Monday, December 14, 2009

Mydus - Southern Gold

Mydus - Southern Gold
Mydus is an exceptional rapper who represents straight out of Lafayette, LA. Southern Gold is his debut album and it was released in 1999 on Dynasty Records. All the deep southern fried production is provided by Jimmy Wiley, Marcus L. Cormier and Jay Burton. The beats are laced with all sorts of instruments and are mixed very congenially. This in turn makes the tracks enjoyably smooth and laid back. It is also a true definition of the timeless southern sound that is depicted in the record. Mydus can simply be described as a brute on the microphone. His lyrics display countless accounts of complex rhymes as well as the use of some genuine word play. The tempo of his delivery can also easily change pace. He showcases his pure verbal artistry on each and every ballad while still discussing and reflecting on many assorted affairs. Guest appearances are made by DJ Dolby D, Tray Duece, Mr. Newman, Aftershock, Marcus Cormier and Felica Jolivet. Overall the album offers twenty hefty tunes and gives the listeners a complete taste of the southern genre. The record is thoroughly solid and it can comfortably hold its' own weight against any premier release.

Deadly Verses
Cash Flow

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Double D - Under The Influence

Double D is a proficient rapper and a talented producer from Houston, TX. During the nineties he played a major role in the success of Wreckshop Records and their gifted production team known as Platinum Souls. Although he was more than capable of releasing his own material, he only managed to make production credits as well as some guest appearances on many notable albums from Texas. He ended up leaving Wreckshop Records in 2001 after claiming disputes over his fair share of royalties. Under The influence is his debut solo record and it was released in 2002 on In House Entertainment. The refined production is provided by J-Pre, Double D and G. Johnson. The beats tend to be very harmonic and each track is filled with that genuine southern twang. They also happen to carry addictive hooks and some crisp sampling. D's lyrics are strictly on point and are integrated with the flair presented on the album. He showcases decent amounts of word play while conducting his rhymes in a very profound manner. Featuring artists on the album are Big T, Kottonmouth, Papa Chuck, The Pham Click, Lil' O and Hawk of the Screwed Up Click. The subject matter certainly coats a full variety of themes and topics. All in all the record certainly gives off a satisfying vibe and it can easily be labeled as a pristine gem in the underground.

Deadly Verses
Here Comes Da Pham

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hog Pen Clique - These Are The Days

Hog Pen Clique - These Are The Days
The Hog Pen Clique also known as HPC, is a group from the east side of Austin, TX. It consists of Alley Cat, Big Chief, Lil' Tex and Heavy D. These Are The Days is their debut album and it was released in 2003 on Central Corridor Records. All the first class production is done by Mr. Bobcat. The beats use elements of the conventional southern fried sound and combine it with the contemporary new wave up tempo style. The end result is a magnificent presentation of top notch rhythms and fresh melodies. The producer also laced the tracks with some soothing samples and catchy hooks. All members are capable and reputable lyricist. Each of them carry their own aberrant style as well as deviant tones. Although Big Chief stands out the most in the rhyming department, his fellow comrades are not too far behind. The group conveys their work with a very unique vibe and feel. Their subject matter also covers a vast variation of topics. This includes everything from hard edged street tales to smooth ego conscious ballads. Featuring on the album is Big Baily, who generally provides some singing and back up vocals. All in all the album is a solid collective of fifteen tracks. It also showcases a perfected, yet unorthodox style which is typically dismissed by the general audience.

Deadly Verses
These Are The Days

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Philmac - P-Funk

Philmac is a boldly talented rapper and producer originally from Birmingham, AL. He has also held residence in Atlanta, GA. P-Funk is his debut album and it was released in 1998 on Phunky Entertainment. All the groovy production is provided by Philmac himself and he uses his signature style on each track. He basically hand played each instrument and earned the title as the one man band. The beats are an ensemble of funky guitar licks, ingenious keyboarding and menacing drums. That alone gives the record an exclusively canny southern feel. The lyrics don't fall short either. His tone is gratifyingly laid back but the delivery happens to be actively fast paced. The rhymes are thoroughly complex while also being genuinely lyrical. The album contains an amiable collection of fourteen tracks and all of them are equally marvelous. The subject matter is also boasted through a wide range of topics. Overall the record is a fine representation of the southern genre and it is fully compelling. It is also a polished work of art that is achieved with sheer hard work and dedication. It was later re-released in the year, 2008. Philmac is currently in the process of working on his sophomore album which is appropriately titled as "The Prince."

Deadly Verses
Illegal

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Profound, Ltd. - Possession With Intent To Distribute

Profound, Ltd. - Possession With Intent To Distribute
Profound, Ltd. are a duo from Houston, TX. It consists of Groove and Banoe. Possession With Intent To Distribute is their debut album and it was released in 2000 on Red Boy Records. Production on the record is done by DJ Dolby D, Damon Spencer, Game-Be-No and Ulta E. The beats fuse elements of that classic southern funk with new wave melodies. That approach is firmly effective so the rhythms end up being thoroughly captivating. The tracks also happen to include decent amounts of chopping and scratching which are all courtesy of DJ Dolby D. The lyrics carry a sturdy vibe all throughout. Both members yield distinct styles and have the ability to spit. Groove delivers his fair share with a deeper tone and dialect while Banoe conveys with word play and content schemes. Their rhymes substantially vary just as well as their subject matter. The album starts off a bit on the club savvy side but quickly takes a turn towards a much more serious direction. Guest appearances are made by Pimp C of UGK, Lil' Keke of the Screwed Up Click, Legal Substanz, Low Down, A-Wall, Dolby D, Showtyme, I.B.G. and Red Boy. Overall the album contains good quality material and it is unblemished inside and out. It is one of the many gems that get released nationally but go unnoticed entirely. The duo had plans for a follow up album but that idea was later dropped mainly due to the mediocre attention and the lack of notoriety the group received.

Deadly Verses
Remember ft. I.B.G., Legal Substanz, & Dolby D

One Year Anniversary

Its been one year since I started this blog. So to commemorate its' anniversary, I would like to make this post. I made a similar post when I first achieved ten thousand plus hits on the page. What I thought then was an accomplishment, simply turned out to be an ample beginning. It is one year later and I have received over one hundred thousand hits. What had commenced as an experiment, is now willingly a tradition. First and foremost I would like to take the time out and thank all the viewers, followers, friends and affiliates. That includes the likes of JB, Sho, MadMan, rhhino, Kyozai, Gizzle, Chanky, Kid Slizzard, Godfather, Igor, MORT, Kingpin, Fo20, Cash, eggggg, Percy Mack, ilconnection, majestysozey, kivipaperisakset, and keep checking back here for more dope, straight from the south.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Texas Shootout

The Texas Shootout
The Texas Shootout is a very unique type of album that was released in 1996 on Elite Records. Some might classify this record as a compilation but it is truly much more than just that. It is constructed with six bona fide lyricists whom all represent out of Houston, TX. The banging production is provided by Noel "The Chief" Aleman and it easily exceeds expectations. Each track is made with exquisite precision and is filled with many notable instruments. These are some top quality rhythms and they can only be described as that genuine hardcore sound which had surrounded the city of Houston in the mid ninety's. Now with that being said, the album is divided into four parts. Each part is assigned to an artist and each of them delivers four tracks a piece. The record begins with a bonus group track and then splits into its' appropriate sections. Leading the charge is a group called Critical Madnez. It is a duo made up of two females who are under the aliases, Critical and Madnez. Their style is very exclusive and it should not be taken lightly. Both of them excel on the mic and their rhymes are equally rough. They can certainly hold their own and are responsible for tracks two through five. Madnez also chips in as a back up vocalist on different tracks for other members. Next up is Snipe, who is also known as "Da Funky 1/2 Breed." He rips tracks six through nine and spits them at a sensible rate. He also possesses a solid vocabulary and is not afraid to use it. Snipe's performance on the record is definitely one of the ones that stand out. Following after that is the roguish duo known as Infrared. It consists of Grinch and Ginx. Their assault on the mic is dreadfully ruthless and harsh. They abundantly trade verses and provide tracks ten through thirteen. The final artist to contribute is Wood, who later became a member of the infamous Half Dead Organization. As always, he does not disappoint on the microphone. His raw tongue twisting rhymes are present and are clearly cold blooded. Wood concludes the album with tracks fourteen through seventeen. He executed them in such a superb manner that it is certainly worthy of mentioning. Overall the record is a complete hidden gem and it is put together very immensely. Each artist conveyed a solid presentation which in turn made it a necessity to own. The album ended up being out of print mostly because of the record label shutting down over financial issues. Also members Snipe, Infrared and Critical Madnez later became members of the group called, "Aggravated."

Deadly Verses
Aztec Eyez

Friday, August 28, 2009

Don Chino’s - Infamous Thug Syndicate

Don Chino’s - Infamous Thug Syndicate
Don Chino and the Infamous Thug Syndicate are an underground clique from the southside of Houston, TX. Don Chino is the leader of the group and his family consists of over fifteen members but the main ones are Marrow, Lil' Crucial, Big Baby, Tas, Lil Mac and the female emcee known as Queen Thug. This is their debut album and it was released in 2000 on Explicit Records. All the production is done in house by Don Chino himself. The beats are a true blend of synthesizers and drum machines. Regardless of the fact that they are simply made and void quality due to lack of proper equipment, they are still surprisingly good. Along with that they also manage to fit the group's persona perfectly. All members have the ability to spit on the mic. Each of them holds a distinct manner as well as vicious personalities. Most members tend to deliver tongue twisting rhymes at a high rate of speed while others like to use word play and justify their flows poetically. The group's identity is their raw and uncut characteristics that sets them apart from others. All in all the album is a lengthy collective of eighteen tracks that cover a vast variety of subjects. Despite the record being out of print and clearly hard to find, it still is a strict representation of the underground that manages to out shine most albums released today.

Deadly Verses
In These Streets


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dirty Red - Gift Of Gab

Dirty Red - Gift Of Gab
Dirty Red is a rapper who hails from the notorious neighborhood of Oak Cliff in Dallas, TX. He also holds membership in the Starvin' Artists family. Gift Of Gab is his debut solo album and it was released in 2005 on Mob Muzic Records. Production is provided by Ivan Benson, Pimp C of UGK and Rashard Hall. The beats are a blend of the new wave of southern funk and they certainly compliment Red's style of delivery. Although the classic southern sound might be a little absent, the artist more than makes up for it with a healthy dosage of steady rhymes. He possesses a decent amount of lyrical dexterity and his flow is mostly well rounded. The album contains a total collection of eighteen tracks, many of which are quite notable while some happen to be mundane fillers. Guest appearances are made by UGK, Six Two, Shogun, Young Muhammad, Sky, Deion, Zac, Hump and Lil' Flip. Overall the record is a solid offering from a fresh and upcoming artist. Even though some may discard the album and deem it as passable, it still deserves to a honorable mention.

Deadly Verses
Get The Greenboy ft. Pimp C & Six Two


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Klondike Kat - The Lyrical Lion

Klondike Kat - The Lyrical Lion
Klondike Kat is a pioneer of underground rap from Houston, TX. He possesses a tremendous amount of lyrical talent and charisma. He is also an avid singer as well as a renowned producer. Over the years he has been lending his skills to the likes of the South Park Coalition and the legendary Killa Klan. The Lyrical Lion is his debut album and it was released in 1993 on Beatbox Records. Production is provided by Dope-E of The Terrorists, Keenan Lyles, J Reble and Klondike Kat. The beats are a synthetic blend of early 90's gangsta rap. They rely heavily on the 808 with minor keyboards. Although the rhythms might sound dated, the fact that they are magnificently composed and mixed cannot be denied. The lyrics are made up of the same caliber. Kat crushes the mic with an onslaught of vile rhymes. He brilliantly displays his lyrical flair, track after track. Not to mention his dope story telling ability and the deeply rooted choruses. Featuring on the album are members of the infamous S.P.C. That roster includes K-Rino, Point Blank, PSK-13, A.C. Chill, Dope-E, Aftamath, Kyu-Boi, Bullet, K.O., Triple X, Reload, Black Capone and Bubba Trouble. The album also contains the near ten minute clique anthem known as the "Murder Script." Overall the record is a bit shy with only seven tracks but all of them are equally superior. The South Park Coalition is responsible for being mentors to many present and up coming artists from Texas. Even though, one wont find them or Klondike Kat on the front page cover of a well established magazine, their devotion and love for the underground still remains persistent.

Deadly Verses
Murder Script

Monday, June 8, 2009

Black Mike - Haven't You Heard?

Black Mike - Haven't You Heard?
Black Mike is a rapper and producer from Houston, TX. He is also affiliated with the South Park Coalition. Mike has been in the business since the age of 16. He honed his skills and became a pure lyricist as well as a talented producer. This is debut album and it was released in 2004 on Johnny Palmer Entertainment. The production is done by Black Mike along with some help from Dope-E of The Terrorists. They provide a solid foundation using multiple instruments. The beats are dark to some extent but are mostly up tempo. Mike displays his raw vocals on just about every track. His attack on the mic is something vicious and it is one that should definitely be heard. Guest appearances are made by Z-Ro, B-1, III, Lil' Will and Scotty P. Overall the record was a valiant effort and it contains a lengthy collection of choice tracks. It is also a strict representation of the underground and it does not dissatisfy. Black Mike is currently working on his sophomore album called, "The Hand That Feeds You."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

C-Lo - 817 Most Wanted

C-Lo is a rapper from Fort Worth, TX. He is also affiliated with the legendary P.K.O. and the Youngsta Mafia Family. 817 Most Wanted was released in 1993 on Youngsta Records. Production is handled by Magic Mark of P.K.O., Mike E.D., DJ AK, K-Mac and A.J. The beats can simply be described as that old school southern funk. They contain nothing but hard drums fused with whinny synths that are tranquilly laced over some steady samples. The lyrics also carry the same vibe. C-Lo has that aggressive ability to catch a beat. He delivers the rough rhymes at a solid rate and definitely keeps them roguish. Features are made by P.K.O. and Candi. The album falls in at a mere eleven tracks but they are all sovereign. Although the record contains genuine content, it was generally neglected and dismissed due to its heavy nature.

Deadly Verses
Straight Up

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Slim Chance - Round Here

Slim Chance - Round Here
Slim Chance is a rapper from Lafayette, LA. Round Here was released in 2003 on Global Entertainment. Production is handled by DJ Dolby D and Terrance Evan. It is certainly of exceptional quality. The beats are built with thick layers of southern groove and they easily carry sophisticated rhythms. Slim dominates the mic through a wide range of skills. His flow is laid back but he can definitely speed the pace up at any given moment. Tracks are also filled with soothing hooks and choruses. The most intriguing thing about his lyrics, is his attitude of an optimist. Guest appearances are made by the Water World Boyz. The musical flair presented in this album is leisurely diverse. In today's music, that is not amply common and sometimes its even nonexistent. All in all the record contains a broad variety of topics and its very well crafted. It combines various styles so the end result is a work of art that has the power to appeal to all.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

DMG - Chek

DMG - Chek
DMG is a very prolific rapper originally from St. Paul, MN but he has also resided in Houston, TX. He began rapping locally in 1984 around the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. In 1988 he formed a group with DJ Tek and Young Grimmy known as The Deep. The trio did not quite work out and DMG ended up signing a solo deal with Rap-A-Lot Records. He was also a member in the group Facemob and the world renowned, Geto Boys. DMG debuted in 1993 with the cold blooded record called "Rigormortiz." After a ten year solo haitus, he returned in 2003 with another solid effort known as "Black Roulette." Chek, is basically the album before the album. Its a mix tape that serves as a prequel to his highly anticipated upcoming album which is appropriately named, "Checkmate." Chek was released in 2007 on his own label entitled, Rogizh Muzik. Production is provided by Mr. Walton and it seems to be mildly generic. Although several cuts are banging and some even stand out. A few of the beats are original, while the rest of them are borrowed from other artists. DMG returns with a vengeance on the mic. He jarringly rips through the tracks with his rough tone and roguish persona. His delivery hasn't changed much, it is still as raw and profound as it was back then. Guest appearances on the mix tape are made by C-Bo, Yukmouth, Lil' Flip, T-Rex, Young Grimmy and Cold Heart. The album also contains the next installment to the original "You Don't Hear Me Doe." Overall the record holds a lengthy collection of prime tracks. Also the letters DMG stand for Detrimental Ganxta.

Deadly Verses

Saturday, May 16, 2009

T-Boy - City Of Lights

T-Boy - City Of Lights
T-Boy is a rapper from the northside of Houston, TX. He is also affiliated with the Infamous Playa Family. This is his debut album and it was released in 2000 on Game Tite Records. The entire production is done by Mario Ayala. He gave the record an innovative feel and the sound can ultimately be described as some solid southern funk. The beats are a derived through multiple instruments and they certainly fit T-Boy's style of flow. The lyrics are filled with word play and they carry delectable rhyme schemes as well. He also conveys them at a sensible rate of speed. Guest appearances are made by Lil' Byrd and Bernstein of the Infamous Playa Family. The album is a bit on the short side with only eleven tracks but they are all top notch. Although the record contains commendable quality material, somehow it still went unnoticed.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Klondike Kat - Mobbin' Muzik Melodies

Klondike Kat - Mobbin' Muzik Melodies
Klondike Kat is a multi talented artist from the neighborhood of South Park in Houston, TX. He's a genuine lyricist, a marvelous producer and an excellent singer. He has been in the business for over twenty years and is very well respected. He also holds membership in the legendary South Park Coalition as well as the infamous Killa Klan. He debuted in 1993 with the album, "The Lyrical Lion." Mobbin' Muzik Melodies is his sophomore effort and it was released in 1997 on Beatbox Records. Production on the album is managed by Icey Hott of Street Military, Mo' Dangerous, Stro, Richard Johnson and Klondike Kat. The beats are assembled with twangy guitars, an ample amount of bass and forceful synths. The array of tracks are soundly mixed and they carry the album especially well. Kat can deliver his rhymes with an approximate sense of ease. His style is unique and his verses flourish with broad subjects. He possesses a vivid vocabulary and leisurely displays it on every ballad. Along with that, he boldly sings most of the hooks and choruses. Guest appearances are made by members of the Killa Klan and the South Park Coalition. That include the likes of Pharoah, Icey Hott, Lil' Flea, Burton Boyz, Fakkulty, K-Rino, Dope-E, Point Blank, Ganksta NIP, Ice Lord, PSK-13, A.C. Chill, Blunt, Jam, Big 20 and Felony. The album also contains two notorious cuts that have ever graced a record. One of them is an eight minute long anthem of the superior Killa Klan known as, "Loc'ed Out Drop Top." The other is a nine minute long S.P.C. tribute, which happens to be the next installment to the original "Murder Script." All in all the record can simply be justified as a melodic classic. Klondike Kat showcases his capability as a pure artist and he certainly provides the underground with a complete masterpiece.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cl' Che' - Clasyfyd Lady

Cl' Che' is a female rapper and singer from Houston, TX. She is known through out the south for her avid singing ability as well as her excellent rapping skills. She is also among the few ladies out of Houston to gain national recognition. Clasyfyd Lady is her debut album and it was released in 1998 on After Life Music & Entertainment. Production is handled by the likes of Double D, Chicken Hawk and Rakesh "Roc" Jacob. They provide solid beats using multiple instruments and choice samples. Cl' Che' manages to flow over them with ease. Her obliging voice is mixed through twenty tracks of singing and rhyming. She certainly does possess an admirable amount of lyrical flair. Featuring artists are Hawk of the Screwed Up Click, Lil' Scrappy, Peaches, S.O.U.L., Co-Co, Vizual, Prophecies, Rhonda Laws and Thomas J. Boyce. The core content is a blend of smooth course Hip-Hop fused with elements of the Gangsta Rap genre. Overall the record was a wonderful effort that helped jump start her career while also giving the diva a taste of mainstream stardom.

Deadly Verses

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Da Hit Squad - Operation Takeover

Da Hit Squad is rap group from Houston, TX. It consists of K.B. Da Kidnappa, Money Black, Cashcade, OB, Barlow and the female emcee/actress, Fiya. The group was founded by Money Black in the early 2000's. Operation Takeover is their debut album and it was released in 2004 on Coast 2 Coast Records. Production is handled by Money Black and OB. The beats are passable and are mostly adequate. Although some cuts do stand out. All members take turns discharging their various styles on the mic. The group boasts a commendable cast of lyricist but the lasting effect comes down to barely presentable. This is the groups' only album and there are no plans for a sequel. Mainly because of the mediocre attention it received. All in all the record's content is full of notable club bangers but it lacks core subject matter. It was a decent effort and it might be worth a listen.

Deadly Verses
Ride ft. Ronnie Spencer

Monday, April 27, 2009

Southern Kartel - As The World Goes Round

Southern Kartel - As The World Goes Round
Southern Kartel is a group from Pine Bluff, AR. It consists of Smoke, Black Trump, K.O. and C-Rupt. As The World Goes Round is their debut album and it was released in 2001 on Black Trump Entertainment. Production on the album is smoothly done by Trump and Ace. The beats are a perfect example of southern fried funk at its finest. They contain various melodies mixed with jamming hooks and solid bass lines. The lyrics are excellent as well. All four members unquestionably shine on the mic. Their rhymes are deeply rooted and certainly eclectic. Guest appearances are made by Hawk of the Screwed Up Click, Playa Fly, Mo-Preme of Thug Life, Ronnie Spencer and Bobby Baller. Overall the record is a representation of timeless quality music. It is highly under rated and it does not get the credit it deserves. The group later separated over creative differences and this ended up being their only album. Members Smoke, Trump and K.O. have also released some solo albums as well.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

P.K.O. - Tha Good, Tha Bad, Tha Mafia

P.K.O. - Tha Good, Tha Bad, Tha Mafia
P.K.O. is a group from San Antonio, TX. Their name stands for Pounds, Keys and Ounces. It originally started off with Pony J and Magic Mark. Later on the group added more members like K-Sam and Kottonmouth. This is their fourth album and it was released in 1994 on Youngsta Records. Production was handled by Magic Mark, K-Mac, Dave Rosenblad and Mike E.D. The beats carry that southern funk sound and they certainly compliment the lyrics well. Both members deliver with utter energy and their rhymes are straight out of explicit territory. The energy is kicked off from the first track and maintains the same level of intensity to the last one. Featuring on the album is Ron C and C-Lo. All in all the album displays various mastery of skills and it does not fall short. It was also considered as an important step in the groups' commencement.

Deadly Verses
Nino (Rox II Riches 2)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

K.E.V - Street Trophy

K.E.V is a rapper originally from Houston, TX. He later resided in Los Angles, CA where he went to school with the future Death Row Records artist, Kurupt. He was also a member of the group called Rap Mafia. Street Trophy is his debut solo album and it was released in 2005 on Centerline Entertainment. Production is provided by Willie Brown, Howard Lipp and Patrick Hildebrand. The beats are mostly derived through marvelous keyboarding. They contain steady rhythms and certainly hold an abundance of melodies. The record truly shines in the lyrical department instead of production wise. Rhymes are highly meaningful and K.E.V definitely spits them with a purpose. His tone is very distinct and simultaneously diverse. He also has a tremendous vocabulary and he uses it without hesitation. The core content is basically a perspective of life delivered through his thoughts and experiences. Overall the record precisely separates itself from the rest and the subject matter is easy to relate to. The album is also dedicated in the memory of four of his fallen comrades.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

X-Bam Compilation - The Classics

X-Bam Compilation - The Classics
X-Bam Records was a record label from Houston, TX. It was founded by Bam in the mid 90's. The label served as a home to many members of the notorious Killa Klan. It was later shut down due to financial issues. The Classics is basically a compilation album that was released in 2007 on One Stop Entertainment. The record is magnificently produced by the likes of Scarface, T-Mixx, MJG, Icey Hott of Street Military, G-Rapp The General, Doc Doom and Rodney Ex. The beats are a perfect blend of rhytmical synths and sublime bass lines. They represent that classic underground sound that Houston was known for. The lyrics are abstract, yet rough. They contain various word schemes as well as some rapid inflections. The rhymes are courtesy of the Fakkulty, Pharoah, Bam, K.B Da Kidnappa, Lil' Flea, Papa Reu, Ronnie Spencer and Montina Cooper. Overall its a 17 track album that is fine picked and is derived from many underground hits. It also commemorates the legacy left behind by the legandary Killa Klan. In the words of the invincible Pharoah, "....salute the double K's."

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ganksta NIP - Psychotic Genius

Ganksta NIP is a rapper from the neighborhood of South Park in Houston, TX. He is considered among the first members of the notorious South Park Coalition. He's also the proud founder of the genre known simply as Horrorcore Rap or Psycho Rap. This is his third album and it was released in 1996 on Rap-A-Lot Records. Production on this gem is done by the legendary Mike Dean, N.O. Joe, Swift and Mike B. They provide nothing but dark synth filled beats that are made with maximal melodies. As always, Ganksta NIP comes hard with his flow. His rhymes show no regard towards human life and they are severely savage. Featuring artists are Point Blank and Foe Five. At the time of this album's release, the city of Houston was plagued with a lot of controversy. A young male had shot and killed a police officer. A cassette tape of Ganksta NIP's previous recordings was found inside the male's automobile. Both the media and society immediately blamed NIP and his music for the actions committed by the young man. All the negative press that Ganksta NIP received got him the exposure he was eagerly after. He quickly released Psychotic Genius and the album eventually ended up going platinum. It was also marked as the first album by NIP to collect such an award.

The Ave - Once Born Twice Dead

The Ave - Once Born Twice Dead
The Ave is a group from West Palm Beach, FL. The three members are Drastic, City and Ovaflo. This is their debut album and it was released in 1996 on Too Tight Records. Production is handled by Quarter, Drastic and Chuck Heman. The beats are composed with heavy synths and deep bass lines. They contain that southern 90's gangsta funk all through out the record. All three members contribute ruthlessly on the mic. Their rhymes are fierce and are mostly directed towards society. Featuring artists are AK47 and the Royal Tragedy Cartel. During the mid 90's, not many groups from Florida maintained their composure like The Ave did. Their sound differed from the rest and they were definitely ahead of their time. Overall the record shines with remorseless content and it certainly has a dark feel to it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tyght Wayz - Underground South

Tyght Wayz is a group that represents from New Iberia, LA. It consists of Ganksta Mac, Phatt Daddy, Big Curb and Cash Flo. This is their third album and it was released in 2000 on Top Authority Records. Once again, all the production is provided by the one and only Ganksta Mac himself. He laced the beats up with various melodies and also presents them with strict Southern flavor. They sound fairly dominant and they help accommodate the lyrics really well. All four members can handle their own on the microphone. They take turns unleashing their various styles and incisive tones. None of them hold back, which in turn gives the album its' underground theme. Guest appearances are made by Gary Lee, Pahnub, Paperthin and Jarue. Overall the record can sustain itself with the quality of content that is provided. Tyght Wayz dropped their fourth album called "Ground Zero" in 2004. Their latest album called "Guaranteed Hustle" is yet to be released.

Deadly Verses
Underground South


Sunday, April 12, 2009

G.I.N. - Straight Out Da Bottle

G.I.N. - Straight Out Da Bottle
G.I.N. is a group from the neighborhood of Hiram Clarke in Houston, TX. It consists of Lyrical 187, H2O, Mr. Gottdam and Tricky C. They are also members of the local crew called the Presidential Playas. Straight Out Da Bottle is their debut album and it was released in 2001 on Presidential Records. Production on the album is handled by Pat Rodriguez and Charles Singletary. They provide nothing but that crisp southern funk. The beats contain solid hooks and are a bit up tempo. All four members easily wreak havoc on the mic. Their rhymes are distinct and certainly scintillating. Featuring guests are Z-Ro, Wood of the Half Dead Organization, Hawk, Big Pokey, E.S.G., South Park Mexican, Slim Thug, D.Z., Chad Jones, K.T., Lady Assassin, Kevo, Miss D, Big Miller, Big Rodsta and Texas Tantrum. All in all the record was executed brilliantly and it contains many street anthems. Later on the group broke up over financial terms and this ended up being their only album. A chopped and screwed version was also released.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Soldiers United 4 Cash - On The Southside

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On The Southside is a compilation album by rappers from Houston, TX. It was released in 2005 on Starz Music, after the death of the legendary DJ Screw. Although there is no original or authentic DJ Screw material on here, it does have members of the Screwed Up Click. Production is done by TJ and it is mediocre at best. Some of the beats standout but the rest seem to be one dimensional. Lyrics are decent as well. Once again, some of them shine and others tend to be fillers. Featuring artists are Z-Ro, Dat Boy Grace, Al-D, Trae, Will Lean, Lil' Flip, Playa Dee, Lil' Ron of the Swisha House, Def Souf, Solo-D, Lil' Q, Big Shasta, Mobb Figgaz, JJ and Fila. Also the album cover holds the "Parental Advisory" tag but some of the lyrics are censored. Overall the record sustains suitable content and it is worth a listen. Starz Music tried to capitalize on DJ Screw's name and his legacy but ended up with an indifferent effort.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

C-Nile - Whole Nother Level

C-Nile is a rapper from Mobile, AL. He has been around since the late 90's and is known for his profound delivery and brute rhymes. He was also a member of the local Houston crew known as the Straight Profit Block Bleeders. He debuted with the album, The Golden Child in 2001 on Gorilla Records. In 2003, the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) charged Gorilla Records and all its affiliates for operating a large scale cocaine ring. The rapper was ratted out by his label mates and had to plead guilty. He admitted to smuggling powder cocaine from Houston to Mobile, where it was cooked into crack and then sold. Authorities later said the organization was one of the largest distributors of crack in south Alabama and that the record label was created as a front to launder drug money. C-Nile was sentenced to serve nearly six years in prison and he was released around September of 2008. This is his first project since coming back from incarceration. Its a mix-tape that was released in December of 2008 on Cold Flame Entertainment. Production on the album is done by Shooby, Bullethead, Perion and Head 1. Some of the beats are borrowed from well known artists while most of them are original. They are a perfect blend of jamming hooks, melodic bass lines and rhythmical drums. C-Nile returns with a vengeance on the mic and basically commits lyrical homicide. His versatile rhymes are a showcase of true talent and charisma. He does not seem to miss a beat and he certainly titled the mix-tape appropriately. Guest appearances are made by The Last Mr. Bigg, Rich Boy, Hittman, Rellik, K.B., Multi, Tenika, L. Boogie, Big Braille, Filthy and Young Work. Overall the album is a solid effort and it does not disappoint with its lengthy content. It is also a reminder to the rap game as well as to the loyal fans, that C-Nile is still as cold and commanding as he was when he left.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Papa Chuk - The Badlands

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Papa Chuk is a rapper from Austin, TX. He is known for his prolific style of delivery which fuses elements of reggae and rap. The Badlands is his debut album and it was released in 1994 on Pendulum Records. Production is managed by Double D of the Wreckshop, Tony Dofat, Scratch God, O.C. Rodriguez, Kevin and Amelia Moore. The beats carry woozy synths and solid hooks. They are made genuinely and they definitely compliment the artist. The lyrics are raw and aggressive. His rhymes are certainly original and are a display of his unorthodox style. Features are by The Texas Posse, Butch Cassidy, All The Above and Champ MC. Although the album contains bona fide material and it was a legitimate effort, it did not prosper due to its rough nature.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fiend - There's One In Every Family

Fiend - There's One In Every Family
Fiend is a rapper from New Orleans, LA. He was a member of Master P's legendary empire known as No Limit and the New York based rap group known as the Ruff Ryders. This is his second album and it was released in 1998 on No Limit Records. Production is done by Master P and Beats By The Pound which includes the likes of KLC, Mo B. Dick, Craig B, O'Dell and Carlos Stephens. The beats are an impressive array of street ballads and gangsta tunes. They are laced with multiple instruments and contain that infamous No Limit sound. Lyrics are on point as well. Fiend is known for his adrenaline fueled delivery and aggressive tone. He displays his skills on the mic with ease and also manages to spit very rapidly. Featuring artists on the album are UGK, Snoop Dogg, Master P, Mac, Soulja Slim, C-Murder, Mystikal, Mia-X, Silkk The Shocker, Magic, Big Ed, Full Blooded, The Gambino Family, The Sons Of Funk, Steady Mobbin', Prime Suspect, Kane and Abel. Overall the record contains many outstanding cuts from start to finish. The album was an instant hit and it garnered much success. It was later certified the platinum plaque in the year 2002.

Deadly Verses
What Cha Mean ft. Soulja Slim, Mac, Kane & Abel


Saturday, March 28, 2009

DJ Hard - Inhale My Flow

DJ Hard - Inhale My Flow
DJ Hard is a rapper/producer from Bedford, TX. He has also resided in Kansas City, MO. He was a member of the Slick Muzik Click and this is his debut solo album. It was released in 1994 on Paulstarr Records. The banging production is done by DJ Hard himself. He compiled the tracks with excessive bass lines and also puts samples to good use. The beats can definitely bump in the trunk and they tend to be very enjoyable. The rhymes are especially reputable as well. They contain efficient word play and stay diverse through out the record. Overall the album sustains commendable content and it was certainly ahead of its time. Also all listeners should adhere to the warning printed on the album cover.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Al-D - 4 Da Green

Al-D - 4 Da Green
Al-D is a rapper from Houston, TX. He is also regarded as one of the original members of the Screwed Up Click. This was the first album released by a member of the S.U.C. since the passing of Screw. It was released in 2001 on Reliant Entertainment. Production on the album is done by Double D of Wreckshop, Muhammad 2G, Blue Note and Chris Cooley. The beats can be easily described as top notch Texas funk. They contain some melodic hooks along with jamming synths and solid bass lines. Al-D's flow is unique in every aspect. He's been spitting hard since the mid 90's and he continued his assault on the mic on this album. Featuring artists are K-Rino of the South Park Coalition, Z-Ro, Trae, Botany Boys, Lil' Keke, 3-2, Yungstar, Mike D, Shorty Mac, South Park Mexican, Ronnie Spencer and Enjolie. The record also contains a seven minute tribute track to the late, great DJ Screw. All in all the album accumulates material that can be considered gratifying and it also earned Al-D the title, "The Lion Of The Screwed Up Click."

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Witchdoctor - ...A S.W.A.T Healin' Ritual

Witchdoctor - ...A S.W.A.T Healin' Ritual
Witchdoctor is a rapper/poet from Atlanta, GA. He is also known as EJ The Witchdoctor. He's a first generation member of the collective known as the Dungeon Family. He is also the owner and operator of the independent record label, Dezonly1 Records. This is his debut album and it was released in 1998 on Interscope Records. The entire album is produced by the legendary team known as Organized Noize. The beats are a refine exhibit of crisp southern fried funk. They contain tons of gritty drums and heavy bass lines along with some thick guitar licks. Witchdoctor is known through out the southern region as a very talented vocalist. He spends most of his time sharpening and perfecting his skills as an emcee. He proves his lyrical genius on this album and certainly spits well roundly. The core content ranges from street life to spirituality as well as some racial and political matters. Guest appearances are made by Outkast, Goodie Mob, Cool Breeze, Big Rube, Phoenix, Heroine, Mr. DJ and Mook B. Overall the record is a prime example of genuine material delivered with energy and clarity. Witchdoctor went on to release six solo albums and even a book of poetry entitled, "The Diary Of The American Witchdoctor." Also the letters S.W.A.T. stand for Southwest Atlanta.

Deadly Verses
Hurtin'

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bam - A Rough Nigga'z Bible Vol. II (Hell On Earth)

Bam is a rapper from Houston, TX. He is a member of the Killa Klan as well as the legendary South Park Coalition. This is the follow up to his debut album, "Pray At Will." It was released in 2000 on Beatbox Records. All the banging production is done by G-Rapp The General and Richard Johnson. They provide nothing but solid tracks back to back. Bam is known for his commanding and vicious delivery. His style of raw lyrics and rough rhymes has not changed much since his first album. Featuring guests are K-Rino, Z-Ro, Fakkulty, Top Dog, Lorenzo and Marolyn. Bam returned with a vengeance and delivered classic material, once again. Overall the record sustains explicit content all through out and it is definitely worth a listen.

Deadly Verses
The Revenge ft. Z-Ro


Monday, March 16, 2009

Mojoe - Dirty Genes

Mojoe is a rap duo from San Antonio, TX. The meaning behind their name is that they are more than just the average joe. The group consists of rappers Tre and Easy Lee. This is their second studio album and it was released in 2008 on Straight Line Entertainment. All the production is done live and its handled by the Mojoe Family Band. That includes the likes of Cooley High and Funky Genius. They provide the group with smooth soul and funk influenced tracks derived directly from live instruments. The two rappers grace the tracks with their poetic rhyme schemes and original flows. They both hold the ability to catch a beat and they can easily go back to back. Guest appearances are made by Bavu Blakes, Money Waters, Lil' Ken, Rob Bass and Roger Blevins. The groups' trademark is their savvy unorthodox style which is incredibly difficult to emulate. Even though the album contains nothing but top quality music and lyrics, the duo still does not get the attention they deserve.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

K.B. Da Kidnappa - Underground Legacy

K.B. Da Kidnappa is a rapper from the northside of Houston, TX. He represents from the neighborhood of Trinity Garden. He's known for his high adrenaline flow and aggressive delivery. He is a member of Street Military and the infamous Killa Klan. This album was recorded in 2006 on Lock Jaw Entertainment. It was only released overseas when he was touring Australia. Production is all original and its provided by Joe. The beats are mostly synthetic and are composed mainly with the electronic keyboard. All rhymes and flows are strictly from the top of the head. Dope freestyles are presented by K.B. and company. Featuring on the album is Rebirth, Enforcer and Grind Hog. Overall the record is incomparable to others on account of its all freestyle content. It is one that is a must have for any Street Military/Killa Klan fan. Kidnappa is currently working on his sophomore solo effort which is entitled, Black Mamba.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pharoah - Gangsta Freestyle Volume One (Chopped N Screwed)

Pharoah - Gangsta Freestyle Volume One (Chopped N Screwed)
Pharoah is a rapper from the neighborhood of South Park in Houston, TX. He's a member of Street Military and he is also the founder of the notorious Killa Klan. He is known for his viciously raw vocal delivery and clever rhyme schemes. He displays exactly that through a live freestyle session with Beltway 8 Records. This album was released in 2004 on Beatbox Records but it was recorded much earlier. Also the Chopped N Screwed version was the only format released. Production along with all the effects are done by Mike Mo. He does an awesome job providing beats that easily bump in the trunk. Pharoah and members of the Beltway 8 Family grace the tracks and showcase their freestyle talent. Overall the eleven track record contains some stand out cuts and flows. The album was later marked as the last album Pharoah recorded before he was sentenced to fifty years in prison for attempted murder and armed robbery.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wood - Against The Grain

Wood - Against The Grain
Wood is a rapper from Missouri City, TX. He's a member of the furious Half Dead Organization as well as the legendary Screwed Up Click. This is his debut solo album and it was released in 2000 on Straight Profit Records. Production is handled by Slack, Big Fed, Byrd, Eric Hollis and Rick Marcel. They provide the excellent up tempo beats with the use of many instruments. Tracks are strictly southern orientated and are definitely top notch. Wood has always presented himself as a very strong lyricist. He is known for his excellent tongue twisting ability as well as his fast paced rhymes. Although his delivery has slowed down a tad bit since the mid nineties, he still manages to spit pretty quickly. Featuring artists are Z-Ro, Trae, Dat Boy Grace, Lil' Flex and the Straight Profit Block Bleeders that includes the likes of Den Den, Kool-Aid, Solo-D, Black-One, A.G., Bad Guy and Lil' James. Overall the record sustains great material, lyrically and production wise. The collaborations as a whole are noteworthy and entertaining. The entire album is put together quite brilliantly and it remains as a well polished gem in the underground.

Deadly Verses

Monday, March 9, 2009

UGK - Kingz 4 Life

UGK - Kingz 4 Life
The Underground Kingz was a legendary duo from Port Arthur, TX. They were also among the few pioneers of the genre known simply as, Southern Rap. The group consisted of phenomenal rapper, Bun B and his partner in rhyme who was also an excellent producer, Pimp C. This is an underground album and it is the early version of their album called "Dirty Money." It was never officially released on any label but was slated for a release date of the year 2000 for Jive Records. The project was later canceled and the group released the more revised and collectively improved version which is known as "Dirty Money," in 2001. This album contains a couple unreleased cuts along with some remixes that did not make it to "Dirty Money." Production, as always was done by Pimp C, himself. The beats are a perfect blend of smooth bass lines as well as Pimp's excellent choice of samples. Not enough can be said about the chemistry the two rappers use to have in between them. Their ability to trade flows and verses back to back was a feat indeed. They certainly provide that for the listeners on this record. Featuring artists are Too $hort, Kool Ace and 1 Gud Cide. Although the sound quality on some tracks suffers, it should still be looked upon as classic UGK material. The groups' final studio album is set to be released on March 31, 2009. Also, rest in peace to the late, great Pimp C.

Deadly Verses

Friday, March 6, 2009

Lil' Sin - Who Got Yo Back

Lil' Sin is a rapper from San Antonio, TX. He has been around since the mid 90's and he happens to be a very solid artist. He has collaborated with many legends from Texas and is well respected for his work. He debuted in 1996 with the record, "Frustrated By Death." This is his second album and it was released in 1998 on BLVD Records. Production on the album is handled by Pimp C of UGK, John Bido, Mike B., Suga Bear, Ant Banks, Finesse 1 and Ricé. The beats are top quality and are a display of true Texas funk. Smooth tracks are laced with genuine hooks and dope samples. Lil' Sin spits hard and his flow is on point. The rhymes contain decent amounts of word play and the content is straight gangsta. Featuring on the album is UGK, Mr. Joshay, King 13, Lil' Acid and Denise. Overall the record jams from start to finish and it helped establish him as an artist. Lil' Sin also goes by a new alias, Young Namar.

Deadly Verses
Who Got Yo Back

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dean - The State Of Texas Vs. Dean

Dean - The State Of Texas Vs. Dean
Dean is a rapper from Houston, TX. He is also affiliated with the South Park Coalition and he ended up being known for his devastating flow. This is his debut album and it was silently released in 2007 on Wreckless Entertainment. Production on the record is excellently done by Dope-E of The Terrorists. The beats exemplify every aspect of the southern region. They are laced with killer hooks along with equally dope samples. The lyrics alone set the album apart from others. Rhymes are full of controversial wisdom and prolific word play. They are delivered quickly and emphatically. Appearances are made by K-Rino, K.B. Da Kidnappa of Street Military, Point Blank, Dougie D of the Guerilla Maab, Dirty Red, D-T, Shonda, Russ G, Diesel, Badd Azz and Esincho. The whole album is put together very resoundingly and it can easily be labeled as one of a kind. Also, the significant content is superior to radio waves and can strictly be considered as one hundred percent underground.

Deadly Verses
Gun Pop

Sunday, March 1, 2009

D-Loc - The Struggle

D-Loc - The Struggle
D-Loc is a rapper from Houston, TX. He is also a member of the group called the Coughee Brothaz, which was formed by Devin The Dude. This is his debut solo album and it was released in 2007 Loccd Out Muzic. Production on the album is done by Blake Rogers and Jonathan Darty. The beats tend to be very smooth and are laced with funky instruments. D-Loc's flow is unique and his rhymes are laid back. The lyrics are strictly directed towards the hustling and struggling lifestyle. Featuring on the album is Scarface, Vicious of X-Mob, Devin The Dude, 2Real, Young Malice of The Product, K.B., John Brown The Rebel, Kerijames and TrA.T.L. Although the album contains great material ranging from the production, the lyrics and even the commendable cast of featuring artists, the record was released without any major hype and did not generate much success.

Deadly Verses
Wake Up ft. Scarace, Vicious & Young Malice

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Infamous X-Mann - History In The Making

The Infamous X-Mann - History In The Making
X-Mann is a rapper from the northside of Houston, TX. This is his sophomore effort and it is the follow up to "The Man Behind The Madness." X-Mann was also a late member of the infamous Trinity Garden Cartel. History In The Making was released on his own label, X-Werks Entertainment in 2005. Production is provided by the great Mike B. The beats are an ensemble of legit tracks which are laced with that southern funk. The samples and hooks are all well used and they certainly carry that H-Town sound. Lyrics are well written but can be bland at times. X-Mann delivers his raw style with an overwhelming force and at times, comes off as overly repetitive. Featuring on the album is OG Style, Cory Mo, 55, JD, P-Dot, Humpdog, Paul Revere, Camillion, A-Dog, Chill, Snake, J-Ram, Lil' Blue, Lil' O and Hawk of the Screwed Up Click. Overall it is a decent record and one that tries to live up to its' name but it happens to fall just a tad bit short.

Deadly Verses

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

C4 - Amerikan Terrorist

C4 - Amerikan Terrorist
C4 is a rapper straight out of Missouri City, TX. He has been in the business for many years and he came up with the likes of the Fakkulty, Street Military and Z-Ro to just name a few. He is known for his excellent timing and remarkable delivery. He debuted in 2005 with the album "Evolution Of The Live Wire." This is his third album and it was released in 2008 on The Bomb Fakktory. Production is split between Verno, Dope-E of the Terrorists and Icey Hott of Street Military. The end result is an assortment of fabulously arranged yet strictly southern tracks. The catchy beats carry multiple instruments and they definitely become a sensation to listen to. His lyrics are a broad showcase of raw and gritty rhymes and he delivers them immaculately at a sensible speed. Features on the album are courtesy of K-Rino, Lil' V of the Fakkulty, Icey Hott of Street Military, B-1, Freestyle Dre, Mac, Soulja, Drank, Anthony Kizzee, K1, Meta Knight and Fatman. C4's work has been influenced by many artists from Houston and this record certainly proves that. Along with that, he keeps the main content rough and rugged. Overall its a very powerful and compelling record which sets the example bar high and brings a much welcomed change in the watered down rap industry of today.

Deadly Verses
The Greatest ft. Icey Hott