"I like to wreck, I accept a check"
"I’m the first nigga that did a concert on stage in my PJ’s"
"Come back, got a contract / got a car and it’s a compact / nigga say we gon’ go to the show with three CDs and one DAT"
"Get the room, call these hoes / I fuck these hoes and I have to chief / If you from the south you gon’ get / all yo shoes from Active Athlete / Go to Stickhorse and get my records / Play these hoes just like it’s checkers / Go get me a double decker / then watch the Nutty Professor"
"I got DVDs, I got GMCs, LL, EPMD / man, fuck them niggas, Freestyle King, nigga, he is me"
Y’all may never understand how important flowin’ was in Houston rap from the 1990’s to the mid 2000’s. If you couldn’t genuinely flow off the dome in front of niggas at any given time you weren’t shit no matter how good your written, recorded songs were.
In L.A. underground, from what I’ve heard and seen, they were all about the speed of your delivery and keeping shit a bit lyrical/thought provoking on a seemingly intellectual level. In Texas all niggas cared about was the FLOW and how smooth you could go with and stay entertaining. It was nothing political or socially conscious or even that stereotypically gangsta most of the time; just keeping up with the flow, being a little humorous and going on and on and on. It’s artistic but more Flip Wilson than Huey Newton. Lil’ Flip built his name off being the “freestyle king” coming out with shit like this all the time while he was at Worthing High School in Sunnyside. I wonder if he still got it.
Another interesting thing about the California and Texas underground scenes were how damn D.I.Y. they were. Look at the king of southern rap music mixtapes DJ Screw. This man made mixes, produced tapes, and distributed right out of his own home. With no label or promo backing him for most of his releases. Houston got more of a D.I.Y. culture in rap music than it ever did in punk rock.