-Topic Makes His Case For Being Dallas' Next Big Rapper.

Dallas rapper -Topic has been bubbling up in the local scene and catching attention for some time now — in large part because of some smart affiliations made on his part.

For starters, he's a familiar face at the weekly Tuesday night open mic hip-hop session at 2826 Arnetic in Deep Ellum, the same place where acts like A.Dd+, Brain Gang Blue, Que P Tha Prodigy and other up-and-coming rappers try out there new material.

Second, he's been careful to align himself with that crew, showing up at their shows whether on their bills or not, if only to show some local hip-hop support.

More interesting, perhaps, about -Topic (and, yes, that hyphen at the start of his name is intentional) is the fact that he perpetually appears to be on his grind. Stroll through Deep Ellum at any given time of the day and you're fairly likely to walk into the dude stalking the streets, earbuds in and music blaring.

His hard work appears to be paying off. Next month, he'll be performing as part of of the sprawling 35 Denton lineup, and he'll also be headlining a gig of his own on March 15 at the House of Blues.

These slots are deserved, too. After releasing his debut single, “Peer Pressure,” in December, he rather hilariously posted for download his first full mixtape, Songs About P___y, just in time for Valentine's Day earlier this month. That love-torn release (also available in a chopped and screwed format) is full of gems.

We like “Come Down” the most, as it finds -Topic detailing what he seeks in a female companion somewhat sheepishly and explaining his own shortcomings in the process — like the fact that he doesn't “know a lot about movies.” Adorable, huh?

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