Throughout Houston’s Hip Hop Hall of Fame, music fans have become quite familiar with the syrup-soaked tales of country life infused with the all the markings of urban decay. The Lone Star State has its fair share of rap royalty, and whether it be long celebrated veterans like Scarface, Z-Ro or Slim Thug, or more recent additions such as Travis Scott and Megan Thee Stallion, its stars have repped their stomping grounds with pride — a tradition that continues with up-and-comer Prin$e William.
Not yet a household name, Prin$e edges one step closer to gaining national attention with latest effort, Southside Rebel. Born and bred in H-Town, William’s mixtape comes courtesy of his very own Lavish Living Entertainment. Featuring production from TDE associate Curtiss King and Grammy winner Chase N Cashe, Rebel is a 15-track odyssey into a world of excess, turmoil and perseverance that promises to keep the attention of Prin$e fans and first time listeners alike.
A standout release in its own right, Prin$e manages to remain true to his Texas roots while distinguishing himself from the crop of rising Southern acts vying for the next spot on your most recent playlist. Standout tracks include “Rebel,” the triumphant“Sittin on Gold,” and “Washed Away,” a soulful cut that finds the rapper flowing comfortably about his position in the game.
Rap’s kingdom — particularly when it comes to The South — is a turbulent court where artists rise and fall every day. As Prin$e William hones his sound in an era where nothing is for certain, there can never be overstated: The throne has a bold new contender.