Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Scarface Is Back
There's this phenomenon referred to as the Sylvia Plath Effect. Plath was a prominent writer around the middle of the last century. Her most famous work, a novel called The Bell Jar
, is a factual account of a young writer who lands an ultimately unsatisfying job with a high-profile magazine, gets denied entry into a prominent writer's workshop, suffers a mental breakdown and eventually tries to commit suicide a few times.
An insufficient recap of a great book, for sure, but we're counting down the "25 Best Houston Rap Albums of All Time" list, not the "25 Best Books Our Wife Made Us Read That Incidentally Ended Up Being Somewhat Helpful While We Were Doing Something Completely Unrelated To The Actual Book" list. Although, if we did make that list, we suppose The Bell Jar would be at the top. At the bottom: Generation T: 108 Ways To Transform a T-Shirt
, because what the fuck does anyone need to know how to make a handkerchief out of a child's T-shirt in nine steps for? Handkerchiefs are like a dollar at the corner store.
Anyhow, like the lead character in her book, Plath worked for a big-name magazine (Mademoiselle
), was rejected from a well-to-do writer's program, suffered a mental breakdown and tried to commit suicide. She was hospitalized at a mental health facility and later released to pursue a happy, fulfilling, long life - the ending The Bell Jar
implies. Except the real-life Plath killed herself several months after The Bell Jar
was published by placing her head in a gas oven.
The Sylvia Plath Effect argues that, more than any other group of people, creative writers are more susceptible to mental illness. We suspect Mr. Scarface believes this wholeheartedly: To wit, Mr. Scarface Is Back