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Trakksounds, “The Other Side,” and the Show That Almost Wasn’t


Fans certainly got their money’s worth when they came out to celebrate the future release of producer Trakksounds’ latest album, “The Other Side.”

Houston-based producer, Trakksounds
Houston-based producer, Trakksounds. (All photos: Brian Junior)

If you haven’t heard of Trakksounds, you are definitely familiar with his music. Among the list of artists he has worked with are Don Trip, Doeman, Kirko Bangz, BunB, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Nipsey Hussle, Jhene Aiko, Starlito, and Scarface, just to name a few. A compilation of the Houston-based producer’s best work is long overdue, and fans don’t have to wait anymore:

April 25, 2017, Trakksounds will be dropping his full album, “The Other Side,” featuring many special guests on all music platforms.

That’s right, get excited. If the release party in Houston at Warehouse Live during Starlito and Don Trip’s “Karate in the Garage” tour served as any kind of preview, we can be sure this album will be one we’re banging for a long time. Fans had been anticipating the release for quite some time, and even more attention was brought to it when the owner of Houston venue Fitzgerald’s very explicitly expressed why she would not hold the event at her venue. (Hiss. Booo.) Well, it looks like ole girl missed out on a lot of money.

The sold-out show featured a packed audience, and was opened by Trakksounds playing a couple tracks from his album, then Doeman took the stage. I was looking down at the time, but I knew he was up when I heard his DJ, Mike C, spinning the H-Town classic “Sippin on Some Sizzurp.” I was a little disappointed with the audience’s energy level at that point, but when Doe performed his verse from the recent Trakksounds release, “Oh Lord,” it was clear the audience hadn’t realized just yet who they were dealing with. The producer said he has been told that Doeman’s verse is the hardest on the entire album, and the audience reacted when they heard the familiar line, “You worried bout Instagram, I’m worried bout the immigrants.” From that point on, ’twas lit.

DJ Logan Garrett was the ringmaster all night, spinning while all the acts performed. ScottyATL came out and while his performance was awesome, it was maximized by his bringing out Delorean, who then brought out KillaKyleon. When Trakksounds said there would be surprise guests, he did not lie.

Killa Kyleon
Killa Kyleon
ScottyATL and Delorean
ScottyATL and Delorean

Next up were the “Stepbrothers,” Starlito and Don Trip, who delivered an amazing set. First off, they did a live version of “I’m Moving to Houston,” which got the audience even more hype than they already were (if that’s possible). The duo took us back in time, performing a hit from Stepbrothers 3, then Stepbrothers 2, then finally Stepbrothers 1. It didn’t matter what they performed, the audience knew every word.

The Stepbrothers: Starlito and Don Trip
The Stepbrothers: Starlito and Don Trip

I wouldn’t be a good writer if I didn’t mention the twerkoff during their set. Starlito called up three young women to the stage and said he wanted to “finish filming his video” during the show. The girls, well the two who maybe cared less about future employability, LIVED THEIR LIVES on the stage. Splits were popped. Walls were grabbed. The South rose again.

"Oh Lord," indeed.
“Oh Lord,” indeed.

Trakksounds’ entire album does not come out until April 25, but he’s dropped a couple songs on SoundCloud. Check out “Oh Lord” featuring GT Garza, Doeman, Roosh Williams, and G-Drums below.

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Hope Carter
Hailing from "Screwston," Texas, Hope has been immersed in music since birth, first being exposed to Motown by her parents, then discovering her love for all genres as she trained as a dancer. Her unique set of life experiences growing up in Houston's Historic Third Ward as a lower middle class child, attending schools in more affluent neighborhoods, all the while attending an international church in which she was very involved, created her open-minded approach to music and art. Hope is very socially conscious, and prefers to take songs as a whole - both lyrically and sonically - before making her final judgment on their quality. As a dancer, she is inclined to be interested to anything she can move to, but her Dirty South roots give her room to appreciate a more laidback, chill (screwed) vibe. Her taste in music continues to change as she discovers new artists and as genres evolve.