19-year-old South Carolina rapper 18Veno isn't re-writing the rules with his lyrics or delivery, but he's got a secret weapon in fellow SC producer Neeko Baby. Veno's standout tracks "Fuck Rap" and "1942"—both produced by Neeko—are powered by aggressive flows but anchored by a curious beat pairing. It's the same kind of idiosyncrasy that fueled Tay-K's hit "The Race," a wholesome instrumental that balances playful melody and effervescence with heavy bass, trap drums, and antagonistic rapping. It's a trick that never gets old, and 18Veno is doing it particularly well. So far he's only got one five-song project called R4z out on streaming platforms, but there are a few other songs on his SoundCloud.

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