One of my favorite things to do as someone with a modicum of a voice in the Austin hip-hop culture is to share other creators that I find high caliber and inspiring. Doing this through mixes has always been a favorite way to do so, but it’s been a while since I dedicated time to doing so. With so many talented acts from or based in Austin, it’s impossible to get them all in one sweep, so Escapism : Southern Comfort reaches for the vibey side of things… all of my peers are substance-based, but these are acts that I consider high style as well. Direct peers like Riders Against the Storm (RAS), Cory Kendrix, anom, PNTHN, MC Homeless and Chris Conde, wallaby and bobbes, Ddotelles, Click-Clack and more get shine alongside established acts with Texas roots like BROCKHAMPTON and Travis Scott. I’m happy with this one, and hopefully folks dig it enough to spread it around!
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Tagged (RAS), anom, black davinci, brockhampton, chief, chief and thedoomsdaydevice, chris conde, click-clack, cory kendrix, curbside jones, ddotelles, escapism, mc homeless, milli mars, more, pnthn, retr0grade, riders against the storm, southern comfort, the doomsday device, travis scott, wallaby and bobbes
With so much talent in the Austin hip-hop scene, it’s amazing that we don’t see more producer-led projects featuring the best of their MC affiliates from track to track. Ruler Why comes to mind, and I’m sure I’m forgetting others, but the numbers aren’t as high as they potentially could be. Retr05pect, however, looks as if he’s attempting to skew that data with the release of the rock solid project The Real Estate Sessions, a project rooted in the discovery of a 45″ record collection at an estate sale. The production throughout this project is top notch, as one would expect Retr05pect production to be.. it’s paced well, the skits provide just enough breathing room between song groupings, and the choices for MCs were right on the money. You’ll find some of my favorite people on these tracks : Click-Clack, Muggzy Flowz, Scuare, no1mportant, Rudi DeVino, and Black DaVinci all spit quality bars and concepts. I’m looking forward to keeping this one heavy in my DJ rotations.
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Over the years, one of the more interesting MC/producers I have the pleasure of knowing is Black DaVinci. His music remains deeply insightful and thought provoking while maintaining a level of accessibility found without sacrificing his approach or delivery. His latest EP, [R]oyalty [B]ecame [G]hosts, is an exploration of blackness and black culture in respects to history and American culture. A very stark listen that, at 3 songs, certainly leaves us wanting more. Let’s hope that more follows sooner than later.
Nothing is more important than family. Whether it be blood, or those who have been through the thick of it with you, family holds you down when nobody else will. oz., Black DaVinci and Muggzy Flowz pay tribute to that importance with this moving video for We Used To Play, featuring a bunch of family. I’m loving it, so I’m sharing… do the same if you feel the same way.
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