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WHOISBAMA – RUN IT UP

Texas rapper WhoisBama dropped of some visuals for his track Run It Up. Directed by Leke Laflair (one of the best out rn), this is one of the cleanest videos I’ve seen in the underground, for one of the catchiest tracks I’ve heard in a minute. Bama is super commanding on the song, projecting his presence all over with a lot of energy and confidence. Watch the video below, check out Bama’s music here, and see more work from Leke here.

PNTHN – Potluck

Making major waves in the central Texas area for a minute now, the ascension of the PNTHN boys has been very interesting to watch. They came in with their own swag, super high energy at shows, and a greater attention to detail in their music than a lot of niggas out, plus they’re always making the right moves to keep all eyes on them. They just dropped Potluck, an 6 song EP that shows they just keep getting better with time. Every member brings something unique with their verses, and their in house producers, Por Vida & Romby, are some of the best in the area. Each track holds serious weight, with Chrome and Vigilantes being some major standouts. Listen to Potluck below.

“Red Bottom Heels” by Taylor is about to be your girlfriends favorite song

Screen Shot 2017-12-28 at 10.29.36 AMA good friend recently put me onto a relatively unknown artist who goes by Taylor. When I clicked on the Texas crooner’s soundcloud I was surprised by how low-key this guy was. The music blew me away. “Red Bottom Heels” or “RBH” is a certified hit. While it could be mixed/mastered better, Taylor oozes the confidence and voice of somebody who belongs on a much bigger stage. Mixing singing with a melodic rap verse, the track blends perfectly and never misses a step.

I took a minute and checked out the rest of his project, released this past summer, and it’s full of good music. This man is playing with a lot of potential and under the right guidance can really do big things. Goes to show you, doesn’t matter the followers or the plays or the stats… there is a lot of good music out there made by talented artists waiting to be heard. Open your ears.

JMAC The Dragon – The Wait (Prod. A.K.A.)

For the past few years, JMAC the Dragon has been a soldier on his grind. He’s consistently shown a strong pen game and a serious hunger for success, and he enforces that even more with his latest, The Wait. He’s delivering every line with a newfound energy, fully owning his sound, flow, and style, and the A.K.A. production is powerful, the grimy melody and heavy bass making each bar feel harder than the last. Peep the wait below and be on the lookout for what else JMAC has in store.

JahleelFaReaL returns with a slick visual for “No Feel”

JahleelFaReaL returns to our pages with a slick new video for “No Feel”. The Texas artist has seen some serious growth over the last few months from doing packed shows in Austin to dropping steady content. Jahleel takes control of all aspects on “No Feel”, completely self-producing the record, directing and editing the video. It’s this self taught talent that intrigues me about Jahleel’s records, as his story grows with each release. Check out the video below.

Check out more of JahleelFaReaL’s catalog below.

Jay$teez ft. Eddie B – Diamonds

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.

Ca$h Fendi releases a crisp visual for “Shy Bitch”

As the Houston sound continues to flourish with more and more people aiming to differentiate themselves as artists, but it’s only so many who are going to make the cut as far as getting to the next level. One artist in particular, Ca$h Fendi has been growing allScreen Shot 2017-11-30 at 3.44.55 PM this year and he plans to make his big splash with his debut project, Creme De Le Creme this winter. In process of releasing his project, Fendi unleashes the flawless visual for his single, “Shy Bitch”.

The Lil Wayne sampled record displays Fendi being surrounded by beautiful women and large masses of blunt smoke. The Northside bred product is poised to be one of Houston’s promising acts in this upcoming year, stay tuned for what he has in store. Check out his video below and stay plugged to Popped Cherry for an upcoming interview with Ca$h and his debut project dropping December 7th.

AJ Bray – Make It Quick

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.

Lona – Stay Sleep

Houston’s Lona is on a wave to the next level. His grind and commitment to his art paired with his levelheadedness translates very smoothly into his music. Stay Sleep is his latest single from his upcoming album 346, telling all those who aren’t rocking with him to keep that same energy when he’s at the top. The A.K.A. production is dark and aggressive, perfectly matching Lona’s energy as his spits about his come up and the ups and downs that come with putting your all into this shit. People might think the game is all about the limelight, but Lona shows us not everything that glitters is gold. Listen to Stay Sleep below.

SPOTLIGHT: Grizz’s “Texxaco Shawty” is full of hard hitting street anthems

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Austin’s Grizz has been building and crafting his sound for awhile now. The Team Next member has been dropping consistent heat for the last 3 years and gained plenty of notoriety around the area after his 5353 EP dropped at the beginning of 2017. It’s been straight uphill since then, putting out a bevy of singles and solidifying his sound by working with frequent contributor Scoop Jackson, and fellow Texas producer LDevell.

That momentum lead to the release of Texxaco Shawty, the 8 track project hosted by NTRL is chalked full of bass booming street anthems. One thing that always stands out on a Grizz record is the production. Learn it from Grizz, get the best engineering and production money can buy, cause it goes a long way. Texxaco Shawty doesn’t disappoint. Scoop did a masterful job mixing the project, making sure the sound was consistent throughout the 8 tracks.

Grizz has the ability to blend small amounts of auto-tune when he needs it, with hard cutting lyrics that could really fit on any beat. The energy is always high, and it’s incredibly easy to feed off of that when you’re listening. Grizz is a low-key dude, which only adds to the mystique and character, so anytime he drops something you have to listen.

Top Songs

“Skurt” 2 – skr skr skr skr skr skr SKURTTT. Easily my favorite record on the project, the LDevell produced beat is as classic as it gets. Heavy bass and bells with interlaying keys lays a solid foundation for an uptempo Grizz. Also, out of all the “skr skr’s” in rap nowadays Grizz makes his completely original, this chorus is gold.

“Flexas” – After getting the inside scoop on the next project Grizz is dropping (right around the corner) track number 4 is a look into what we’ll be hearing more from Grizz. A nice laid back approach with all the same content matter, this one vibes really well. Scoop Jackson is the best producer in Texas in my opinion, this one doesn’t disappoint. The combo is magic. “Flexas” going to be on repeat for awhile.

I know I only picked 2, but I could legit put the whole tape on the Top Songs list. This is my favorite project from Grizz to date, can’t wait to see the buzz when the next one drops. Take a listen to Texxaco Shawty below. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think or what your favorite track is.