Remember Lil Flip's Ahead Of My Time?

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.

Lil Flip
Ahead of My Time (Clover G Records, 2010)

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Flip is a curious case. See, he was a world-beater at one time - he is still, unquestionably, a talented rapper - but has since settled into a very, very specific niche. It's a course a lot of rappers have walked, though few have stepped into the shoes as willingly.

And because he never went through a phase where he was kicking and screaming for people to pay attention to him, he's always seemed to be just a bit smarter than everyone else. Flip is, as they say, about his paper; so much so that it goes right past being a fault and back around to being a strength. Ahead Of My Time seems like his 94th album - though it's probably closer to his 7th - and is way better than anyone who didn't hear anticipated it to be.

Y'allmustaforgotability: 97 percent

You want someone to name two songs from it? Shit, you might as well give birth to a pizza. The only reason Ahead doesn't get 100 percent is because that "50 In My Pinkyrang" single he did with Cham and Gudda Gudda made just enough noise that you might luck into someone who's heard of it.

Read what Y'allmustaforgotability means.

Best Verse on the Album: You could probably grab something "Long Live Da King" or "Krazy" and still be right, but we'll go with this little stanza from "U R the 1" featuring Big Hollis:

"I bought everybody chains but that wasn't enough/ I paid niggas' child support, but that wasn't enough/ I bailed people out of jail but that wasn't enough."

It's the first intimation that he's going to do a little more than talk about his flyboyness on the album.

Best Song on the Album: There is certainly a dud or two on the album - on "H-Town State of Mind," he rhymes, "Welcome to my town" with "Where it's known for going down" and sounds like he thinks he's exceptionally clever for doing so. But in turn, there are an adequate number of thoroughly enjoyable tracks too.

Case in point: "Krazy," a melodic, unwrinkled, this-is-where-I-talk-about-things-that-I'm-feeling-sometimes track where Flip strips away the black diamond braggadocio for three and a half minutes and sounds like an absolute champ.

Worst Chorus on the Album: "I'm Fresh," which goes something like this:

"I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh, I'm fresh."

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

You might not find a Houston rapper that sold more albums over a four-year period than Flip did between 2000 and 2004, more than a couple million. Which makes it so crazy that Ahead of My Time reportedly only sold 200-plus copies its first week.

Of course, that's according to Wikipedia, which is about as reliable as something that is occasionally unreliable.



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