After almost a year of being live on Austin’s KUTX 98.9, The Breaks have consistently used their platform to put local Austin artists like Al The Rippa, The Teeta, Deezie Brown, The Bishops, Jake Lloyd, and D. Brooks on the radio. Keeping their promise to the city and uplifting the urban culture has brought many new opportunities and created a bar that artists should strive to achieve. Playmakers and curators like Confucius and Fresh deserve tons of recognition for their dedication. They recently sat down with Austin Underground to discuss their show, their start, and some of their favorite artists.
If you would like to submit your music for a chance to be on the radio, submit your single to their Dropbox at firstname.lastname@example.org WAV FILES ONLY! Catch The Breaks on 98.9FM on Saturday nights from 11pm-1am.
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.
The Teeta and Bosssbeatz release their long awaited second collaboration project titled Killstreak II. The 9 track project contains plenty of new sounds from the Austin rapper who has grown to cult status over the last year with 6 album releases and countless videos/features.
Produced entirely by the talented Atlanta based producer Bosssbeatz who boasts credits on countless projects for Chxpo, P2TheGoldmask, ATL Smook, and more. Bosssbeatz fills the projects with heavy hitting beats with plenty of 808’s and tantalizing melodies.
Consisting of the hard hitting songs that have given Teeta the title of originator of Pretty Boy Trap to the emotional and self reflective music that has made him so popular, Killstreak II is fully encompassing. With the only features being from the buzzing Steven Cannon and Austin artist ImYoungin this project is bound to be another classic.
Austin radio station WBMPro
will be streaming the project in its entirety tonight at 7pm on www.wbmproradio.com
and Austin’s KUTX 98.9
will be hosting an in studio performance/interview that will be played Saturday night at 11pm.
Remember 15 years ago when it was virtually impossible to do a track with somebody across the world? Shoutout to god damn 2017, and getting consistently good music from around the world. This week Hxrman drops off quite the international single. The New Zealand rapper grabs a quick feature from rising underground Texas artist, The Teeta on a catchy single produced by the German producer [FELD].
“CATCHAPLANE2TEXAS” features a simple, catchy melody floating over some spacey production. New Zealand is a buzzing scene that you’ll definitely be hearing more from soon.
Brown State of Mind is teaming up with Space 24 Twenty and Urban Outfitters to bring you an end of the summer bash. All proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Harvey Relief. Performances by The Teeta, Mike Melinoe, Foray, Shiela, and II.XXI, some vendors, and a few surprises. See you at 2420 Guadalupe St.
RSVP @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/estival-at-urban-tickets-37055910225
Austin creative collective Human Influence is holding a benefit event for Hurricane Harvey Relief tonight at Mass Gallery in East Austin. Austin’s own, The Teeta is joined by Omenihu, Mike Melinoe, and Slim Gravy for a night full of talented performances. You can RSVP at www.influencehumans.com. $5-$10 donations are recommended. See ya’ll there!
Top Shelf Texas announced today that the national 40oz Bounce tour is coming to Austin, Texas on September 9th. If you know anything about 40oz Bounce, or attended the last one at SXSW, you know this will be turnt up!
Cop your tickets here.