Rocks Off rarely handles the rap portion of Houston's musical wares. There's not a lot of eyeliner in it, and we prefer silver to gold jewelry.
However, since Space City Records won Best Local Label last year, we've maintained a pretty steady connection with the label's head and all-around awesome hip-hopper Kris Krunk. When he tells us that their newest act, Twenty Eleven, is shaping up to be a major force, we listen.
Accompanying our communication from Krunk was Krunk's new single,
which features frequent Rap Round Table contributor Brad Gilmore and Tre-Wil of Twenty Eleven, as well as Alibi Rankz. Even to our unsophisticated palate, the track is something, with a shout-out to Houston as an unbelievably catchy hook and some seriously solid rapping throughout.
But supporting Krunk's artistic efforts is just the tip of the iceberg for what Space City Records has in store for the members of Twenty Eleven.
They will be doing their first professional photo shoot in the next few weeks to get press kits and make their online presence stronger. Summer should also bring a follow-up to their stellar debut release, Renewable Energy, with a single due out in spring. Most likely the group will tour in a small way once the album drops.
Krunk also plans to shoot the group's first music video next month, and has become building up take-home gear that has been selling out at the shows.
This Saturday Twenty Eleven will be working hard, not only appearing at the Main Street Block Party downtown, but also at One Mic Houston's two-year anniversary show at Groundhall. Working hard on the stage in nothing new to the members of Twenty Eleven, who first began performing together in 2006.
Gilmore is the regular host of the monthly S.P.E.A.K. events, a gig that contributed greatly to the group's signing with Space City. The other members - producer Avery Davis, stellar singer Dallas Jones, and DJ Motai - are all also knee-deep in a number of projects with the label.
Davis has a DJ duo called A&A, who are also playing the Main Street Block Party. A&A will also open for Donnis, Fat Tony, Nice Guys, and DJ Ipod Ammo. At the House of Blues on January 27th, and is Avery is hard at work with the new album with Tre-Wil and Motai.
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Meanwhile, the high school age Jones bides him time as head of his school choir in addition to contributing to projects around time.
"Dallas is the new Usher," says Krunk. "Watch out for this kid.
Jef With One F is the author of The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned In the Black Math Experiment, available now.