Law & Order: Houston Rap/R&B Edition

Normally television on the weekends is a drag, a malaise of programs you find yourself absorbed in but would easily skip during the week. But come Saturday and Sunday, you're glued to the couch, and no show pulls this off more consistently than Law & Order. Doesn't matter, the show could use the old NWA's damn "Freebird Rule" and string together a slate of quality episodes from Law Order, SVU and Criminal Intent.

There probably will be a moment when I decide to crank out a spreadsheet of my favorite L&O episodes mainly because they're consistent guilty pleasures. You know when someone is guilty because they decide to call someone a "bitch" or break down sobbing. God forbid you match up against Elliot Stabler in an interrogation room; he's like the JJ Watt of police interrogators, bar none

In a perfect weekend, you'd probably watch Law & Order reruns and watch your productivity slide straight off a cliff. Because they're consistently that damn good, much like our mixtape of the week.

Easy Yves Saint, Sincerely, Yves
Last year, Yves of The Niceguys stepped inside of Warehouse Live and accepted an award. It wasn't the first time he'd done so, but this one was different and far more important than the previous affairs. He acknowledged the fact that James Kelley, the group's sophomore release, had won Best Local Recording at the 2013 Houston Press Music Awards.

An album that, lyrically, he was chiefly responsible for.

The Niceguys may be on hiatus, splintered into different areas of producing and creating, but there's still a bit of family and loves abound for Yves to embrace and continue branching out from. Unlike many in the city, he can reach out to his crew or a slew of rappers on speed-dial, but Yves feels as comfortable about his rhyming capabilities as he does rocking a tracksuit and sipping a brew. It could be misconstrued as arrogance or New-York-to-Texas bullshit but that's Yves in a nutshell -- adaptive and confident.

Sincerely Yves is his first project he's released as a solo act, and it's skimpy. Thin. Okay, it's six tracks of mean, partially autobiographical thoughts tossed in with bravado and output. There's layered metaphors and punchlines, his standard approach, but he also finds middle ground in the lyrics, not necessarily dumbing things down but picking his spots. It's a smart effort on his part, not trying to fully break listeners but instead inviting them into his head. (Note: not to give anything away, but watch for more on Yves later on this week -- Ed.)

Best Track: Where could you go wrong on a six-track EP? Here there are two bests, "Blur" and "Elevators," two moments where Yves lets his mind dig into the recesses of his past, those hazy nights that wind up moving in full bloom.

Law & Order Character: Rey Curits (Benjamin Bratt). Even when you think he shouldn't be cooler than everyone else in the room, he finds a way.

Tony Del Freshco, "Take It Off (Hennessy)"
This isn't "ripped from the headlines" by any means, but it definitely takes on a kind of mutated form of watching stick-up groups like Detroit's the Chambers Brothers, et. al. Tony has always been about high fashion, moments when sneaker culture envelops his brain, and just being fly; here he plays narrator to breakfast and a good bottle of Hennessy. Normally you'd think this would be the perfect brunch after spending a night at Chachos, but if you're talking about your boys getting jacked by women with assault rifles, wouldn't you want some brown liquor to deal with?

Law & Order Character: Fin Tutuola (Ice-T). When you've done dirt and turn good, you have to act like Ice.

Story continues on the next page. ch-CHUNG!

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