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Marcus Manchild gets it right by doing wrong, Mac Miller prepares for a tour and Constant Deviants travel a Common road -- read on for the Rap-Up list.

Marcus Manchild Brings New Generation Of H-Town Heat

The Houston rap scene got some substantial shine in the mid-2000s thanks to Mike Jones, Paul Wall and others. One of the era’s other major stars, Slim Thug, teams with Marcus Manchild, one of H-Town’s now generation of rappers, for “We Wrong.”

A no-holds-barred ode to cheating on your man, the commercial-minded cut and video have the potential to jump start Houston’s next rap renaissance. To that end, Manchild’s “Free Yo Mind Music” will be released in February.

For those in the New York area, the Manchild hits the stage at SOBs January 30. With the ability to craft equally potent hard-hitting rap tunes and radio-ready cuts, Marcus Manchild has the potential to bring H-Town back to prominence.

Mac Miller Set to Storm the US

Mac Miller celebrated his birthday last week and this week he announced his forthcoming “The Macadeli Tour.” The Cool Kids and The Come Up will be supporting acts on the 18-day trek, which features performances at universities at every stop.

Miller’s jaunt launches March 27 at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, and concludes April 29 at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, New York. Miller is hitting the road to support the release of his acclaimed debut album, “Blue Side Park,” which hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts last year.

Produced by ID Labs, the Pittsburgh rapper’s release proved that that labelmate Wiz Khalifa isn’t the only one making major moves in the land of Steelers and Pirates.

Constant Deviants Evoke Common with “Won’t Stop”

The then Common Sense started a rap firestorm with his 1994 single “I Used To Love H.E.R.” A love letter to rap that also included some shots at the evolution of the genre, the tune kicked off a heated rivalry between Common and Westside Connection.

The landmark song also inspired a number of artists to record similar songs. Among them were the Baltimore and Brooklyn-based duo of M.I. and DJ Cutt. Recording as Constant Deviants, the pair’s 1998 cut “Can’t Stop” serves as the precursor for its new “Won’t Stop” single, a soulful selection that highlights M.I.’s smooth flow and solid storytelling and Cutt’s deft production and turntable skills.

The golden era-minded Constant Deviants will release the album “Diamond” later this year, a collection that is sure to include plenty of boom bap rap.

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