Heems’ record label Greedhead has a gift for hip-hop fans this Valentine’s Day with its release of up-and-coming rapper Antwon’s newest mixtape, In Dark Denim. This will be his third official mixtape, after 2011’s Fantasy Beds, and last summer’s well-received, darkly engrossing End of Earth. To further sate Austin fans, Antwon has also announced his participation in this year’s South by Southwest.
The San Jose rapper prompted his music career within the Bay Area’s hardcore and punk scene, and these influences synthesize his laid-back vibes into an East Coast raspyness not unlike that of the late Notorious (need I say it?) B.I.G. There is no surprise as to why Antwon has recently taken the East Coast by storm with “the kind of intensity that makes 25-year-old streetwear nerds and 16-year-olds with weird piercings lose their shit with equal vigor.” Be sure to check out his latest release, “Still Guarded,” below to see if you don’t disagree. Production graced by Cities Aviv.