Over the last several years, played an amazing role in helping to secure exposure for deserving artists who were right at the cusp of their own greatness but, still needed that extra little push and the right set of ears to help get them over on to the next level. We have also been instrumental in helping underground and independent artists gain new listeners and followers for the dope music that they were creating. Our lists have played their part in this task as well.
We have called more than a few winners over the years and were ecstatic to see some of our favorites graduate to that next platform during the last 12 months. We knew they were stars all along, so we’re glad to see them finally get their shine! We look forward to catching up with them in a “Where Are They Now” type of way in the coming months to show you just how far they’ve come.
For the last few years, we have put out a list of up-and-coming rap/hip-hop artists who we think warrant your attention. This year we’ve returned with seven more artists from DFW who bring the fire. Give them a listen and keep your eyes on them, too. Trust us, these folks are doing big things and you do not want to be caught sleeping.
DFW’s resident international man of mystery, Lou Charle$ doesn’t know the meaning of “taking a break.” Since we spoke to him last year, he — like list-mate Alsace Carcione — joined Joe Budden and Jarren Benton on tours, and also opened for Joyner Lucas...
Lou CharLe$ is constantly on the move. Whether it's touring, recording, promoting, or shooting videos. The TCU graduate can't stay still for too long. His perpetual motion is probably something that is wired into his DNA. The 26 year-old's passport has more ink than Dennis Rodman.
Who is Lou CharLe$? It's a more legitimate question than with most musicians, given that there's next to no concrete information about the 20-something Fort Worth resident. Hell, it's even the name of his website. But when a young artist is opening up for Chamillionaire and Immortal Technique, getting features from Dizzy Wright, and an award-winning producer like J. Rhodes takes notice and collaborates on a new EP, it might be time for the rest of us to pay attention.
Creative industries are notoriously difficult to enter, much less actually make a living. There’s a reason why (sane) people decide to sell insurance. Or become a doctor. Or a banker. Or a teacher. Or become a gun runner for an African warlord.
Any other job can be better than “the arts.” A “creative” job can be defeating, and the pay can stink worse than a Porta-potty. But if you are good, and are persistent, there is a home with a check.
TCU Grad Lou CharLe$ is discovering both.
Sometimes it’s easy to get so caught up in trying to hit the next lick that you don’t take the time to truly appreciate what you’ve accomplished. So for this rare moment… I’m going to pat myself on the back, say “Good job Lou” and then give God the glory.
No label, no manager, no team, no investors… just me and small crew of my best friends. I know I’ve got a long way to go and many ways to grow, but I feel like I’m on the right path! Thanks for rocking and making it all possible!