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Mixtape Monday: Another Album Teaser From Kirko Bangz, etc.

Saturday, for the first time to our knowledge since 2011, my best friends all found themselves occupying the same space and time as one another. I know it sounds sappy, but certain questions and answers don't come up when in the company of friends. You leave work alone; you talk about glory days and inside jokes that only you get and things of that nature.

I'd love to have those moments far more often, but hey, two of them live in Austin, where the Flaming Lips and Kanye West were closing out the X Games, and we told ourselves, "Nah, we're good on seeing Juicy J; let's hit these go karts and arcade instead."

Now what, pray tell, does all of this have to do with Houston rap? Easy: familiarity. Tuesday is a rather big day in the Houston mixtape community, with BeatKing's Gangster Stripper Music 2 and ShoStoppa's The YSL Project both coming out. Both are highly anticipated, both come with their own aura of fame (one definitely more than the other).

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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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