That Mexican OT Kicks Off 2024 With the Haunting and Hard-Hitting “02.02.99” Single and Music Video

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That Mexican OT was one of hip-hop’s biggest breakout stars in 2023, on the back of “Johnny Dang,” his RIAA-certified GOLD hit. Today, the Bay City, Texas rapper announces that he’s coming just as hard in 2024 with “02.02.99,” his new video single, and his first new solo song since releasing his acclaimed album Lonestar Luchador last summer.

“02.02.99” arrives shortly after That Mexican OT was named a “Breakthrough Artist to Watch” by Amazon Music.

Check out some of the most notable facts about That Mexican OT’s rise and view the full release below.

That Mexican OT Returns with “02.02.99” Single and Music Video

The 24-Year-Old Rapper Embraces the Darkness In His New Horrorcore-Tinged Banger and Haunting DGreen Filmz-Directed Music Video

Credit: Andrea Asibor

Critical Praise:

“That Mexican OT is a consummate entertainer: Sometimes he’s a down-and-dirty villain who cheats to win, other times he’s a comical babyface and a boisterous drunk… All the while, he underscores how syncretic Texas music has always been, infusing traditions from both sides of the border with his own idiosyncrasies. The result is a brightly colored spectacle, a freestyle brawl of rap styles and regional flavors.”Pitchfork

“That Mexican OT is having a moment…The 24-year-old from Bay City, Texas, is the latest regional Mexican performer to take over the hearts and minds of a music-loving world. But instead of corridos tumbados y bélicos or longing cumbias, Virgil Rene Gazca, better known as That Mexican OT (the OT stands for “Outta Texas”), is making waves in the world of third coast rap.”Los Angeles Times

“That Mexican OT looks like a cowboy. But he sounds like a rap star.” – The Washington Post

“He’s got his fans hopped up on the same giddy multiculturalism as he is.”The FADER

“OT’s creativity and style is introducing something truly unprecedented to the rap industry and the relatively smaller landscape of Latin rap.” – Houston Chronicle

“The Texas rapper is climbing the charts and bridging generational divides”SPIN

“His deep bag of flows and lyrical creativity as well as his consistent musical output is impressive.”  – Lyrical Lemonade

“That Mexican OT’s Southern Trap Shines On ‘Lonestar Luchador’…OT (Outta Texas) delivers a charming Southern style partnered with his own Bay City flow that makes ‘Lonestar Luchador’ a must-listen.”HotNewHipHop

The Video:

That Mexican OT broke out in a big way with his athletic rhyming, delivered in a devilish Texan drawl. Embracing his dark side as he enters the New Year, OT shares “02.02.99,” his new video single and his first new release since last summer’s Lonestar Luchador. Slicing through a haunting horrorcore instrumental, That Mexican OT introduces fans to Virgil, his cutthroat true self (and his birth name), as he speaks sweet nothings to his choppa and prepares for world takeover. In the video, directed by his go-to shooter DGreen Filmz, a hooded OT heads out to the countryside in his F-150, where he wields a pitchfork, lights a bonfire, and dodges the undead.

Released as he approaches his 25th birthday in February, “02.02.99” continues OT’s hot streak, which made him one of the most successful and exciting new stars in rap music. He started his legendary run with “Johnny Dang” ft. Drodi & Paul Wall, which spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and appeared on Lonestar Luchador, his acclaimed album. Acclaimed by Pitchfork (7.5), Lonestar Luchador came out last July, boasting highlights like the bi-lingual banger “Barrio” ft. Lefty SM, the melodic and guitar-inflected revenge anthem Breannan,” and the villainesque stomper Cowboy Killer.” Lonestar Luchador made an immediate impact, reaching #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and peaking at #59 on the Billboard 200. Later in the year, OT embraced a Texas rap tradition when he shared Lonestar Luchador (Chopped Not Slopped), remixed by DJ Lil Steve of the legendary collective The Chopstars. Featuring additional guest appearances from BigXThaPlug and Big YavoLonestar Luchador is available everywhere via Manifest/GoodTalk/Good Money Global.

Lonestar Luchador capitalized on the momentum generated by “Johnny Dang,” That Mexican OT’s breakout hit, released earlier this summer. First gathering heat as a snippet on TikTok and Instagram, the Paul Wall and Drodi-featuring song spent weeks in the top ten of Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 chart, and spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #65#14 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and #19 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Recently, “Johnny Dang” became That Mexican OT’s first song to earn GOLD status from the RIAA. Just last week, OT was named a “Breakthrough Artist To Watch” by Amazon Music.

This fall, That Mexican OT completed the Lonestar Luchador Tour,” the Bay City native’s first-ever headlining tour, selling out dozens of dates across the country. The rapper earned “Best Of 2023” notices from The New York TimesRolling StoneBillboardComplex, and Pitchfork,

Recently profiled by the Los Angeles TimesSPIN Magazine, and his hometown Houston Chronicle, and featured on XXL’s The Break, That Mexican OT is outta here. Stay tuned for much more from the Bay City rhymer as he launches into the stratosphere.

Watch “02.02.99”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FSgekLujqE

Stream “02.02.99”: https://thatmexicanot.lnk.to/02.02.99

Buy That Mexican OT concert tix: https://thatmexicanot.net/

Stream Lonestar Luchadorhttps://thatmexicanot.lnk.to/lonestarluchador

Watch “Johnny Dang” ft. Drodi & Paul Wall: https://youtu.be/tvmUrOSahsc

Lonestar Luchador tracklist:
1. Commentator Skit 1 (ft. Ralph Barbosa)
2. Skelz
3. Johnny Dang (ft. Paul Wall & DRODi)
4. Opp Or 2 (ft. Maxo Kream)
5. Breannan
6. Commentator Skit 2 (ft. Ralph Barbosa)
7. Hit List (ft. BigXThaPlug & Big Yavo)
8. Barrio (ft. Lefty SM)
9. 15 Missed Calls (ft. Sploosh God)
10. Commentator Skit 3 (ft. Ralph Barbosa)
11. OMG
12. Groovin
13. Be Careful Texas
14. Conscience Skit (ft. Ralph Barbosa)
15. Cowboy In New York
16. Spanky Tommy Lee Skit (ft. Ralph Barbosa)
17. Cowboy Killer
18. Matagorda ft. Hogg Booma


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“02.02.99”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FSgekLujqE

“OMG”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9lsGaAfxjw

“Cowboy In New York”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__HHZcBswN4

Lonestar Luchador (Chopped Not Slopped)https://thatmexicanot.lnk.to/LonestarLuchadorCNS

“Groovin (Remix)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTDgWN3ZbNA

“Matagorda” ft. Hogg Booma: https://youtu.be/txX3yRVhJ2c

“Skelz”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_6wE1nOiL4

“15 Missed Calls” ft. Sploosh God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_6wE1nOiL4

“Opp Or 2” ft. Maxo Kream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FEBBQIevpI

“Cowboy Killer”: https://youtu.be/MDrRTupceaI

Buy tickets to see That Mexican OT on Tour: ThatMexicanOT.net

Lonestar Luchadorhttps://thatmexicanot.lnk.to/lonestarluchador

“Breannan”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy30aMkQsxg

“Barrio” ft. Lefty SM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSF1w_NCDKI

“Johnny Dang” ft. Paul Wall & Drodi: https://youtu.be/tvmUrOSahsc