Friday we brought you the first installment of songs passionately devoted to syrup. So far we've confirmed that Houston is indeed the only City of Syrup. It's also safe to say that the late Screwed Up Click legend Big Moe sang about sipping more than anyone ever could, as he dominates this list with seven out of 20 songs.
Houston artists' love/hate relationship with syrup starts to surface after the 2000 death of the beloved DJ Screw and eventually Moe himself in 2007. In this batch of songs (once again, in no specific order), we'll take a look at ten more Houston classics, including how some younger Houston artists express their love of lean.
10. Three Six Mafia, "Sippin' on Some Syrup"
Yes, this is a Three Six Mafia song. Yes, they are from Memphis. However, when UGK (originally from Port Arthur) hopped on the song, it automatically became laced with Texas trillness. In the summer of 2000, "Sippin'" had every dumbass in cities nationwide running to Walgreen's and putting over-the-counter cough syrup in baby bottles. Everyone wanted to sip on sizzurp when this song came out.
Most Memorable Line: I'd like to say Pimp C's entire verse, but here's a taste: "I got the wet promethazine/ Thick orange and yellow tuss/ Hydrocodone on the hands-free phone"
9. Z-Ro, "Barre Kelly"
The title of this freestyle alone should let you know about the awesomeness that is about to ensue. In 2010, Z-Ro wanted to let everyone know that he was still a vet at sipping. Why else would he take on the title? He puts his love of drank into an old school hip-hop instrumental and even gives you a little Rick James too.
Most Memorable Line: "King of the ghetto, awwready/ White cup in my hand/ Call me Barre Kelly"
8. Big Moe feat. Big H.A.W.K. & Z-Ro, "Po' It Up"
Screwed Up Click members team up on this feel-good classic from Moe's City of Syrup, one of my personal favorites. It's quite informative, as the late Big H.A.W.K. gives us a few recipes along with syrup's scientific side effects.
Most Memorable Lines: "Po' up an eight/ In a Orange Sunkist/ Or a Welch's Grape"
"Big Red lookin' bloody like a blood transfusion/ And too much drank can cause an illusion/ Make ya knees get weak, and ya eyes get hazy/ And ya mouth wide open, now ya lookin' crazy/ Drank makes ya lazy, just ask the Barre Baby"
7. Beanie Sigel feat. Bun B, Purple Rain"
Of Course Beans is from Philly; however, we cannot overlook this track with Bun B telling the story of him sipping at DJ Screw's crib one day back in '94. Beans shows Texas a lot of love on this track, too.
Most Memorable Line: "Way back in '94 Screw still had his gate up/ He called over to his house and he poured me an eight up/ I asked him what it was, he said Bun, get your weight up/ This is lean, them white folks call it promethazine"
6. Magno and Lucky Luciano feat. Lil Flip & Rob Bass, "Syrup In My Cup" In this one, Flip, Lucky and Rob give you the scoop on how much you should be spending on your drank. More recipes in the track, too.
Most Memorable Line: "I'm leanin' like a tower/ Got money and the power/ And more codeine than Dr. Doogie Howser"
5. Short Dawg feat. Gudda, "Sippin Drank Fast (SDF)"
Young Money member Short Dawg remixes Rick Ross' hit "BMF" and represents for young Houston. You can even hear muddy cups being poured up in the chorus, and Big Moe is glorified as if he is the reigning definition of drank.
Most Memorable Line: "I got that Big Moe/ Purp by the caseloads when I drink, ho"
4. Big Moe feat. D-Gotti, "Purple Stuff" This is another song that went a bit more mainstream for Big Moe with his second album, 2002's Purple World. The video is hilariously trippy, as Moe re-enacts Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Most Memorable Line: "Now if you ain't heard of me then you don't know wassup/ You can find me on them Screw CDs talkin' about purple stuff"
3. Killa Kyleon, "Syrup City" Killa Kyleon represents Houston and the younger generation of syrup-sippers with his remix of Tyga's "Rack City."
Most Memorable Line: "Let's sell a couple mo' pints and then we out for good/ The day they stop makin' drank/ We gon' stop for good"
2. Lil Flip feat. Shasta & Lil Ron, "Sippin' on Codeine" This classic song can still be heard at parties today. It's not only about syrup, as you get some gems about cars and ice too.
Most Memorable Lines: "Come on baby po' up with me/ I just po'ed me a potent three"
1. DJ Screw feat. Big Moe, "Sippin' Codiene"
This song is off of DJ Screw's classic tape 3 'N the Mornin Part 2. Big Moe's voice on this is beyond passionate. Although this track is under a minute and a half long, it is undeniably one of those songs that once you start singing, you can't stop -- so good that it's damn near addictive.
Most Memorable Lines: "Sippin' codiene/ It makes a Southside playa lean"
"It's Big Moe/ I never been a ho/ Sippin' on a potent fo'"
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