Bastards, Thugs & Hoggs: This Week In Houston Rap Videos

Ah, rappers and music videos. Some are vehicles for self-promotion, others are tools used to promote a message, a gaggle of asses or some good ol' wholesome debauchery. In the case of the Houston rap class, music videos are always eye opening glimpses into the future, either telling what a talent could possibly become or how such a talent can make a low budget idea turn into a big budget reward. This week, we've got slim pickings in terms of H-Town rap videos but the quality still shines through.


Artist(s): Propain & Slim Thug Song: "My Life" Director: Michael Artis

The Video: Propain, ferocious and slightly hostile with every twisting verb spewed from his twangy drawl makes no qualms about how he grew up in Hiram Clarke. His relatives, his childhood, all of it is expressed in his rhymes, especially in the "My Life" tandem vid with Slim Thug. It's one of the few instances where lyrics literally match visual thanks to Michael Artis, Pro's portion that is.

Random Note: Searching the video on YouTube brings up a "Day In The Life" style video from male pornstar Brian Pumper aka Bling Man aka The Guy Who Smutted Out Laurence Fishburne's Daughter. Yeah, that guy. I could go on a tangent about "People You Wish You Didn't Know And Are On YouTube" but I digress.

Artist: L.E.$. Song: "Beautiful" Director: David Stunts

The Video: If you've followed L.E.$., the Boss Hogg with a penchant for Cadillac ready raps from New York to Cali then you've known he's put out videos once a week for something off of Settle 4 L.E.$. Vol. 2 and David Stunts has been his go to videographer. "Beautiful" falls in like with most Stunts shots, showcasing downtown Houston in a vibrant, chill nature. The city should hire Stunts anytime they need to promote Downtown nightlife, given how he lets the sun shine bright while a Frankie Beverly & Maze sample coasts effortlessly.

Artist(s): D-Risha x That Purple Bastard Song: "In The Music" Director: Indie Slice

The Video: D-Risha rapping is always fun. He's loud and when combined with That Purple Bastard it's overtly loud. Like "All Vocal, No Bass In Your Car So The Shit Sounds Like A Rolling Bullhorn" loud. He and The Bastard have a remix EP coming out called 6 Demon Bag and "In The Music" will be featured on it. Watching the two hang out in a warehouse while Risha just raps without breath control and The Bastard pedals a makeshift tandem bike feels spooky. Then again, look at The Bastard and tell me he doesn't either seem like the guy who would either share a music story or a murder story with you.

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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