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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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Best Verse on the Album:
The first verse from "Back, Back." The first two bars of "Back, Back," in fact, form the most succinct, all-encompassing, unassailable representation of Lil' O's career:
"Hey, here's a little story about a nigga like me,
I fuck bad broads, live large and drive V's.
Some say I'm cocky and rude I might be,
But nigga fuck you, you ain't got to like me."
That's pretty much all you need to know about Lil' O. Oh, also that he's barely five feet tall. And that his relationship with his father is the inspiration for a fair number of tracks. Now you're all caught up.