Atlanta is perennially one of the hubs of this nation's hip-hop scene, and for years one of the city's chief innovators has been Daniel from Heroes X Villains. He's had a hand in the city's scene on pretty much every level, from production to engineering to developing new artists to organizing parties to helping introduce the world to trap, a hybrid of dance music and street rap that's taken a life of its own. He knows everything and everyone in Atlanta, so we decided to give him a recurring column on Noisey, where he curates mixtapes of the hottest tracks in his city. Below is Volume One, with explanations of why each track is dope below that. Enjoy.
Ca$h Out - "Juice"
Remember Ca$h Out from "Cashin' Out" fame? A lot of people may have wrote him off as a one-hit wonder. Well he has been steadily proving those people wrong with a stream of consistent releases. His new flow, found on "Mexico," "Let's Get It," and now "Juice," seems to have given him new life. This song has been getting major play in the strip clubs in the city so that only means one thing—it's set to explode.
ManManSavage - "On the Road"
Get to know ManManSavage immedately. He will be everywhere within the next four months. His self-titled mixtape has been getting a lot of rotation and his songs with ATL favorite Key! are helping to cement him as next up in the new creative class. We performed together at Fools Gold Day off in Atlanta and when "On the Road," produced by 808 Mafia, dropped the entire room turned into a moshpit.
Bankroll Fresh - "Hot Boy"
The hottest song in ATL right now, no question. Get to know it now—I'm sure a remix is on the way to take it to national exposure. It took a minute to gain momentum but after DJ Scream put this in his last mixtape, this track has just been unstoppable.
Young Dolph - "Preach"
One of the hardest Dolph tracks ever. Producer Zaytoven's sound helped create the foundation of southern trap music and this beat showcases why. The flutes and 808s is classic Zay, calling back to the 06 trap era. Even though Dolph's delivery sounds exactly like Young Scooter, this is the first Dolph record that's really grabbed me.
Cap1 - "Bird Bath"
Technically Cap1 is from Chicago but this song might as well be from Atlanta. A lot of the new Chicago drill sound is heavily influenced by early 2000's Atlanta music like Crime Mobb, mixed with the rise of Lex Luger and Sonny Digital, while being orchestrated by Chicago mastermind Young Chop. I'm saying that not to take anything away from Chicago or the movement—I love the drill sound and it's very much their own thing, but because "Bird Bath" sounds like a perfect mix of both worlds Chicago Drill x ATL Trap.
Peewee Longway + Bankroll Fresh - "Jumped Off the Porch"
No list of mine is complete without PeeWee Longway. He's probably my favorite artist right now—he can do no wrong in my eyes. This track sees him going back to back with Bankroll Fresh and features an incredible verse, where Peewee switches flows like three times through the verse. Everything about this record is crazy. Hoodrich Keem premiered it on his mixtape Internet Traphouse 2. S/o all my Hoodrich fam.
OG Maco - "Want More"
Maco has been having a great fall but he wants more than that. "U Guessed It" exploded and instead of riding off the success of just one song (Bobby Shmurda, anyone?), he's going for the jugular by releasing more and more material, showing a wide variety of styles, beat choices, and lyrics. In my eyes, Maco is the 2014 Pastor Troy. His voice is ferocious and contains so much energy. OG Maco isn't satisfied and I hope he never is if it means he continues making music like this.
Father! - "2 dead 6 Wounded"
Everyone knows about "Wrist x6" but this is the real sleeper. This record feels like you're off in the cut off of Moreland Ave and some shit just went down. I've seen house parties get to alarming levels set to this song. This record really embodies the sound of East Atlanta underground music right now—minimal, DIY, dark, and violent.
fKeyi - "Good Lord"
fKeyi is a collaboration project between Key! and First of Fki. I presented their project last month and this is a standout in an already incredible EP. You haven't lived until you've heard this song played in the strip club Blue Flame while so much money flies through the air you can't even see.
Offset x Hoodrich Pablo x Jose Guapo x PeeWee Longway x Quavo - Trap dab freestyle
I mean look at these features. They include some of the best upcoming talent in the city going back and forth, AND it's produced by 808 Mafia. Download on sight.
Sonny Digital - "Im the Man"
Sonny Digital, known for his instrumental role in trap production from everyone from Future, Que, to Makonnen, comes with something completely different and out of his box—he sings on his own record about the pressures of being number one. This shit is incredible. Hopefully we get an entire project like this.
DJ Drama - "Right Back" (feat.) Rich Homie Quan, Jeezy, and Young Thug
New Atlanta tempo. New Atlanta anthem.
Daniel HXV is an Atlanta-based DJ and producer. Don't nobody fuck with his kitchen. His EP Vultures is due out sooner than you think. Follow him on Twitter.