New Houston Rap

Mike Red's Third Tape of 2014 Bares His Root$

Mike Red, Root$ If one were to sit back and discuss producers from the Northside who don't normally get their due, George Young and Mike Red would be 1 and 1A. Think a mixture of Stephen Curry and James Harden, a backcourt of light- and dark-skinned sampling fools who choose to lift the sounds they grew up with and around: bouncy synths; angled hi-hats and handclaps; and thundering bass.

Red has been doing this with renewed vigor for the better part of two years now; his "Jammin' Screw" stickers are prominently displayed at gas stations near Bush Intercontinental Airport and beyond. He can be your tour guide through different wards of the city or just play quixotic rapper who wants to smoke and watch the ladies.

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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