Some artists demand your attention whenever they pop up, and some artists keep your timeline consistently full of new content and music. One artist who has done the latter this year has been Austin’s underground hit-maker D. Brooks. Yesterday he dropped off his debut project Unorthodox Rockstar, a 10 track album chalked full of hype and a visual for his short song “6 for 6” filmed by buzzing Texas videographer Worthy Sire. The video is a look into D. Brooks brand, and sets the tone of the rest of the project.
Executively produced by tredyboi1hunna and TrigaFTW, with a few production credits to Ninetysixbeats and EldrickBeats, the projects’ consistent sound is the most impressive part. Rarely are artists able to find one or two producers who they consistently go back to each time. Brooks and tredyboi have a connection that will only continue to grow. Surprisingly, Unorthodox Rockstar was only dropped on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, and Google Play. Brooks has had great success on SoundCloud recently, racking up over 40k plays on just 6 songs this year, but continues the trend of artists skipping over the free platform as a way to have the music mean a little more then the stats that define SoundCloud culture…and to make a little money too I suppose.
“Fiji Water” is one of my favorite tracks, and the clear “industry single” on the project. A 808-heavy anthem from Tredy, D. Brooks does what he does best with an incredibly infections chorus and some of his best verses to date. Sometimes D has a tendency to try too hard, but this one is as effortless as MJ’s jumper. This one will be on repeat for the rest of the year.
“Mick Jagger” is another standout on a project full of singles. An ode to one of the greatest rockers of them all. Brooks mixes a few different flows, and is able to float all over the spacey production. Setting the scene of a wild party, all D see’s is hoes doing blow and getting stoned. We might need a visual for this one.
“Hello” is another track with industry single potential. The chorus and melody dominates the song, with a few short verses to keep it from getting too repetitive. I have a feeling this is the one all the shawty’s will rock to.
“Rockstar” holds the only feature on the project. Arkansas’ hit maker Tan The Terrible freestyles a melodic verse that bangs. This one goes crazy, and has been on repeat ever since it was released back in April. The two met at SXSW last year and vibed enough to make this magic, hopefully we hear them both on a track again soon.
I already know this project will be underrated, it requires a slightly longer attention span than most are willing to give, but if you listen through the entire project, I promise you will walk away with a favorite song and a new artist to keep an eye on. Brooks has shown an insane amount of growth over the last 6-8 months, this one might not be the project to blow him up, but at this rate… it’s going to happen eventually.
Listen to Unorthodox Rockstar in its entirety below.