With Motown royalty in his blood line (his dad is a singer in the Four Tops), 21 year-old Detroit artist Sam Austins ended 2017 with a November EP ("ANGST") that the city's Alt Weekly called the best project of the year by an emerging artist, echoing praise by national publications. Detroit's alt weekly opened 2018 by calling him their #1 urban artist to watch from the city this year. "Fenty" is his first single released since that prophetic statement. His first headlining live performance is at El Club in Detroit on April 7th, presented by Fake Shore Drive and Assemble Sound.
After his singles "Fiji" and "Right Here 4 U" garnered almost a million streams this summer, Sam Austins released his official debut project, a sonic journey into the underbelly of youthful rebellion.
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Sam Austins is an anxious fuck. His dad is in the Four Tops, taught him to play an MPC at age three, and kicked him out of the house by 18. His uncle wrote Motown's first "Money", Motown's first gold record. He is a 21 year-old artist from Detroit, Michigan whose 2015 Project GOAT propelled him to the center of Detroit’s underground rap world, and put him on bills with the likes of Playboi Carti, Vince Staples, and Juicy J. He didn’t release solo work again until he dropped “Fiji” (Take A Daytrip) and “Right Here 4 U” (Gosh Pith), which have been streamed almost a million times and pushed him onto the national radar. Austins has been featured on Spotify’s Most Necessary, Alternative R&B, and Chill Vibes playlists, has trended twice on Audiomack, and has been covered by the likes of Pigeons & Planes, Elevator Magazine, Earmilk, Respect Mag, No Jumper’s Adam22, and Boi-1da. Austins was recently styled by designer Phillip Lim by personal request for his 2017 New York Fashion Week show after Lim heard his work and said it "embodied the presence of genius."
On Nov 9 2017, Sam released his official debut entitled ANGST, executive produced by Detroit’s SYBLYNG (Flint Eastwood, Tunde Olaniran). If Austins’ 2015 soundcloud project GOAT embodied the unbound energy of youthful rebellion, his first broadly-released project ANGST is a deep dive into the underbelly of that energy. It’s a cerebral project about paralyzing anxiety and inhibited potential, coping mechanisms and escapism. It’s Austins discarding his traditional “rap” delivery and instead using the versatility of his voice and carefully crafted soundscapes to pull us into the real angst that exists when we oscillate between ego and insecurity, victory and victimhood, stagnation and evolution. While adding to his growing portfolio of work, this project is a piece that stands alone-- A needed act of catharsis; a release in the most literal and visceral sense for an artist who is moving forward quickly.
Sam Austins takeover is scheduled for 2018.