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T.H.E.M.'s Nonpareil Is a Houston Rap Friday

This past Sunday, the film Friday celebrated its 20th anniversary. It's a comedy in the way that life is sometimes a comedy. There are funny moments, characters who have achieved cult stardom, quotes that have parlayed themselves into everyday life and an intense desire for the franchise to return to its roots one last time.

In February the Houston Elite M.C.s -- a collective of friends and artists who have thrown mini-festivals, participated in beer crawls together, and released nearly eight to ten years worth of solo material among them -- finally released a full-length project. It was called Nonpareil. The title may not have the ringing charm, immediacy and/or intimacy of Friday, but it means something just as important.

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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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