Hip Hop

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective "Shout Across Mountains"

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective has released a powerful, Talia Koylass directed, video for the lead single, "Shout Across Mountains", from their forthcoming album, Big Dark Bright Futures, which is due out October 16th.

This is the work of Mykele Deville, McKenzie Chinn, and Jeffrey Michael Austin, and this new album is the follow-up to their 2017 debut album WE HERE: Thank You For Noticing.

   

Kai Akili "Exit Skip."

Kai Akili has dropped his latest EP "Exit Skip." via Black Tide Entertainment. The two track, "Ari" & "Moving On (Interlude)" EP features production from Tano Daytona and is Akili's second release of 2020.

   

JusSol "Couch Surfer"

Singer/Songwriter/Rapper JusSol (f.k.a Sunnie Storm) recently released new Dutchboy produced single called "Couch Surfer". This is the Southside native's third single of 2020 and it is the perfect laid back and relaxed summer song.

   

Rags and Riches: Teeta's Wild Ride

 The Teeta and Netherfriends keep Austin’s arms pumping and heads banging with the rhyming rhythmical musical miracle, The Stimulus. The duo use bassy drums, rhyme and The Teeta’s deep flowy voice to develop an entire album which centers around money and the daily hustle. This LP is sure to make you amped up and relaxed at the same time with smooth vocals and vibrants beats.


Chill, yet powerful in beat and lyrics, The Stimulus has its own niche and takes you on a wild drum ride. The hi-hats serve to add some funk and light to the album, while the rhyme creates a flow. Coupled with this, the bassy reverb and kicks compliment Teeta’s deep voice and create a chill atmosphere.

The Stimulus serves as a prime new example of The Teeta’s work and really embodies the financial part of his life. With a consistent flow throughout the LP, we really begin to see how each individual element The Teeta talked about shaped his life. From the LP, it is evident there were highs and lows which all together shaped The Teeta.

With an album like this, The Teeta is sure to come out with many more solid hits in the future, and this album shows an entirely new playstyle for The Teeta. All-in-all, The Stimulus is a bassy hit which contrasts The Teetas floatier albums, like The Quarantine. As a listener, I am going to keep my eye on The Teeta while he goes global, because he sure will. 

- Eric Haney

   

Abhi The Nomad Drops New Single “Stay”

 

The thesis behind Abhi The Nomad's new single "Stay" is right there in the intro: this is a program about flow. 

 

Over the course of "Stay," his first release 2020 and featuring , the indie Austin rapper delivers a slick and crisp flow over an unwaveringly digestible beat; from Nintendo 64 references to relationship foundations, Abhi and austin hip-hop artist love-sadKID cover ground over the course of a two-and-a-half minute single. 

 

With the latest release, Abhi The Nomad distances himself a bit from the indie pop-adjacent ear worm stratosphere he inhabited on 2019's Modern Trash and centers more towards the dressings of 70s soul with a 90s flow a lá 2015's Where Are My Friends. 

 

Abhi The Nomad's greatest work often puts his off-center hip-hop feel and sound at the forefront ("Soul Safety Administration" comes to mind). With "Stay," Abhi appears to be fully aware of this too, as he leans into being an indie hip-hop mainstay, rather than reaching for something lighter and more accommodating to commercial success. 

 

-Ben Wiese