“The Outfit, TX is… mixing Texan traditions with a wide range of influences from New Wave to punk to vintage boom-bap.” – Noisey
“…positively perfect.” – Complex
“The Outfit, TX is one of the best rap groups in Texas.” – PassionWeiss
“This is definitely a song I’d like to hear blasting out of a car.” – EARMILK
“Restrained but intricate screw-meets-funk delivery.” – The FADER
Born and raised Texans Dorian, JayHawk, and Mel make up the hip-hop band The Outfit, TX. Consisting of two producers and three emcees, TOTX’s story begins in the city of Dallas, where all three members are born, raised, and currently reside. Enrollment at the University of Houston in 2006 brought middle-school partners Dorian and Mel to JayHawk and three years later, The Outfit, TX was formed.
Since their commencement, TOTX has been hard at work developing their patented brand of “Cooly Fooly Space Age Funk.” They have released several notably successful, local projects, including a 2010 OG Ron C-hosted Chopped Not Slopped self-titled debut project, and a buzzworthy 2011 mixtape with regional powerhouse DJ Mr. Rogers. Thus, these three individuals appear fully cognizant of both their respective sounds and their collective sound, blending unabashed southern credo with smooth synth bass, moogs, 808s, and synthesizers.
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Their first official studio album, Starships and Rockets: Cooly Fooly Space Age Funk The Album, exists as a perfect exhibition of that. It was voted one of the “Best Underground Rap Tapes of 2012″ by Houston Press Magazine, receiving coverage from the likes of 2Dopeboyz, Dallas’ Central Track, Fox Austin, Complex Magazine, and SPIN. MTV Hive calls them “The Best Rap Group You’re Not Talking About (Yet)”. Their most recent project, the double-disc album, Cognac/Four Corner Room, exists as two varying solo projects, conjoined at the hip to represent the juxtaposed unity that makes up TOTX. Entirely produced, written, and engineered by Mel and Dorian, Cognac/Four Corner Room takes listeners deeper into the individual spirits of the two founding members of the triumvirate that is The Outfit, TX. Complex ranks it as one of the top ten Texas Rap Mixtapes of 2013.
TOTX has performed with the likes of J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, The Niceguys, The Clipse, and Kendrick Lamar. They headlined their first sold out show at Warehouse Live in Houston, TX in March 2013, then hit the road, performing at several music festivals including A3C’s “Best in Texas” Showcase, and Spune’s Index Fest in Dallas, TX. The future holds much more for the three southern gentlemen that comprise The Outfit,TX, having recently relocated back to Dallas from Houston. They might have put it best, describing their artistry as “one small step for Texas, one giant leap for southern kind.”
Having United Dallas’ Hip-Hop Scene For Their Deep Ellum EP, the City’s Waviest Rapper/Producer Trio Celebrate the Summer With a Block Party
Dallas Rap Scene Solidarity Hits Its Peak As Artists Unite For TOTX’s New Compilation, Debuted by Noisey
The Eccentric Dallas Trio Releases Haunting Track From Forthcoming Deep Ellum EP, Debuted by Passion of the Weiss
Premiered by HYPETRAK, the Dallas Trio Continue Lead-up to Forthcoming Album with Strip Club-ready Single
Joined by Fellow Texas Rapper Maxo Kream, the Trio Mobs Out to Their Latest Video Single Premiered With an Interview by Noisey
After Hitting the Road With Run the Jewels On the Red Bull Sound Select Tour in 2014, The Outfit, TX Debut New Single via Complex
The Outfit, TX’s Mel Releases Video from Cognac Album, Premiere via The FADER
The Outfit, TX’s Dorian Releases Dark Video from Four Corner Room Album, Premiere via Noisey
The Outfit, TX Team Up With Former Passion Pit Drummer to Release Dark, Trippy Song “Stalactight” premiered by EARMILK
Mel of Hip-Hop Trio The Outfit, TX Releases Video From Cognac Disc of Double-Album Premiered by Noisey
Dallas Hip-Hop Trio The Outfit, TX Releases Video From Cognac Disc of Double-Album, Premiered by The Smoking Section
Dallas Hip-Hip Group The Outfit, TX Releases Controversial “Drunk Driving” Video From Their Cognac Double-Album