DALLAS — Robert Michael Narbaez and Zachery Garcia have been a dazzling tandem in the rap game for a little more than four years.
They would be the first to tell you they absolutely love it.
Especially the seemingly ongoing buzz they have generated through the media.
“We have definitely seen a growth in our likes and view counts,” said Garcia, alluding to thousands upon thousands of likes amassed through their recent story that was released earlier this month. “Every day, the story is that we continue to gain a bigger following in a more diverse crowd listening to our music.”
Said Narbaez, who appeared more forthright: “We’ve been getting more love and more haters, but we know they go hand in hand. We bring a new sound of rap and R&B that you don’t hear from Latinos.”
Suddenly, he really drove his point home just in case there are more doubters in this ever-so-popular industry.
“We’re making more people take notice to Latino rappers,” Narbaez said rather bluntly.
Indeed they are.
And for all the right reasons, too.
Weeks removed from having created a buzz through the media that figures to linger for some time, the group known as the Young Fly Latinos undoubtedly are the brink of making more progressive moves.
While their much-anticipated album is currently in the works and is projected for official release in early 2017, the Young Fly Latinos announced recently that they are just weeks away from releasing their mixed tape project entitled, “New Dirty South.”
The project is scheduled to drop some time in September, a spokesperson for the Dallas/Fort Worth-based rap group told longtime journalist Andre Johnson.
“All of the tracks are dope,” said Narbaez, whose stage name is TRS. “We’ve been working on it for about 8 eight months.”
So hyped and giddy are these up-and-coming entertainers that when asked if they are Texas’ best kept secrets in the entertainment industry, Narbaez displayed his signature grin, but hesitated to offer a forthright response.
No worries, nonetheless.
The YFL’s assistant manager/promoter, Lola Montez, was quick to render a rather blunt and direct response to such an inquiry.
“”YFL is Texas’ best kept secret,” Montez said with hesitation. “They are the fie! (FIRE). YFL is on fie (fire)…period…Definitely two of the hardest working khats on the music scene, and I’ve been in and around the Dallas music scene since the mid-2000’s. Everyone needs to give these young gentlemen a chance… otherwise, you’ll be missing out. And why would you want to miss being a part of the YFL phenomenon?”
To their credit — and since the release of their previous story that essentially had gone viral — the YFL’s have managed to draw rave reviews not just from fans, but from other promoters.
Talk about having an immediate impact in Texas, where they customarily do things big here.
“Our (latest) success is nothing more than expected,” Garcia said. “Not with an arrogant approach…we’ve work hard to be where we are and we plan on working harder to better establish ourselves as artists not only in Texas, but across the world.”
As for the new hints on their soon-to-be released project, Garcia was quick to acknowledge that, “Every song on our album is the best to us. But if I had to choose one, I would have to say, “GMMR,” which stands for ” Get My Mind Right” featuring M3.”
Narbaez, on the other hand, deemed it somewhat difficult to assess which songs he considers the best on the YFL’s forthcoming project.
“There’s too many to say,” Narbaez said with a laughing, fielding the question as if he expected it. “We have a lot of confidence in all of our (songs). It was hard for us to pick a single we wanted to roll up on.”
Finally — for the sake playing off of words — he rolled up on one of his best hits on the new project.
“One of my favorite tracks is ‘Giddy-Up,’” Narbaez said. “It’s just a fun track with a lot of energy.”
Which, to the YFL’s credit, seemingly has been the common theme for a flourishing, progressive rap group that not only is creating a constant buzz in Dirty, Dirty Dallas but, above all, one that is making a strong case that these two are Texas’ best kept secrets.
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