Bonus MP3: Caleb Mak -- "Hands Up"
Well, here's another: Plano West native Caleb Mak, whose mixtape is starting to make rounds around the city and even some parts of the country. His first single, "The Joker", already has over 1.3 million views on YouTube, which, Mak says, has prompted some label interest from the likes of Sony and Universal. It's also allowed to him to play shows from Dallas all the way to Washington DC.
So whats next for Caleb?
"I got a double mixtape I'm gonna try to release before South by Southwest," says the young rapper. "Half of it will be an experimental album, and the other half will be more urban pop."
The pop element's an important one -- it's fairly integral to his sound, a la B.o.B. and others who are continuing to blur the lines between hip-hop and pop.
"I'll probably be singing more on this mixtape," Mak says. "Kind of like Drake or Kanye's 808s and Heartbreak."