Houston’s T2 Ghetto Hippie releases “IDGAF,” the latest single from his upcoming EP, Double Cups & Taco Trucks, set to drop summer 2017. Listen to the track here. “Finding good vibes in bad situations. Smiling through the darkness. This project isn’t just about celebrating cough syrup,” T2 told Mass Appeal, “but more emphasizing what it’s like in my neighborhood, and portraying how it feels to play the game of life with the hand we were dealt.”
In anticipation of the EP release, T2 dropped the mind-bending video for title-track, “Double Cups & Taco Trucks,” on May 15th. Praised by Earmilk as one of their “most favorite videos of 2017,” the visual paid homage to Houston culture while “challenging the viewer to look beyond the basics.” (Milk) The video followed up the success of the “Double Cups & Taco Trucks” audio which was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered for the podcast’s special SXSW 2017 preview.
A homegrown artist with a deep understanding of the south’s storied place in hip-hop, T2 draws inspiration from the artists and soundscapes that have defined the Houston sound. His single “Hustletown,” featuring the local icon Z-Ro, debuted on 97.9 The Box with legendary DJ Michael “5000” Watts, and his previous Trakksounds-produced album, A Southwest Side Story, landed on Houston Chronicle’s “12 of the Year’s Best Houston Albums.” Working with local producers Chris Rockaway and Trakksounds (Bun B, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Jhene Aiko), T2 possesses a landmine of momentum to redefine Houston rap. With all of Houston’s support behind him, T2 is ready to push forward Houston’s musical legacy.
T2’s happy-go-lucky defiance stands out from the hustling trials of the Houston music scene, providing a brighter side to an often dark aesthetic, common in rap culture. From his sunny music video “Let Go,” a track with The Suffers’ Kam Franklin, to his blissful single, “Better Than,” T2 has an “unorthodox way of spreading joy.” (Day and a Dream) Capturing this vibrance in his live performance as well, T2 was named in 2017 as one of 10 Acts Not to Miss by Houston Press, who recognized the “confession attached to his words, a snake-like wind-up that crushes it when any bit of excitement hitches within his voice.” Combining powerful lyricism with good vibes, T2 is ready to bring a new wave to his city with his upcoming project, Double Cups & Taco Trucks.
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