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Houston artists’ summer music playlist



There was a collective craves for freedom that accompanied every approaching summer of my childhood. When it finally arrived, we headed for our bikes (and eventually our cars), navigating green grass, dirt roads, and concrete roads until we landed in the shade of Texas-sized trees. Sometimes we would end up on long stretches of freeways, driving through the sprawling cities of this state, traveling by road to the beach, countryside, or the next metropolis. We congregated in parks, yards, ranches, fields, and, of course, parking lots. No matter where we landed, we stretched out our hands, hoping they would be greeted with cold drinks, hearty plates of food, friends, family, willing dance buddies, and potential lovers. Browse this season listening to some songs by artists of Texan origin.


Song: “Captive of the Sun” (with Bun B)
Artist:
Courts in Parquet
Year:
2016
Home town: Beaumont, Denton, Port Arthur
Who would have imagined that Bun B rapped to a punk rock song? And with each passing summer, the title of this song becomes more and more relevant; its genesis was an interview with Nardwuar in which the Canadian journalist gave the Texas punk band an autographed copy of Bun B’s debut solo album, Trill, on vinyl.

Song: “Satisfy my mind”
Artist: Aaron Stephens
Year: 2018
Home town: McAllen
Start the day with this light and soft homage to the lover that pleases your mind as much as your body. When he writes this way, Aaron Stephens easily hovers between Bill Withers and John Mayer.

Song: “Gone baby, don’t be late”
Artist: Erykah Badu
Year: 2010
Home town: Dallas
Paul McCartney was at his most Yacht Rock when he released “Arrow Through Me”, but Badu took it to 11 when he sampled the song on his fifth studio album, New Amerykah Part Two (The Return of the Ankh).

Song: “Slick” with Ladybug Mecca
Artist: The hue
Year: 2016
Home town: Houston
When Hue released “Slick,” a tribute to Grammy-winning trio Digable Planets, they received the blessing of Digable’s Ladybug Mecca in the introduction.

Song: “H-Town Kinda Day”
Artist: Z-Ro
Year: 2011
Home town: Houston
The silky rhythm of “H-Town Kinda Day” could only come courtesy of Houston’s most melodic producers: Beanz N Kornbread. This playlist wouldn’t be perfect without a rhythm of their own.

Song: “Relax” (with Slim Thug)
Artist: Lenora
Year: 2019
Home town: Houston
Hiram Clarke’s Lenora has the perfect voice for this smooth ’70s rhythm, and not even a guest line from a legend like Slim Thug doesn’t hurt.


Song:
“Cutting blades”
Artist: UGK
Year: 2001
Home town: Porto Arthur
As you hit the freeway and roll up your windows, let the tip of UGK’s country rap hat on the Bay Area E-40 be the wind in your sails and let the freeway be your ocean of funk.

Song: “Savage” (remix) with BeyoncĂ©
Artist: Megan you stallion
Year: 2020
Home town: Houston
It was only a matter of time before Megan Thee Stallion landed on Queen Bey’s radar. This iconic collaboration led to three Grammys for Megan and also made BeyoncĂ© the most awarded singer in Grammy history.

Song: “Pocket Money”
Artist: Jiffy Rockets
Year: 2021
Home town: Houston
The synthesizers of “Money in My Pocket” are so reminiscent of Pharrell’s remix of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Bonita Applebaum”, we can’t help but think that Skateboard P will be proud when he hears this. He lets Jiffy Rockets help you manifest a bountiful summer.


Song:
“Screw that beats”
Artist: Paolo Muro
Year: 2007
Home town: Houston
Few songs in Paul Wall’s catalog capture the exhilaration of driving around town with the windows down like “Bangin ‘Screw”.

Song: “I have to get paid”
Artist: ZZ Top
Year: 2012
Home town: Houston
As ZZ Top’s main studio was being remodeled in the late 1990s, they ended up outside Chimney Rock, where DJ DMD was working on a future Texas classic called “25 Lighters,” a song that would get stuck in singer Billy Gibbons’ head. until the band got together to record their 2012 album The Future. The rest is Texas history.

Song: “Texas cooking”
Artist: Guy Clark
Year: 1976
Home town: Rockport
This track is a timeless country ode to Texas grilling by Guy Clark, who spent most of the 1960s playing in the Houston folk revival scene before moving to Nashville, where he walked the border between America and the land of outlaws. Over the years, many of his songs became country hits when they were performed by the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, John Denver and Kenny Chesney.

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Song: “Texas Sun”
Artist: Khruangbin and Leon bridges
Year: 2020
Home town: Houston and Fort Worth
In just over four minutes, this song uses elements of flamenco, soul, blues, zydeco, outlaw country and R&B as a palette and paints the picture of a day trip across the vast expanses of the Lone Star State.

Song: “The governor”
Artist: Gary Clark Jr.
Year: 2019
Home town: Austin
There is nothing like a stripped country blues on a summer day, and nobody does better by Gary Clark Jr. This song was the visual B-side of the music video for his award-winning hit “This Land”.


Song:
“Neon Moon”
Artist: Kacey Musgraves
Year: 2019
Home town: Golden
When the sun sets on our side of town, this song appears in our queue, and so begins the evening part of our playlist. Just like ZZ Top’s version of “25 Lighters”, we love this psychedelic and introspective cover of the original Brooks & Dunn because Kacey made it of her.


Song:
“My mind went blank”
Artist: Point Blank and DJ Screw
Year: 1995
Home town: Houston
When Aaliyah decided to cover the timeless Isley Brothers song “At Your Best (You Are Love)”, she couldn’t have known that the guitar, when slowed down, sounded just like a hot night in Texas. This parking choice cut by Point Blank (of the South Park Coalition), brought to the fore by DJ Screw, exudes summer.

Song: Origami dreams “
Artist: Christelle Bofale
Year: 2019
Home town: Austin via St. Anthony
Christelle Bofale’s music is the soundtrack to any Texas night trip, as if the wheels of your car made such an effort to keep up with the drums and guitar that they became an instrument themselves. Whether you are driving through the city or through a state, report this before you hit the highway.

Song: “I want to be a dancer”
Artists: Lil ‘Troy, Fat Pat, Yungstar, Lil’ Will, Big T and HAWK
Year: 1998
Home town: Houston
With a sample of Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” and a hook for ages absolutely sung by Big T, Lil ‘Troy managed to create an all-time classic song without actually contributing a verse, possibly a young DJ Khaled. he was studying Troy back in time.

Song: “In the night”
Artist: Charley Crockett
Year: 2016
Home town: San Benito
Even though Charley Crockett grew up loving rap music and plays nostalgic country combined with echoes of the blues and the American, this song is a bit straightforward, barnstorming in the southern rock.

Song: “El Chico Del Apartamento 512”
Artist: Selena
Year: 1994
Home town: body of Christ
No summer playlist is complete without Selena. This cumbia is about a woman who is crushing the boy next door hard; when she finally finds the courage to knock on the door, she is discouraged to see a woman open the door, but her hopeful romance is renewed when she asks, “Are you looking for my brother?”

Song: “Do not disturb me”
Artist: The sufferings
Year: 2022
Home town: Houston
After nearly two years of being stuck inside, we’ve all been waiting for the music to rock out, thank goodness for the Suffers.

Song: “Jumping, jumping”
Artist: The son of fate
Year: 1999
Home town: Houston
You know what time is when this song airs. Literally, it’s 11:30 pm, and the club is … well, I don’t have to tell you.

Song: “Lovers in the parking lot”
Artist: Solange
Year: 2012
Home town: Houston
After the club, there is parking, but what if parking is love lost and found? This is the thesis on one of Solange’s most timeless records. For fun, watch the video to see Mannie Fresh and Bun B take part in what is perhaps the only choreography they did in their careers.

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