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Remember Le$'s The Beautiful Struggle?

Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email [email protected].

Le$ The Beautiful Struggle (Self-released, 2010)

Le$, the least burly, most modern Boss Hogg Outlaw, released The Beautiful Struggle last year. It is good fun, almost a rap version of a blues album - there's even a song on there called "Muddy Waters" - that's disguised as an old soul album; there is a completely respectable, revamped version of Diana Ross's 1976 "Love Hangover."

Buoyed by production from DJ Mr. Rogers, Le$ is feather-lite and seamless on it, proving himself mean enough to keep pace with Slim Thug and deft enough to sound entirely comfortable in front of a jazz horn.

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