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Last week's Houston Press Music Awards marked an intriguing moment in local rap music. That night, Doughbeezy won Song of the Year, besting plenty of acts who have tugged at Houston's ear at the Continental Club, Warehouse Live, Fitzgerald's, or any other venue where beer is served at a premium and an amplifier can be found nearby. It was also the night that for some strange reason or another, Devin The Dude was crowned Best Solo Rapper, even if he stood in a field where, in terms of legacy, he was a giant among upstarts.

Z-Ro, who has never applied to the school of Machiavellian tactics, instead presenting plenty of blustering lyrics poised to cave your face in if you do him wrong, took home Video of the Year. Space-funk oddities The Outfit, TX, who bend corners from here to Dallas on a frequent basis, won Best Rap Group.

Some things felt the same -- people being really, really happy for Doughbeezy; perpetual underdogs like Twenty Eleven, Undergravity and Dirty N' Nasty proud of their accomplishments minus victory -- but a lot felt different, considering that some of the acts even listed either hadn't recorded a full-length project the entirety of 2014. (Note: the HPMA eligibility period was July 2013-June 2014.)

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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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