Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coast Thinking Out Loud Vol. 2 (Epsom Ent./Street Science, 2008)
Whether you want to call him a rapper that sings or a singer that raps, Coast, quite simply, is superb. In July 2009, Rocks Off wrote that his flow is "heady, casual and occasionally impetuous, his grit is becoming, and his ability to lyrically deliver a powerful sentiment with ease is natural." It's as true now as it was then, perhaps even more so.
The older he gets, the better he gets at it. It's to the point where now where it seems like he's not even trying to be prophetic anymore, he just is. And Thinkin' Out Loud Vol. 2 is chock-full of those types of imperceptibly sly witticisms.
Y'allmustaforgotability: 89 percent
This album is heartily enjoyable, so lots of people probably remember it. But it blends together very well, which means the titles of only three songs really stand out: "I Can't Complain," the best song on the album; "I Need Music," the most obvious song on the album; and "Heart Shaped Light Bulb," the eeriest song on the album.
Second Best Song on the Album: "I Need Music"
This song is about exactly what you think it's about, but that doesn't make it any less effective.
Most Expository Line on the Album: The song is simple, it's "I Can't Complain." It's the most endearing, heartfelt, self-reflective, honest song Coast has ever made. But the line? Picking the most expository line from that song is like trying to pick between having sex with Halle Berry in Swordfish or Halle Berry in Monster's Ball. Even if you're wrong, you're still having sex with Halle Berry.
Still, there is one that inches out. It's delivered at the nucleus of the second verse, and is as simple as it is telling. Regarding the ongoing disintegration of his relationship with his fiancé:
"And it ain't nothing like a fairy tale/ I might be to blame, I can never tell."
Shit, man. Just think on that for a few minutes.
Song That Z-Ro Should Have Been On: "Influential Hollywood"
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Few rappers have refused to play along with the politics of the rap game as heartily as Mr. Rother Vandross. He would've gone yo-yo hear.
Obscure Fact(s) You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Look Smart:
This entire album was recorded in a 12-X-12-ft. spare bedroom of an apartment. You know what we have in the spare bedroom at our house? Fuckin' sewing supplies and a disassembled basketball goal. How worthless are we?
That Coast - or Preemo, for that matter - didn't walk away from last night's HPMA with the award for Best Latino Hip-Hop is an injustice on par with the time that Jethro Tull beat Metallica for Best Metal Performance at the Grammys.