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.
J-Dawg Behind Tint, Vol. 2 (Boss Hawg Outlawz, 2010)
J-Dawg first popped up at the very tail end of the '90s, so he's hardly new to the Houston rap biosphere. Nor is his species new: For all of the regional hokey-dokey rap stereotypes, Houston has churned out several legit gangster rappers. But he's really seemed to capture the attention of "the slums" as of late. So much so, that Behind Tint Vol. 2 is now being redistributed and repackaged as Still Behind Tint by Koch/E1.
Y'allmustaforgotability: 57 percent
Nobody will ever not be able to name "First 48," easily a Top 3 song in J-Dawg's entire discography, but also on this album was the equally heartfelt "Meet Me," which was expectantly left off of the new version of the album, and "Back Trippin', which is there in all of its wonderful gangster glory.
There's no way you could reasonably rank this above 60 percent with those three songs on the track list.
Best Verse on the Album: It has to be the work on "Back Trippin'," though, considering the entire song is one long 800-bar verse, it does have a bit of a leg up.
Best Song on the Album: Seriously? That's like asking what's the best Eric Roberts movie. We all know what it is. So why are we even talking about it?
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Most Expository Line on the Album: Oh, man. Pick any of them. Almost the entire album is littered with revealing bits about why (and how) guys that rob rob. We'll defer back to "Back Trippin," where, when talking about being hungry at Christmas time, he drops this doozy:
"Ain't no Christmas tree, ain't no gifts/ Ain't no Santa Claus, ain't no elves/ But the Grinch up in this bitch/ posted in the bricks, in that all black trench."
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Obscure Fact That You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Sound Smart:
- If we had to guess, we'd have to say that the backdrop for the "First 48" video is where J-Dawg currently lived, or recently lived. It's the same place that parts of "Ride On 4's" was filmed.
- A J-Dawg feature is in the print queue. Look for it.