Current Events

Which Houston Rapper Would Make The Best Mayor?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

Slim Thug: "Me, of course."

This Week's Panel: Trae, Bun B, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, ESG, Doughbeezy, Delo, Kritikal, Kyle Hubbard, hasHBRown, KAB, Starchy Arch and more.

Not Invited: Annise Parker

This Week's Prompt: Unlce Luke is officially running for mayor of Miami. Which Houston rapper should be mayor here? To make this tougher, you cannot vote for Bun B.

Trae: I wouldn't pick one then?

Rocks Off: Ooh, good answer. A lawless, government-less society then? We're sure you'd get along just fine like that.

Trae: Yup.

hasHBrown: You rang? [Note: Hash actually has a CD titled Rap Mayor.]

Doughbeezy: Kritikal.

KAB: I say the homie Z-Ro; realest nigga doin' it in the city for years.

Delo: Kritikal.

Rocks Off: You're the second person to mention Kritkal. Why?

Delo: The boy has knowledge. He doesn't just recite stuff he hears; you can tell he really researches what he says. And he speaks with substance and not afraid of a reaction.

Kyle Hubbard: Trae. He's our revolutionary. He broke away from the tyranny of radio and continued to prosper without ever flinching.

ESG: K-Rino. Let some real niggas run the city.

Kritikal: No biases. I should be mayor. But I will share my mayoral duties with K-Rino or ESG.

Starchy Arch: If you're not over 30, you don't qualify; not in the game long enough. Easy answer: Scarface.

Renzo: I would choose Paul Wall because he collabs with everybody. That means he knows how to use his resources to make things happen.

Herney: If I can't go with Bun, I'd pick Trae. Next to Bun, Trae has the biggest connection to the people. He'd be a suitable leader versus any of the OGs. His voters [are] the streets. He's closer to the people. He'd relate directly to us, which would make a great mayor.

Slim Thug: Me, of course.

Rocks Off: Of course.

Tawn P: It'd be between Scarface, Devin the Dude and Z-Ro.

Bun B: K-Rino.

B L A C K I E: I thought Mike Jones was the mayor already [laughs].

Paul Wall: I think Slim Thug would make a good mayor.

Follow Rocks Off on Facebook and on Twitter at @HPRocksOff.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Shea Serrano