Summer Break: The Best Houston Rap Songs of 2013, Part 2
Remember back in mid-May where we broke down the Best Houston Rap Songs of the Year (So Far)? It was a small sample, only five, knowing good and damn well there was an avalanche of tracks just waiting to be either heard, jammed in a large setting preferably at high volume or mimicked and pantomimed in showers and bathroom mirrors city-wide.
Slim Thug & Z-Ro; "Loving You"
We've already crossed off tracks by Roosh Williams, Easy Yves Saint, Trae Tha Truth, Damilare and DeLorean, but it's best we knock out the other tracks that probably made you want to run down Scott Street with your shirt off thinking you owned all of Third Ward.
10. Killa Kyleon feat. Slim Thug & Kirko Bangz; "My City"
The lineage of Houston's Best Hook Man goes something like this: Billy Cook, Ronnie Spencer, Big Moe, and now the handle belongs to Kirko Bangz. It's not that Bangz dominates with a mid-level soul man's work like Jack Freeman or digs around emotions in falsetto like Lee-Lonn Walker, but on "My City" especially, Bangz's chorus becomes chief among Slim Thug's gruff slander on haters and Kyleon's punishing verse. Hell, even Bangz gets in on the act with his own middle-finger salute.
9. Z-Ro, "I'm Alive"
Whenever Z-Ro gets backed into his full one-deep mode, magical things happen. He's fire-breathing menace and thump on "I'm Alive," emoting enough moments of pure fire-breathing solidarity that he, to this date, still only gives a good goddamn about himself and himself alone. By the way, what the hell ever happened to that Tripolar release, Rotha Vandross?
8. Travi$ Scott feat. James Fauntleroy, "Drive"
If you're curious, this is the best song from Owl Pharaoh. Despite whatever attempts "Upper Echelon" may want to prove here, it's the aural coast up and down 59 by the George R. Brown of "Drive" that wins out. Plus, James motherfuckin' Fauntleroy is on this.