"New Houston" Rappers Release Bumper Crop Of New Videos
There's this manmade pond near the entrance of the Houston Zoo. It's a great big rectangle that connects to nothing else. There are some statues in it, and some of that nasty vegetation that grows on top of pond water. And there are fish in it too. A shitload of fish.
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The way it's constructed - there are concrete benches all along the edges of it, and trees on the exterior that provide shade - it makes for an ideal area to sit and eat lunch with your kids if you were smart enough to pack one.
And naturally, what ends up happening is, a lot of times whenever someone is finished with their food, they'll toss the extra bits into the water. And the fish, all fighting for life in a contained ecosystem with finite resources, go apeshit, pounding into each other, splashing about, trying to grab what they can when they can. The stronger ones, they prosper. The weaker ones, they don't. Darwin would be proud at how perfectly vicious and self-sustaining the whole situation is.
Chances are, he'd feel the same way about this New Houston movement.
Every second that you breathe, these guys (all 442 of them) seem to grow bolder, more auspicious. They release music by the gigabyte, pounding into each other, splashing about, trying to grab what they can when they can. They get beats from local producers, record in local studios and film videos with local videographers.
There's a definite hierarchy - it seems like the two categories currently are "Ferocious Talents" and "Everyone Else" - but they're all grabbing at the same thing. The nature of the infrastructure can be a bit brutal, but such highly competitive environs promise that only the meanest, most talented guys will survive, and that's kind of the way it has to be.
That said, there was a flurry of new music videos released recently here in town, all from guys making their case that they would like to be the city's prominent tertiary consumer.
Pair up perhaps the most bloodthirsty underground rapper in Houston with perhaps the best R&B singer, and the music seems to take care of itself. "Move On" has to be at the top of anyone's "Hey, Which Houston Rap Video Do You Think Has Been The Best Thus Far" discussion. You have to figure it's only a matter of time before one of these new guys comes up with a super innovative concept for a video that pops nationally.
A solid adaptation of "A.M.," which many argued was the best track from Thurogood's Appetizer EP. Somehow manages to cage Thuro's hyperlikeability. Is there a more sincere smile in Houston hip-hop?
From hasH's extra impressive Relationsh*t album. One question: Y'all fuckin' with that?