Detroit's own, Sam Austins, stopped in for a quick little interview.
About Sam Austins:
Sam Austin's 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 is Barrett Strong, who wrote Motown’s first gold record. He can't remember if his first rap album was Late Registration or The Massacre, and he unapologetically loves Paramore. He is a 21 year-old artist from Detroit, Michigan whose 2015 debut EP GOAT put him on the map as a young force in Detroit’s underground rap world, earned him the ear of Big Sean and Black Milk, and put him on bills with the likes of Playboi Carti, Vince Staples, and Juicy J. He didn’t release solo work again until summer 2017, when he dropped two singles in “Fiji” and “Right Here 4 U”, which have been streamed more than 1,000,000 times and pushed him onto the national radar. Sam Austins has been featured on Spotify’s Most Necessary, Alternative R&B, and Chill Vibes playlists, has trended three times on Audiomack, and has been covered by the likes of Pigeons and Planes, Fake Shore Drive, Lyrical Lemonade, Earmilk, Elevator Magazine, Rookie Mag, Respect Mag, Adam22, and Boi-1da. He has been regularly styled by iconic designer Phillip Lim for videos and fashion shows after Lim said his work “embodied the presence of genius.” Austins ended 2017 with a November EP “ANGST” that Detroit’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. His first drop since that prophetic is his single “Fenty”, an ode to Rihanna’s beauty line, which he premiered with a billboard in Detroit and a video that sparked hundreds of fan videos. His debut live show was earlier this month (April) in Detroit, where he headlined El Club and sold out the venue, putting more than 650 people in the 500 cap room.