The North Texas Artists You Should Be Watching in 2022

1/9/2022 11:15:00 PM

The North Texas Artists You Should Be Watching in 2022

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The North Texas Artists You Should Be Watching in 2022

Just like clockwork, a new year ushers in a fresh batch of promising new North Texas recording artists poised to be the next big thing.

, a six-song EP released last February, came and went with little to no publicity or fan reaction. While Lyric delivered an expectedly solid lyrical performance, it didn't live up to his earlier work. After Lyric released the Soundcloud-retreated EP

CoSign Magazine[mixtape] project. ... So it's a full-circle moment to finally be a part of the team."Until Gucci Mane discovered and signed Hotboy Wes in July, the Waco native was solely known for his debut mixtape,and four tracks on Gucci’s annual Christmas-themed album,

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It’s no secret that the Oak Cliff native is one of the best lyricists in North Texas.4:00AM Mike Brooks Supposedly, Elton John was responsible for 2% of all music sold on Earth in the mid '70s.A representative for rural Texas hospitals said some hospitals are having issues transferring really sick patients to larger facilities because they don’t have the staff.Dallas reduced its isolation period to five days, and Fort Worth also changed it to five earlier this week.

But gaps in his come-up after dropping his signature series Brick x Brick mixtapes have avid fan curious whether Lyric’s mainstream potential has now turned into a “You came close, but you never made it” tale. Outer Body Experience , a six-song EP released last February, came and went with little to no publicity or fan reaction. In 1975, he played two sold-out shows at Dodger Stadium, for 55,000 people per night, at a then-outrageous $10 per ticket (my uncle had to save up to see Deep Purple for $4. While Lyric delivered an expectedly solid lyrical performance, it didn't live up to his earlier work. North Texas hospitals battling the virus in patients, and among their staff, are in the process of adding 1,000 extra staffers. After Lyric released the Soundcloud-retreated EP Cliff Notes in late September, which includes the refreshing track “Confetti,” he announced a new album was on the way. Elton John is scheduled to make not one, but THREE local appearances in 2022, with two of those coming up at the end of January with back-to-back performances at the American Airlines Center on Jan. This resurgence could finally propel Lyric's career to global superstardom. "They aren’t taking anybody else," Powell said.

The first step for the artist was hiring his longtime friend, entrepreneur Kurtis Graham — best known as the founder of Dallas publication CoSign Magazine — for management. So it feels like the right time to celebrate once again Elton's, and his ever-present lyricist Bernie Taupin’s, glorious musical creations. The state has had extra staff in El Paso and the Panhandle for several weeks. Graham's experience could finally give Lyric a proper product roll-out. “I’m extremely excited to partner with Lyric, take the Jayson Lyric brand to the next level in 2022,“ Graham says. “Thank You for All Your Loving” from Jewel Box Previously hidden from the world until Taron Egerton performed it for the soundtrack of the Elton John biopic Rocketman , Elton John finally released this early Traffic-esque rocker on his Jewel Box collection in 2020. “I’ve been a fan since 2013, 2014 — right before he dropped the Coffee Table [mixtape] project. And so that certainly strains things a little bit more," Van Deusen said. . 9. Friday, Dallas ISD also announced it is condensing its quarantine period for all positive cases from 10 days to five days, following the recent guideline changes by the CDC.

.. From the all-out country-rock opus Tumbleweed Connection to occasional tracks in the midst of John’s more mainstream glam-rock albums, Taupin and John couldn’t help but throw in a country song here and there. Cook Children’s already has 12 extra staffers and expects a total of 21. So it's a full-circle moment to finally be a part of the team." Graham says this year will see more in-house events, concerts, pop-ups and touring from Lyric. 8. "It’s time to expand, time to take this from Dallas to global," Graham says. "We want to be realistic about this, but we think we can get the staff continuing to come into Texas," Van Deusen said.  RELATED: FILE - A poster from the CDC in the hallway that says,"Please wear a cloth face covering" and"Maintain a distance of 6 feet whenever possible.

"Everybody already says he moves like an industry-ready artist, like he’s already signed. On the album’s hardest rocking song, Taupin describes a 16-year-old girl with an uptight upbringing who turned to lesbian prostitution with deadly results. 2022, it’s time to make that happen.” Hotboy Wes Until Gucci Mane discovered and signed Hotboy Wes in July, the Waco native was solely known for his debut mixtape, Never Had Shit , released in 2019. 7. "We are kind of facing a lot of burn out, as a lot of nurses have been at this for over 20 months now," Texas Nurses Association Board Member Mary Vitullo said. Two years later, Wes delivered an overload of new music that consistently delivered buzzworthy lyricism. His biggest track yet, “I Can’t,” is one of five solo releases this year, outside of lending verses across seven tracks on Gucci Mane’s double album So Icy Boyz and four tracks on Gucci’s annual Christmas-themed album, So Icy Christmas. As opposed to the fare that would dominate the radio in the '80s and '90s, Taupin and John emphasize love’s ephemeral nature.  "I am sending my kids off to school and hoping for the best," she said.

Now with millions of streams and over 200,000 Instagram followers relishing in his street code-heavy storytelling, Wes’ forthcoming untitled debut album in one of Texas’ most anticipated releases. RELATED: The hospital recently shared the story of a Haylee Richard, a Denison High School junior hospitalized in September with a severe case of the virus. XBValentine In a May 2021 article, Observer  Dallas transplant XBValentine 's songs “resonate with her younger fans and pave the way for other LGBTQ musicians. Both Jeff Buckley and Coldplay committed the song to recording at one point of another, further cementing its place as a song for those whose emotions run intimately and stadium-sized alike.” 2021 was the artist’s best year yet. While opening for hip-hop star Tay Money, XBValentine grew her popularity through superstar collaborations with Paul Wall, Baby Bash, Kap G and Westside Boogie, which led to Boogie and XB releasing their latest joint single, “Luxury,” and an upcoming nationwide tour. “Social Disease” from While Goodbye Yellow Brick Road may be preoccupied with the illusion of Hollywood glitz and glamour, its portraits of those in the margins are where the album truly shines. "I’ve just become a lot more grateful and thankful for everything in life, like even the little things," Hillary added. Boogie, an Eminem protetégé, has said he couldn’t believe the rest of the world hadn't yet noticed XBValentine's star power. Advertisement "I just pray that my kids don’t get it," Powell said.

“Stop playing her," he said in a press release promoting “Luxury. Throw in Davey Johnstone on banjo and Santa Esmeralda vocalist Leroy Gomez on saxophone, and you get one of the most carefree songs in Elton John’s entire discography, a firsthand account of a socially questionable gentleman who “gets bombed for breakfast every morning,” “dresses in rags” and “smells a lot” but also seems to get away with paying his rent “in human kindness.” "She’s up next. Advertisement According to state numbers, the number of children hospitalized in North Texas is now 128. Stop fucking playing with her. 5. She’s next.” Under the management of concert promoter Lorenzo “Smooth Vega” Zenteno, XBValentine plans to release more new music to accumulate another 100 million streams, as did her hits “Vibe With You” and “Forgiveness” featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.” Instead of focusing on New York’s imposing skyline or its intimidating urban explosion, Taupin chooses to focus on the people that call the Big Apple home: “While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, sons of bankers, sons of lawyers, turn around and say good morning to the night, for unless they see the sky, but they can't and that is why, they know not if it's dark outside or light.

J1Hunnit A discovery of North Texas tastemaker Kassandra “DTXNova” Juarez — whose finds include SSGSplurge and Quin NFN — J1Hunnit surprised listeners with appealing slick-talking traditional raps on his 14-track album, Motion, released in March 2021. From multi-layered, metaphorical flow to old-school rhymeslaying, J1Hunnit's music is a buffet of everything you desire in your hip-hop feast, including dessert. “Amoreena” from Tumbleweed Connection While many might know the song for backdropping the opening scene of Sindey Lumet’s masterful film Dog Day Afternoon , those who are less cinematically inclined may never be graced with hearing one of Elton John’s sweetest love songs, on which he sings: “Lately, I've been thinking, how much I miss my lady, Amoreena's in the cornfield, brightening the daybreak. With the release of two more albums in 2021, it was Briefcase Boy,  J1Hunnit's latest featuring the infectious track “Limewire,” that made him a bona fide breakthrough artist within DFW and earned him a distribution deal with Detroit’s TheHipHopLab Records. J1Hunnit’s assembly-line work ethic and Juarez’s quarterbacking set him up as a main attraction for 2022. 3. The best from J1Hunnit’s lyrical arsenal has yet to come, but it's no doubt on the way.

Coach Tev is also a non-new, Dallas Observer Music Award winner who's been an underground star only one song away from breaking out into mainstream fame for several years. “Opportunity awaits me like a rat in a drain,” John sings from the perspective of the newly land-bound sailors with little to look forward to as they find fleeting solace in a seaside brothel. 2021’s No Worries, This Is Fine, was a much-needed turning point for Tev. Equipped with high-profile publicity and with unexpected delays behind him, Tev’s next release is highly anticipated.” 2. But some of his best work came from behind the spotlight. Black Ice,  a buzzing compilation album by Tev, Blake Cris and J08s, was Tev’s best lyrical performance since 2019’s COTY . Davey Johnstone and Chris Spedding’s respective acoustic and electric guitar playing evoke Taupin’s impressionistic portrait of someone wrestling with mental illness and the skewed outside opinion painting him as a madman.

RoadRun CMOE Despite being active for years, it wasn’t until 2021 that RoadRun CMOE found his stride. That's when the rapper dropped nine music videos with a bundle of regional guests, from Icewear Vezzo to OTB Fastlane. “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John has a jillion great songs, and half of them are on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road , but it’s the album’s towering 12-minute opener that marks the zenith of his artistic output and commercial dominance. His 2021 album TrapTacular kept fans on their toes with hard-hitting but sly raps, and his upcoming album is the most-anticipated North Texas release of 2022. Armed with all the intangible qualities that define a star, we can safely predict RoadRun CMOE will be the artist of the year. John composed the instrumental after pondering what music he would like to have played at his own funeral. Meshauwn Gee Meshauwn raised eyebrows across North Texas in 2021 with a trio of raunchy trash-talk releases, the vengeful “Heartbreak,” the unfriendly “Rude” and an ode to promiscuity with “Handle That.

” Beautifully malicious on the mic, the artist's versatility makes her success infinite if she maintains a similar run in 2022. The song’s opening two lines could be  Shakespearean on their own: “The roses in the window box have tilted to one side; everything about this house was born to grow and die. Now that she has DFW's attention, it’s a race against time to release the anticipated follow-up to last year’s slept-on Big Me$h album. Meshauwn Gee appears to do her best work over ZiggyMadeit productions, so a joint effort could be the perfect strategy.” You can even locate the exact moment when Elton John peaks artistically; it’s at 9:46 when he lets out a wordless yell that says more than he ever could with his compositions and Taupin could ever say with his words. Regardless of the next move, the rapper will continue leading the unstoppable rise of female hip-hop. KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE..

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