Since early on in his career, Reston native Austin Skinner has always had a strong internet presence. Given the fact he’s one of the more consistent artists by releasing music often and collaborating with notable artists such as Nessly, Orion, and most recently with Lil Pump in “4 CHOPPAZ”
At only 19, this kid has already surpassed 600K streams solely on SoundCloud and is definitely someone to lookout for..|LOST LOVE EP
2017 was a vital year for the Manassas Singer. Buto just recently broke through 100K streams on his lead single “Blessing” which received tremendous attention from many. After seeing how much potential the record held, Buto stuck with his sound and used that momentum to later release the SPUDDIES EP.
His use of live instruments makes his sound more authentic and grasping to new ears. Check out his most recent work; The Man On The Boat EP
Stemming from Manassas, young artist Cash Bently jumped on the scene hard with his heavy hitting auto-tune approach. Bentley has collaborated with the likes of heavy buzzing artists like I$AIAH and 909 Memphis. After building up his internet presence, Bently quickly started taking his production more seriously. He is now making his mark as the go-to underground producer for artists both in and out of Virginia. Whether its making songs or producing them, this kid is extremely talented.
Early on releasing a handful of free online projects from 2014 to 2016, Drew released his EP “Running in Place” on November 18, 2016. The project featuring production from Juice Bangers, Draxum, Anatha Flay, and artist features from Topi Mandela, Levi Hinson, and Two-9’s Curtis Williams, “Running in Place” was a strong introduction to the then 16 year-old artist.
After a string of singles in 2017, Drew released his debut album, “Yearbook,” on October 27, 2017. Executive-produced by Adrian Stresow, “Yearbook” charted in the iTunes hip-hop top 40 upon its release. The bulk of the album’s production was handled by 1995, and the album featured artists Adrian Stresow, Asaiah Ziv, and PLAY from the Suffolk rap crew BreezePark, among others.
In 2018, Drew Famous founded his own business, CIRCA2000 LLC., and is gearing up to release his next project, an album fully produced by 1995 through his CIRCA2000 imprint. Even if the album’s production all comes from Jersey City, the Virginia in Drew comes out in this album more than ever. The project is set to feature artists like Kaleb Mitchell and IIIDAZE, and is expected to release in this summer.
Bred from AVA (Alexandria), D$G Dae has been rapping for a while but it wasn’t until he went to Old Dominion University when his rap career really started to gather attention. Fueling from Online Twitter Rap Challenges, Dae continued to inch closer and closer to widespread acclaim.
This past fall was really where he made his leap to social media stardom, dropping his first visual for an older record, “Walk In”. The visual quickly surpassed 25K views and quickly getting the attention of XXL landing a spot on one of their artist playlists.
With all this accumulating buzz, there’s nothing left but to wonder if and when can we expect an album or mixtape in the near future.
Sounds distort and walls bend as Hampton Roads collective IIIDAZE came up ceremoniously this past year. With SoundCloud hits and standout visuals, the trio proceeded to break grounds from the start.
Room shaking performances and word of mouth have created mass anticipation of a feature length project. The tone is set in their favor, as they are fully in house from production down to mixing/mastering.
The Soundboy out of Stafford is something of a king to the youth when it comes to the 540. His fan base is undeniable, with many anxious teens awaiting every release and frantically reposting every teaser he drops. Many of which quickly run up 100 retweets within 48 hours.
Kwad is a blended product of much of the “new wave” of music that has pushed its way to the forefront of today’s hip hop climate. As well as the meticulously crafted sounds and feel-based music we saw put on front street by artists like Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Lil Uzi Vert.
Kwad is an artist who we’ve seen develop quickly over the course of us running this platform and in this short time, he has made leaps and bounds when it comes to the music he’s been putting out.
The new IGM signee has been bubbling for years since his emergence as a premiere force in the Woodbridge area. Yet it wasn’t until the release of his highly anticipated single “Woah” with Tae Glocka when the two quickly became the voice of the youth in NOVA. From getting plays at homecomings and proms even down to radio stations.
Huncho topped off the buzz by feeding the streets with his latest project “New Pressure 2” with features from well known artists such as Star G & T, Yung Rahz, Reggie Reg, Big Kash, Trevy Trey, and more. Needless to say, there’s something about Huncho as he just has this natural pull from the high school crowd. Be on the lookout for his next move!
If you’re from the NoVA side, then you must be familiar with EazyMax! She’s been relentlessly flooding the streets with content every couple days steadily since the New Year. You’d think she’d be slowing down but in fact, she’s elevating as her work ethic has gained attention from MMG artist Fattrel.
The future is insanely bright for the young videographer as she is only 19 years old!
NoVA’s Fridaynite has one of the strongest, cult internet following we’ve seen from a local artist on his side. With a solid base of over 4k followers on Soundcloud and songs crossing over the 20k threshold, this budding artist definitely has something to the formula.
Latest singles release, “Shoot“, serves as great intro to Fridaynite and his sound as an artist. The bouncy, ad-lib laced production pair well with his lighthearted, extravagant verse that serves as both a compliment and contradiction to the raw hook and theme from which the track’s title derives.
Welcome to Friday’s world.
Kou Sav of GCD is as enthusiastic as they come, whether it’s a feature or his own record, he’s going to aim to have the best verse and best energy every time. Though he’s been on the scene for a while, it wasn’t until as of late since he has been gaining notoriety by releasing content more steadily and collaborating.
With the help of his conglomerate GCD Cruddy Gang, Kou Sav is set to keep snapping and pressing his foot on the necks of anyone who steps in his lane.
Kris Stasse, hailing out of Virginia Beach, proves through each song his will and dedication to being one of the greats in hip-hop. Stasse brings a refreshing sound to the game with motivational and moving music. With his latest release of “L.O.N.E.R.” Kris shows his versatility from having songs with heavy rock and roll influence all the way to tracks you think you would here on the billboard hot 100 charts. His mission is to make feel good music that connects with all sorts of people.
We stumbled across the young lyricist , JVN via Soundcloud. At only 17 years old, the Chesapeake musician has a lot of promising potential early on. Dropping his latest album “Yours Truly”, we see a variety of lyricism, melodies, & overall growth from his previous project the Black Tape.
With these promising aspects, coupled with the fact the young MC has still yet to find his definitive niche/sound, JVN has set the tone and stood apart from the crowd in his class as one to keep an eye out for as we look forward to the future and next budding artist from Virginia.
20 year old Miah Travis has continued to have an unwavering dedication to being persistent, polished, and virtuous in his craft.
His journey from the release of standout motion picture for “Mona Lisa” with budding cinematographer, Spencer Sease to now has been a rewarding but arduous one. An exponential rise from notable press coverage, to a journey on FOX’s The Four, to growing anticipation for a new Miah Travis.
With a new EP and plenty new sounds in his repertoire, the Chesapeake native has set the stage to elevate and make a name for himself in major ways.
RenzoBeats is a name you’ve probably heard before. The young producer is still in high school but has worked with many artists the past two years. He quickly started realizing everyone in NOVA was a part of some clique or
music group, so he was then welcomed to YBG alongside fellow producers
Snowzart, Taequan Barbour & GMG2x. A short while later, Renzo and GMG
started collaborating quite frequently and sent a beat to
WillThaRapper. That’s when the two later found out that WillThaRapper
dubbed the song “223” and shot a visual which is doing close to 60k
views. Renzo has a track coming up with RudyCash which is produced by
Sparkheem and himself along with an unreleased song with TooEasyBlack.
“Watch out as his promotional tape coming up in July titled “Toxic Parties”.
Ricky Rick, an 18-year-old producer from Woodbridge, has had arguably the quickest come up out of the are. Still in high school, RickyRick, has been making major moves not only in the DMV scene but on the East coast with big acts such as producing Bali Baby from ATL’s hit record “Elastic” and Da Baby from Charlotte’s record “Tax Time” Recently, he even sold a beat to A Boogie’s manager.
Watch out for him as we anticipate this young producer to go Global!
Production Credits: Bali Baby • Da Baby • Big Don Bino • Reggie Reg • LeakNoStallin & Many More!
Rizzo Da Great
Rizzo Da Great is no strangers to hard times & the struggle. As you can hear in his music, the 17 year old rapper has learned a lot from the streets & has translated them in his music.
Wether its something for the streets or something for the ladies, Rizzo is your guy. His latest visual features Kahri 1k in “The Walton’s”.
Ryan Henry is a director and screenwriter from Alexandria, VA. He has involved himself in multiple realms of creativity, from filmmaking and visual art, to music, blogging, and clothing design. The young artist is on a mission to not only expand in his areas of expertise, but to allow the opportunity for other creatives from across the map to truly hone their crafts and explore their potential.
Ryan founded Cut x Sewn Magazine in 2015, a digital magazine and creative platform that features editorials and articles placing unheard talent under the spotlight. The following year, Ryan applied his skills in creativity and branding to throw his first major event; Sense: A Creative Culture Convention. The event was laid out like a large scale art convention, featuring over 35 performers, designers, and visual artists from across the country, including an appearance from Goldlink.
The success and acclaim of the event led to Ryan creating Sense, a forward-thinking clothing brand where he worked and designed as the creative director for nine months before realizing it was time for him to pass the torch and focus on his true passion; filmmaking. Now, Ryan spends his days and nights working on an array of projects, hoping to one day take his throne as one of the most prominent filmmakers to reach the big screen.
His upcoming film is centered around the struggle of the black woman, the oppression of all women, mental health, and abuse titled, “And Home We Came”
Music serves for some as an outlet and a direct funnel for honest expression and emotional turmoil, whilst creating the open conversation and connection with your fans. Suffolk artist, Zara Bash, unabashedly delivers this aspect to his art on a consistent basis whether it be through his live performances or his tracks.
His album “SkyFall” made a promising debut. Proving doubters that he is capable of holding his own while switching his flow and approach throughout the project, all while delivering a quality sound across booming instrumentals bound to have your car thumping.
All Virginia Artist 1990Bishop knows how to do is run it up. From starting a collective to dropping hit singles 1990Bishop has been working non stop to get the top spot. He has dropped many that became popping in a very short amount of time from “Bank with Curt McGurt” which racked over 18 thousand streams in a month to “No Lean” which gained 13 thousand streams in a little under a month. Bishop has also been gaining steam for starting the collective 1990 which is a music group where he combined many of the slept on underground artists to work together and build a brand. Bishop frequently works with manager “Ali” the two together are on the road to winning. Keep your eye out for what he got in store for us.
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