• ShakeemX favors a sample-based style of production that recalls the work of J Dilla, which, as powerful as it may be requires a certain adeptness on the mic.
  • Kid Cartel delivers an interesting sound on his new track, "Quite Like Us", which is built off of a minimal instrumental, which features sporadic stabs of 80s drum programming.
  • "Young Chulo" may not be the hardest-sounding rap name we've ever heard, but we'll be damned if his song "This Is Nothin" isn't hard as hell. The Jacksonville native has this to say for himself:
  • Aside from Rich Boy and some underground killers like G-Side, Alabama isn't exactly thought of as a hotbed for hip-hop. But allow Stock, one of this week's Heatseekers, to change that for you. Here's what he has to say for himself:
  • Kush is an 18-year-old rapper from Orlando, FL. His style is remiscent of Atlanta's Que, equal parts room-shaking and catchy.
  • King Bank$ has an infectiously catchy style that immediately caught our interest. His half-sung raps and post-ringtone raps are complimented by sporadic stabs of lush synth strings on his track, "Money".
  • "ill Phil links up with his homie Killa Kala$nikov to bring the new summer banger "Im The Man"... produced by ill Phil himself."
  • Our first Heatseeker of the weekend is Sommy Lovell, whose introspective track "Portraits" has been selected for its inventive production and thrilling rapping. The synth-led track finds Lovell both rapping and singing, showcasing his multiple talents. His description of himself is as follows:
  • Deuce-1 is a rising rapper from Little Rock, AR. His unique style is defined by his half Pimp C, half Young Thug southern flows, but the technical ability is there too. "Deuce" is the official 1st single from the SVGPSR compilation, which is due out soon.
  • Lousiana's FlyGuyJame$ has a distinct sound that spans multiple regions. His sound recalls the chant-y melodicism of K Camp, and the punchy production of Oakland's HBK Gang. Overall, it's fun music, and FlyGuy seems like the kind of talent that could break through with a club hit sometime soon.
  • On the triumphant-but-gritty "Been Through It All," you may be tempted to compare Lex Cortez's unhinged delivery to Schoolboy Q's, but the 17-year-old MC exudes the confidence necessary to rock it. With a sing-song rapping style, Cortez spouts off catchy bars that you'll want to return to many times.
  • This weekend's crop of Heatseekers kicks off with Daylieboi's "The Cocky Song," a Houston-style chopped and screwed production, by way of A$AP Rocky's more modern update on that sound.
  • AJ Bank$y is somehow the first rapper to sample Lana Del Rey's "Video Games", and the pitched up sample works as a perfect contrast to his southern trap style. Pitching up the vocals, backpack Kanye-style, Bank$y uses the strings for the backdrop on the verses and has the haunting refrain come in for the hook.
  • If you follow HNHH, you've probably come across Heatseekers before. The rapper has been a fan favorite in the competition, and today, he's shared yet another new track. This time around, the Jersey rapper seems to have tightened up his flow even further, delivering a blinding double time flow.
  • Z-Wells is a "16 Year Old MC in Houston," who is originally from Louisiana. He began making music in the 5th grade, and he believes that he "got good in the 9th grade." His track "Best Friend," which also features Tone-E, has been selected as one of this weekend's Heatseekers.
  • Donell Vic, AKA "DonVic," is a new 25 year old Chicago rapper who claims he "is well known locally also known as a singer / producer /beatmaker." This weekend, he's been selected as a Heatseeker on the strength of his song "Talk To You/Fire."
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