Houston rap’s moment in the national spotlight started sometime around January 2005 and ended sometime around December 2005, but all those guys are still around, still cranking out underground music for their local faithful, sometimes making another aborted shot at a pop comeback. So it’s nice to see a whole bunch of them — some of whom weren’t around for that big 2005 moment, some of whom were — getting together on a slow, twinkly, rumbling jam, the sort of thing that got everyone all that attention in the firstplace. And it’s a treat to hear Trae and Z-Ro, two cousins who collectively make up the great rap duo ABN when they aren’t feuding with each other for obscure reasons, back together, tossing their wounded triple-time singsongs back and forth. Also, Bun B brings pure gravely authority at the end of the song. Philly Flyboy directs the “I’m From Texas” video, giving its Houston locations a verite sheen. Watch it below.
The “I’m From Texas” single is out now on iTunes.