Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, 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.
Lil Keke is the reigning big dick in the SwishaHouse camp; that part is pretty impossible to argue. But, as it is, Yung Redd is SwishaHouse's most talented, most marketable young rapper. Over the years, he's cultivated an enviable mixture of braggadocio, street sense and radio-ready (saleable) hooks. If somebody from their ranks breaks big, it'll be him. Eviction Notice 3 is, to date, the best mixtape he's recorded. Y'allmustaforgotability: 82 percent Read what Y'allmustaforgotability means. Best Song on the Album:
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If it weren't enough for you that he opens the first verse with a lift from one of the greatest verses in Southern rap history ("Scarface's opening line on "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me) and then follows that up by opening the second verse with a lift from one of the greatest songs in Houston rap history ("25 Lighters"), "Dreams and Nightmares" is the rare song on EN3 that scratches at what it is that (possibly) makes Redd tick. It's almost like a hardened version of a Kid Cudi song, if Cudi weren't so... so... you know. Most Obvious Feature Lacking From The Album: Fact:
was just a few moves away from being a very, very popular radio track. As far as features go, we would've tapped someone outside of Houston for this one. This seems like the kind of track that T.I. would crush (and maybe Kanye for the hook?). Most Expository Line On The Album: "All I ever did/ All I ever done/ And I don't get a 'Thank you' once." Redd doesn't pull the "You should respect me because I hustle so hard" card too often, so when he does here, it carries a hefty amount of gravitas. Obscure Fact(s) You Can Pawn Off As Your Own So As To Make Yourself Look Smart:
- No joke, Eviction Notice 3 was recorded in one day. One. Day. It took you three days to mail two letters, and Redd recorded one of the best Houston mixtapes of 2009 in 24 hours. You should really be feeling like a lazy shit right about now.
- The bulk of the work on this tape was not written down. He simply went into the studio and recorded it. This might be SwishaHouse protocol.
- Yung Redd has a song called "Skittles." That doesn't have anything to do with this tape per se, but it seems like the kind of thing that you should know about when deciding whether of not to give an artist some of your time.