Screwston, Texas

Yung Quis' 16 Oz. Pops "Black And Yellow"

Page 2 of 2

The most immediate "He Sounds A Lot Like..." comparison to make is between him and Young Jeezy. Quis rasps and rumbles and pushes his way through the majority of the tape, getting keyed up only often enough to let you know that he can do so at his leisure.

His most ferocious moments come when he's paired up with Rap-A-Lot's grumbly FameSity. It's impressive how polished Quis proves to be, though that's probably to be expected considering he's been within Trae's wingspan for the bulk of his rapping career.

The guest features lineup reads like a list of About To Pop gangster rappers: Mug, Show, the aforementioned FameSity, etc. The only non-Houstonian with an original feature is Smiggz, an Ohio MC connected to the project through DeVito. We did not specifically ask, but it's likely Smiggz is likely classified as a "little cousin" as well

The most curious inclusion on the tape is "Can't Ban Tha Truth," which appeared on Trae's album of the same name last year (it was named the Most Important Houston Rap Album of 2010).The reasoning behind it is actually sound, though: "That was the first track that really exposed me to the world," says Quis. "It was the first time people really heard me like that, so we put it on here too."

A G-mix of Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" is on the tape as well. Why? Because it's an incredible song, that's why. It's everywhere. The pastor at our church actually made his own rendition ("God and Jesus"), as did our sons ("Buzz and Woody") and our mother ("You haven't called me in three weeks. Call me. Maybe if I was one of those rappers you'd call me back.").

Our mother left her version on our voicemail on Tuesday. It's the worst version we've heard yet. She didn't even try to match the cadence. And she sounded like she was crying during part of it.

Follow Quis' (dead) Twitter feed if you like at @yungquisofabn, or his (live) Facebook page. His debut album, Exotic, is expected to be released this winter.

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