Guest Star: "Mike Jones & Paul Wall Made Great Strides - Our Independent Music [Is] Being Given A Chance"

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 2:30PM

Written by SOHH for Lil Keke

[With the recent news of Texas' Rice University putting on for hip-hop by archiving Swishahouse's music including hits from Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Slim Thug and more, the label's Lil Keke gives SOHH readers the inside on the accolade.]

The music is being archived for making great strides in the city, especially coming from an independent standpoint.

Mike Jones made great strides, Paul Wall made great strides. There's even songs I came up with coming, Rice University has some good things archived. It's another blessing to the city. Texas is a great independent state, Houston is a great independent city and Swishahouse is a great example of our independent music being given a chance [to be taken seriously].

I don't know if it's so much having a great relationship with Rice University, but Rice University is a great school. It's a very high academic school and there's other great ones in Houston but Rice is a very, very big academic school and it gets a lot of praise, just to be real, because you don't associate the hood with Rice. That's just being honest.

When you're getting a chance to do anything with Rice University and especially dealing with hip-hop, that's our Yale or Harvard. They're prestigious like that. It's a very high academic school and you don't hear a lot of people in high school saying, "Yeah, I'm going to graduate and go to Rice."

Rice is very prestigious so anything coming out from the hood involving hip-hop and being acknowledged by Rice, that's a great thing.

Anything that can raise our level of awareness in hip-hop, we've lasted and we've been going for a long time, that's a great thing. The thing about Swishahouse is we're independent and we have tended to last. We've got great fans, great support and great balance from our state.

I believe this is another step in keeping the success going. It's keeping the name growing and touching different avenues, not just the music but in colleges and the streets. It's a beautiful look.

A member of the loosely organized Houston-based rap collective known as the Screwed Up Click, Lil' Keke quickly proved himself to be one of the collective's strongest artists, debuting in 1997 with Don't Mess wit Texas. By the time of It Was All a Dream (1999), Keke had become one of the hottest young rappers in Houston and continued to record albums annually.

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