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Y'all Musta Forgot: Lil' O's Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheeze, Featuring Destiny's Child

Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email [email protected].

Lil' O

Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheeze (Atlantic/GameFace Entertainment, 2001)

Lil' O is the bronze-voiced Screwed Up Click MC that, despite a culling of quality tracks and guest features, and despite being one of the first Houston guys to sign to a semi-major (Atlantic), will be remembered for his regional supersmash "Back, Back" from 2001's Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheeze.

Fat Rat is about two notches away from being a Houston classic. It features Hawk, Moe, a 19-year-old Slim Thug (who sounds nothing like a 29-year-old), Papa Reu, Billy Cook, Z-Ro, Mr. 3-2 and a handful of others.

Lil' O does two things well when he raps: Talk shit and tell the truth. Though sometimes contradictory in nature, he does both of those things to great effect here, namely on "Back, Back" (talks shit), "We Ain't Broke No Mo" (talks shit), "Playas Get Chose" (talks shit), "My Loved Ones" (tells the truth) and "Ooh Wee" (tells the truth).

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Shea Serrano