Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, 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.
Odd Squad, Fadanuff Fa Erybody (1994, Rap-A-Lot/Priority)
The Odd Squad is what The Coughee Bros., noteworthy for being Devin the Dude's group, started out as. Fadanuff Fa Erybody
is their debut album. It's thorough boom-bap, early-90s rap and is remarkable to listen to now. Scarface is supposed to have cosigned it as being one of the best albums Rap-A-Lot ever released. We were not able to verify that with 'Face. Sorry.
Actually, never mind. We'd like to rescind that apology. Nobody should ever have to apologize for not being able to verify something with Scarface. It's like trying to verify something with Bigfoot. Have you ever tried to get Bigfoot on the phone?
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Best Verse on the Album:
The first verse from "I Can't See It." Remember, this is the song by Rob Quest, the guy from Odd Squad that's blind. He was/is a great rapper, particularly for the aforementioned boom-bap stuff. We never understood why people assumed that Quest wouldn't be able to rap because he was blind. We mean, yeah, if they were playing 3-on-3, then his blindness would be a hindrance. But it's rap. He's blind, not tongueless.
2nd Best Song on the Album:
All of Fadanuff is markedly quicker paced than you're used to hearing from Rap-A-Lot. But "Smokin' Dat Weed," which stars Devin (of course), is particularly affecting, especially when measured against the rest of his discography. He sounds like a whole different person.
Listening to it now gives us the same feeling we get when we look at pictures of our cousin Brandon as a child. He was the sweetest kid in the world. He's 22 now. One day, when he was nine, Brandon's little brother got hold of a face razor and shaved a plug out of his own hair.
Seeing how sad his little brother was after he'd wrecked his hair, Brandon took the razor and did the same thing. Then they both shaved their heads together. It was a remarkably mature thing for Brandon to do, and gave everyone peace of mind that he'd grow up to be a well adjusted member of society. Brandon will get out of prison in about 15 years.