Got eight minutes to kill? Of course you do; it's a Monday and you are anticipating 5 p.m. like it's nothing. You see, Noisey -- VICE magazine's pretty great hipster-music blog, which tends to pick up on a lot of different things just to be different (see having a label with Action Bronson) -- decided to document Houston hip-hop, and how it differs from everything else in the genre, as part of its "The Backdrop" series.
It's awesome, for a slew of reasons.
4. Fat Tony Is a Tour Guide Take that into account for a second. Tony, who pretty much could do any and everything from Brooklyn rap to meta-cuts like "You Ain't Fat" takes the camera crew throughout Third Ward, King's Flea Market and elsewhere to give a history lesson on how he grew up. I'm more than certain anybody who is anybody could definitely find themselves regaling you with a tale from some jewelry they bought at the Flea Market or fun times in MacGregor Park.
When his rap career is done, Fat Tony should be a guide of Houston, he'd probably get your favorite interviewee to immediately pick up on the slang.
3. UZOY, The Niceguys and Doughbeezy All Make Cameo Appearances Fun fact: Only one of the three names mentioned here are actually from Houston. You can guess which one but to an extent, all of them represent Houston's diversity in one form or another. You have Dough, who has crafted enough material that it's starting to get harder and harder to craft new ink around him.
Then there's UZOY, a rapid-fire spitkicker who's maintained relevance due to creativity visually without a copious amount of new material in the last year or so. Plus, The Niceguys have this mantra 2-6-5 that isn't just tough, it's pretty much the war cry for any Houston Texan wanting to drop-kick somebody from Boston in the face. Something tells me James Kelley might own a year-end rap list or two. If it doesn't, it's a shame.
2. Scarface and Bun B Together, they make arguably the greatest rappers the city has ever produced (Bun's a literal Gulf Coast Hall of Famer now, so there's that). Face dishes on his love for everything going in Houston in a 20-second clip before highlights of his September show at Warehouse Live that was a complete zoo.
Bun is just Bun here, an authoritative curator who can easily separate what makes Houston the city that it is musically, and how the stereotypes that get dropped on us aren't too far off from reality. They exist, yes, but they're only a small facet of what Houston truly is.
4. ROB GOT DAMN QUEST This needed to be in all caps for one sole reason: Odd Squad. Even as underrated a city as Houston is, you barely hear mention of how influential the early Rap-a-Lot group was. Good job, Noisey. You do Nardwuar work in terms of trying to cover damn near everything.
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