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Fastest Route – [9FL Youngn]

Something is in the water in Birmingham, and I would assume that it is the same thing as whatever is in the water in nearby-Atlanta, that causes the city to churn out exciting and interesting new rappers on an almost weekly basis. 9FL Youngn is the latest in this increasingly long line of artists and the young rapper’s vocals set him apart from many of his competitors after hearing but the first few notes and his new track “Fastest Route” is a more confrontational song from a lyrical standpoint and is discernibly less melodic than his track “Sad Wars” that was my introduction to Youngn last month. Niles Bryant has added another notch in his belt for this video and he is becoming the go-to channel for underground music across the entirety of Alabama and more and more the deep-south as a whole. Keep an eye on 9FL Youngn as he only continues to grow as an artist and release more music.

Mama Cry – [DonWay1k]

Birmingham, Alabama’s rap scene is looking more and more like their neighbors two-hours east with new artists exploding onto the scene almost daily via a number of regional YouTube pages that have become to de facto canon of Birmingham’s next generation with household names like Krispy Kam and KENXL doing a great deal of the early work to push Bama over the top, but videographer Niles Bryant is continuing to prove that although he may not have the same name-recognition as many of his peers, his visuals often surpass even his most-popular competitors. Recently Bryant teamed up with Birmingham rapper DonWay1k who truly poured his heart and soul into this track and laments on many of the mistakes he’s made in his young life so far and regrets the losses that him and his people took in the streets. His mom and dad appear with him in this video in a particularly poingnat scene and DonWay is genuine in transparent in the fact that he feels he let his mother down but it seems impossible for her to not be proud of her son now as he croons over this instrumental and works to turn his pain and suffering into …

Rocky – [Tyrell]

Tuscaloosa, Alabama is certainly not a city synonymous with birthing rap artists but the town most notable for winning college football championships looks like it may be witnessing the birth of a small but quite potent rap scene lead by Tyrell whose new track and video for “Rocky” is one of my favorites out of Alabama this month and Tyrell puts his own unique spin on the recognizable Birmingham flow while stepping up to the plate with a litany of hilarious and clever punchlines that keep listeners coming back for more. Niles Bryant handled the video’s direction and while Birmingham and the surrounding areas are beginning to form a distinct flow and delivery, Bryant, as well as Krispy Kam and Carlisle Jones, has been able to create a hype atmosphere in the middle of a jumping and turnt crowd that usually ends up screaming at least one bar in unison and it is one of those things that will always give me chills when I watch. I hope Alabama can keep climbing and Tyrell can follow up this new visual with one that is equally impressive, it is a state jam-packed with hidden gems and I would definitely recommend digging …

TLE Cinco talks his new album “Self-Conscious,” unique sound, and the current climate of Alabama rap

Thanks much in part to rap’s new national prominence many new regional destinations have emerged as notable hip-hop strongholds and, to me, one of the most intriguing areas that have surfaced is Birmingham, and there is one artist, in particular, that seems to encapsulate the 205 more than his large group of rap counterparts. TLE Cinco hails from Bessemer, AL, which is a city to Birmingham’s southwest that has been known to the world as a football factory rather than a major outpost for rap talent, but that seems subject-to-change as Truck Load Entertainment begins to unite Bessemer under their banner. The regional nature of rap has always been one of my favorite aspects to the genre and one of the great things that an art form as open and devoid of limitations like hip-hop is the consequential localization of trends, words, styles, and even sounds have become inextricably linked to different regions and neighborhoods because of different sonic metonymies brought about by that particular area’s local artists who help craft an identity for the place they’re from and broadcast it to the world through their music. For years music has been an outlet for expression that has allowed artists …