Traditionally known as a basketball state, Indiana has recently been making some serious waves in Hip-Hop. A sporting representation like Richie Bux, Drayco McCoy & more, the city has started to make its mark. Looking to be next up in the wave is native, Paper Cleveland, who drops off his new project, Hard Liquor Heartbreaks.
Opting for a more melodic direction, Paper spends the majority of this album behind auto-tune, crooning about the complexities of relationships, but in a very energetic way. Listening to him rap, he makes heartbreak sound like something you can overcome, and not a death sentence—which is a talent in its own right. With most of the production falling on the bubbly, trap-influenced side of things, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of these songs on the radio soon, particularly, “Ice Cream,” by far the project’s best song.
Listen to, Hard Liquor Heartbreaks below and get familiar with Indiana rap.