The Underground: the nursery for the general public
The underground rap scene is a place for up-and-coming artists to gain an audience to help push them into the mainstream. New artists are emerging everywhere, and those who stand out really have something to offer the future of rap.
Modern technological advances in music have allowed the emergence of the pluggnb and vapor trap subgenres. Transcendent instrumentals are showing signs of being a staple of modern hip-hop. The ease of access to free music software has allowed children to become famous from their bedrooms.
A perfect example is Babysantana, fourteen years old. A native of Columbus, Georgia, the high school student got his start recording at home and collaborating with like-minded people. Sixteen-year-old Slump6s collaborated with Babysantana on their hit, Antisocial, to a beat produced by thirteen-year-old producer Majins.
These underground artists are somewhat reminiscent of the underground artists of the past. Showcasing their new raw beats, they seem to emulate old SoundCloud legends like Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Uzi Vert, and Xxxtentacion. It’s not their styles that are alike, but the way they behave is indicative of their potential to shake things up.
The 808s and synth-based beats all sound similar, but it’s up to the artists to bring something different to the table. Electronic rage music is even performed by mainstream artists like Trippie Redd and Playboy Carti, putting their own twist on new generation instrumentals.
The underground artists who have been on the map lately are SoFaygo, Yeat, Lucki, Summrs, SSG Kobe, Autumn !, KanKan, Ken Carson and Ka $ hdami.
My personal favorites are Yeat and Summrs, as they apparently do the best job for their styles compared to other artists around them.
Even Drake can see that Yeat’s unique delivery and trademark production style has the potential to take over the underground scene. His hyper-synthetic rhythms coupled with his extraordinary use of autotuning allow his voice to simultaneously become a part of the instrumental in a rare way. His iconic use of bells in his music is one of the reasons his unique sound exploded so quickly.
His hit single, “Get Busy”, has a very recognizable bar when he says, “This song was already shot but here’s a bell (GONGGG)”. The bell that was heard around the world had been used in a plethora of Tik Toks and many different content creators had very positive reactions to the new sound.
Yeat’s large music gallery is a remarkable feat due to the consistency of his songs despite the great versatility he has. Respectfully, his instrumentals are quite similar to those of other pluggnb artists, but he adds his own twist to make him different from other artists in the same field as him.
Summrs released an impeccable pluggnb album towards the end of September that truly captured the pain of his recent loss. His emotionally charged and relevant lyrics over his relaxed rhythms create an unforgettable listening adventure.
Underground music as a whole is a tight-knit community based on very specialized sub-genres of rap music, where many artists have small but cult-close followers. A lot of my favorites really can’t hurt when it comes to music.
Whenever their music drops, the small group of people invested in the sound really appreciate it for the artistry that it is. It’s also quite nice not having a lot of people who are strongly into this kind of music, so when you find someone else with the same level of interest in it, it creates a bond very quickly and unnaturally. deep because it’s just something you either get or don’t.
Overall, the underground scene is a place that fosters and nurtures young artists who are poised to dominate the mainstream. It is definitely a place that you must seek on your own to find out who and what you love, but when you do, it feels like a special find for yourself and only for yourself.