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 ended 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. Last 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 played an 8pm set at Detroit’s 2019 Movement Festival. 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, and recently played an 8pm set before Gucci Mane at the Red Bull Stage at Detroit’s Movement Festival.
"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