5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities.
For this week’s edition of 5 On It, we’re trying something a bit different. Drake-certified, Bones-collaborating, Austin, Texas producer Eric Dingus was gracious enough to grab the reigns from me this week, taking a look at five of his favorite up-and-coming rappers.
If you’re not familiar with Eric’s production—often as heavy as it is beautiful and atmospheric, with taste for experimentation that never gets in the way of making sure the bass is booming—listen to a sampling of his beats below and his new ambient instrumental project, Isolation Dreams. Then check out his picks.
T-Rock – “Ak-47”
“T-Rock is one of the most technically talented rappers alive in my opinion. A very good vibe of fast southern rap, with the Memphis background and influence. He’s got a lot of material that’s really solid. Conspiracy Theory is my favorite album of his.”
Dowrong – “Wake Up”
“I have a lot of respect for young rappers who still have passion and care for rapping. I really like Dowrong’s music for the energy and creative way he uses words. Pretty unique flows, and you can tell he’s very ‘hungry.’ The passion is there very strong, and you can tell by his delivery. Be on the lookout for The Dowrong EP coming soon. I’m handling the production on it.”
Collard – “Sodomn Gallery”
“I don’t listen to too many British rappers, but I’m really feeling what I’ve heard from Collard. The tone of voice on ‘Sodomn Gallery’ over the dreamy production is very easy to vibe to, a sort of melancholy mood I quite like.”
The LOEGz (League of Extraordinary Gz) – “Roll One”
“Truth is missing from a lot of rap right now. And I always respect when I can see truth in someone’s music. The Austin, Texas group The League of Extraordinary Gz has been putting in work and time into making moving reality-based rap, which is meaningful to me, being from Austin myself.”
BISHOP LIGHT – “Southside”
“Me and Bishop working heavy. Just wait for what’s in store….”