Posts Tagged ‘texas’

Arrest the President 4: A Conversation with Fat Tony on Hood Party

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I got a chance to interview the sure-footed Fat Tony about Hood Party, one of the singles off of his new album Smart Ass Black Boy. I am dropping this interview under our Arrest the President column because the song Hood Party is a comment on gentrification, a sociopolitical issue which occurs when poorer residents are displaced and supplanted by an influx of Louis Tully lookin’ Vans Original Classic Authentic wearin’ Newgrass fans. As you know, Arrest the President is a column here at T.R.O.Y., started by Thun, which looks at Hip Hop, past and present, from a sociopolitical perspective. In the song Hood Party, Fat Tony, and featured artists Kool A.D. and Despot, cleverly poke fun at some of the effects gentrification has individually on locals and “gentrifiers” and collectively on affected communities.

In this interview, Fat Tony and I briefly discuss his new album, conduct a line by line analysis of his verse on Hood Party, chat about the positive and negative effects of gentrification on established communities, I share my experience of hearing Hood Party for the first time in the courtyard of a highly ranked undergraduate university, and we even tackle the question of whether or not Hip Hop is being gentrified. Towards the end of this great conversation, Fat Tony, with his command and knowledge of Hip Hop, along with his clear and deductive thought process, really helped me understand and come to terms with some of my insecurities with Hip Hop right now.

I suggest you listen to the interview here, where you’ll be able hear Fat Tony read the lines of Hood Party with his soft yet sandy voice, over a piano which was quietly played in the background throughout the entire interview. It’s quite pleasant, especially if you enjoy the song.


The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: The Aspiring Me Debuts his Self Titled Album

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Generally, when something is great I want to share it because I enjoy making others happy. But, there are some rare moments when I experience something so rich, I’d rather keep it a secret in order preserve it from some of society’s desperate, albeit natural elements that commonly pickpockets the intimacy shared between the object and beholder and cashes it in at the metaculture bank.

Today, July 30, 2013, The Aspiring Me drops his debut self-titled album, The Aspiring Me. Excuse my Dorian Gray mentality, but I don’t want anyone to hear it because it’s too good. The songs are too special.  They deserve better than the mediocre listener’s capacity to appreciate them. One of the reasons the songs are so special is because, as The Aspiring Me described in a prior interview:

It encompasses everything from me growing up. A lot of people aspire to be a lot of things. I am aspiring to be myself. At the end of the day my music is a reflection of my continuous growth. That growth leads to my change and I believe those two things are separate…

His autobiographical album, composed of 11 solid songs (and three bonus songs), is the best Hip Hop album I’ve heard in a long time, simply because I enjoy every single track on the record; there are no skip to the next track tracks. (more…)

Hidden Treasure: ROSEWOOD THIEVZ

Friday, June 14th, 2013


The homeboy, the Aspiring Me put me on to this little gem. The ROSEWOOD THIEVZ are out that Third Ward Houston, Texas.  These dudes have that pre-Houston golden era sound, but not by force, strictly by default as a result of all the fun they had recording this album. Here, there are no songs oversaturated with H-Town terminology or tainted with a distracting entrepreneurial spirit, just that pure and steady swang wide sound, which is a product of leisure, creativity, and their immediate environment.  You will miss out if you don’t give ENTER THE TERRORDOME a listen. Enjoy.  –Droopy (@droopydood)

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RIP Octavis Berry

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Octavis Berry also known as Esbe “The 6th St. Bully” passed away October 14, 2011. He was ½ of the thought-provoking rap duo Dred Skott and 1/8 of the rap collective League of Extraordinary G’z. Day and a Dream had this to say about him:

Prior to this past weekend, I had the privilege of hanging with the League of Extraordinary Gz for a few days in Atlanta for A3C. The more interaction I saw with them, the more I felt like it wasn’t a crew of rappers with different mentalities. Instead, they worked and moved like a family. Everyone ate together, everyone partied together and everyone leaned on one another when it came time to tear things up on a stage. (more…)


Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

When people talk about the weather in Houston, Texas they love to mention the humidity. Often times they fail to point out the fact that it’s also 105 degrees. Both factors affect the heat index. Similarly, when music fans and the like mention rap from the H, the conversation goes like this–

“Oh, the dirty dirty south? Houston? You mean like, Geto Boys and Screw?”

It’s great the south has made an impression, just too bad that is all that has been fossilized in people’s brains and Ipods.  So besides the humidity and the temperature, there is another reason why Houston is hot.

Swishahouse. (more…)

Touring The States: Houston, TX

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

We’re still in Texas.

What can i tell you about this album is that it is pure smoothness. Well ok, only track number 5 doesn’t fit in the “smoothness” concept, but you will like this album anyway, i’m sure.


01. Sunny Day Parlee
02. Coupe De Lack
03. It’s The Weekend
04. Pimp Tight
05. Aggravated Tank
06. Yo Bro
07. South Coast Jazz
08. Can You Dig It
09. Jazzy Jeep
10. Lil Dog Gone Bad
11. Nasty Thoughts
12. Wings Of No Love
13. It’s The Weekend (Remix)

–>Download It’s The Weekend<–



Touring The States: Fort Worth, TX

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

More Fort Worth classics.

Gena Cide are Six 2 and El-Dog. You may find yourself more familiar with Six 2 as he was featured on Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic 2001” and on D.O.C.’s “Deuce” album.


01. Channal Changes
02. Waste Uva Cular
03. Geto Ride Intro
04. Geto Ride
05. Da Citi
06. On The G
07. Sumthin 2 Fuck Wit Cha
08. Pympin Aint Changed
09. Neva 2 Much Luv
10. Take A Bullet
11. Mi Mon E Lookin Fun E
12. Burn 1
13. Koke-Kanin Thang
14. Country Shouts
15. Geto Ride (Instrumental)
16. Waste Uva Cular (Reprise)

–>Download Waste Uva Cular<–



Touring The States: Fort Worth, TX

Friday, May 6th, 2011

-Quote from Wikipedia:

One Gud Cide was formed in 1991 by Twisted Black and Evil Seed in Fort Worth. The group’s initial progress was slowed when Twisted Black was shot in the face and lost half of his jaw in what he claimed was an assassination attempt. By 1995, the group had achieved underground success with the album Look What The Streets Made, which sold 10,000 copies in less than 30 days. The group’s career was interrupted once again when Twisted Black, whose real name is Tommy Burns, was sentenced to three years in prison on a parole violation. Work on the group’s follow-up album Contradictions was interrupted by that incident.

Contradictions was finished and eventually released in 1999 on Suave House Records. It included contributions from hip hop mainstays like Eightball of Eightball & MJG fame and UGK”.

**15th track appears only on re-release, original release form 1995 has 14 tracks.


One Gud Cide – Look What The Streets Made (1996)

01. Intro
02. Time To Be A Man
03. Convictin It
04. Makin It Right
05. Game Of Life
06. Mama Told Me
07. Remember Me
08. Skitt
09. Years Ago
10. Loco Vs State
11. Let Them Colors
12. Brothers
13. Going Crazy
14. Where Do I Go
15. Terror In The Gulf Coast

–>Download One Gud Cide<–



The T.R.O.Y. Blog Presents: Houston, TX

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Another day, another great mix from forum member Tha Town (That E. Oak LOC!). As evidenced by his great G-Funk Cali mix, Tha Town is a veritable encyclopedia of rare, obscure, and otherwise criminally unknown gangsta rap. Dude’s collection is large, and he’s been blessing us with some serious knowledge since he joined the Phila forum. Don’t believe me? Check his threads on Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi. Highly recommended.

Anyway, if you’ve read these two posts, you already know that my own tastes are pretty bugged and I’m always on the lookout for some seriously Southern-fried, gangstafied, low-budget rap music. So, I approached Tha Town about doing a mix for the blog, and he came back with a collection of marvelous tracks focusing on Houston, Texas.
Here’s what the Loc himself has to say:

“If you ask me, 90’s Houston is best hip-hop anywhere, or anytime. This is some of the best of the best from that region. I had a really difficult time putting this together because I had about 100 tracks I wanted to put on here. A must have. Smooth, gangsta, and strong vocal hooks. Enjoy.”

Indeed. Pop the trunk and turn the street volume up to 10.

1. Deep South Playas – “Trapped in the Ghetto”
2. Rashid – “H-Town Way”
3. Mass 187 – “Gangsta Strut”
4. 20-2-Life – “Feel Me”
5. Jakol – “Hit It From The Back”
6. 5th Ward Juvenilez – “Bad News”
7. 5th Ward Boyz – “Situationz”
8. DJ DMD – “Mr. 25/8”
9. Klondike Kat – “Ghetto Baby”
10. Guerilla Maab – “Still Here”
11. DJ DMD – “Keep the Real Ones By Your Side”
12. Ka*V*R – “Baby Love”
13. 20-2-Life – “After Servin’ A Deuce”
14. Cappeela – “Mama”
15. Cappeela – “Playas”
16. Mass 187 – “Lord Knows”

-Echo Leader

Example – Impulses EP (Houston 1997)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Here’s an extremely dope EP out of Houston, Texas. DJ Cipher and Dekay(who would later become known as the rhyming half of the BBE duo Nicolay and Kay) formed the group Example and in 1997 dropped only limited copies of this gem of a record. I first heard the track “Slow Motion” on DJ Eli’s Night Train radio program on WKCR. I had no idea who this group was or what this record was until about a year ago. Thank you internets, T.R.O.Y. forum, and Crates Of Ag for making me aware of this ill piece of work.

We’ve already introduced you to “Slow Motion” with the sample for it here and The Moaning comp and mix here. Other stand out cuts on this are “Recollect”, “7-26-96”, and “Strive”. But really, there’s nothing wack on here at all. “Recollect” is on some serious summer time, feel good, anthem status, so don’t sleep on that one.
Click the links in this post to see what these cats are up to now and click the highlighted tracks for previews.

01. i.e. intro
05. Endless
07. E.T.A.
08. i.e. outro

Freshly ripped from vinyl at 320kbps: