Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dee Wreck Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself (Self-released, 2010)
We weren't planning on running this write-up for about three more weeks, but Thursday night Dee Wreck and GO DJ Xplicit released a mixtape made from new(ish) tracks of all under-underground Houston artists so we bumped him up out of respect. Download that tape here.
The Southwest Houston rapper, probably known better as @theycallmewreck, released Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself in May 2010. It's a grab bag of samples, themes and ideas, standard for a mixtape released at the beginning of an artist's career. This is his first.
Most Unexpectedly Enjoyable Moment on the Album:
Plies is pretty awful, but on "Sex Game" a loop of him is used as the chorus and it's actually kind of awesome. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to go lay down on the freeway.
Argument You Didn't Expect To Have With Yourself After Listening To The Album: Am I a racist?
Let Rocks Off explain. In "The Interrogation," Wreck and cohort O.N.E. are being interrogated because they're suspected murderers. Wreck starts the first verse with:
First of all, fuck you. I ain't gotta say shit.
No lawyer, no talkin', nigga. I plead the fifth.
Irrelevant evidence because I never squeeze the fifth.
I was on the block postin', I would never leave my shift.
Two things here before the racism thing:
- "First of all, fuck you" has got to be the second worst possible way to start a police interrogation. The only one that's worse: "I did it. I did it. I fuckin' did it. There. Are you happy?"
- In the second line, he pleads the fifth. You can't plead the fifth and then just keep on talking. That's kinda the opposite of how that's supposed to work.
Now, with regards to finding out you might be a racist: In the last bar, Wreck says he couldn't be the guy the police are looking for because he was "on the block postin', I would never leave my shift." Eventually, we learn that he's referencing selling CDs, but at the moment he says it you just sort of assume that he's talking about dealing drugs (which, incidentally, would be wonderfully ironic).
And if you really think about it, that kind of makes you a racist. Why couldn't he have been a crossing guard or a hot dog vendor or a mime? There are a million other things he could've been, but the first dot your brain drew a line to was "drug dealer"? You're a dick.
Best Feature on the Album:
Despite being iffy (at best) on the chorus, the bubbly Dante Higgins shines in his role as narrator of Drake redub "New Houston Takeover." The next time we hear him sound uninteresting will be the first.
Obscure Fact(s) You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Look Smart:
Just as perplexing as trying to figure out if we'd been outed as a racist after listening to "The Interrogation" was figuring out whether or not it was even meant to be some sort of commentary on the perception of young black men.
Was it supposed to be a surprise ending (like The Sixth Sense) or insightful (like Signs)? Or were we just overthinking it (like Lady in the Water)? Or was M. Night Shyamalan not involved?
After a bit of prodding, Wreck provided his answer via Twitter: "LOL, Naw I Kinda Assumed That. Honestly Surprising As In 6th Sense But Insightful To The Fact That We Assumed The Stereotype."
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