This week’s “Under The Radar” is dedicated to the streets of Houston. Houston has very diverse underground music scene but with greats like Z-Ro and Trae Tha Truth continuing to represent in a major way, it’s relatively difficult for Houston’s newest to breakthrough. So let’s get to it, shall we?
C.K. is fairly new to my iTunes library. In less than a week I’ve been lured into emcee’s laid back flow. C.K hails from Dead End, side of South Park Houston made popular by DJ Screw’s group DEA (Dead End Alliance) that consisted of Lil Keke, brothers HAWK & Fat Pat, and Kay Kay. He represents the hustle, the walk, the stack, and the grind on Let Me Eat Wit Cha stand-out “Hustle,” while successfully flipping Tyga & Chris Brown’s “Deuces” into a codeine sipping, break-up anthem “Sippin Deuces.” C.K’s trap raps almost inspired me to go buy a pyrexx, comet and a brick to start cooking. I’m only kidding .
I was introduced to Bleeda’s music a few years ago by his long time partner Mr. 713, but it was his OrbitDidIt direct video for “Bandanas” that made me a believer. Bleeda’s gritty, raw yet genuine flows on his latest street album B.R.A.E (Being Real Ain’t Easy), coincidentally sharing the same acronym as his neighborhood The Brae, introduces his audience into the mind of Tobias growing up in the streets. Tracks like “Salute Me” featuring J-Dawg and “Street Niggaa” serves as steady reminders not to ever mistake Bleeda as rapper, but a street nigga that demands respect and salutations. While “Being You” and “Sincerely Tobias” displays a genuine and even vulnerable state of Bleeda.
Being Real Ain’t Easy is a iTunes must have if you’re tired of being the bullied kid on the playground and ready to fight back .