Most Influential Houston Hip Hop Artists

These are the individual tastemakers of the Houston Hip Hop Sound, their influence has determined or strongly influenced current trends or styles on all sides of the city of Houston. Respect, Power, then Money!

The Top Ten

1 DJ Screw

Robert Earl "DJ Screw" Davis, Jr. (July 20, 1971 ā€" November 16, 2000) was a Houston, Texas-based DJ. He was known as a central figure in the Houston hip-hop community and was the creator of the now-famous Chopped and Screwed DJ technique. This creation led to his nickname of "The Originator. " Davis was recognized for his various mixtapes and albums mostly on a regional level, until after his death. His legacy was discovered by a wider audience when Houston hip-hop began reaching a national audience in 2005. Creator of the Screwed Up Click, mentor to all artist who fall under the umbrella, and responsible for all related sounds in hip hop. - HoustonOG

2 K-Rino (SPC, Wreckless Klan) Eric Kaiser (born 9 September 1970), better known by his stage name K-Rino, is an American rapper and record producer from Houston, Texas. He is a pioneer of the Southern hip hop scene, and has been rapping since 1983. K-Rino's first release was the single "rocking It" with his group Real Chill in 1986, more.

Eric Kaiser (born September 9, 1970), better known by his stage name K-Rino, is an American rapper from Houston, Texas. He founded the South Park Coalition, and John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press described him as "the conscience of Houston rap, king of the Houston battle rappers, " and a "true pioneer of Southern hip-hop. " K-Rino has released over 20 solo albums and still counting. Influenced the opposite of the screw sound, true lyrical prowess to the south side of Houston, after which many would follow. - HoustonOG

3 Scarface of the Geto Boys

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Brad Terrence Jordan (born November 9, 1970), better known by his stage name Scarface, is an African-American rapper from Houston, Texas and a member of the Geto Boys. He is originally from South Park, Houston. In 2012, The Source ranked him #16 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time, while ranked him #10 on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time. Although there were few before him this Geto Boys impact hold on the city was only overcome by the emergence of screw music. - HoustonOG

4 Raheem The Vigilante
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For many years on the northside of Houston there was Rap-A-Lot and no more. Enter a gritty street hustler by the name of Darrell ā€œDā€ Williams. No fancy word description needed here, quite possibly the realist street dude to pick up a mic from the city of Houston. - HoustonOG

6 Big Love

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In basketball there is a term called "tweener", when a player fits between two positions and can't be fully described as one. 1996, Enter Eric "Big Love" Miller the tweener of Houston Hip Hop. His first release, the underground classic Representin' Real in 1997 is considered by many a classic. His emergence would be before the world would follow screw music, although his producers on his first release would be closely related to the sound (Sean "Solo"Jemison creator of ESG's Swangin & Bangin and countless other hits) and (Archie "DJ DBlast" Jackson an early Wreckless Klan producer and the person who would introduce Love to DJ Screw). Big Love's tenacity as young M.C. was unparelled at the time, and with the assistance of platinum producer Michael "Mike B" Banks Big Love would catapult into supremacy on the northside of Houston. Somehow lost between a genre of screw music and lyricism Big Love is the big brother of the sound that would become famous from northside artist and the Swisha ...more - HoustonOG

7 South Park Mexican

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They tried to stop the rise, but the Mexican lives!

8 Lil Troy

Before his rapping career, Birklett was a successful drug dealer, who funded his music business with the money he earned from selling drugs. In 1988, he founded Short Stop Records and joined the group Mass 187 in 1995. Lil' Troy, who featured in his songs many members of Houston's thriving rap scene of the late 1990s, managed to reach national audiences with his single "Wanna Be a Baller" produced by Bruce "Grim" Rhodes. The song reached #70 on the Billboard Hot 100, and propelled his debut album, Sittin' Fat Down South, to the Top 25 albums on the Billboard 200. After the success of the lead single, Lil' Troy was picked up by Universal Music Group, which re-released his debut album in 1999 with a larger national distribution. The debut album was a success, as it certified platinum by the RIAA selling 1.5 million copies. - HoustonOG

9 Z-Ro Joseph Wayne McVey IV, better known by his stage names Z-Ro and The Mo City Don, is an American rapper from Houston, Texas.
10 Mike Jones

In 2004 after the release of his first breakout single "Still Tippin'" which was receiving lots of radio play. Jones signed a major deal to Jive Records & Warner Bros.. He then released his second single "Back Then" which eventually went Platinum making it Jones first Platinum single. On April 19, 2005, Jones released his debut album Who Is Mike Jones? After two months the album went certified Platinum & eventually went 2x Platinum, it is Jones highest selling album to date. Stamps Houston's northside neighborhood Studewood as one of the most hip hop selling hubs to date. - HoustonOG

The Contenders

11 Chamillionaire Hakeem Seriki, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire.

Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is an American rapper, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the founder and an original member of The Color Changin' Click until the group split in 2005. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chamillionaire has an estimated net worth of $15, 000, 000. He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including collaboration album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles "Turn It Up" featuring Lil' Flip and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Ultimate Victory followed in 2007, which was notable for not containing any profanity. - HoustonOG

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13 Travis Scott Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and musician from Houston, Texas.

He's trash. He's the Houston drake - DaWyteNight

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