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.
Devin The Dude (Rap-a-Lot, 1998)
Devin the Dude's accidental intellect (or incidental intellect) has been deconstructed here before, and with good reason; it is, after all, the most interesting thing about him, and on his 1998 debut album The Dude, he gave everyone their first glimpses of it.
He was funny and admirable in his humility and insightful and subtle and obvious at the same time, doing so with what appeared little to no effort* at all. He simply slinked around in the margins of the album, shining without shining and being awesome without being awesome.
*This, we assume, is really what's at the core of Devin's likability.
Y'allmustaforgotability: 82 percent
Nobody will ever forget that there is a song on here called "Boo Boo'n," seeing as how the CD cover is a picture of Devin boo boo'n, which, quite sensibly, has become somewhat of an iconic image for him. It's a toss up as to whether or not anyone can remember* the names of any of the other songs.
*It should be noted that actual fans of Devin the Dude - not people that say, "Oh, yeah, I like him" but have never actually purchased an album; they aren't fans, they're just annoying - can name every song of every album without mistake or hesitation.
Best Song Title on the Album: "Write and Wrong"
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It's unclear whether or not Devin wanted people to believe that he honestly misused the form of "right" here, but one thing is for certain: It was no accident.
Best Song on the Album: There are a handful of songs that tussle for this title, but "One Day At A Time" gets the nod for being a tad more shrewd and candid than the others.
Obscure Fact You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Sound Smart: Lots of people think (thought) this album was a self-titled one. It's not. Devin the Dude actually had designs on going by the name "Devin" early on in his career; this album is called The Dude and it's by Devin.
Scarface, however, christened him "Devin the Dude" because (if memory serves) there was an R&B singer that was out around the same time who was going by the name "Devin" and 'Face thought it might help him sidestep any confusion. Reasons, though, are arbitrary when 'Face tells you to do something. You simply do it and shut your mouth while doing so.