Who Makes The Mt. Rushmore Of Houston Rap?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

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This Week's Panel: Bun B, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, E.S.G., Paul Wall, Fat Tony, A.D.D., Matt Sonzala

Not Invited: George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln

This Week's Prompt: One simple, endlessly debatable question: If someone were to build an official Mt. Rushmore of Houston Rap, which four guys get the nod?

High-five to J. Bell, who made a name for himself as a knowledgeable, insightful commenter back during the 25 Most Important Houston Rap Albums of All Time countdown, for coming up with this idea several months ago.


Bun B: J Prince, DJ Screw, Pimp C and Scarface.


Fat Tony: Screw, Fat Pat, UGK. They each innovated musically and stylistically in ways that permeated throughout all of rap music and are still fresh today.

A.D.D.: Big Mello, Scarface, Z-Ro and Big Mello. Big Mello and Scarface were some of the first Houston artists to break in H-Town and people from Houston don't even know. When you mention Bun B, it's automatic that Pimp C is included.

And Z-Ro has held it down for a long-ass time. My homie once told me a very great comparison: Big Mello is like the Big L of Houston. Every rapper knew they were ill, but they both died before the world could really see what they were doing.


Chamillionaire: J. Prince, Bun B, Scarface, Pimp C, DJ Screw.

Rap Round Table: That's five, sir, but we suppose since you've got a Grammy we can add an extra spot for you. #GrammyWinnersMakeTheirOwnRules


Paul Wall: J Prince, UGK, DJ Screw.

RRT: It's kind of neat that, asked completely separate from one another, both Paul and Cham gave nearly the exact same response, right down to the order listed.


Z-Ro: Big Mello, Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Big Moe.


ESG: Screw, Pimp and Bun as one, Scarface, me.

RRT: You're just going to mash Bun and Pimp into one person like no one's going to notice? Cool, cool.


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11 comments
pat
pat

z-ro,z-ro,z-ro,z-ro

DRA
DRA

Thuro we can't excuse your ignorance if you live in the South don't know The Legend DJ Steve Fournier and I live in New York and we all know his Contribution to Rap Music in theSouth and the rest of the Country,DJ RED ALERT

Rpa
Rpa

Man if you don't know Steve Fournier, place in the Rap History of the south you are justto young to understand.. Call and ask J Prince,Scarface, and ask anybody that was inThe Rap Pool Of America the Largest Rap Record Pool in the country that should keepyou bussy for awhile. Respect the Legends that came before you that's the only way youwill ever grow........

Mr. Breakfast of Champions
Mr. Breakfast of Champions

J.Prince, Scarface, DJ Screw, and UGK(Its hard to separate them but Bun if I had to pick one) and an Honorable mention goes to DJ Premier***

***Hey why not? If we're claiming Port Arthur's finest, why not claim Prairie View''s finest too?

Squarewave
Squarewave

I think rocks off needs to do a piece on z-ro and how many street hits he has. When I first came to Houston, Ro was an enigma, ignored by the mainstream press, yet everyone knew his songs word for word. My two next dopr neighbors were 12-yr old white girls abd one day i heard them over the fence rapping an ENTIRE song of his. That's real influence.And he's still doing his thing. He really is on another level.

twiladavis
twiladavis

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214Screwhead
214Screwhead

UGK, Z-Ro, Big Moe, and Scarface the best rappers ever if It was other people it would be Dj Screw, Z-Ro, UGK ENOUGH SAID

wms
wms

Good one, Shea. Way cool.

Jbell
Jbell

Someone who absolutely is deserving gets left off. No Question J. Prince, Scarface, and Screw get spots, but who is that fourth? Fat Pat? UGK? Geto Boys collectively? Willie D? SPC and Street Military? Z-Ro? E.S.G (I always say he put in on the Screw movemonrt way more than he gets credit for)?Maybe the fourth spot should go to a legendary promoter type? Mean Green, Luscious Ice, Captain Jack, Wicked Cricket? ask any rapper who rapped in the 80s and 90s about Mean Green and what he meant to the scene, same for those other guys. What about the producers? Mike Dean, N.O. Joe, Crazy C? Could go on and on. Make an argument for or against any one of those guys and I can counter. At one time I though Pat had the last spot but now my cash is on Z-ro to get that last spot but my heart says Mean Green. Ringtones? lol.

Thuro
Thuro

My Houston Mount Rushmore goes; J.Prince, Scarface, DJ Screw, Mike Dean (is he actually from Houston?). If not, then UGK gets the nod for the 4th spot. Kinda like Karl Malone & John Stockton won All-Star Co-MVPs bc you can't seperate them in this case. Side Note: Do you think Port Arthur natives get a little irritated that we claim UGK as "from Houston"?

Thuro
Thuro

Excuse my ignorance but, who is Steve Fournier? I googled the name and all I could find was a Matt Sonzala blog post from a Cypress Hill show in Houston, Live at The Underground in 1992. And it mentioned that Steve Fournier might as well have been wearing a tuxedo, Damn, his aura is only getting more intriguing. Not to mention, Im going to DL that Cypress Hill show when I get home.

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