Lil’ Keke, of the S.U.C., is to the Houston rap movement, what a catalyst is to a chemical reaction. Lil’ Keke is selectively added to various projects. He helps those projects explode and then he disappears. For example, in 1997 DJ DMD dropped 25 Lighters (click to read the piece I wrote on it) with Lil’ Keke and the late Fat Pat. This song started the momentum for the Houston rap movement and is still one of the top Houston rap songs of all time. In 1998, he helped Houston turn that local momentum into national attention; he dropped the album, The Commission on Jam Down Records/Breakaway Entertainment. After that release, like a catalyst, he went away. He was briefly signed to In The Paint/Koch and a few other labels. Although he had success with all of his labels, he was absent from the spotlight until 2005-2006, when he signed with Swishahouse/TF Records. Soon after that, the Houston rap molecules began accelerating again. He dropped Chunk up the Deuce (2006)with Paul Wall and Bun B, Break’em Off (2007)with Paul Wall, and I’m a G ft. Birdman (2008)—each with well over a million views.
Additionally, in this great documentary called DJ SCREW: THE UNTOLD STORY, Lil’ Keke described the catalytic effects of his friendship with Fat Pat—“And I loved Pat man, he was an inspiration, kept me going, he kept me on my toes about rapping and I kept him on his toes.” H.A.W.K. described the same—Keke missed Pat because Pat brought the best out of him, Keke brought the best out of me [H.A.W.K.], he brought the best out of Pokey…”
Felony is a new Swishahouse artist. I’ve mentioned him before. He has a song out called Smoking Out in Public. The video for Felony’s single, Smoking Out in Public, dropped a few weeks ago. Since then, this song has been growing on me more and more every day.
Lil’ Keke is featured on this song and isn’t straying from the scientific method; he’s now bringing out the best in Felony. CHECK OUT FELO’S LAST VERSE IN THE SONG!!! It’s nice to see that Don Ke is working with younger artists and isn’t pulling an Ice Cube.
Hopefully, Lil’ Keke can defy science and stick around this time. I am sure he can, I mean he has already conducted successful alchemy experiments; he went Platinum in da Ghetto. –Droopy
Behind the scenes at the Smoking Out In Public video shoot:
Bonus* (two of my favorite Lil’ Keke songs)
Bounce and Turn
Baller in the Mix