A common argument between musicians is the location in which music is best made. Many believe a warmer climate is more conducive to creating fire tracks. On the contrary, places like Denver, Minneapolis, and Detroit have become thriving hubs for music of all genres. Denver specifically, is home to some seriously up-and-coming acts for hip-hop and R&B.
Alongside Denver’s forward thinking and legislation on cannabis legalization, RMR’s interest in the area has piqued. We had to dive deep into the internet and scope out some fresh local talent from the Mile-High City. Check out the artists we dug up below and get familiar with these up-and-comers.
Trev Rich is the low-key rap star of Denver. He made some big waves in the mid-2010s and went on tour with Joe Budden in 2015 which then led to a signing with Birdman and Cash Money in 2016. Most recently you can hear him featured on the DJ Khalil track “Elevate” on the Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse soundtrack alongside Denzel Curry and YBN Cordae. Don’t sleep on Trev Rich because he’s got all the makings to blow at any minute.
Trayce Chapman has made a significant name for himself in the Denver scene and beyond. He exercises a healthy flow that speaks to old heads and new. He put out a full-length titled “Exotic Birds” at the end of May 2018 that has quite a few bangers on it that make you want to lean hard.
Ray Reed is holding it down in Denver when it comes to heavy trap vibes. Big bass and clicking high hats amidst some smooth flows make this dude’s mainstream-value veritably strong. His most recent full-length “A Dolla & a Scheme” that came out in May has some huge beats on it and some trippy samples that are worth scoping.
The Reminders are a soul and funk influenced hip hop male/female duo that tastefully mix old school hip hop feels with infusions of modern sensibilities. They’re really the only group making waves in the area that’s utilizing live instruments like guitar, organ, and drums. Not to mention infusing some strong female vocal lines on the hooks make these guys a rare gem in the Denver scene.
Ortis Salvatore is a nice guy with chill, ethereal beat-selection and an introspective flow that zones you out tough. As one of the few young guys in Denver making use of conscious rap and the more thoughtful side of hip-hop, he’s definitely worth scoping. You’ll easily unearth some choice cuts.
Aux Dior is a young dude putting out that new new in Denver. He’s got the auto-tune flows over big booms and baps that have huge appeal right now. With braggadocios lyricism that suits his demeanor and saucy beat-selection, this is a spitter rapidly rising in the local Denver scene.