^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

The Screwston Soundtrack

Since I moved over to the near Southwest side, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the South Loop. When I drive to shows downtown, I ease on up to town on 288, and I have a little ritual: Every time I’m on the tall interchange from 610 to 288, I dial up Trae and Hawk’s “Swang” on my iPod. It’s perfect dusk in H-Town music; the hypnotic laid-back jam is the ideal background music for watching the big red sun sink, bathing Screwston’s glittering skyline in gold.

As Valerie Alberto mentioned in her article this week on Lower Life Form, there’s a most welcome trend now of rappers performing with live bands. Trae is at the forefront, as this live video of “Swang” attests. (It was filmed at the Gatsby, not the most trill of venues, and the sound is far from great.) Is it better than the studio version? Take a look at let us know in the comments.

Life Goes On, Trae’s second Rap-A-Lot release, drops September 25. – John Nova Lomax

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.