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Four Houston Rap Producers You Should Hear Now

To a small extent, Houston's musical sound jumps around time periods. Cultures. Genres. The spastic rhythm of zydeco mixes like watercolors when met with the hard bass guitars and screeching, amplified wails of rock. The blues drones on in sorrowful hints and glimpses of emotional reprieve. And Houston's rap scene?

A gumbo of all of the above.

Without the blues in some form or fashion, the backbone of the production that leaves the walls of so many different studios in the city from Wire Road to iMix and 713 wouldn't exist. Without that trudging thought of moving whether it be in large, loud spaces like an 808 drum or driving the point home in a Southern Baptist sort of way with an organ or dark piano melody, Houston rap wouldn't sound the way it does.

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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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