22 year-old Sam Austins is a bit of an enigma in the Detroit rap scene-- influenced by the street side of things, but with Motown in his blood and an unapologetic love for Kanye West, Toro y Moi, and groups like Paramore, he’s pushing boundaries while he crosses them. He end 2017 with an EP ("ANGST") that the city's Alt Weekly called the best project of the year by an emerging artist, echoing praise by national publications. He was named their #1 urban artist to watch from the city. This spring, he over-sold Detroit's El Club for his first headlining show, putting 650 people in the 500 cap room. Since then he’s shared stages with Post Malone, 21 Savage, Pusha T, Playboi Carti, Vince Staples, and Danny Brown at home, and supported Black Milk in NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He’s been streamed some 2 millions times, featured on Spotify’s Most Necessary, Alternative R&B, and Chill Vibes playlists, Ebro’s Motivation Mix, and has been covered by the likes of Billboard, Pigeons & Planes, Lyrical Lemonade, Fake Shore Drive, Elevator, Earmilk, Rookie Mag, Adam22, Boi-1da, and more.
After his debut streaming singles "Fiji" and "Right Here 4 U" garnered a million streams last summer, Sam Austins released his official debut project, a sonic journey into the underbelly of youthful rebellion.
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Sam Austins debuted his live show with a sold out 650+ person headlining performance in Detroit that Fake Shore Drive called "an epic moment for the city." His shows are as cinematic as they are lit. He's opened for Post Malone, 21 Savage, Pusha T, and more in Detroit, and has played direct support in LA, Chicago, and NYC.
"To say Sam's performance was impressive would be an understatement. He was phenomenal. He is a natural onstage, displaying excellent presence and great vocal control-- his alternative/pop anthems dominated the night. It's only a matter of time before Sam Austins becomes a household name performing in arenas." - Fake Shore Drive
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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 22 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 over 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 with almost every release on Audiomack, and has been covered by the likes of Billboard, Pigeons & Planes, Fake Shore Drive, Lyrical Lemonade, Elevator Magazine, Earmilk, Rookie Mag, Respect Mag, No Jumper’s Adam22, and Boi-1da, and more. 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." The two have collaborated multiple times since then.
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’s 2018 has included follow-up releases that blend his new found melodic voice and the rapping of his younger years. He sold out his headlining debut in Detroit, with 650+ in attendance, and has played support shows in NYC, Chicago, and LA.