By George Joseph via LittleDTx.com
Denton is famous across Texas, and indeed across the country, as America’s “jazz town,” Over the past few decades, the city has also boasted an eclectic indie scene, churning out artists from Grammy winners like Norah Jones.
In recent years, however, a distinct new hip hop sound has emerged from the streets of Southeast Denton. The beats are so good, in fact, that people from around the city are beginning to listen. The man leading the charge is Chris Avant, better known as rapper “AV the Great.” The Southeast Denton-raised artist burst onto the larger city scene with a passionate performance at the 2012 35 Denton music festival, during which local press said “AV strutted, sweated and dropped to his knees, working his songs over like he’d sold out Madison Square Garden.” When AV returned to the festival earlier this year with brand new material from Poetry, an album that was an about face, soundwise, from his debut Live From the Struggle, he was named one of the top five Denton acts to see at the event.
AV brings a unique perspective to the city, having grown up in Southeast Denton, a community often isolated from the tree-lined suburbs and bustling streets of much of the rest of the city.
The hip-hop artist works at K104 (#1 Hip & R&B station in Dallas, Texas) under the moniker Chris Cole, and is always on the lookout for ways to keep the local music scene in the spotlight.