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March Madness: Z-Ro vs. the World

With so much news to that flies by in the Houston rap scene, luckily we are here to sit back and deal with all of the madness. Welcome to our own version of March Madness, where we're delivering stories every workday to keep you occupied with the ins and outs of the Houston rap landscape.

Where do you even begin with the last seven days in Houston? Beyond the mix of cold and warm weather and Mother Nature unable to makeup her mind in some instances, the one thing that has been damn near flame broiled for a long period of time is the rap scene. Every day it seems we've been stockpiling new material to sift through.

The first issue came about a week ago as Z-Ro was doing press for his recently released Melting the Crown album. The main impetus behind Z-Ro's latest album is not any of the major features -- Rick Ross shows up on the radio single, "Keep It Real" -- but rather his comments regarding the unity of the city's rap artists.

"There ain't no togetherness in the music," he told XXL. I've been saying that for years. Everybody wanna be the man by themselves and there's no synergy working. I mean, it's cool everybody can pay they bills, but I mean, our rap scene's fucked up. It's not a music city anymore."

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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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