Big Ram Ranks The Best Houston Rappers Ever

The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston@gmail.com.

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Optimo Radio's Big Ram (left) and K-Rino

Last Friday we mentioned Optimo Radio, an online radio station devoted to playing under ground Houston rap 24 hours a day. Through the power of the Internet, the blurb ended up in the inbox of the station's host. He reached out to us so we interviewed him. Sure, he's not a rapper per se, but when you're the proprietor of what we've termed The Radio Station God Plays In Heaven, we can bend a few rules for you.

This Week's Rapper Online DJ: Big Ram from Optimo Radio

This Week's Subject(s): Summerfest; ranking Houston's greatest rappers; Trae vs. The Box

Ask A Rapper: Did you know that you're white? I didn't. When we saw you on Youtube our brain almost exploded. On the off chance that you didn't know, we just wanted to point that out to you.

Big Ram [laughs]: Yes, I am aware. I used to get that a lot, I guess I still do. Yeah, I'm just some white dude who's down for the cause and loves him some soulful-ass music. I will say this, however: My lungs are probably black.

AAR: Summerfest is here in a few days. Slim and Bun both have spots this year. [Ed Note: Performing together before the Flaming Lips' festival-closing set this Sunday.] Who are three other Houston rappers that should be on the bill next year?

BR: K-Rino, no doubt. He should headline every show that they have in Houston. Have you heard Solitary Confinement? DAMN!

Trae, for sure. People in town should be showing him more love with this ban. Houston used to show nothing but love to everyone; don't mess with our artists, man. I play him all the time man. You can't ban Tha Truth.

This cause is really important. There are so many overlooked artists in our city. I would like to see Scarface. He always puts on a really good show, especially with a live band. Love me some 'Face.

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AAR: Who are the six greatest Houston rappers of all time? And you have to put them in order.

BR: Damn... [in] order? This is really unfair, but off my head right now I'll put 'em in order, but this subject [varies] from time to time. And DJ Screw is not a rapper but he'd be No. 1. And UGK is excluded for this list as well. For the record:

1. Scarface: He is the King of the South.

2. K-Rino: If you don't know, go buy all his albums and take a weekend out [and] educate yourself, for real.

3. Z-Ro: Already...

4. Pharaoh of Street Military: Doesn't get much more G than that.

5. Point Blank: People really sleep on this man. He has never made a bad song, ever.

6. Devin the Dude: No one does it like he does. Love that soulful sound with my coughee.

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