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The 2011 Houston Underground Rap Awards, Part 1

Going in, everybody understood that, regarding underground rap in Houston, 2011 was going to be all sorts of reckless. There were just too many people doing interesting things for it not to be mayhem. And thus far, it's mostly lived up to the billing.

So rather than wait until the end of the year to hand out awards - which, at that point, would end up being a 37,000-word column - we're breaking the awards into fourths this year. This is the first installment. Have at it.   The "This Is The Best Mixtape of the Year Thus Far" Award: Delo's Hood Politics Vol. 2   And just like that, everybody is pissed.

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