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Low Points Dominate the Decade for Houston's Latino Rappers

Sunday, Rocks Off crept down Little York on the "Nawf" side of H-Town to scope out Northside rider Big Cease's video production of "So Off the Chain," featuring Dat Boy X of Dallas and Houston's Lucky Luciano (above).

Sure enough, Houston's underground scene was in full effect to provide support - and, of course, to get their cameo on. Dat Boi T, Bunz, Trails, GT Garza and Stunta were all there showing love to the camera.

As the decade winds down, it was a good opportunity to huddle with this close fraternity of underground rap artists to take a trip down memory lane. One thing for certain is that there were more valleys than peaks for Latino rap in Houston, with some damn unfortunate themes: incarceration, death and murder. There were some bright sides, but unfortunately, regardless of what ethnic lens you look through, Houston hip-hop in the 2000s will be defined by loss of life and talent.

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Contributor Rolando Rodriguez is the co-founder of Trill Multicultural.