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On-Point Producer Donnie Houston's Five Favorite MC Sessions

Note: Houston Press style is to abbreviate "microphone" as "mike" instead of "mic."

Donnie Houston has an ear for things. The 29-year old Sam Houston State and Madison High School graduate loves picking through samples and setting off emotions left and right with his production. He's half of the tandem behind Propain's "Father's Day," the best rap song released in Houston so far this year. He and Jett I. Masstyr have proposed a Soul Brothers production duo that hasn't manifested anything on wax yet, but the idea of them together is just too tantalizing.

As a DJ and a brand, he's just a step ahead of a few others. Now his "Mike Check" series has become a bit of a thing in Houston, a YouTube corner for lyrics and personality above anything else. Roosh Williams was the last one to step in and cause a bit of damage, but if you ask Donnie himself, he can't place that one in his personal Top 5 due to how nubile it is.

"It's hard to pick just five," Houston tells Rocks Off. "I like them all, but if I had to and this is in no particular order: Propain, Rob Gullatte, Easy Yves Saint, Express, Baby Ace" he tells us. That wasn't quite enough, so we prodded him a little further about his five favorites.

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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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