It takes confidence to put “trust” in your stage name. But Toledo, Ohio’s tshawntrusst knows exactly why he’s an artist you can rely on. “I used to freestyle in high school, lying in songs about taking people’s girls and making all this money,” he explains. “Then I just stopped lying.” The 19-year old MC is only getting started, but his melodic, half-sung flows are already honest beyond their years, melding midwest grit with a much more cosmic worldview. On his heady debut single “I’m That Nigga,” tshawntrusst manages to make a club banger feel as intimate as a diary entry, turning us into true believers for whatever comes next.

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    I’m That Nigga