• Jae Tips represents the Northern Bronx, and while his approach to rapping is very much rooted in his city, the production he chooses puts a new spin on things. Rather than Biggie or Nas, Jae decides to namedrop Max B, which gives you a better idea of where his influences lie.
  • Toure Pilot is a rising rapper out of Omaha, Nebraska but currently calls New York home. The emcee's Cloud 9 imprint have been steadily releasing music over the past few years, the most recent of which being Last Days and The Extension EP. You can check out more of his material on his official SoundCloud.
  • Today's second Heatseeker comes courtesy of Rosewood $wing, and is a dusty, low-key joint entitled "Slenderman." Over a murky, jazz-sampling boom-bap beat, $wing spits bars heavy in assonance and internal rhymes -- both most likely products of the young rapper's key influences, listed by himself below.
  • It's time again to roll out the week's crop of Heatseekers, and this first one is a doozy. "The Drama Pt. 2" is a track by Kid-Wiz, and it's a heater.
  • D-Kno Money is an up-and-coming rapper currently making waves in New York. Tending to favor gritty street hip hop, Troy Ave is a good match for the rapper, showing up on new track, "Scared Money".
  • Sierra Moore does a great job of melding the laid back stoner rap of Curren$y with the more abrasive sounds of Atlanta trap.
  • The second Heatseeker of the weekend comes from an artist named Kayenair. His track "Tough Love" is built on a chipmunk soul beat (sampling The Weeknd's "Enemy") and deeply personal, undeniably powerful lyrics. The Chi Town native describes himself as follows: 
  • It's time to begin rolling out this weekend's crop of Heatseekers, and first up is Ace Santana, with his track "Finesser." The L.A. rapper describes himself thusly:
  • Kool B is a 22-year-old rapper from East Texas, who has clearly been immersed in the sounds of the region from an early age. B describes himself as a southern rapper, who also takes cues from the east coast, which puts him in a league with storytellers like Scarface.
  • Bobo Otim is a Uganda/Rwanda producer and rapper, who happens to be only 17 years old.
  • Naming a track after Wu-Tang Clan is a pretty ballsy and confident move, but luckily for KANEDA, one of this week's Heatseekers, his music also bears those two characteristics. Add in a flute-led, RZA-esqe beat, and he really earns the right to the Wu-Tang reference. KANEDA describes his music:
  • It's time again to begin rolling out the weekend's Heatseekers, so let's get to it. The first comes from MOE Jonez and is entitled "Zoning." It's a smooth, auto-tuned jam with a catchy melody and dope instrumental. MOE Jonez describes himself thusly:
  • Caleb is a 22-year-old rapper and producer. His colorful production style comes from his interest in a variety of genres, which lends to his unique sound. Listening to "Rich Niggas", it seems that the rapper has been crafting this for some time, playing like a seasoned artist.
  • Billy Vin¢ent, is a 19 year old rapper from Austin, TX whose track "The Cave" has been selected as one of this weekend's Heatseekers. A dark, creepy banger, this track has us very excited to hear more from this dude.
  • Joey Onabolu describes himself as a "19 year old rapper from Toronto" who has "worked with Cyhi Da Prynce," and today a track of his has been selected as a Heatseeker. With the track's name listed as his own name, Onabolu might have forgot to include a real title, but the song is strong regaredless.
  • D. Smith hails from Hartsville, TN, a town not exactly known for it's hip hop scene, which may be why his sound is so singular. His new track, "So Gone" is a soulful auto-tune ode, using a crawling instrumental that sounds like something out of 90s Houston.
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