The Five Best Underground Rappers in Houston Right Now

Propain is poised to break. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Houston’s been through it. Over the last seven years, it’s gone from the center of the rap universe (remember 2005, everyone?) to a reputation for being the actualization of regional tropes (they all sip syrup, right?) to, outside of a handful of guys, nearly being disregarded altogether. But it’s grown strong again, readying itself for battle, cultivating an impressive roster of rap talent. The city’s first new guy has trekked into the wild (Kirko Bangz’s “Drank in My Cup”) and an army more look to the follow. These are five to watch for.

1. Delo

#TheAesthete: There may be no young artist in Houston more capable of rolling all the best parts of the southern rap aesthetic into a single moment than Delo. He is gruff and gritty and purposeful and energetic, and his music is an impressive modern amalgam of soul and country rap. He has sampled Tupac and Zach De La Rocha, just the same. Gloriously atmospheric, undeniably consistent. [Download Hood Politics Vol. 3 via Datpiff.]

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