Remember Bushwick Bill's Phantom of the Rapra?

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 sheaserrano@gmail.com.

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At the peak of his insanity, Bushwick Bill was the most ferocious of the Geto Boys. He was never a better rapper than Scarface, but he was able to periodically marshal enough venom to make it a semi-interesting debate. He absolutely crushed it with Little Big Man, his debut album.

Phantom is the follow-up, a less steady, less well-structured album with a less sincere, less well-told narrative. Beyond the opening grip, when Bill (rightly) makes the assertion that rap, often vilified as being a brainless, derivative subspecies of intelligent artistic expression, is simply the ghetto's version of the opera, it lacks any real meat.

Still, that said, it earns a solid B-.

Y'allmustaforgotability: 84 percent

Read what Y'allmustaforgotability means.

Best Verse on the Album: The first verse from "The Bushwicken." This verse actually isn't all that great, but if you make reference to one of the greatest rap songs of all time ("Mind Playin' Tricks On Me") during a song that's not only a reference to the second most incendiary track from your own debut album ("Chuckwick"), but also to the possibility that you might actually recognize that promoting the erosion of your own morality might not be such a great long term plan, well you sorta force a music critic's hand, ya know.

Best Song on the Album: "Ex-Girlfriend"

Somehow, this is not about Bill stabbing/dismembering/eating a woman.

Worst Feature on the Album: Whoever it is that's talking at the beginning of "Subliminal Criminal." Yuck. He sounds like Jazze Pha doing an impression of Jazze Pha.

Obscure Fact(s) You Can Pawn Off As Your Own So As To Make Yourself Look Smart:

  • If you ever thought to yourself, "I'd really like to see a midget dressed in a cape and Phantom mask beating up a guy in the street, then I'd like to see that same midget remove his own right eye" then "Only God Knows" would be the joint for you. Other cookiness in the video: an apple that transforms into a crack pipe; a non-sanctioned version of Pennywise from IT; and a flame juggler.
  • There were a couple of songs on here (namely "The Bushwicken" and "Already Dead") that felt like they were supposed to be rehashes of "Chuckwick," the staunch horrorcore track from Little Big Man that caught everyone's ear, but neither one of them felt complete. We mentioned this to Ganksta NIP one day - he's the one that wrote "Chuckwick" - and his summation of the situation was pretty succinct: "Because I didn't write them." Gotta love NIP.


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