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Tay-K Gets A Shout-Out In The Next Big Meme Rap Hit, The Jonas Brothers Run Laps Around The Rest Of The Billboard 200’s Top 10 And So Much More.

In case you’re not up-to-date on the latest in meme rap, allow us to catch you up: Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” has officially become pedestrian, as denizens of the music-focused social media app TikTok has moved on to a relatively new song by comedian Zack Fox and producer Kenny Beats called “Jesus Is the One (I Got Depression)”. Give it a listen:

This studio rendering of this song dropped this past Friday after the initial freestyle attracted over a million listens in the past month. This has become pertinent to local music news for two reasons:

  1. After the “If you ain’t a Christian, Imma stab you in the face” bars, Fox spits the line “Free Palestine, free Tay-K.” That, of course, is a reference to the incarcerated Arlington rapper who is still in prison, awaiting trial on a number of capital murder charges.
  2. Def Jam-signed Oak Cliff rapper and Woah creator 10k.Caash dropped a video on Twitter last month in which he jammed out to the song, proving once again that he’s ahead of the curve.

Speaking of 10k, he just dropped a new song featuring Lil Yachty called “Swajjurkicks” that, well, features the same Yung Nation-influenced rapping over a bass-heavy beat that fans have come to expect from the performer.

Meanwhile, the Gucci Mane-signed Asian Doll‘s own hot streak has continued thanks to the release of a trippy new music video for “You Gu” that you can watch below.

And then there’s Chris Brown tourmate Yella Beezy, who dropped a fresh music video for his Pharrell featuring smash “Rich MF” that we’ve embedded here as well.

Yes, folks, we really do have a vibrant hip-hop scene here in town.

But even the local rap underground is vibrant. This especially became evident these past few days as an event dubbed “GWAPMANIA 2” that took place on Saturday in an industrial office complex between Harry Hines and I-35E went rather viral thanks to the proliferation of the hashtag #GWAPMANIA2 on Twitter over the weekend. Featuring Gwap Gang and, well, a gang of other performers too, the below video of attendees getting down in a wrestling ring during the event shows well how this offering became one for the books.

Speaking of bubbling-up area hip-hop, Dallas rapper Tree passes along her debut music video for her song “Yeah Yeah”, which further establishes her as a rising emcee to watch.

But, on the other hand, just because someone exists in the Dallas rap scene doesn’t necessarily mean they merit your attention. To be clear, we’re not posting the below clip for Kolton Pierce‘s “Bad At Love” here because we especially dig it; we’re doing so because we can’t believe that we got a press from this guy’s team that name drops the fact that he’s in a committed relationship with former Texas Rangers outfiielder Josh Hamilton‘s ex-wife. Apparently, the lovebirds can be seen together in a new Lifetime reality series called Marrying Millions. Given all of the above, and the name of the song that was sent our way to share with you all, we’re absolutely sure these crazy kids are gonna make it!

A much more impressive press release sent our way this week notes that the Jonas Brothers‘ comeback album Happiness Begins has sold 414,000 units and accumulated over 68 million streams since its release last week. Per that release, the album has also “generated a greater total consumption of more than the rest of the Billboard 200‘s Top 10 combined.” We understand that press releases are generally intended to sweeten an artist’s image — but, dear lord, that’s one hell of a flex.

Back to other new release news!

Fort Worth singer-songwriter Ansley continued her string of strong new releases over the weekend by premiering a new song titled “For the Last Time” Mark Schectman’s Sunday night Locals Only show on ALT 103.7. Check it out on Spotify — you won’t regret it.

Further proof of Fort Worth simply killing it of late can be found in the form of Meach Pango’s fresh single “Built for the Tilt”, which came this week with a video already at the ready:

Meanwhile, the Denton ex-pats in Emotional Indulgence (formerly Ethereal & The Queer Show) dropped their first self-titled LP under their new name this week, and passed along a video for the album’s lead single to boot. Give “Decide” a watch, if you so choose:

Even those who’ve chosen to remain in Denton are on their A-Game of late, too. Last week, Cig Oasis dropped a new album titled I Am Moo Moo that’s worth your time:

Also, this new Melvins-sounding sludge/doom metal band from Denton named ARBYS has released a self-titled EP of their own. Jokes about an impending lawsuit from a fast food chain aside, this rips:

Finally, Golden’s own Kacey Musgraves turned some heads this weekend when she covered the Flaming Lips‘ “Do You Realize??” during her Bonnaroo set, and was joined by dancers that took part in the festival’s pride parade.

Musgraves wasn’t the only act with local ties to put on for Dallas at Bonnaroo over the weekend, seeing as Post Malone and Maren Morris were also on the festival bill. And another local Bonnaroo artist, Parquet Courts, will be heading to the U.K. in the fall to play a festival called End of the Road where they will be joined by a fellow Denton affiliate, E.B. the Younger.

On the opposite hemisphere, and right beside Lake Erie, the Dallas-sprung Mike Dillon Band announced this week that it will be playing the Night Lights Music Festival along with Girl Talk, Aqueous and others.

And, lastly this week, in yet another example of North Texas artists taking on the national spotlight, Norah Jones took part in a John Prine tribute at the Songwriter’s Fall of Fame this week, where she was joined by the likes of Stephen Colbert, Bonnie Raitt and Nathaniel Rateliff.

Not a bad week, folks!

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