Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to email@example.com.
A few things to mention this busy week from our handy-dandy notebook:
First, Texas All-Star Day, an event put together and shown by MTV Jams, was apparently a "great success." We're not sure if it's funny or sad that, with regards to large gatherings of rappers and rap fans, "great success" is equitable to "nobody was shot or stabbed."
We've been keeping an eye on it for a bit now, and it looks like that Scarface Twitter account might actually be legit. The thing that makes us a tad leery is he is awful quick to compliment somebody on there, which isn't exactly his MO. The thing that makes us think maybe it actually is him is all of the rest of the responses are curt, two or three word, kind of jerkish Tweets, which is (what we hear to be) exactly his MO.
Speaking of, according to Killa Kyleon's Twitter, he appears to have defected from the Boss Hogg camp (he posted a pic of himself wearing an AMG chain). Slim Thug was apparently caught off guard by this, Tweeting "Dat boy @KILLAKYLEON representing his new click no more boss hogg huh?"
Getting information like this is part of the reason that we enjoy Twitter. Of course, for every little nugget of interesting info you grab from there, you'll inevitably have to shovel away a ton of poo too. To wit, Killa's movie reviews: "Book of Eli was... bullshit too. All these wackass end of the world post apocalypse movies can #eatmydiccandballs"; "Sherlock Holmes was a waste of popcorn too"; "Legion sucks camel balls."
Lil' Flip has released about 41 mixtapes in the last 24 hours. There have been a few good songs total, which is good, but what's more important is that it inspired one of our regular readers to create the "Lil' Flip Makes Mixtapes Like..." game. It's exactly what you think it is. Here are a few of the best ones we've received thus far, edited for clarity.
Lil' Flip makes mixtapes like Lil Wayne makes illegitimate children; every goddamn day.
Lil' Flip makes mixtapes like he Tweets; shittily,
Lil' Flip makes mixtapes like he manages his facial hair; poorly.
Lil' Flip makes mixtapes like Chamillionaire looks like a tiny 50 Cent; a lot.
Lil' Flip makes mixtapes like Paul Wall makes me wish I was deaf; a lot.
Pictures have begun surfacing from Trae's video shoot in Miami with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Jay'Ton and a whole host of other recognizable faces. The shoot was for "Inkredible" from his forthcoming Tha Truth album.
He seems to be scrubbing out that Candy Paint and Syrup Houston rapper stereotype fairly successfully, so it looks, looks, looks like these next coming months will be the best chance he - or any other Houston rapper, at least for a good while anyway - has to make a mark nationally.