There are several cities across America that are hubs for distinct musical styles that have become a vital part of the fabric of Hip-Hop. New York City is the home of boom-bap. Los Angeles introduced America to the G-Funk. Atlanta is the center of the trap sound. Chicago produced the double-time flow.

    But Houston, Texas, and its unique "chopped and screwed" production style, is one Hip-Hop headquarters that influenced an entire generation of emcees that probably hasn't received its proper due yet.

    Houston rap pioneers like Scarface, Geto Boys, Bun B & PimpC of UGK, Lil Troy, K-Rhino, and DJ Screw laid the foundation for the H-Town run of the mid-2000's by Lil Flip, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, and Chamillionaire.

  Currently, rappers like Lecrae, Kirko Bangz, and Z-Ro are carrying the banner for Houston natives, but despite that significant list of contributors to rap music's history, America's fourth largest city is often left out of the conversation of great Hip-Hop locales.

by Cedric Thomas

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