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Summer ’16 has already offered a swarm of new releases. But if you are looking for a break from the mainstream buzz and to support close-to-home talent, then these four artists would be great additions to your BBQ, pool party or road trip playlist.
Kweku Collins: Kweku Collins is a 19-year-old Evansville, IL based artist. He has a melodic sing-rap style and cited his influences as a diverse range of artists, including Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, Black-Eyed Peas and Young Thug in a Late with Rosenberg interview last month. His latest project, Nat Love, sounds a lot like falling in and out of love. It includes a sweet and airy track that features Chance the Rapper’s little brother Taylor Bennett. His tracks are less electronic and rawer sounding and instrumental, which could be incidentally influenced by his father who is an African and Latin percussionist.
WebsterX: WebsterX is based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but his content is somewhat otherworldly. WebsterX should be a familiar name if you are a Minnesota hip-hop fan, as he has worked alongside both Finding Novyon and Allan Kingdom. He also falls off the beaten path of traditional hip-hop with an experimental style and chant-like vocals. His imaginative lyrics were recently brought to life in his stunning video for “Everything.”
Martin $ky: Martin $ky is based out of Chicago and if you are looking for traditional rap, then he is most definitely your go-to guy on this list. There really isn’t a song of his that he hasn’t produced. He said he learned how to produce at the age of 13, and started rapping shortly after in a Lyrical Lemonade interview. His experience is evident in the clean production of each track, but at the same time his rhymes are not put on the backburner. In fact, his skills have allowed him to develop a cohesive style that is uniquely his own. In his track BK2CHI, Pro Era’s Kirk Knight kicks off the song and helps to create a stellar blend of two producer turned rappers who stay true to their hometowns.
RO$$I: RO$$I is another more traditional rapper based out of Brooklyn Park, MN. Many of RO$$I’s tracks are also self-produced. His most popular track on Soundcloud is titled “Back At It” and is one of those tunes that you can vibe to, drive to, dance to, light to or all of the above. His tracks carry a lot of light themes of turning up, girls and cars, but he also delves into heavier topics of family problems and conspiracy theories. His crew name goes by SpʌceGʌng, which goes along well with his mentions of Martians in tracks like “Dark Matter.” Be sure to give this local underdog and all the other artists mentioned a listen below.