Houston Music

Locals Only Presents The Corner Store Legend Showcasing Houston Hip Hop

God King Preach, Anti-Lilly, Rob Gullatte, George Young, Retro Kash, M's Up Milo and De'Vante Hunter present Locals Only.
God King Preach, Anti-Lilly, Rob Gullatte, George Young, Retro Kash, M's Up Milo and De'Vante Hunter present Locals Only. Photo by Jarele Taylor
“If y'all not jamming let me know because I can always go back home to my kids,” laughed Rob Gullatte as he walked across the stage at Local Seat, a lounge tucked away on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Old Spanish Trail.

Donning a white robe, the Alief MC paced back and forth as the DJ queued up his next song. The speakers near the stage hummed as the sounds of violin strings and police sirens filled the room. The house lights dimmed and Gullatte was illuminated by the flickering flashlights of camera phones as he performed the intro to his latest release, Corner Store Legend.

Locals Only Presents The Corner Store Legend is a showcase of not just Gullatte, but also Indigo Klan, George Young and The Smush Bros. It is the group’s first offering in displaying local talent on their own terms. It is a goal that is extremely important to Indigo Klan member Anti-Lilly.

“We are doing this for y’all,” said the Houston MC as the audience cheered. “We are doing this to cut through all the bullshit and red tape. We’re providing a space for artists really out here doing it.”
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Anti-Lilly performs a solo during the Indigo Klan Set.
Photo by Jarele Taylor
That was on full display Sunday night, an evening that not only featured the energetic Rob Gullatte, but also, the West Coast vibes provided by M’s Up Milo and Retro Kash of The Smush Bros, the soulful production of The George Young, and the lyricism of Indigo Klan members Anti-Lilly, God King Preach, and De’Vante Hunter.

The show not only highlighted local artists but showcased the variety of what underground Houston has to offer. The laid-back production of George Young stood out, juxtaposed against the fiery Rob Gullatte set. The bravado of The Smush Bros played well against the hard-hitting lyricism of the Indigo Klan. Even though the artists provide different soundscapes they all fit together in one seamless show while maintaining their own individuality.

“Like y’all ain't seen the Wu-Tang show,” exclaimed M’s Up Milo as he walked behind his rhyming partner. The MC, dressed simply in jeans and a windbreaker stepped up to riser on the side of the stage, surrounded by clouds of hookah smoke. As the beat for their remake to “Ain’t No Fun” blasted through the speakers the MC brushed his curled hair out from his face and bellowed enthusiastically. “We don’t play nothing but the smush around here!”
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The audience showed true support Sunday night.
Photo by Jarele Taylor
The space provided Sunday night not only showcased the local Hip Hop community but also brought out others showing true support. MC’s like Delorean, K.A.Y.O Da Konspiracy, Pugtunes, Big Bad Kab, See Green, God Body Bingo, John Fuggin Dough, My’Key Iso, Donnie Houston, Tony Dark, Derryk Rhodes and more mixed and mingled in the crowd, cheering on the show as it progressed.

Locals Only Presents The Corner Store Legend might be the first offering from a collective willing to triumph local talent, but it is hopefully not the last. The debut show should leave fans of the Houston rap scene looking for more.
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Houston Press contributor DeVaughn Douglas is a freelance writer, blogger, and podcaster. He is 1/2 of the In My Humble Opinion Podcast and 1/1 of the Sleep and Procrastination Society. (That last one isn't a podcast; he just procrastinates and sleeps a lot.)