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G.O.A.T. Entertainment is an indie record label based here in Houston. Despite the weird name - yes, we're aware it's probably a hat-tip to LL Cool James's Greatest of All Time album, but it mostly made us think of satyrs, which, as you can see here, have a fondness for pipe-playing and balancing objects on their erect penises - they've been growing at an admirable clip. So much so, in fact, that they were recently absorbed into Virginia-based X Records. So we reached out to GE and asked them to offer up five artists that should not be slept on this year. Hit the jump to get all of the vital information about a Houston legend, a guy with a song about kidneys, a guy with a song not about Lionel Richie (despite its title), a white guy and a guy with an exclamation point as part of his name.
ESG G.O.A.T.'s Synopsis: "Rap legend ESG, has a new single that's bangin' in the streets and the airwaves. 'Worry About Yourself' is already in rotation in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana." Album Release Date: August 23 Future Shows in Houston: April 26 at the Southside Smokeshop for the SUC reunion show Home City: Houston HQ G.O.A.T.'s Synopsis: "Breakout star, HQ, has three singles -
; 'We Can Talk About it'; 'Yo Kidney' - that are fast becoming club anthems and heavy rotators in Chicago, Mississippi, Tyler and Houston. HQ has a mixtape now available titled The Game Belongs to Me that's available for free download." Album Release Date : July 20, 2010 Future Shows in Houston: April 30, May 13 Home City: Tyler
WHYTE OUT G.O.A.T.'s Synopsis: "The future and the best of what early hip-hop had to offer, Whyte Out has arrived. This freestyle champion has two singles that are currently spinnin' outta control in several clubs in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) area. The breakout singles are called 'Return of the Nerd' and 'Window Sills.' Whyte Out is a 106 and Park Freestyle Champion who had the battles on lock after winning several 'Freestyle Fridays' before they made him retire because he won so much and because he's white." Album Release Date: July 27 Future Shows in Houston: None Home City: Beltsville, Md. MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS G.O.A.T.'s Synopsis: "MLP currently has a single called
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that is getting major club attention in East Texas and spreading throughout the whole Texas region." Release Date: Early 2011 Future shows in Houston: None, but one April 30 in Tyler Home City: Tyler YUNG DAMON! G.O.A.T.'s Synopsis: "Last but not least is the youngest in charge, Yung Damon!. His so fresh and so clean hit single titled
is bouncin' heavy in all the teen clubs. At only 17-years-old, Yung Damon is already a presence onstage, having toured with both Pretty Ricky and Soulja Boy Tell' Em. Download a mixtape of his for free here." Album Release Date: early 2011 Future Shows in Houston: None Home City: Atlanta