Taz Da Realist is BACK with NEW VISUALS to vibe to…

Female artist TazDaRealist is back with some new heat for the streets. She introduces her latest visual ‘The Intro’ which is another lyrical masterpiece. We first introduced her to you in April 2016, and she is keeping true to her word in not letting up and working hard until everyone knows her name. Check out her visual and let us know what you think.


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Deus Lee Presents: Straight Bars No Hooks

Today’s music industry is filled with modern day shenanigans that even the 80s babies can’t stand to listen to. It’s as if the radio consistently plays dope nursery rhymes for elementary kids to sing along and dance to. Though there are a good number of people who enjoy where gangster rap and trap music have led us, there are a large number of listeners awaiting real rap to return; simply put, people want lyricism. We’ve heard all the cool beats, auto tune, and sing-song rap we can take. “Where is the content?!”, they exclaim.

Starting his music career with “The Project”, Kent Hadnot, also known as Deus Lee, experienced loads of support from back home family and friends, and in even bigger numbers, his college campus. Before grauduating from the University of Incarnate Word, he dropped his second mixtape, “The Project II: I Just Wanna Rap”. With noticeable progression, relevant content, and precious talent, Deus Lee has continued to improve and impress with his most recent project, “Straight Bars No Hooks”, #SBNH.
Deus Lee karate chops words in a way that provides a breath of fresh air to those who needed to be reminded that real artists, real music, and real lyricism still exist. He creatively composed a mixture of sounds and verses, literally no hooks, to express pain, reality, truths, and even fun times from his collegiate past. He paints verbal images and touches touchy topics willingly, demolishing devils as he delivers from the depths of his soul. It’s the type of music you enjoy listening to over and over to pick up punchlines and puns you didn’t catch before.
Deus Lee created half the beats, and wrote MOST of his music. He specifically included a freestyle with friends, as well as “Flow Style Jank” which in his terms means to freestyle until you fall off, then pick up where you left off. “It was never written, so it’s a flow style”, he joked. To make this short project even more special, he released the tape on Thanksgiving Day, his 24th birthday.
In addition, Deus Lee will be releasing visuals to accompany his bars and it won’t be long before he comes out with his next mixtape! Be on the lookout and get your SOUL FOOD in the meantime. Less than 30 minutes of killer word play, eloquent speech, and head bobbers, you can find “Straight Bars No Hooks” on Soundcloud, iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play.
-Kenya
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Cee Won X releases new music & reveals upcoming Texas tour

Cee-WonCee-Won X is a political rapper, songwriter, dancer, and singer. He began performing as a hip hop dancer in 2008 and would go on to battle against many B-boy crews and compete in local jams across the Houston, Texas area for years. In 2013, Cee-Won X released his first demo as a political rapper and founding member of the alternative rap group Sons of the Tongue. Cee grew up surrounded by music, which he believes led him to feel like an artist by nature. His father, uncle, and grandfather were all professional musicians and he spent the mid-1990s on the road with his father’s band.

Cee-WonMuch like his father, Cee is a powerful singer who uses rock-influenced harmonies in his music to separate himself from many Houston-based rap acts. Cee is also a DJ who firmly believes in a “strictly vinyl” stance – meaning he doesn’t use any digital DJ equipment – and all music he uses is limited to the confines of his vinyl record collection. In 2015 Cee worked closely with producer Zachary Garren (formerly of the band Dance Gavin Dance) and released his eclectic album titled “The Excursion II: A Poet In the Land of Cruel Intentions,”’ in which Cee sings, raps, plays bass and guitar, and utilizes his DJ skills to make what many have considered an impressive work of honest art. He is praised for his energetic and engaging live performances where he often uses the opportunity in between songs to address to his audience issues of social justice and issues within hip hop culture.In July of 2016 Cee released a single for his song titled “World’s Gone Mad” on cassette through his own independent record label, Cee-Won X Music Group. Cee will be touring Texas and releasing an EP titled “Silence” in 2017.excursion-2

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Jordan De’Aver

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Jordan De’Aver is a young artist from Houston, TX who has dreams to make a world-known name for himself in the music industry. He refuses to be confined into the description of rapper or singer. He is simply and artist. Which means that he is able to do it all.

The artist comes from a family of entertainers, and while he was always surrounded by music, he admits that his family wouldn’t take his dreams seriously until he did. Jordan reveals how his older brother gave him advice and how long he had to wait and perfect his craft before his family would take him seriously: “My big brother actually made me realize how dedicated I had to be when my people said I was too young to record with them but that didn’t stop me. I was writing music at 7 years old. I was 14 when I started recording, so they slept on me for 7 whole years. But when I touched the mic I killed the whole record! There was so much that I had to do to be taken serious but I NEVER cared too much because I was gone make it happen regardless.”

img_20161010_161707The young artist has an eclectic array of influences which include his brother, Drake ,J Cole, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Party Next Door, OMB Bloodbath, Yung leek, Stunna Bam, Young Thug, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Tupac, and Biggie Smalls

He never felt as if people took him serious as an artist, so he wanted to prove to others that he is in fact very serious about his calling. He recalls his first time performing and showing his peers what he is capable of. He says, “I was at my school for a pep rally before my basketball game and this man mr. Latchley which is an administrator for the high school I go to told me to get up there and perform but I was shy at first so I was like not right now I was basically beating around the bush but he announced my name anyway so I was like man this could be my chance right here the stands was full the bleachers were full the floor was full of people sitting down in front of me so I just walked up there and I gave it my all after that I was known in the school and many places in Third Ward for my music. I had everyone was shocked because they didn’t know how good I was as an artist they thought I was just another person said I rap or I seen But actually I don’t claim myself to be neither one I’m just an artist.”

img_20161010_161357Jordan’s first performance was definitely an exciting experience, and the love that he received made him want to do it more. But once Jordan realized that he could turn his passion into his career he knew exactly what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He explains,  “My first experience with music was like something just to have fun with and once I find out that it was also a business I was like damn man you can get paid for doing something that you love doing?! I can make this my way out of Third Ward.”

He has had his share of struggles while pursuing music, from his own family and friends not taking him seriously, to being involved in the court system. He is still in the process of finding himself and he says that is also a challenge.

The young artist has goals to see how far he can go doing something that he loves. He has an intimate experience when he is writing and recording his music. He says, “It’s not just creating music, it’s a feeling. I understand myself better after I record.”

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Dolla$ign Dee of G.Y.M. talks being the best and taking care of the whole team

DOLLA$IGN DEE

DOLLA$IGN DEE REAL
Tell us about yourself.

I am D’Andrea Jenning. My stage name is Dolla$ign Dee. I’m 27. I was born and raised in Killeen, TX. The inspiration behind my stage name comes from me investing in myself; like that’s what I’m about is money. I’m not here for fame I’m here for financial stability. It’s about a dollar. My city has a lot of influence on my style it’s where I’m from, and it’s what made and raised me. I love my city and I’m just trying to be one of the best to ever do it in my city and state.

who are your musical influences?

My musical influences are Pimp C, OutKast, Cash Money, No Limit, DMX, 2 Pac, Nipsey Hussle, Big Krit. 

what do you enjoy most about what you do?

I enjoy the love I get from people who don’t even know me but get my message through my music and feel like they know me through my music. I enjoy the progression as well.dee

what project are you working on now?

My second mixtape entitled, ‘For the Real’ is out now on all download websites.

As an entertainer, how do you define success?

Success to me is to be one of the best if not the best at what I do. And to be rich from what I do, and for my mom and brother to not have to work anymore and enjoy life.

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Twitter: dolla$igndee254
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Lil Ray of G.Y.M. only raps what’s real

“My Delivery Can Change Up At Anytime” – Lil Ray

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Tell us about yourself.

Justin Ross. Stage name: Lil Ray. Hometown:Killeen, TX. 26yrs old. I'm laid back, and a people person. I just love to have a good time.

What influence has your city had on your style?

Everything I rap about is what the city has showed me or things I have been through.

How did your entertainment journey begin?

About a year ago. I just went into the studio and started talking about what I did that day and it went from there. Really I was just was playing with it until people heard it and said I should stay with it.

lil rayWhat has been your motivation?

The G.Y.M team. They are behind me all the way and they keep pushing me.

What was your first experience with music like?

It was cool. I grew up on that Houston music culture and fell in love.

Who are your musical influences?

Young Dolph, Philthy Rich, and Gucci Mane.

What has been the defining moment of your career so far?

When we made G.Y.M our brand and went legit.

How do you define success?

Getting your city behind your back and taking off with no looking back.

What project are you working on now?

My mixtape entitled, Let Me In.

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Big Duce: Joe Jackson of G.Y.M.

Big Duce

I’M BIG BRO

Tell us about yourself.

Courtney Mitchell. Big Duce. Age 30. Killeen, TX born & raised. I’m cool and laid back. They call me the Joe Jackson of the G.Y.M. I’m big bro. Big Duce is a name I came up with  while freestyling when I was younger and it stuck to me like glue.

Do you remember your first time entertaining?

Lol Yea in elementary I was chubby checker doing the twist..lol good times.

What was your first experience with music like?

I grew up around music my grandfather owned a juke joint in Galveston and I stayed in there and the jukebox stayed playing.

duce-2What keeps you motivated?

The GYM has kept me motivated watching my lil bros put in this work and be so dedicated to accomplishing the same goal…putting the GYM on the map …it gives me the drive to keep going and go hard at that it’s serious round here bout this rapping.

 Who were your musical influences?

Fat Pat & Lil’ Keke. If I had to compare my style to another artist it would be like Fat Pat and Lil’ Keke together because I give it to you raw like Lil’ Keke and I’m a big dude that’s jiggy like Fat Pat.

What was your favorite song growing up?

Lil Troy – Wanna Be a Baller

How do you define success?

Success is when I can feed my family and provide for them from rap alone. When all I have to do is get up and rap for a check.

Any advice for aspiring artists?

Keep it 100 with your people. Be you.

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FYI Houston Fall 2016 Playlist features Cooley Kimble, Rock N Rolla, Burial Boyz & more!

Our fall 2016 playlist features some great music from artists featured in our entertainment section. Take a listen and make sure you follow the artists and download their music. Support the Underground!

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Tummy Tee of G.Y.M. reveals near death experience and making music with his team

 “I bring the beat out, the beat don’t bring me out! I can start rapping and make the world’s toughest man move.” -Tummy Tee 

Tumtum of G.Y.M.

Hi! my name is Ajalon Robinson but to my viewers or listeners I go by the name TummyTee. I’m 27 years old. I was born in Colorado Springs Colorado, but raised majority of my life in Killeen, TX.

 What was the inspiration behind your stage name?

I got the name ‘Tumtum’ from a family member when I was younger from a movie I used to watch called ‘3 Ninjas’. It was probably because of my size and eating habits lol. Also, my real name is hard for most to pronounce. As I got older and started rapping more and making an impact in my neighborhood with my talent it just really stuck to me.

What project are you working on now?

I just dropped my second mixtape ‘Jumpstory 2’ on datpiff.com. If you haven’t got it get you one now! But I’m in the lab about to wake the city back up with my next tape called ‘GREENCITY’ hosted by V. O. M designer Scotty Lee. Y’all make sure to stay tuned for that one!

What struggles have you had to overcome in your career?

tummy teeLosing my best friend in a car crash was a big one. But losing hearing in my left ear was the worst. In 2012 I was shot in the head an placed ICU for 2 weeks. I lost my hearing and some  nerves on my left side. I woke up to lots of love and at that moment it hit me. I felt I had to choose between these streets or rap; I chose rapping! I really just got over it by thanking God for still blessing me to see better days and being able to live to tell this story I have called life on these beats to y’all.

How would you describe your music for someone who has never heard it before?

Like a documentary with a dope beat behind it.

What was your favorite song growing up?

Southside by Lil’ Keke

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

Go for what you believe in and never give up!

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Jonoo Bandz

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New Orleans native Jonathan Dewitt, better known as Jonoobandz, resides in Houston, TX and is making a serious mark on the underground scene. The 15 year old believes his hard work and unique sound set him apart from the rest. FYI Houston was able to catch up with Jonoobandz to pick the young artist’s brain on his music and more.
Jonoobandz started his rap career around the age of 7 rapping in his neighbor’s studio. Raised in a tough situation filled with violence, he overcame and stuck to his music. Over the years his sound developed and he never lost his love of writing rhymes and rapping. When asked what kept him motivated throughout his career, Jonoobandz responded, “My progression I feel as I get better & better over time.”
With a new mixtape entitled Everlasting in the works, Jonoobandz is working in the lab. He writes in his free time and the young artist is serious about his craft. FYI asked Jonoobandz to define success and his response was, “Success is the reward of hard work or goals that have been achieved.”

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