Editors’ Notes The mesmeric, beautifully sluggish crawl of Houston rap has made the music world think a little harder and spin a little slower. In the late ’80s, pioneering independent label Rap-A-Lot Records started releasing the deeply evocative music of the Geto Boys, marking the birthplace for hip-hop’s violent horrorcore nightmares and introspective emo-rap vulnerability. In the early ’90s, the cool game-spitting and lush production of UGK became a key component in the Dirty South’s rise. By the 2000s, Houston rap was a national concern thanks to hitmaking diplomats like Mike Jones, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug. However, it was perhaps the innovations of DJ Screw—the late mixtape DJ who slowed records into a hypnotic slurry—that ultimately became Houston’s biggest gift to music. The “screwed” sound would continue to be heard in movie soundtracks, on Beyoncé albums, and in the sound of later superstars like Travis Scott.

SONG
ALBUM
Mind Playing Tricks on Me
5:08
 
Mo City Don
4:25
 
Just a Dog
4:13
 
Still Tippin'
4:32
 
5:45
 
Antidote
4:22
 
Not a Stain On Me (feat. Fat Bastard)
4:58
 
Game Over (Flip)
3:52
 
Playa Playa
4:48
 
25 Lighters (feat. Fat Pat & Lil' Keke)
4:47
 
Diamonds & Wood
5:13
 
Lacville ' 79
5:17
 
Wanna Be a Baller
5:55
 
Braids & Fades (feat. Slim Thug)
4:20
 
No Help
5:03
 
Sittin' Sidewayz (Featuring Big Pokey)
3:47
 
I'd Rather Bang Screw
4:53
 
Texas
2:08
 
Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta
5:10
 
Tops Drop
4:12
 
Cell Boomin (feat. Father)
4:00
 
Cognac Queen
3:42
 
Drank In My Cup
3:52
 
Ridin' (feat. Krayzie Bone)
5:03
 
Southside Da Realist
4:13
 
Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) [feat. Outkast]
4:19
 
Diamonds
3:13
 
Do What U Wanna Do
4:27
 
Maan! (feat. E.S.G. & Big Pokey)
4:04
 
Knockin Pictures Off the Wall (feat. Lil' Flex, Lil Pat, Jasmine & Jhiame')
3:19
 
Psycho
4:20
 
Southside
4:50
 
On My Block
3:34
 
Havin Thangs
4:48
 
Smokin' Dat Weed
2:48
 
Reasons
5:02
 
You're Everything
4:36
 
Ever so Clear
5:57
 
Doubie Ashtray
5:17
 
Throw Dat Ahh (feat. DJ Chose)
3:35
 
3 Kings (feat. Bun B & T.I.)
4:50
 
The Way We Ball
4:43
 
Pimp tha Pen
3:13
 
You Already Know (feat. Big T)
4:31
 
Knockin' Doorz Down
4:24
 
Back Then
4:04
 
SICKO MODE
5:12
 
Freak Nasty
2:53
 
Choppin' Blades
4:46
 
6:17
 

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