Here are 10 Houston classics to prep you for Houston Appreciation Weekend, as well as playlist to introduce you to the city's new talent.
Yesterday (May 19), Drake announced the schedule for the second annual OVO-run Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW), which kicks off tomorrow (May 21) with a Bun B tribute event and ends Sunday (May 24) with a Drizzy/Future "Jungle" show and a Boosie Badazz after-party.
Sounds like a helluva weekend, no doubt, but where are the Houston artists? Hopefully Bun will make a guest appearance on Thursday and, to be fair, Drake, Future, and Boosie have all taken their own influences from the city's storied hip-hop history. Perhaps we need a star like Drizzy to spread the necessary recognition but, still, you can't properly appreciate Houston without acquainting yourself with the likes of Scarface, Pimp C, Z-Ro, DJ Screw-- the list is endless.
We've provided you with 10 classic tracks to give you a brief insight into how H-Town changed the game and, to this day, remains one of the most important cities in hip-hop history.
Next, listen to the official HNHH HAW playlist, which features Houston's still-thriving young scene, with newer faces like Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, the Sauce Twinz, and Maxo Kream. For all Drizzy's efforts, we've also given him one track-- albeit one beautifully chopped (not slopped) screw-mix from the masterful OG Ron C.
Grab your styrofoam cup, and tell us your favorite Houston tracks in the comments.