Remember O.N.E.'s Last O.N.E. Standing?

Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, 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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O.N.E.
Last O.N.E. Standing (Self-released, 2010)

O.N.E. is a bit of a paradox. When placed back to back with his brother, the mile-a-minute party organizer/rapper/occasional vest-wearer H-Kane, he is measured as being slightly modest and always demure. He speaks, walks and exists all in the same manner: firmly, but quietly. He's easy to overlook, frankly.

Put a microphone in his hand though, and he's a whole 'nother person. He's like a bully in a sandbox, knocking over kids' castles and stealing their little plastic shovels and shit*. It's a remarkable, instantaneous transformation. He doesn't turn green, but he might as well.

His talents are most easily identifiable within the battle-rap setting. O.N.E. has an impeccable sense of timing when performing a cappella, making him all but unstoppable if he decides to aim the entirety of wit and fury at your forehead, and that's almost always a death sentence when recording an actual album (See: Tha Emcee, Jin). But O.N.E. mostly avoids that on Last O.N.E. Standing, his lone solo release from last year.

*Hereafter, any time a rapper has an especially dominant performance, he will be said to have gone into Bully In A Sandbox Mode.

Y'allmustaforgotability: 91 percent

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Best Song on the Album: "Chain." More on this in a second.


Best Feature on the Album: The pinch-mouthed Propain nabs this spot for his showing on "Dafiant" [sic], wherein his about-to-explode rage plays perfectly against O.N.E.'s naturally distilled demeanor.


Argument You Immediately Have With Yourself After The Album Is Over: Have I been unnecessarily dismissing Lil Flip?

There is no shortage of good tracks on this tape, but "Chain," which features a marvelously fringe-free (and occasionally squeaky) verse from Lil Flip, is among the best. It's chippy and smart and semi-thematic and O and Flip fit together like puzzle pieces. Listening to it, it's very easy to see how Flip was, at one point, the most commercially famous rapper in the history of Houston rap.


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Illuminatan
Illuminatan

Sheas real name is steven because he felt it was more Black of a name. He is a really a teacher who doesnt stay for the entire length of any of the shows he claims to attend and then writes reviews for them. This is not how a Houston Press journalist should write.

Nina_B
Nina_B

"Lame lame lame lame lame I said it 5 times I just discribed yo hole muthafukn time line"O.N.E LOVE THIS LINE. BIG FAN OF THIS. DUDE!!

JeTawn Francine
JeTawn Francine

Soooo you can consider me a life long fan of this guy, and I'm not saying that cause he's handsome either. btw....i'm still borrowing my friends copy... can i get my own?

Majesty
Majesty

Finally getting much deserved acknowledgement. Article summed you up well. Keep coming out beast and do what you do!!!!!!!

Geegee
Geegee

"Cause when they callin ya name and you answer who u can and everybody thinkin that u the man. I guess that I'm "god like" ..... this guy is a lyrical beast no joke keep it going

Marina_allen
Marina_allen

Luv u "o" keep reppin for the nawf side. Love the mixtape I like "the truth"

Leos807
Leos807

Feeling the artical the mixxtape was one of the most diverse out for 2010

Biskit
Biskit

Man! This guy really captured my boy WHOLE demeanor! The first time time I wathced O.N.E performed I was amazed! My guy doing his thing REPPIN for DA H!

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