For better and worse, Houston hip-hop has always been a largely regional phenomenon. But after simmering in its own funk for 30 years, its influence on the form has become practically inescapable. Not many people illustrate the spread of the city's syrupy sounds better than Blac Forest, the small-town country boy who's produced music for H-Town street veterans like K-Rino, E.S.G., DEA and plenty more.
He's not putting these beats together from a nearby hamlet such as Brenham or Cut and Shoot, mind you. This young dude working with some of Houston's best is doing his thing in the honest-to-God Black Forest, a wooded mountain range in southwestern Germany. And he's doing it better than most.
How? Why? These seemed like fair questions for the 26-year-old producer. How exactly does a guy from a little town in Germany even know who K-Rino is? We figured it was worth asking. So we did.