With little more than talent and a MySpace page, Pleasant Grove rapper Anonymous has managed to build enough buzz to catch the attention of Parade of Flesh and snag a couple headlining gigs at The Lounge on Elm Street, including a pre-Inauguration party January 17,
"There's nothing you can do if you enemy, cuz I'm December seventh, '41, to the industry / See, I'm the pearl found deep in the harbor, in the same city where JFK was slaughtered / In the same city where Stevie Ray was brought up, but from the east side of the Trinity border," he announces on opening track "Mafia."
Impressive as his rhymes are, they're nothing compared to what'll be on his upcoming album, Anonymous promises.
"The mixtape is nowhere near the album," he says. "It's just a lot of playing, showing things I could do. I'm more of a storyteller and a conscious rapper."
In other words, in spite of the club-ready braggadocio of "Stacks," don't look his way for the next "Stanky Leg" or "Rack Daddy."
"I apologize, but I am not a rap-dance person," he says. In fact, the 19-year-old non-smoker and non-drinker says he's not much of a clubber at all and would rather work on music than party.
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If you can overlook the obnoxious "The greatest DJ in the world…world…world!" drop distracting from his flow on EVERY TRACK, the download is an impressive array of styles from the introductory manifesto of "Mafia" to the tender love letter "Died In My Arms" to his club-ready update on Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." In fact, that versatility is part of how he got his name.
"Sometimes I'll twist, sometimes I'll rap slow," he says. "There's no track that can define me."
Inspiration struck when his manager, Anthony LaVon, was on the phone with a lady who overheard him rapping in the background. "Who's that rapping?" she asked. "Oh, that's nobody," LaVon answered. "That's Anonymous."
Hopefully not for long. --Jesse Hughey