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The 12 Best Houston Rap Songs of 2014

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8. Sauce Walka feat. Flame, "Legited" It may be bare bones. It may have the most repetitive chorus of 2014, but for some reason or another "Legited" became yet another club staple for a rapper who's shown in other solo moments (the J-Dawg channeling "Black On Black Crime") that he can humanize his own gaudy personality.

Here are two examples of Sauce Walka's personality dominating everything within a four-mile radius: "I made your bitch get naked on FaceTime, I saw more than her titties...Legit in the county, I was whupping niggas for a piece of a brownie." That's like James Harden straight punking the rest of the league into admitting he's the best 2-guard in the game.

7. George Young feat. KDOGG & Rob Gullatte, "Creative" People used to give George Young a shit-ton of grief for not releasing Ventage sooner. That he held on to it just as long as his belief that the Astrodome should be blown up for the sake of the Texans' future. Even though some of the tracks from said tape existed in previous spaces ("Phat Beach"), "Creative" found its way to do two things meticulously well.

Traditionally, Houston rap has been in favor of rappers who are impressed with their aplomb. But the city has also stuck with some rappers who seem just as capable of having a beer and scrapping together check by check in order to survive. Young, along with KDOGG and Rob Gullatte, deals with the latter of these two groups; sometimes, true grit wins out.

6. DeLorean feat. Mitchelle'l, "Picture Me Swangin'" The question is going to be this, are you going to look back and enjoy DeLorean's "Picture Me Swangin'" gloss-and-gleam record more than his squelchy, man-on-the-corner banger "Lately"? The answer is both but in terms of making people gravitate towards his Look Alive project, "Picture Me Swangin'" earned all the gravitas.

For all the great things DeLorean has skill-wise, crafting a radio single eluded him in 2014. No matter how hard we rooted for certain tracks on any of his previous tapes, "Picture Me Swangin'" won out thanks to a '70s-blaxpoitated bump from producer Cory Mo and an "all eyes on me" feel to it. Now if we could have only gotten the video to place a nice bow on things.

5. Chedda Da Connect feat. Boston George, "Flicka Da Wrist" Fred On Em, to his credit, has crafted far denser and more spaced-out tracks for people. However, Chedda Da Connect takes the kind of space where you only need a bevy of drums, a few synths and little to nothing else. Drop "Flicka Da Wrist" in the right setting at the right time and expect bodies to sway and move. There will be a 700 percent increase in makeshift culinary chefs, trust me on this.

"Flicka Da Wrist" broke Chedda Da Connect into this weird Houston rap world, the one where you get instantly labeled something from the moment your first song breaks. Cruel world, but if we know anything about Chedda, making money and continuing to do so is going to be his catalog from here on out.

4. Sosamann feat. Sauce Walka, "Did a Whole Lot" If we really learned anything from Bobby Shmurda getting more charges lobbed against him than the number of people who hit the Shmoney Dance this year, we learned that you can brag about your dealings in the street as long as you don't name the names of your crew members in a song later on down the road. That, sadly, becomes evidence.

Sosamann, on the other hand, can claim to have put a hole in somebody the size of a bagel on the hyperactive "Did a Whole Lot." Sauce Walka, who already admits to plenty of things on wax, can tell you who he's slept with, what gun he's carried and how much dirt he's done to get to this point. Bro Dini and the Trackwhippaz gave the clubs something here and Sosa can now say he was an oracle -- he made another song that made the whole club rock.

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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