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TRDMRK



So in like 2016 I won a couple freestyle tournaments in Covina and the dude that took that contest championship from me was a smooth and talented muthafucka named Austin Antoine who went on to make this EP with members of Pharcyde and Jurassic 5 Slimkid3 and DJ Nu-Mark as TRDMRK. I understand dude is from Maryland so he really came out and dominated contests across the country and earned these opportunities. A funny and stylish MC, he fits in with these veterans providing probably the exact shot of new blood they were seeking. Slimkid3 and the other MCs that guest throughout the short album are vets with hard smart flows but Austin’s hungry dynamism really does stand-out over these original, upbeat, thoughtful but still kinda buckwild early 2010s style indie hip-hop tracks. Nu-Mark’s DJ skills are at full display with sequencing, scratching and just great hip-hop choices being made throughout this very tight record – Slimkid3 sets the standard, you get the idea of the hip-hop initiation Austin the Antoine must have gotten making a project with these two. Fire album, consistent quality –peep it.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

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