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Upcoming Houston Texas hip-hop producers

Thomas Stevens Music Journalist Before anything is said, a beat must be made. Every hip-hop track has an emcee attached to it, but many tend to forget the person who creates the foundation that the emcee stands on. The foundation was created by the producer. Producers are the focal point of a track before the lyrics come to fruition. Before anything is said, a beat must be made. All producers […]

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Underground Texas Hip-Hop artistry

By Thomas Stevens Rap/Hip-hop Journalist   The creation of hip-hop occurred in the early 1970s in Brooklyn, New York. Back in 1979, The Sugarhill Gang was bringing a whole new culture and style to America. Although, the birthplace of the new genre was New York, many other states started to take notice and began to make their own renditions of the sound.   The sound that was drastically different from […]

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Sampled 70’s music in Hip-Hop & Rap

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist The 1970’s stands as a golden era of innovation and experimental music. This period in musical history birthed iconic grooves, mesmerizing melodies and soulful harmonies that continue to resonate with listeners across generations. 70’s music continues to live on through modern music, shaping the sound of modern day hip-hop and rap. Many samples from the 1970’s have found new life in the beats of today’s […]

todaySeptember 12, 2023 139 2


The Rise Of Hip-Hop’s Most Influential Subgenres

By Tyson Taylor Music Journalist Over the course of its history, hip-hop has turned into a melting pot of different cultures. For our parent's generation, rock n’ roll was an influential statement in society. Arguably today I, as well as many others, believe that hip-hop has taken its place as the most influential genre of music. With the growth of the genre, sub-genres have emerged that cater to niche audiences […]

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Four Great Beat Tapes from Local Producers

By Diego Gonzales Music Journalist  The instrumental Hip-Hop scene in central Texas is filled with tons of experimentation and exciting sampling and mixing. The scene is constantly growing and thanks to online services such as Bandcamp, it has never been easier to find great local talent. Here are four great beat tapes from local Texas artists.   Without Fear of Obsolescence - Haikey This album is comparable to Geodaddi from […]

todayAugust 5, 2023 51 2

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Doja Cat Enters a New Era of Transformation

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist Doja Cat has just dropped her latest single and music video, “Attention”. This song shows us a new side of Doja and gives us something we’ve never seen in her usual music. Attention is more of a traditional 90’s rap and hip-hop record. The music video even includes some 90’s visuals and wardrobe. While Doja had addressed, she was going to change her style, many […]

todayJuly 15, 2023 62 1

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Metro Boomin is Dominating the Rap Community

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist Leland Tyler Wayne, popularly known as Metro Boomin, is nothing new to the music industry. He has created many hits since he first started his career in 2009 at age 16. Metro moved to Atlanta after his mixtapes received a lot of attention from big Atlanta rappers like Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and Migos. Following his first extremely successful release, Tuesday by […]

todayJuly 5, 2023 111 5


Hip-Hop Showcased at SXSW 2023

By Kenlie Golleher Rap Music Director   Coming into SXSW, I knew I was going to be in for a treat as a hip-hop fan. Going to a few free showcases last year as someone without a badge, I already knew that having full music badge access to shows and being there for the whole week was going to be insane. With showcase announcements rolling out weeks prior and my […]

todayApril 11, 2023 114 5

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Superheroes and the World of Hip-Hop

By Adrianna Elias Rap/Hip-Hop Journalist June 2, mark your calendar for an Avenger-level threat: Spider-Man and music fans are being fed! As one of the Spider-Man fans you should fear, I am excited to tell you that it is rumored that Metro Boomin is making music for the upcoming film “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” Considering this news, allow me to remind you of a harmonious relationship between rap/hip-hop and Marvel […]

todayMarch 31, 2023 125 4

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