MP3: The Outfit, TX – “Watcha Mean” ft. Crit Morris & K. Nation

The Eccentric Dallas Trio Releases Haunting Track From Forthcoming Deep Ellum EP, Debuted by Passion of the Weiss



Critical Praise for The Outfit, TX:

“The Outfit, TX is… mixing Texan traditions with a wide range of influences from New Wave to punk to vintage boom-bap.”Noisey

“…the best thing in rap today that nobody is talking about yet.” – MTV Hive

“…positively perfect.” – Complex

“The Outfit, TX is one of the best rap groups in Texas.” – PassionWeiss

“This is definitely a song I’d like to hear blasting out of a car.” – EARMILK

“Restrained but intricate screw-meets-funk delivery.”The FADER

The Song:

Dallas trio The Outfit, TX (Mel, Dorian, and JayHawk) are gearing up for their forthcoming Deep Ellum EP with “Watcha Mean,” a product of the group’s “Cooly Fooly Space Age Funk” genre. Full of smooth synth bass lines, synthesizer, and crisp 808 drum tracks, TOTX delivers every rhyme with the Southern bravado the trio has become synonymous with. The track, which premiered via Passion of the Weiss, features a menacing beat from Mel and Dorian, with JayHawk, K. Nation, and Crit Morris delivering rhymes over Mel’s hypnotic chorus.

“What You Mean” embodies all of our shared experiences of folks having us fucked up,” Mel explained to Passion of the Weiss. “In life, it seems, countless people offer you their unrequested two pennies, tell you what you can or cannot do, place themselves in the middle of YOUR business, and all kind of other ridiculous shit. On the song’s hook, we seemingly lend an ear to the aforementioned ridiculous folks, giving them an opportunity to get their words in. As soon as the verses start, we turn up on they funky ass in the middle of a sentence, throw imaginary money in their face, style and profile, and any other off-putting, ‘I ain’t trying to hear that bullcorn’ actions one could fathom. The track’s accompanying white-noised cover design illustrates the brain’s reception to the above advice and opinions. It is also a motif of our current mode, as a whole.”

Awarded Best Rap Group from Dallas Observer in 2014, the trio’s critically acclaimed repertoire has distinguished them as one of Texas’ most eccentric groups, having done interviews with NPR, Complex, and SPIN. Deep Ellum will serve as a follow-up to 2013’s double album Cognac/Four Corner Room,- Cognac showcasing rap and production by Mel and Four Corner Room showcasing rap and production from Dorian.

Listen to “Watcha Mean”:

Check out the Passion of the Weiss Premiere:

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The Outfit, TX Background:

Born and raised in Dallas, producers and rappers Dorian, JayHawk, and Mel make up the hip-hop band The Outfit, TX. After forming while in school at University of Houston in 2006, they returned to Dallas to continue to work on their patented brand of “Cooly Fooly Space Age Funk.” Individually, each has their own respective sound and together, they expertly blend their unabashed Southern credo of smooth synth bass, moogs, 808s and synthesizers.

TOTX has performed with the likes of J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, The Clipse, and Kendrick Lamar. They headlined their first sold out show at Warehouse Live in Houston, TX in March 2013, then hit the road, performing at several music festivals including A3C’s “Best in Texas” Showcase, and Spune’s Index Fest in Dallas, TX. The future holds much more for the three Southern gentlemen that comprise The Outfit,TX, who recently relocated back to Dallas from Houston. They might have put it best, describing their artistry as “one small step for Texas, one giant leap for Southern kind.”

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