Aux Files .004
Gunnaboy K. Photo: Oaks
It’s another audio installation for your ears this week on Aux Files. For those of you who tuned in last week, the likes of WhyJae, Tedy Andreas, Dylan Cohl, Rocky Banks, and more made the cut and showed Houstonians the different styles of hip-hop in the community and beyond. This series is meant to be the launch pad for some of these artists to make splashes and the artists featured below are currently doing that. Whether it’s serenading their smooth sounds off into the night sky to enticing the club scene with a few beats per minute at a time to creating the next trap anthem that’ll be ringing from party to party across the Lone Star state. The trial mix of singles below will allow one to pick and choose what they like. Get your cords ready and clear your ears for what the Bayou City has under its sleeve for this week.
For The Time Being — Trevell Hudson
To start off, we visit the House of Hudson. Trevell Hudson has been an artist who has been weaving in and out the city’s scene, but has always been known as a fly cat with a voice. Going through his growing pains and being featured on different songs, Hudson has found his lane with bridging vulnerability and sincerity with perfecting a sound that shows off synchronization. The cohesiveness of his project, For The Time Being, puts Hudson in a different class. The 4-track project is a new introduction into his multi-layered artistry and only the start for what Hudson can produce before 2023 is over. Songs such as “More Than Ever” and “Mellow Yellow” are just the tip of the iceberg, but as you dive deep into the “World of Hudson,” one can experience something that’ll resonate with them. A time where his music can marinate and display the openness he provides, and that’s how he’ll win any listener over with this project.
“Scrap Bundy” - Scrap Bundy
The impact of a single is vital to any artists’ career and if you were to use this in terms of speaking of rising artist, Scrap Bundy, you’d have to mention his self-titled anthem that has started it all. Before releasing his critically acclaimed project, Out The Gym, hosted by DJ Nick Marino (ASAP Ant’s DJ) and DJ Krooks, Bundy made an instant hit with his song, “Scrap Bundy.” Since it’s release, it has shot up to nearly 300,000 streams on Soundcloud. The gritty hood smash has grown to be an underground sensation in the Houston area and has propelled Bundy in the position where he is looked at as one of the new key generals to keep an eye out for in H-Town’s hip hop scene. The numbers on this single have crept up over time, but it also shows how big of a following that Bundy has under his belt. Being apart of the same age bracket that includes Trill Sammy and Dice Soho, it wouldn’t be too much to say if Bundy is not far off from reaching that level of success as well with a song like this. It’ll only be a matter of time where this will go viral, so it’ll be advised to hop on the Bundy train early before it leaves its station.
“Ape Drums - Diplo and Friends Mix“
Always on the search for looking for new DJs and curators of sound, I was impressed by the vibes that were provided by Houston-based DJ Ape Drums when he remixed Rizzoo Rizzoo’s “Let’s Fuck Up The Party” featuring Lil Uzi Vert for Fool’s Gold Austin show. Since then, he’s stayed on my radar of curators who are going to make a huge splash in the industry this year. Growing his network and honing his craft, Drums had made his official debut with his Go Crazy project, which was exclusively distributed by Fool’s Gold. During his press run for promoting the project, he found time in his busy schedule to drop a mix on the “Diplo and Friends” radio show featured on BBC Radio’s 1xtra station. The hour mix of music is filled with songs and mashes coming from Sean Paul, Craig David, Jeremih, Vybz Kartel, and more. Drums taps into his inner reggae and oozes out sounds from the island to create a sonic experience that’ll have any listener moving and grooving for the next hour.
“Trappin Like A Fool” — Gunnaboy K
Although he has made a huge push on the north side of Houston, most aren’t familiar with Gunnaboy K. The energetic young artist grown into a fan favorite after his release of “AAKWD” and he continues to add more fire to his flame with his single, “Trapping Like A Fool.” The Oaks-directed visual documents Gunnaboy flexing and finessing in designer threads and turning up the trap with his gang. One of the most underrated acts in the city for sure, Gunnaboy aims to apply pressure with more singles and more videos in the latter parts of this year. Until then, this refreshing invite to the trap is the best representation for new listeners to familiarize themselves with Gunnaboy K is all about.
“Let’s Do It” — Ugly God ft. Trill Sammy x Famous Dex
The trifecta effect has worked to its full advantage as of late, and there’s no reason why it can’t work again when Ugly God, Trill Sammy, and Famous Dex bring their individualized powerhouses together to make a hard hit. The jigged-out smash allow Houston natives Ugly God and Trill Sammy to ride the Splashtown-inspired waves accordingly, and it just sets up the song perfectly for Famous Dex to release his high-profiled energy to end the track. The combination of three brings together a cohesive youthful filled vibe that’s specifically catered to Millennials. It’s simplistic for the most part, but at the same time, one doesn’t need to spit out a whole dictionary to get a party started, and it seems like the trio in this song get that message loud and clear.