We continue our Four on the Floor series by taking a look at four rappers from a city known for its hip-hop: Houston, Texas. There are way too many incredible MCs out of Houston, so don’t expect this to be the only post focusing on SXSW 2014 artists from this great hip-hop city. For now, sit back, relax, and dig the beats.
Influenced by Jay-Z, Tupac, and Scarface, Marcus Delorean Roberts began free-styling at an early age. Nicknamed “Delo” by a childhood friend, DeLorean has been busy making a name for himself in the Houston rap scene. His newest mixtape, entitled Grace and released earlier this year, includes appearances from Slim Thug, Bun B, and more.
RIYL: Big KRIT, Big Boi
Propain was discovered by the legendary rapper Scarface while freestyling at a video shoot during his sophomore year in college. Bun B, another legendary rapper, ended up inviting the young MC to perform at his “Houston for Haiti” benefit concert in 2010. Quite a jump start to what’s sure to be a long career.
RIYL: Bun B, Lil Keke, Fat Pat
Back in 1994, while attending Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, Cory Mo met Pimp C. The two recorded a song together the day they met, and Cory Mo’s career has taken off since then. Cory Mo and his brother, Mike, opened up a recording studio in Houston and relocated it to Atlanta in 2009. Since opening M.A.D. Studios, the brothers have produced the likes of Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and more.
RIYL: UGK, 8 Ball & MJG
Beat King quickly gained fame in the summer of 2010 with the release of his Kings of the Club II mixtape. He released his second solo album, Club God, in 2011, followed by Club God 2 in 2012. He just dropped a new mixtape, entitled Club God 3, earlier this week!
RIYL: Lil Keke, Trae Tha Truth
Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.
DeLorean photo courtesy of the artist
Propain photo by @itsshaybay/SNPImages
Cory Mo photo by Sonny Castillo
Beat King photo courtesy of the artist