Texas is a world unto itself – it’s birthed a subset of rap culture that’s elements have come to be defining elements of hip hop itself. With legends like Pimp C, Bun B, Slim Thug, and Trae Tha Truth hailing from the Lone Star State there’s no doubt: something special flows in the Texas water. There’s an endless number of talented new artists coming out of the state, looking to enter the rap stratosphere and put on for the state in similar ways that their forebears have done. Coming up after the break are five artists who have been putting in the work and will no doubt become mainstream successes in the near future.
Diego Money (Dallas, TX)
Diego’s been traversing the underground rap circuit for years. His work with MexikoDro and Stoopidxool has given him a cult following on Soundcloud where he’s revered as an original. As a matter of fact, Playboi Carti’s style is rumored to be inspired by Diego, to which he says that it is indeed. His easy-going rap style paired with his outrageous fashion sense make him a sure-fire success in 2017.
Maxo Kream (Houston, TX)
Perhaps Maxo’s style is a direct homage to Biggie’s cool, yet intimidating aesthetic. Maxo can spit with the best of them and can switch his flows at a moment’s notice. He has a loyal fanbase who even went as far as rescuing some of his family members during Hurricane Irma. The sky’s the limit for Maxo and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for him next.
LE$ (Houston, TX)
There’s no other way to put it: LE$ is the embodiment of classic Houston culture. His smooth, chop-heavy music sounds great while rolling up, sipping pink, or drifting in your car, very slowly. He’s been putting in work for years, dropping one solid tape after another. He’s poised for his big break sooner than later. But the thing about him is that he keeps it so cool that it could never come and he’ll still be satisfied.
Asian Doll (Dallas, TX)
Besides being drop-dead gorgeous, Asian Doll is a killer on the microphone. She keeps it all the way real and her growing base of fans love it. With her Kill-Bill inspired style and persona, it’s only a matter of time before she becomes your go-to female rap presence.
Tay K (Born in Long Beach, CA, raised in TX)
We’ve all heard “The Race.” We’ve all seen the charges that he’s currently being tried on. Yet his star power continues to grow, immensely. If he gets out, he’ll be one of the biggest new faces in the rap world. His small body of work is nothing short of great. He packs a ton of lyrical prowess and panache into each song that he releases and he’s become one of our favorites.
Best of Instagram: @cree.ikuko
Cree Ikuko is a biracial beauty who’s racy photoshoots have taken Instagram and Tumblr by storm. Her art, always tasteful – she refrains from shooting nude – has an elegant quality about it, making each release of hers something that people look forward to like sports games. In addition to being a rising model, she also is a poet, songwriter, and recently, gotten into vlogging. She’s a multi-threat with a high probability for continued success, so checking out her Instagram account for our Best of Instagram series is a must. Check out our pics below.
At first glance, this picture is nothing but a simple selfie that’s both stunning and mysterious. But taking a closer look shows the many working parts that make this one of our favorite pictures on Instagram so far. From the curly hair to the smug look on her face, the reveal of just enough cleavage to intrigue viewers, and the color contrasts of the shirt that make it one of the most interesting tops currently out on the market, Cree knows how to make a statement.
When it comes to beach bodies, Cree might have the ultimate one. Her bathing suit is endlessly inviting, almost teasing us in what it hides. She knows that she fills it out to perfection – it’s up to us to refrain from salivating like hungry dogs.
Bathroom Stall Selfies
Since when has a bathroom selfie ever made it into our best of Instagram list? Cree provides an exception: her careless pose borders on perfect. Between her casual face and the way her dress clings to her body like a bodysuit, nothing can go wrong with this picture.
It’s become a thing now that we can’t deny: Cree breaks all selfie rules with her careless, yet elegant photos. A casual car trip turns into an aesthetically pleasing visual memory that we’re glad to have come across on Instagram.
String bathing suits are her thing and we’re glad to see that she has more than one. The turquoise color acts as a delicate contrast from her bronze skin that makes it all the more intriguing to view. The fact that most of her face is covered in shadow goes a long way in making this photo mysterious.
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s only right that she’d find a costume to scare people into a heart attack. This costume will cause a heart attack, but not out of fright.
Out of both Halloween costumes, this one would be scarier. It’s almost the more inviting of the two, with cleavage that looks dangerously close to popping out. The red hair also helps the picture to look scary. Be on the lookout on Halloween to see her in this.
There’s a very Game Of Thrones feel to this post in particular. Although she’s sitting in a white armchair that’s the stark opposite of the foreboding Iron Throne in Westeros, the self-confidence evident in the post along with the pose invoke Cersei Lannister comparisons. We bet that Cree’s much nicer and more approachable than the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Lists: 4 Virginia Artists You Should Get Familiar With
Virginia’s a state that sits on the East Coast of the United States but draws inspiration from the best of the country’s current Hip Hop trends. D.R.A.M.’s the latest artist to break out of the state, but there’s a ton of talent that sits ready to unveil itself in due time. The influence of Virginia legends Pharrell, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and The Clipse is evident in the outlandish nature of many of its artists’ styles and has drawn a spotlight to the state as of late. Guessing who’s going to blow up next is anyone’s guess.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest artists in the state. Whether they’re actually good or not is up to your discretion – they’ve captured the interests of people at a national level, so go figure. But if you’re not up to date on what’s happening in the Commonwealth State, take a gander at who’s who below.
Back in 2013 when Crazy released “Get Dumb,” it quickly went viral because of its guttural look into life in Norfolk. Since then, Crazy has consistently released the type of music that his growing base of fans want to hear. He’s worked with legendary producer Timbaland as well as opened up for Young Thug at NSU, promoted to main act when Thugger never showed up. He also recently connected with 40 VAN for a performance in Texas.
He’s poised for a quick takeoff sooner than later. It’s important to know that his success didn’t happen overnight – he’s been about this for a while now. Take a listen to some of his music and become a fan.
Standouts: “Lessons” and “Painter Clique”
When you think of atmospheric trap music in Virginia, Treez should be the first name you think of. He’s been on the scene for years, acting as a mysterious force that drops acclaimed projects that seem to come out of nowhere. He recently connected with the A$AP Mob and has become a member of A$AP Rocky’s AWGE collective. The future is bright for young Treez.
Standouts: “Watch” and “Not At All”
There aren’t many rappers nowadays that play live instruments on stage. A defining part of Masego’s persona is that he’s a master saxophone player – and it’s not an act. The release of his breakout hit “Girls That Dance” made him an overnight celebrity, serving as a culmination of years of hard work in the college circuit. Now, he amongst relocating to Los Angeles to perfect his sound, he’s been spotted with DJ Jazzy Jeff and J Cole.
Standouts: “Navajo” and “Send Yo Rita”
Have you ever heard of “Galaxy Trap?” It’s a genre that Levi Carter has created and perfected. His artistry has gotten him a deal with Roc Nation and he continues to release music, albeit slowly. He’s a breath of fresh air in the rap scene, with hard-hitting bars that pave the way for some serious growth potential. We can’t wait to see where he goes.
Standouts: “You Not Gang” and “Dear Mama”
Best of Instagram: Katt Leya
Katt Leya’s pretty mysterious for a rising model. Although you can easily come across pictures of her and videos of her dancing on the internet, finding out who exactly she is is a little harder. Here’s what we do know: she’s beautiful, voluptuous, and she likes anime. She also keeps it real on her Twitter account.
She’s also watches anime so if you’re into Dragonball Z, Hunter x Hunter, or One Punch Man, you may have a shot.
There’s one oddity about her: she eats fries with mayonnaise. So maybe she’s more off kilter than she lets on.
Regardless of her questionable food tastes, she’s someone that we can’t wait to see rise in the modeling and entertainment world. Her Instagram account features more of her pictures, giving more insight into who she is as a person. We decided to peruse through the account and gather some of the best posts four our latest Best of Instagram list.
What looks better – her or that slice of cake?
The cup looks like it’s empty.
Yellow is definitely her color.
Shades of Pink
Pink hair, blonde hair, hell, maybe even blue hair. It can all work.
It seems like she’s a fan of animal print pillows.
Pink and Orange
Pink and orange are her colors as well.
Katt Leya for Baywatch 2.