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hasHBrown Sounds from the Backseat (Council Music Group, 2009)
In prepping to write our forthcoming 10 Best Houston Rap Albums of the Year list, we've been re-tearing through what has amounted to be an unfair amount of good projects this year. Though it didn't technically come out in 2010 - it was released in December 2009 - hasHBrown's debut album Sounds from the Backseat rates among them.
hasH is probably most easily identified by his flow, a sporadic sprint in and out of order and cadence. He's here then he's there and you're not sure what really happened in between. It's kinda like a stutter-step move in basketball; when done improperly or without a definite amount of vigor, it's awkward at best, but when done properly it's just about unstoppable.
Y'allmustaforgotability: 98 percent
hasH got on the phone for a few minutes to talk about this album, during which he referenced one track by saying, "Oh, you know the one song... what's the name of that one?" If the guy who made it has trouble recalling song titles, the Y'allmustaforgotability is always going to be sky-high.
The only reason it didn't get a perfect 100 is because of the immediately recallable track "Baptism," for which hasH actually released a video.
Best Song on the Album: "Love Supreme," possibly because it samples Anita Baker, never a bad idea.
Acceptable Alternate for Best Song on the Album: "Sounds From The Backseat"
Talking about real-life stuff is always an easy way to push your way to the front of this line.
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Most Obvious Feature Lacking From The Album: H.I.S.D.'s Ldavoice would have ripped the heart out of the earthy "Dreamin'." He was put on earth the crush beats like that.
Obscure Facts You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Look Smart:
- For some strange reason, whenever you pull up this album on iTunes, Gwen Stefani's "Luxurious" is included. There's no joke there. Go look right now.
- Part of the video for "Baptism" features hasH rapping in a cave of sorts holding a great big book. The symbolism there is clear; the book is supposed to represent a holy book of sorts. But what's it an actual book of? Duh, it's a book of pictures of African safaris.