One thing I never realized when getting into the music scene was all the different tiers that exist in all of the different cities. Specifically for Atlanta, there are obviously a few more levels than most other places considering it features the upper echelon of artists who never fail to do numbers no matter what they release. Obviously, world-renown emcees including Future, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, and too many more to name call this city home, but the talent pool runs much deeper than there.
Going down tiers also doesn’t mean that the music gets worse, to be totally clear, it just means these talents appeal to a bit more of a niche crowd that is only going to continue to grow as the years go on. Other names like Lil Gnar, Yun Bans, Thouxanbanfauni, BKTHERULA, are putting on for their city in a different way, bringing innovative styles to the forefront of the historied town and proving that even if you’re not quite doing as many numbers as the Migos, your creativity is leaps and bounds away from some of the talents who came before you.
In this group, Tony Shhnow is definitely someone to keep an eye on considering he has been making waves for numerous years, and his individuality only increases as time goes on. Back in 2021, Tony dropped Kill Streak 2, an 8 song, 16-and-a-half-minute long mixtape that was as innovative as I could’ve ever imagined, and even though I didn’t expect anything else, especially 2 years later, I was elated to find out he dropped a deluxe version as well. In the deluxe, he added 4 more songs to extend the run time to a total of just about 25 minutes, and I was beyond enthused to give it a listen and revisit the previously released tracks as well.
Throughout the entire deluxe, Tony proves once again that he is at the top of his game, introducing some jazzy, soulful beats in order to display his captivating personality, dynamic versatility, and constantly evolving style that only seems to get better with age. I couldn’t be more excited about the trajectory of Tony Shhnow’s career heading into this year, and he even delivered a music video for the new song “Slow Crash” off of the extended cut of his tape, making this release all-around flawless once again.