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WHO GOT NEXT? // Why Southwest Houston is a Goldmine to H-Town Hip Hop

The differentiation has inspired many artists in the city to go above and beyond the stereotypes that have plagued for quite some time but with the large number of artists who are looking to break the mold, the Southwest area of Houston has become a field of growing crop of artists who are making major headway in the hip-hop industry outside the points of Alief.

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Breaking Hearts + Breaking The Mold : How JUICE WRLD's "Goodbye and Good Riddance" puts him in another class of music

Goodbye and Good Riddance, the first album from 20-year-old Jarod Higgins, better known as Juice WRLD comes after bursting onto the scene behind two solid single releases. The album shows Juice struggling with both relationship and substance abuse issues in an extremely personal way.

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Let The Underground Speak! : How 6FT Is Developing A New Platform for South Florida

6FT Interviews has become not only a hot spot for artists to stop by and lay down their opinions of the industry but it also gives these on the rise performers a strong platform to talk shit on. Nick Torious has followed a similar format that famous LA-based podcast, No Jumper has taken by giving artists a platform to speak while also providing tips for viewers that range from how to get more subscribers to do's and don't of being in Miami.

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Texas artist BBY KODIE blends humor and bass, a recipe for him to prosper in 2018

One of the most popular artists who has recently paved his own path as well is Ugly God, a rapper who raps about booty and toenails, but scored a nice record deal with Asylum/Warner Brother Records and garnered a grand following within the last year due to hilarious antics. Somone who may follow in the same footsteps is a bubbling artist that goes by the name of BBY KODIE. 

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Came Out of Nowhere: Why Lil Mosey might be one of the key voices to listen to in 2018

As it may be no surprise how much Elevator has paved the way for artists to break out their region with the likes of Chief Keef to Comethazine to Maxo Kream and more. The list can go on and on when it comes to artists establishing their debut on the site but recently it was an artist who really came out nowhere and has established himself with a footing in the game with his new single that's at a million views in the matter of a month. This being the 15-year-old unknown rising artist, Lil Mosey. 

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The Organic Ascension of Yung Bans

The year of 2017 has been one where the music has seen so many grasroots ways of marketing artists, and due to these methods of exposing these artists on multiple platforms they've benefitted in the matter of being able to reach a large scale of different demographics. You've seen this with the ascension of Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, XXXtentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, Post Malone, and others. Through the avenue of Soundcloud and other services, emerging artists such as Yung Bans is one of the key figures of the next class of rappers who are going to make a huge splash in the industry in 2018. 

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Breaking The Barrier: How HBO's Insecure has became an outlet for rising artists

Once upon a time, there was an ongoing dialogue on the internet claiming oh so many similarities between HBO’s ‘Insecure’ and HBO’s ‘Girls'. The only similarities these shows have are that they are written by women and that those women have a hand in the soundtrack to every episode.

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Dallas/Forth Worth Underground King: The Short Story of TAY-K 47

So everyone knows that artist TAY-K was arrested recently and it was a big blow out not only to people that knew him but in the underground scene going on in Dallas today. The media and news portrayed TAY-K being a violent and murderous teen but if you knew him and hung around him everyday or just got the chance to meet him you wouldn't find him to be any of those things that the news says he is.

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The Trip to the Prairie: A Close Look on Prairie View A&M's University Creative Scene

Roughly twenty miles west of Cypress down the 290 stretch sits Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), a HBCU placed right between Waller and Hempstead County.  The university is not only a campus that produces productive people, but it's also home to some very creative and aspiring individuals. The creative culture of Prairie View is a steadily growing presence that houses a small but diverse and in-touch community where each individual adds their signature to their craft or art form. Most of the students in this little community are inspired individuals that have a creative eye in a multitude of outlets and hustles. With familiar brands and faces that are already taking steps onto rising platforms in the Houston area; these individuals are just some to set the tone for who you could see creating new waves straight out of PV.

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All Hail Maxo: A Review on Maxo Kream's "Persona Tape"

It is finally here. The highly anticipated follow up to last year's #Maxo187 has arrived to change the way we all look at the new era of Houston hip-hop and one of its loudest voices, Maxo Kream. His junior full length release finds Maxo building upon his already menacing demeanor and rapid fire delivery, exhibiting his skills over production that is different from anything we've previously heard the de facto leader of Kream Clicc spitting over.

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Good Job Larry! : Why Larry June Makes Hip Hop Entertaining

Music is an art form that allows one to express themselves, but one of the most key elements to it is the delvery. The artistry behind vocals and what’s said can make or break an artist, especially in today’s age of hip hop. A once traditional listening experience that turned into an oversaturated feel influenced by the internet and fusing new trap. Although today’s sound brings more versatility, it’s not a lot of artists who are making quotable lines that people can remember. Hailing from San Fransisco, Larry June, presents an humorous void that needed to be filled in the genre. Which was making it cool again to be a player and continuously to congratulate yourself as your on the way to the winner’s circle, and laugh while doing it. 

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The House that Quincy Jones Built (and destroyed) : The Rise and Fall of VIBE Magazine

Vibe Magazine has served as a staple in the music community and it's legacy is still presented today but did they really make the impact they intended to when it made it's debut in the early 90s. Modern Life Mag goes down the years of VIBE's rise and fall and determine if this Magazine still carries some life to it. 

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