Attending A3C a couple of years ago for the first time pretty much planted the see for the blooming resurgence of Atlanta acts from all over the city making names for themselves. If Houston is likened to be Hustle Town, then Atlanta might hustle with the mindset that everything has to be pushed, with no questions asked in between.

Tez McClain was one of those early New Atlanta artists I was introduced to thanks to a minimalist performance that conveyed the biggest reaction. He didn’t need any gimmicks or props, just him and a microphone. His Scoundrel mixtape was released a little over a month ago and it’s already gaining traction with one of its singles “Flick’n” obtaining New Joint Of The Day status on BET’s 106 & Park. His newest video “Art vs. Hustle” pieces the virtual tightrope of “hustling forever” and the emptiness of it together all in one. There is no greater divide between artists these days, whether or not to be “real” or “profitable”. Tez questions this and more in the 2-minute clip, proving his praise isn’t just gas.

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Brandon Caldwell is the founder & editor-in-chief of Day & A Dream. His work has appeared in VIBE, UPROXX, Complex, EBONY, the Village Voice, the Houston Press, Houston Style Magazine, DJBooth, The Sports Fans Journal, and more. Follow him on Twitter: @_brandoc