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 [email protected].
Lil Flip #KissThePinkyRang (Self-released, 2011)
Lil' Flip is, by even the most ardent application of the word, a hustler. He hasn't charted a seriously relevant single since he was the king of the planet in 2004, but has continued to release music at an astonishing clip. This tape, #KissThePinkyRang, is already his 227th** release of the year. It isn't a classic and will eventually fade into the rap abyss, but Flip barters and trades in ephemeral rap these days, and at that, there might not be any big-name Houstonian who does it better.
U Gotta Feel Me, perhaps better known as The Lil Flip Album With "Game Over" On It, sold nearly half a million copies in its first week and has since been certified double platinum. Also, and this may be entirely besides the point when discussing his national appeal, but in 2005 Flip recorded Kings of the South with Z-Ro, arguably the most underrated tape of that time period.