As Def Jam’s Young Gangsta, Keenon “YG” Jackson has been busy for a 22 year-old. The Compton native signed to the legendary label in 2009 and released his first hit single, “Toot It and Boot It” in 2010. These days YG continues working on mixtapes, touring, and running his clothing line, 4Hunnid. He is releasing two mixtapes, Just Re’d Up 2 and Two of America’s Most Wanted (with Nipsey Hussle) this year. Check out his video for "You Broke" ft. Nipsey Hustle: and his video for "Toot It and Boot It" ft. Ty Dolla $ign, 50 Cent & Snoop Dogg: Follow YG on Twitter: Tweets by @YG
23 year-old Tai “Doughbeezy” Carr is another Houston rapper in our SXSW showcase. After the release of his first official single, “What Yo Name Iz?” in early 2011, he released his single “Drank in My Cup” that fall-- it hit #28 on Billboard’s Hot 100. “Drank in My Cup” has been remixed multiple times by artists including 2 Chainz, Tyga, Chamillionaire, and Trey Songz. While he’s released 6 mixtapes already, we’re excited to see what Dough has on the horizon. Follow Dough on Twitter & like him on Facebook Watch his video for "Wake N Bake": and his video for “Fuck You” which features another of our SXSW artists, Killa Kyleon: Written by O.S.
Vegas-based Dizzy Wright (real name La’Reonte Wright) credits his days as a concert promoter as inspiration to eventually get signed by monster label Funk Volume, which happened in 2011. Smokeout Conversations was released on 4/20 2012 and hit #42 on Billboard’s Hip-Hop/R&B Chart. Two months later his free mixtape Free SmokeOut Conversations, which featured Hopsin and SwizZz, was downloaded over 170,000 times. He might be 22, but this freshman is already gaining a huge following. His EP, The First Agreement, is out now. Follow Dizzy on Twitter Watch his video for "Can't Trust Em": and "Solo Dolo": Written by O.S.
Yesterday UZ, along with one of our SXSW performers, Trae Tha Truth, Problem, and Trinidad James released a new track, "Trap Shit V3," a haunting bass-heavy tune. It's an addictive beat, and all the collaborators showcase their skills in this heavy track. Have a listen below and keep Trae on your radar for SXSW.
Most of us are already familiar with Mikey as one half of Chicago-based duo The Cool Kids. While working with partner Chuck Inglish, Antoine “Sir Michael Rocks” Reed made a name for himself with hit tracks like “Black Mags” and “A Little Bit Cooler.” Cool Kids’ debut album When Fish Ride Bicycles debuted in 2011, and their fame grew as they made numerous appearances in video games, television and commercials. As a solo artist Mikey signed with Curren$y’s Jet Life Records for his new project following The Rocks Report. Following his Chuck Inglish-produced single “Candy Jams,” Mikey started recording a mixtape back in February. Follow Mikey on Twitter. Check out his video for “Great” featuring Mac Miller and Casey Veggies: “Now You...