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.
Yung Truth From the Dirt (Self-released, 2011)
Yung Truth is still mostly an unmined resource. He's interesting for a few different reasons (he kind of looks like a smaller, less bearded Kimbo Slice), but mostly because his insta-weapon is an at once familiar baritone grumble. A recognizable voice is marquee draw for a rapper; lots of guys try to manufacture one (See: Lo, Shawty).
Truth hasn't yet learned to flex it entirely, but on From The Dirt, which carries the Feeling Around In The Dark* sonicism that most rappers make early in their career, he does so in enough places to buy more time.
*Lots of guys make the mistake of trying to cover too many areas within a single project, particularly when they're at comparable points in their career to Truth. That's what happens here. Even though the tape is but 12 songs, there are about eight different styles on here.
He's good when he's clever, and he's great when he's pounding you in the forehead, but forgettable elsewhere. Prediction: He will eventually settle into one single style, cultivate that, and make a better album. That's generally how these things work out.
Y'allmustaforgotability: 99 percent
The Best Opening Line On A Verse: Somehow, someone who decided to call himself Lil Jeff rates highest here, with his "Nigga, I'm from Dallas! I drive Chevys!" on the fidgety "Money By The Ton."
Best Line On The Album: Via Doughbeezy on "Gettin' It On": "Couldn't find a worthy wife and all my partners was living shife, so it's just me and my mula, two pistols and a knife." Neat, neat, neat.
Best "Oh, That's Funny" Line: On "Gettin' Dough," Truth, juxtaposing his old money, remarks, "Your money young like you signed Drake." As it is, Truth is not beyond rapping phrases like "from the depths of my soul." This, though, this is the type of stuff you'd hope he fleshes out more on his next effort.
Best Song on the Album:
Take a Keke line from "Pimp Tha Pen," add a sun burnt ting to it, and you're in the money. During an interview last year, Keke said he thought he was the most sampled artist in Houston history. It seemed like little more than arrogance at the time, but he might be right.
Most Obvious Feature Lacking From The Album: Keke on the aforementioned "Time 2 Lay Em Down." How cool would that be? Super cool, that's how cool it'd be. Where is Keke these days?
Obscure Fact(s) You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Look Smart:
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Yung Truth ain't so young - he's closer to 30 than most new rappers.
Truth's Twitter handle is @BigFaceFiend, notable because 1) it's a cooler name than "Yung Truth" and that's opposite how it usually works; and 2) the initials for Big Face Fiend are BFF.