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When it comes to the audience in Houston, it can be very topsy—turvy to say the least. It’s really contingent on the notoriety of the artist much like it is in any other major city, but it’s also artist who come to town with their cult fans as well. Houston may be overlooked when it comes to some major artists on their nationwide tours, but it’s those who utilize the city’s live scene platform to generate the momentum to perform in front of the wave of growing fans they’re pulling in nationwide. You’ve seen that with the likes of Seshhallowwaterboyz, Comethazine, Playboi Carti, and more. This trend continues to trickle down for Chicago’s well-noted underground king, Lucki.
The growing demographic of Dallas music has grown out of hand and it’s certainly shown why it’s one of the stronger demographics when it comes to the independent hip-hop infrastructure. Saying that, one of their stronger artists that has been making a name for himself is Arlington’s shining star, Splurge. As he may be opening the flood gates with his solo material, he connects with his long-time collaborator, Huncho on their latest offering, “Splurge Vs Huncho”.
It’s been quite some time since he’s been on the pages of Modern Life, but Juan Mone is back and back with some heat for listeners to enjoy. The emerging Texas act has been going on spurts with his releases but he emerges back on the scene with a very interesting video titled “Crack Iz Wack”.
While many may be focusing their eyes on the evolution of Texas cities such as Houston, Dallas, and Austin, it’s a bubbling scene happening in Central/West Texas that’s taking place. A pair that’s making a name for themselves by moving the needle on their own terms is the Almxghty collective, that features Kiro Almxghty and Dev Almxghty.
The scope of New York City music is getting vaster and more versatile, and one of the most dominant outputs in the city at this moment is the efforts of City Morgue, which includes ZillaKami and SosMula. The pair have turned the city and the world onto their unique gritty delivery and sound over the past couple of years and as they rise, their fanbase continues to grow with them.
While some may pay attention to what’s happening directly in New York City, it’s some talent on the outside skirts that’s dominating some of the stomping grounds in the region as well. One of the brightest talents that’s emerging in city as much as he is in his hometown is Long Island’s rambunctious star MulaManDam. Steady on a pace of putting out fire material and spreading his content at a rapid pace, he raises the bar even more with his hype-filled record, “No Cap”.
One of the earliest trendsetters in the Carolina scene was BigBabyGucci. Gaining a huge fanbase on the pages of Soundcloud and other routes of social media, BabyGucci’s popularity continue to grow in the underground market. As his name continued to bubble, he caught the attention of Payday/Ultra Records, which is one of Sony Music’s divisions that’s bringing some of the freshest new artists onto the big stage. Being one of the new headlining artists on their new roster, he unleashes his major league debut executively produced by Bobby Johnson, “10 Minutes To Live”.
Looking into infrastructure of indie fashion, it’s only a few designers who take time to research and pay homage to the greats that came before. One of the most notable in that bunch is Aaron Rice from (Sound) + (Vision). The Florida native continues to keep a keen eye to releasing pieces that pay homage to some of the greatest creatives in various areas.
If you’ve been watching the scope of indie fashion, Activity has been placing it’s imprint into the game on multiple levels. From their signature Playboy Bunny design to setting the tone right with other themes in their arsenal as well, it’s easy to say that they’re in their bag when it comes to style and approach.
Although it may under-appreciated from the rest of the nation, Denver is becoming one of the hotbeds for independent fashion. You can clearly see that with the must stop shop, Station Co and how they’ve help cultivate a new sub-culture in the city of Denver. Known for their awareness on getting some of the best indie brands in their stockists, now they’re moving more towards releasing their own in-house goods.
The cadence of the Los Angeles is easily one of the most versatile spaces for indie fashion. When it comes to the cream of the crop in modern streetwear fashion, H33M have followed their own rules and concepts in this space and given that they’ve been able to have a niche following.
When it comes to the scope of streetwear, Stray Rats have implemented their imprint and allowed themselves to remain independent and expanded their platform throughout the years. As the Miami based brand continues rise in the ranks, they’re looking to make more brand activations in the process of expanding the Stray Rats name. Stray Rats and New Balance collide forces to create a new version of their 990v3 shoe.