The 2016 NCAA Final Four is set. Down in Houston this weekend, the University Of North Carolina Tar Heels, Syracuse Orangemen, Oklahoma Sooners and Villanova Wildcats will duke it out for the college basketball’s National Championship. Stakes is high as De La Soul once proclaimed.
Last week here in #DXHQ, Team HipHopDX delivered our list of Houston’s 16 best rap albums and asked The Community to vote on who you think is best. Now, we included three Scarface solo projects (The Fix, The Diary and Untouchable) in our list because Scarface has one of the greatest catalogs in Hip Hop history. You all agreed, voting all three Brad Jordan entries into the Final Four. LET THE CONGREGATION SAY “FACE MOB!”
To add diversity to our list of the Final Four Greatest Houston Rap Albums, we decided to only include one Face album and pick the next three winners, based on your votes. Check out what Twitter had to say as well. And the winners are…
Scarface – The Fix (2002)
What We Said: By all accounts, Scarface’s The Fix is one of the most respected releases in Hip Hop history. The 2002 offering impeccably balanced, boasting ‘Face’s bristling honesty and penchant for capturing the visceral pains of progress on a wax in ways that still resonate with listeners 14 years later.
Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped (1991)
What We Said: Shocking. Explicit. Unapologetic. Brutal. Those words put the Geto Boys formal release as the unit the world would come to know in proper perspective–and that was just the album cover (which is 100 percent authentic, seeing that Bushwick Bill shot himself in the face after a nearly successful suicide attempt).
Devin – The Dude (1998)
What We Said: Devin’s debut album The Dude spills raunchy narratives over soulful beats and skeletal harmonies. This dark yet comedic look into the life of Devin Copeland is an unquestioned Hip Hop classic.
Z-Ro – Let The Truth Be Told (2005)
What We Said: Z-Ro could be considered one of Houston’s most cherished entity who never crossed over into mainstream Hip Hop, but doesn’t necessarily have to. The Mo City Don continues to put out quality record after quality record whether people are watching or not. There isn’t a better example than Let the Truth Be Told.
The Community Section is loaded with other incredible Houston Hip Hop albums. We took heed to your suggestions and added the four most referenced albums that did not make our Sweet Sixteen and included the Youtube links to the full albums for your peruse. And the honorable mentions are…