Austin, Texas’ Wiardon made his name years ago as a teenage producer with woozy beats tackled by the likes of Lucki and Baby Smoove, but he has really found his groove as a rapper-beatmaker hybrid. “Trackhawk” is a single from his upcoming self-produced album Road Music, and over its grainy yet breezy instrumental, he raps in a style that mixes post-Prodigy East Coast tradition with the slurred flows you can find everywhere from Detroit to Houston. It’s like he’s in the booth with a blunt in his mouth. Most often I like when his lines trail off as they go, a stylistic flourish that gives his songs that naturalistic feel.
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