Quartet of Rising H-Town Rappers Shines at Warehouse Live

Live Life Experience Feat. OneHunnidt, De'Wayne Jackson, Stoppa & Doeman Warehouse Live August 8, 2014

This past weekend, the world experienced something called a "Super Moon." Apparently, that means that a full/new moon coincides with the closest approach to our planet on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest possible size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. This doesn't happen too often, although when it does, the results are spectacular.

At this time, whether due to celestial alignment or other factors, the status of the Houston rap scene is also on the rise. The four individuals who performed at Warehouse Live last Friday night are as bright and brilliant as the moon in the sky, and they seem to be on a trajectory to continue to shine for an extended period of time, regardless of what the moon or the Earth or the haters are doing. It's their time; we are just living through it.


The only notes I took at the show were the following:

Forever In Our Hearts. JJ. February 4th 2010.

JJ's brother took the stage first on Friday night. Although the set began with technical difficulties and invited guest rappers failed to show, Onehunnidt still shook off the obstacles and performed gracefully. With a focused gaze and an emotional smile, he rapped up to the heavens with the last track listed above.

The Houston Press Music Awards were held the night before in the same building, a showcase where Onehunnidt won "Best Mixtape" and "Best Solo Rapper" two years ago. Its easy to see why he is so likeable. He lives true to his namesake, always honest and respectful, as quick to help out a friend as he is to spit a verse.

He provided his own take of "No Flex Zone" to open up, followed by his newest radio single "Ain't Mad." "You ain't gotta lie to kick it," he raps. A trio of tracks from his new Summer Breeze mixtape rounded out the set. He may not have attracted as many fans to the show as the three rappers that would follow him, but at the end of the night, Hunnidt piqued the crowd's curiosity and people knew his name. How fitting that JJ's last tweet read "take your time, and it will come." Wise words for real.

The next performer walked into the venue with more than 20 friends and family in support. De'Wayne Jackson is the youngest of the group, who at 18 years old emits an energy and aura that is way beyond his age. His nickname is "Wavy," a name his crew all sported on their T-shirts. He secured a spot to perform at this year's Free Press Summer Fest, although his set was rained out. He calls the recently released Halftime EP with producer/DJ Donnie Houston the "best work I've ever done," and we agree. It may be one of the best projects of the year, with a solid combination of old-school samples and fresh rhymes and flow.

He opened up with "Metaphors," whose opening line reads, "I just wanna be remembered/ I lost friends cuz I'm trying to make this dream happen." That type of drive will certainly aid Jackson in his endeavors. The catchy question song "Who Is He?" is a funky track that serves as Jackson's introduction to the world.

It was a bit difficult keeping this dude within the crosshairs of my camera lens, what with his bouncing and shuffling and kicking and dropping to one knee as he performs. It was a mix of Kendrick Lamar and James Brown, a young kid with classic attributes. I will anxiously await a full-length album from Mr. Wavy.

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When he's not roaming around the city in search of tacos and graffiti, Houston Press contributor Marco both writes and points his camera lens toward the vibrant Houston music scene and beyond.