While in Houston recently, I stopped by a record store to get some real Houston hip-hop, which had a major year in 2005 and a lot of mainstream, Top 40 appeal. Over the last 10 years, Houston has been the best Texas city for homegrown rap artists. But I wanted to delve a little deeper.
Among other CDs, I picked up a copy of Screw Tape in the Deck, Volume 2. An independently-released mix CD of Houston artists, it gave me a nice soundtrack to work from. And, not surprisingly, it exemplifies some of the trademark H-Town rap mythos. Namely, that would be driving cars, smoking weed, and sippin’ syrup. Currently, these are my three favorite lyrics from various tracks:
1. “Everyday I get high, I believe I can fly/ Air freshner for my car, Visine for my eye/ I’m a smoker, so pass me the lighter/ I smoke so much, I got my own firefighter.” – Lil’ Flip, from the song “Blowin’ Charges”
2. “If it hurt to see me ballin’ baby hold your head down/ Cuz while you’re talking diamonds I’m still gonna shine/ I’m still mixing Robitussin with a cup of wine/ Like the Lil’ Keke I feel my pen in every line.” – Def Souf featuring Dat Boy Grace, from the song “Soufside So Real”
3. “My screens fall like waterfalls, Trunk shakes like seizures/ My car got more screens than AMC movie theaters.” – Paul Wall and Chamillionaire, from the song “On 20’s”