DALLAS — Every year, new artists and producers battle it out to be at the top of the music charts. At the height of the competition is the chance to be featured in XXL Magazine’s Freshmen Class, which showcases the talent of tomorrow.
In the past, Kid Cudi, Future, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole have made the cut.
The best part of the campaign is when the rappers get together and freestyle, also known as a cypher. But what do you need for the rhymes to roll smoothly off the tongue? Well, a dope beat of course! That’s exactly where Dallas baDallas-based, Sikwitit steps in.
Joel Garcia, better known as Sikwitit, is originally from Corpus Christi but now resides in the DFW and has been in love with hip hop since he can remember.
“Hip hop moved me. It made sense. It spoke to me. It replicated kind of where I was from, and what I was doing and how I was living at the time.”
With three beats featured in this year’s freshmen class list, the Texas-raised producer has placed underground hip hop in Dallas, front and center and that’s a first.
“I think it’s been hard for people outside of Dallas to buy into our scene and I don’t think we can really evolve until we really do the same thing and collectively come together on all aspects.”
Complete with a national introduction into the elite world of hip hop and a collaborative documentary in the works, pretty soon everyone will be Sikwitit.
“This is my time, to let the people around me know, who I am, where I’m from and what I’m about.”