Houston's Best Underground Rap Tapes of 2012, Most Assuredly (Pt. 1)
I don't imagine any rappers had a more impressive move creatively than that that Undergravity pulled off going from their most previous project, last year's mostly forgettable Space Jams, to this year's positively inspired The Underdawgs From Undergravity. Need proof: Their rattling, SUPER FUNK track "Undergravity" demolished a hearty portion of the underground Houston rap songs that came out this year, AND IT WASN'T EVEN CLOSE TO BEING THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM. (If there is a God in heaven, the transcendent "Some Moe Funk" will eventually earn them $1 million). If they actively hone in on their "space age funk" sound, which they did for about half of this album, they will make absolutely undeniable music.
9. Rob Gullatte, Abortion: The Project
It seems likely that Gullatte will only ever be a Houston commodity, which sucks for him but is WONDERFUL for everyone with ears; the cognitive dissonance of deserving to be famous but not actually being famous serves as the inspiration for his mostly dazzling rap performance on the gruff/gritty/cathartic Abortion: The Project.