titled FLUXUS featuring production from CashMoneyAp, Steelo Foreign, and more. A member of the buzzing collective Anahata Militia, known for their creativity, style, wild performances and innovative sound, Richy doesn’t disappoint with FLUXUS.
Featuring the hit “Already” produced by djsaucyrex which has already run up 18k listens on Soundcloud, the project is relatively short. With a play time of just over 13 minutes, and only one song over 3 minutes, Richy has mastered the high replay value I always speak about. Keeping your songs short and catchy makes me hit that replay button over and over again.
“Delorean” produced by riclaflare will probably be your girls favorite song this weekend, the poppy beat mixed with Richy’s locked in autotune leaves me bobbing my head the whole song. “Sleepless Nights” produced by Texas producer Steelo Foreign is a jam The ascending keys, mixed with pounding 808’s sounds great when you’re doing 90 on the interstate, trust me.
My favorite joint on the project is “Both” produced by CashMoneyAP, the platinum selling producer who looks to build off an insanely big 2017. Richy’s tantalizing chorus mixed with the bass heavy production leaves me wanting more and more. Listen to the full EP below and let us know what you think. You can also catch Richy performing at JG & Friends in Dallas on March 3rd.
“My bitch act like she don’t know, she got options, I got hoes”
Bubbling Texas artist Trae Cane returns to our pages with a bang. This time linking with Chicago’s own and new G.O.O.D music signee Valee for a vibe heavy record titled “Heard Of”. While in Chicago this summer shooting his “On My Own” video with Cole Bennett,Trae had his team reach out to Valee to see if they could make a play. A few hours after Valee’s show that night they linked at Classick Studios and got to work.
The Steelo Foreign produced record gets you hooked off the jump. The Texas producer has worked with plenty of big names and now adds Valee to the list as his production keeps getting better and more refined. The bass and 808’s bang, but the synth provides a nice laid back feel making this a perfect record for the whip (skrrt off).
Trae Cane sets the tone, both verses are nice and smooth and gets you hooked with lavish references and plenty of designer name drops as Valee comes in for the second verse and does his thing. Trae Cane announced today he is dropping his debut full length album Holograms on March 1st with some major features from Yung Bambi, Billyracxx, Baby Guwop, and more. Stay tuned for more, and make sure to listen below and let us know what you think. Follow Trae Cane on Spotify here.
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.
“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!
In 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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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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.
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.