• E-40 has been a great ambassador of the Bay Area sound, not only never compromising his approach, but also embracing the newer artists in the scene.
  • Toronto has already produced a few stars, but the outskirts of the city seem to be pretty well in their own right. Mississauga brought us PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Brampton has produced WondaGurl, and a couple of other hopefuls, now including Fresh Hines.
  • Our next heatseeker of the week takes us to Brooklyn's dark underbelly on an eerie little track called "A Brooklyn Horror Story." The borough's Mookie X writes the following about himself:
  • "23 year old Southern lyricist with a lot to say. I let my music talk for me. Wanna know more? Press play."
  • Ali Estee was born in Harlem, but only began his start in rap when he moved to The Bronx. The rapper's new track, "Higher Than A Pilot", sees him channeling the NY rap lineage in his flows, but chooses a post-Clams Casino cloud rap backdrop to compliment them, reminding us at once of the early work of A$AP Rocky.
  • Johnny Drama is indebted to the lineage of bubblegum rap that we perhaps first heard with Soulja Boy, taking ringtones rap's catchy simplicity, and adding some sweet auto-tuned hooks to the mix.
  • With his track "Errrthang I Luhhh," Derez nabs himself a spot in this weekend's crop of Heatseekers. It's a slinky, darkly intriguing track that showcases some dope rapping from the AZ native. Here's what he has to say about himself:
  • We get all kinds of submissions for Heatseekers: Lex Luger-esque trap, Bada$$-style boom-bap, Trey Songz wannabes, half-baked Mac Millers. Despite that breadth of sounds, I don't think any applicant has had a beat that sounds like the one on JayScho's "Dat Nigga."
  • C-Murder's "Down For My Niggas" may be the ingle most interpolated song in the last decade of hip hop, and for good reason.
  • Opening with some deep vocal samples, John Lee's "The Come Up" sounds a little darker than your average "on my grind" song, with Lee providing a harrowing portrait of struggling to make it as a rapper. Luckily, his rapping is just as on-point as the production, which comes courtesy of ICDMAW.
  • The first in this week's batch of Heatseekers comes from Chox-Mak and DJ YRS Jerzy, a duo who've linked up for the dope track "Night Shift." An uptempo banger, the song features knocking, slinky production from Jerzy and some very slick lyricism from the dude Chox-Mak. THey add the following:
  • J. Nick is the second of two 17-tea-old finalists in this week's Heatseekers competition, and the Field, WI rapper just so happens to be releasing his debut mixtape, Lisa today. Nick's production is constantly shape-shifting, filtering samples into a triumphant backdrop that can't possibly fall short.
  • Ason is a 17-year-old rapper, born in Mozambique, but now based in the Great Falls, VA. His ambient, post-Clams Casino sound is reminiscent of the work of left-field duo Main Attrakionz, but at such a young age, he's got plenty of time to grow into his own artist. Keep an eye out for this guy.
  • Back in October, we shared Toronto native Joey Rockstar's dope track "Here And Gone" as a Heatseeker, and you guys thought it was good enough that we've decided to feature him again. This time around, Rockstar delivers "Hollybush," an ode to a street he used to live on. 
  • Here at HNHH, we don't usually get Heatseeker submissions from people outside of the US and Canada, but today one of our winners hails from Europe.
  • Saf Man is an up-and-coming rapper from Toronto who just dropped his new album Cigars & Cognac. "The Bg Introduction" is the first track from that project, and it's quite a slap in the face, particularly on the production side.
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