All hip-hop is regional: This was the lesson of the early 2000s, as stars throughout the South began making the big cities on the coasts seem quaint and out of touch. The debut from Houston’s Paul Wall and Chamillionaire was a sensation throughout the Gulf Coast, thanks to songs like the cartoon-aspirational “Thinkin’ Thoed” and the alarmingly catchy “My Money Gets Jealous.” The album would earn the charismatic, hungry pair considerable national interest. Within a few years, major labels would be issuing chopped-and-screwed companions to all their Southern rap albums and Mike Jones’s telephone number would be part of the public record.
By Hua Hsu on 05.22.12 in Lists
"Underground" is one of those tantalizingly vague terms that's always on the verge of obsolescence until some mouthy, hungry new rapper comes along and reanimates it. Whether it was being dismissed as a fad, derided as a...
By Hua Hsu on 05.22.11 in Reviews
All hip-hop is regional: This was the lesson of the early 2000s, as stars throughout the South began making the big cities on the coasts seem quaint and out of touch. The debut from Houston's Paul Wall and Chamillionaire...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.
By Beca Grimm on 02.23.15 in Features
"I was amped up, ready to go for it. And I did — several times…but people said, 'A Deaf rapper is impossible.'"