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This track-list is ‘the inspiration’ behind “Demigod”, every song means something special to me
— 7 Tha Great

Phantom City Records is on a mission to help Dallas artists reach their maximum potential by providing & sourcing professional recording studios, & executing & implementing 360-degree branding & marketing initiatives. No one knows this more than local rapper 7 Tha Great, whose recently released sophomore album, “Demigod,” is a Phantom City production.

7 Tha Great, aka Ladarrion Burton, has worked incessantly for over a year, writing, recording & packaging the long-awaited record. “Demigod” is a follow-up to his debut mixtape “7 Days,”

“Dude’s a hip-hop thoroughbred,” says producer & Phantom City Records co-owner Chris Nicolaou. “It’s like he was born to do nothing else but fit words together in 16-bar increments to spit at the world. But it’s his determination to learn, hustle & grow that sets him aside from everyone else.

That hustle made 7, a native of the Dixon Circle neighborhood, a perfect partner for Phantom City. The rapper’s homegrown label FGMG teamed up with a then unknown Phantom City Records in 2017. Since then, 7 has jumped at every opportunity to provide support, mentorship & corporate resources to help hip hop artists thrive in Dallas. The rising star plans to help transform Dallas’ hip hop scene for good.

Partnering with artists like 7, Phantom City Records strives to help artists get their music heard without tying them down with contracts that limit creativity.

“We’re changing the culture of hip-hop in our city,” 7 says. “Period.”

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Joshua Fleming from the Vandoliers
I’ll start you off with our title track from our latest album. All of these songs are different & have an influence on me as a writer. They’re favorites from my friends, bands we’ve toured with, & those who inspire me. All great bands, all great writers, & different from the norm.
— Joshua Fleming

The magic for Joshua began the night he went to a Bad Religion concert with his sister, where he was inspired to create his own sound. Catch the Vandoliers onstage this weekend at Smoked Fort Worth, a BBQ showcase of the best Texas barbecue & live music. The all-day celebration will take Fort Worth by storm this Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. in front of the Livestock Exchange Building at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. It’s a can’t miss & the Fest’s first-annual Fort Worth event.

We’ve got a double win for everyone, on this #MUSICMONDAY! Love a bit of country music & BBQ? Well keep reading, because we’re giving you a treat. Meet Joshua Fleming, the mastermind behind the alt-country band, the Vandoliers. Joshua brought together a group of DFW musicians who felt extremely proud of their marvelous homeland. They put their own spin on Texas country & threw in a dash of punk roots to create a sound that caught Rolling Stone’s attention. This Texas lover wanted to express his love for the great Lone Star State with the new single “The Native.” One listen stirs up memories of “East Dallas dive bars, Pantego pool halls, small towns, big cities, & the rolling ribbon of bluebonnet-covered highway that stretches throughout the state”.

#MUSICMONDAY feat Sydney Anderson

Meet our new pop-country client, Sydney Anderson! She began her quest as a singer at the age of 8, performing country classics like “Leavin’ on Your Mind,” on music row stages such as Tootsies & The Stage. Over the past decade, Sydney has performed the National Anthem for both minor & major league sports teams across Texas, as well as military events, &and national races drawing in crowds of over ten thousand. Talent, drive, & a smile that just doesn’t quit allowed her to sing at local fairs, nightclubs, & opry houses on a weekly basis consistently for several years now. In the past Sydney has captured the title of CCM’s “It Girl,” & has opened for artists such as Three Dog Night.

Sydney has also dabbled a bit in voice-over work. Her voice can be heard currently in The Voice Karaoke app, The Karaoke Chanel, & commercials for Travel Dallas. Her true passion is for storytelling, & this is evident in her songwriting. Sydney’s music is a blend of Texas & Nashville country, full of sass &and energy.  

Watch her new music video "Fool Like You" on YouTube & stay tuned for her EP out Sept. 14 on iTunes & Spotify! Listen to her #MUSICMONDAY playlist below.

This playlist is a mix of throwback & new country. Lyrics are what I connect with most, & this batch of tunes lyrically could never go out of style. A couple of these songs I’ve been covering for years & the majority have influenced me deeply as a songwriter & performer. I’m a sucker for a sad country song & good storytelling.
— Sydney
#MUSICMONDAY feat. Ghost of Blind Lemon

Join Ghost on Aug. 4 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Oak Cliff's Spinster Records for a local live music celebration as our music blogger friend celebrates 11 years with a slew of Dallas-based musicians! The event will showcase acoustic performances by Megan Storie & Jacob Furr, followed by full-on rock debacles  by Mean Motor Scooter & Hand Drawn Records signees Meach Pango.  Then, head over to Double-Wide for a psych rock filled lineup featuring Caved Mountains, Corner Suns, & Sunbuzzed.

If you want to tune into Chris's radio show you can catch Ghost of Blind Lemon Radio every Wed. night at

Listen to #MUSICMONDAY with Ghost of Blind Lemon! Back in 2007,  Chris Mueller chose the name Ghost of Blind Lemon as a tribute to Blind Lemon Jefferson, one of the earliest musicians of note to play in Deep Ellum. Since then, "The Ghost," has not only been blogging about Deep Ellum & the music scene, but has booked showcases at various Dallas venues such as Club Dada, Opening Bell Coffee, Free Man, & much more for over a decade. In addition to scoring gigs he also is the host of his own radio show on Deep Ellum Radio.

In addition to the blog, Chris works as a teacher at a Charter high school.  When he's not obsessing about local music, he likes to spend time with his cats, play Sudoku, & other "nerdy" things.

I started the playlist with Old 97’s & Deathray Davies because those were the two bands that were most instrumental in my introduction to the Dallas music world. From there, I chose a list of some of the acts who have made the greatest impression on me (musically &/or personally) over the past eleven years. The last two tracks are newer releases that I feel are the best representatives of what the metroplex has to offer right now musically.
— Ghost
#MUSICMONDAY feat Aashni Pabley
New #TeamHype intern Aashni Pabley is a Junior at SMU studying PR & English Lit. The twenty-one year old, Dallas native enjoys music & reading. Barnes & Nobles, CD Warehouse, and Monkey King Noodle Co are her favorite spots to hang out during her free time. Aashni believes it is important to treasure old music to value new music, so her taste varies from the old classic to contemporary hits. 

"The following ten songs are songs that define me as an individual - classic but different, familiar yet eccentric. "

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Patrick Smith

"There are so many bands and songs that influence me heavily, so narrowing this playlist down was tough! Rock and Roll!! 🤘"

Since Patrick was little, he was fascinated with music. He recorded songs off the radio since he was 7 or 8 years old. When he turned 17, he played drums for a few months and then got hooked on the guitar. He played guitar for 5 years, writing and forming many different bands that never got off the ground. Finally in 2010, he switched to bass. Within a few months, he started getting offers to play bass with other people and he decided that he was going to go all in. He has been playing, teaching, and recording music full time for a living since 2011. He's traveled around the U.S. and a little bit around Europe. He currently plays with BJ Stricker & The Kings, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, SuperNova Remnant, Ryan Berg & The Velvet Ears, Nick Snyder & The Real Deal, Holy Roller Baby, and BadKid. 

#MUSICMONDAY feat. David Wilson

David picked up the guitar here and there from age 10 to 13 but it wasn't until 16 when he started playing seriously. Now he plays with several bands across the metroplex: BJ Stricker & The Kings, Electrik Ants, Badkid, Skruff, Sister Grove, ACB, and JDM Trio. Each project has a different style so he enjoys having that variety. 

On top of that, David works full-time at Nokia as an Information Security Analyst and will graduate from the University of North Texas in December. He has spent many nights playing out late and having to work at 6 a.m. the next morning. It takes hard work to be successful and he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. 

Come see David play at the BJ Stricker & The Kings Album Release Party at Deep Ellum Art Co. on December 8th at 9 p.m. Purchase tickets to the event here

"This playlist is a combination of songs I've really been digging lately as well as songs that I keep returning to over the years. Had to include one of the singles with BJ Stricker and a track from one my previous bands, King for President." 

The CultureHype Collective: Meet Julie McCullough

EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

Julie McCullough, founder of The Pin Show, is a fashion connoisseur & entrepreneur woman about Dallas. McCullough is not only the fashion designer behind Folksie but she is also the founder of the Make + Made Studio in downtown Elmwood. The Michigan native studied Marketing & PR at Columbia College in Chicago before heading to Texas in hope to experience something new & different. If you need a creative, out-of-the-box event, she's your gal! Read more about her story here.

What is your favorite perk of being in the fashion business?

"I always say that because I make my own clothes, I get to invest all my money in shoes."

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?

"When I first started working for myself I found pride in the endless work hours spent grinding away at the creative process.  I am much older & wiser now & have discovered how important rejuvenation is for my creative output.  For the past 6 years, I have built frequent travel into my life & it has made all the difference in my workflow."


How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in?

"I didn’t know at all this is what I wanted to do, it really just happened.  In 2005 I opened Make, a modern sewing studio, mostly for classes.  I guess I started creating clothing because of a natural progression & then creating clothing that mattered & spoke to women & our bodies.  I still don’t know what I want to do, but right now, I am loving this!"

Who is your fashion icon?

"My fashion icons are all the slow fashion pioneers that are changing the way we view our makers & our supply chains and who are a part of the solution of mass consumer waste, by creating a product that lasts."

What is unique to you about living/working in Dallas?

"Dallas has really changed over the past 10 years. I moved here 16 years ago from Chicago on a whim & really fell in love with this city when I moved to Oak Cliff.  When I first started The Pin Show in 2007, designers (& models) felt they had to move to New York or Los Angeles to continue their career in fashion, but now, you see them planting their roots here, opening beautiful studios, creating jobs & still selling nationwide.  Dallas has really begun to open up to its creatives, & it’s pretty affordable to start a business & live here as well (which means more travel!)."

Eclectic & homey, Julie’s design aesthetic mixes elements of modern industrial with bohemian.
— DFW Style Daily

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

"To connect people with their clothes, help them feel absolutely incredible every time they get dressed & to have this work have a positive impact on every member of our team. Ok, & to run away to Tulum & sell dresses on the beach."

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?  

"Fleetwood Mac - 'Rumors'"

Who is your celebrity crush?

"I don’t really have celebrity crushes, but I sure do have a strong group of female friends (Marisa Dukowitz, Whitney Barlow, XXX ) that boss their lives & are total celebrities in my life. I crush on them pretty hard!"

What is your go-to karaoke song?

"'SOLD' by John Michael sang with Erica Felicella at Barbara's Pavillion."


Photos courtesy of the Dallas Observer and Folksie. 

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Artist Uprising
Photo by: David Porcheddu

Photo by: David Porcheddu

"An autumnal mix with some slight hints of halloween from your ArtUp team"

Artist Uprising intends on finding undiscovered and emerging talent from all types of creative and entertainment fields. After that, they introduce them to you in a way that is authentic to the heart of the artist. 

By combining storytelling with traditional print media, their goal is to become the most trusted source for presenting the freshest talent in every creative industry. The dream team sets out to encourage, promote and create opportunities for emerging talent to hit a "tipping point" in their career. 

Artist Uprising just released a limited edition merchandise line with a mission to abolish "starving artistry." Click the link to pre-order: here

#MUSICMONDAY feat. Julie McCullough
Some of these songs pull me through, some remind me of beautiful times & people in my life; some take me back. Nonetheless, all of these songs transport me, even if for just a minute.

Julie McCullough is one of Dallas' top multi-hyphenates. This badass lady is not only the mind behind Folksie, a clothing line she launched in 2011, but also The Pin Show, a one-night event combining the best up-and-coming fashion designers & music acts on the runway.

Her path to maker, fashion designer, seamstress & producer was paved with grit, determination & a dedication to thoughtful design & collaboration. She aspires to be a champion for those who enjoy the process of hand-made goods while emboldening artists & entrepreneurs with her success as a passionate, self-made creator, designer & event producer.


Introducing The CultureHype Collective: Meet Jeremy Biggers & Sam Lao
Photo credit: Glass Optical

Photo credit: Glass Optical

Starting today & EVERY FRIDAY we'll be rolling out a little something called The CultureHype Collective. What is that? One could call it a dream team, our crew of preferred vendors who are killing it in the Big D & beyond. Meet The Collective.

Jeremy Biggers & Sam Lao: Visionary and hip-hop lyricist. AKA two creative geniuses, the dynamic duo who is the epitome of #couplegoals! Together, they create beyond amazing music, videos, visual art, graphic design & more. What Sam brings to Jeremy's unreal visuals for music videos is an artistic direction behind the scenes, storyboarding and creative vision like nothing we've ever seen. 

When their powers combine, the sheer creative talent that gets put on display is borderline obnoxious.
— Central Track

What is your favorite perk of being in the music business? 

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers

Sam: "Seeing people identify with my music & fall just as in love with it as I am. Also, the look of elation on my parents faces every time I bring them a newspaper or magazine with my name in it."

If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be?

Jeremy: "Passionate. Driven. Funny."

What is your random special talent?

Sam: "I make a killer cheesecake. Like, so good fights have broken out over it."

When you find yourself in a creative rut, where do you seek inspiration?

Jeremy: "I try not to let myself get to a point of being in a rut, but when I am, I just do a lot more research & try and learn something new in hopes it sparks something."

What is your biggest goal/dream for your career?

Sam: "Ideally I would like to take my music career as far and as high as I can go. Maybe even do a few movies."

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers (video still)

Photo credit: Jeremy Biggers (video still)

How did you come about being involved in the business you’re in?When did you know that’s what you wanted to do?

Sam: "Depression led me to music. It started as a healing project & became something that just clicked & felt right. When I realized making music was something I couldn't go without doing or being a part of I knew it was something I was going to stick with."

What do you love most about Dallas?

Jeremy: "Dallas is an awesome place with lots of world-class talent. The cost of living makes it more manageable to live here versus East or West Coast."


Sam: "I have the symbol for Mercury on my wrist. Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini & a symbol for communication & creativity."

If you had to pick one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Jeremy: "Music is such a huge part of what I do on every level. I pick music based on my mood so it's really tough to say. If I had to pick though... I would probably say... Lupe Fiasco's 'Food and Liquor.'"

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

Sam: "A leather jacket with some of my lyrics hand painted on it." 

What do you bring to the DFW creative scene? Why are you proud of it?

Jeremy: "I bring a unique voice to the DFW creative scene & prove that you can do a number of things at a high level. I love that Dallas is finally embracing its creatives. We have A LONG way to go... but at least the process has begun."

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Sam: "'Something Like That' by Tim McGraw! I like singing country at karaoke not just because I enjoy it but because the look on peoples faces is priceless."

Click to watch "Grenade" by Sam Lao (directed by Jeremy Biggers).