2 of my favorite acts out of Texas right now.
Premiered via Noisey
Posts Tagged ‘Dallas’
FUCKING FINALLY, something new from one of my favorite groups working today. Been waiting for a followup to Cognac/Four Corner Room for over a year now, hopefully this is the first glimpse of it.
Another video from Mel and Dorian’s double album combo Cognac / Four Corner Room. That came almost a year ago already so the streets really demand the next installment of their five-part “Texan Chronicles” series, which by my calculations should be JayHawk’s solo.
Premiered via Central Track
Great new loosie from The Outfit, Tx. Their first track in a while involving outside production and it does sound a little different, darker and more minimal than most of their recent output.
Also, I recently interviewed these guys for the Fresh Out The Box radio show. We talked about the group’s history, future plans and how they ended up making a southern-fried space cadet rap opus with 7 minute long songs. As it turns out, Starships & Rockets: Cooly Fooly Space Age Funk sounds like a Texas rap take on a late 70s Stevie Wonder record entirely on purpose. More about that is STREAMING HERE. The interview runs in the last 20 mins of the show.
Found this mysterious mix of awesome 90s Texas g-funk on the Showin’ Love Records soundcloud page. There wasn’t much info there but a little digging confirmed that the author is indeed Luke Sardello as the cover implies, and turned up the tracklist for it. I’m familiar with a few of these artist, more are unknown to me, but more importantly this shit rides like a motherfucker. Fans of old Texas rap and g-funk in general will not be disappointed.
1 One Gud Cide – Contradictions
2 NHC – The Tightest
3 SK – Playa Pro
4 Dallas Gold – Livin’ The Life
5 Dank Sounds – My Indo
6 Southside Playaz – Drought Season
7 Pimp Playa Hustlas – Check It In
8 T.I.C. – Troubleman
9 Precise – Catch Fire
10 Southside Secret Society – True Warriors
11 The Botany Boyz – Cloverland 2000
12 The E-Klipz – Da’ Place to Get Down
13 Go Hard Black – It Don’t Stop
Showing Love Records is also putting out 2 EPs of other obscure rap from the same era/area. The previews for these EPs sound really good, you can check them out on the same soundcloud page HERE
Last year The Outifit, Tx made Starships & Rockets: Cooly Fooly Space Age Funk. It was a great, wildly underrated album, one of my favorites of 2012 by a large margin. The album was a little slow to catch on with fans and critics, but gradually it did spread through the interwebz to receive some very positive reactions. Fawning reviews mushroomed throughout the blogsphere, and it seemed like every person that heard the album liked it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like enough people actually bought the thing.
The group is now working on a new album, and as these things sometimes go, they need a little help. Watch their Kickstarter video above, read the write-up for it HERE, but more importantly listen to their last album. Listen to The Ramen Noodles EP too, another great album which was my introduction to the group’s music. Hopefully, you’ll see why I’m inclined to actually go out of my way to ask you to help these guys (instead of just pirating their music to line my own pockets with all these wild racks of blog money.)
Badass little kid in the end stole the whole show.
This isn’t a new mixtape, it was released in the fall of 2012 and I’ve just heard it for the first time today and it’s very entertaining. There’s not much new here that you haven’t heard from Texas before – slabs, weed, women, drank, etc… But it works very well as musical comfort food, satisfying all you Texas rap needs by enthusiastically cycling through all the familiar tropes that make that region’s style appealing. It’s just good summer music, ride with the top dine shit, or just sit on your couch while smoking weed shit (if there’s no ‘llac avaiable). Either way, it does the trick.
Grit + fuzz + slowburn intensity, almost sounds like rap version of a good psych garage song. The Pimp C quote in the end doubles as both an exclamation point and a slap in the face. Tunk deserves your attention.
DOWNLOAD: Tunk – Reportin’ Live
Mostly, The Outfit’s Ramen Noodles EP (lol it’s 17 tracks long) is about getting laid. Occasionally they also go for a ride and listen to music. Naturally a bunch of weed and whatnot is consumed in the process. And that’s fine, they pull all this off well, with easygoing charm and a congenial bird doggin’ attitude that’s not too far off from Devin & The Coughee Brothaz in their prime. But the main strength of the EP is the incredible production, all synth soundscapes and clever chops of obvious samples that reminded me of earlier Block Beattaz work. Even if The Outfit completely sucked at rapping, which they don’t, I think I would’ve still posted this – I like the beats that much.
DOWNLOAD: The Outfit – Ramen Noodles The EP