Chamillionaire: “Maybe Texas Is Dead”

Houston is in a slump to say the least. Widely regarded as hip-hop’s hottest city three years ago, H-Town hasn’t been hitting as of late. Chamillionaire and Paul Wall, who respectively earned platinum and gold plaques in 2005, both released commercially underwhelming sophomore CDs, while Mike Jones, who kicked started the Houston craze with his single “Still Tippin,” has yet to release his second set. Slim Thug has also failed to follow-up on his promising debut. With the city’s stock continually plummeting, its stars plan to destroy and rebuild.

“Everywhere I go people are like, “what happened to Houston” and that’s a problem for me,” Chamillionaire told XXLMag.com. “I could be one of these people that only cared about myself and be like, ‘I’m just gon get it. Forget everybody else in Houston,’ but I’m not like that.”

“I feel like it makes me look weak if everywhere I’m going, they’re saying everybody in Texas just fell off,” he continued. “The only person holding us down is Bun B. When you get kicked and you’re down on the ground, how do you dust yourself up? And I feel like Texas is at that moment right now. I know people gon get mad at me, but maybe they’re right, maybe Texas is dead, cause we’re always everywhere saying we’re holding it down, but everywhere I go, they telling us we’re not. I wanna help everybody else and help motivate and tell them look, man we need to get off our you know whats, get out there and get it, cause I feel like we’re not grinding the way we used to.”

Slim agrees with Cham, suggesting H-town needs a fresh crop of Houston MCs to breath new life into the city.

“I think we definitely need new rappers in Houston,” Slim hinted. “I’m doing what I can as far as my end of the bargain. I’m trying to keep the movement going with mine, but we definitely need other labels and other artists to step up, man.” –Marvin Brandon

  • dino

    first fuck htown atlanta nigga

    • Justice4All

      First???!!! C’mon man, grow up.

      first…Negro Please.

      Decatur Boy.

    • yo

      LIL FLIP BEEN WACK OLD LEPERCHAUN ASS NIGGA

  • Soul

    First Bitches….H-Town a be alright…We see you..Sike

    • iLL G

      im the 3rd to comment what do i get? the person that said first’s moms in a telly for 3 hours? nice what a prize!!

      as far as the article who cares? dont talk bout bringin htown back, be about it

      • yo

        whoever says that first shit is a certified homo…and yes Texas fell off awhile ago and hasnt been back since and that ugly nigga trae got his ass whopped with the ugly stick. nobody is trying to hear all that candypaint swisha bullshit right now. Cham and slim thug just plain suck

  • avenger XL

    H-town just got hit with the same thing that hurt the bay area. That is too much exposure too quickly. The game is fickle as hell one minute you on. The next 5 not so much. Both the yay and houston have distinct sounds that fit their demographic. If they are smart they will continue to build there home industry and export it too us like that and ignore the MTV/TRL/106 &park media crowd that only keys in on segments of your population. I been to texas I know Texas has a diverse group of artist. For example:

    For the lyrics lovers:K-Rino,Kay,Wally deluxe Bavu Black etc….
    For the rider music(mainstream accessable): chamillioare, paul wall, slim thug
    Legends: Scareface, Devin, UGK etc…..
    Latino sound: SPM,Baby beesh,that guy who sales tamiles car chingo bling.

    So TX has all king of sounds they just have to keep cultivating their own sound and ignore these induatry dweebs.

    • Manny78d

      Stamp.

      That some true shit, nobody in the bay gives a shit about a major deal. They are getting super paid on a local level and thier fans are loyal as shit !

  • Seb

    People in H-town still love ya…..keep doing your thang cham and slim thug…..fuck the haters nobody listen to music they just have it in the background of their busy life…..ultimate victory was a fucking classic….

  • Seb

    Funny how XXL publishes this, what you expect when you give ultimate victory an “L”. See how many people complained ~150 ……there is still love for the H…

  • http://www.myspace.com/thedallasdungeon TheColdest

    They right….

    But Dallas got up next

    Cats are hungry out here

  • Richard

    Ohio’s finest check out My mixtape WHO’S BETTER? on my page.

    • yo

      FUCK OHIO THE ARMPIT OF THE COUNTRY

  • Manny78d

    If you think Houstons in a slump, check out “thats you” by Z-RO in the XXL Banger section.

  • texasleen

    all i know that new koopa shit is gonna be bangin like yalls moms on monday morning

  • texasleen

    MIXTAPE MESSIAH 4

  • 6Cubed

    What fucked up Houston like the Bay is the fact they let them big record companies in. Fuck that stay independant like y’all been. You don’t need any majors in Houston. Majors are like oil companies…move in suck all the product and move out. They tryna do Miami like this now…I do believe Dallas got next tho…Big Tuck is tight got up on his shit last year…Man I love the gotdamn south it’s so fuckin’ diverse it ain’t funny!! 10-Ah-C stand up!!

  • yoprince

    the wrong niggas blew…

    chamillionaire is wack and corny.
    paul wall is cool for a feature, but that’s about it.
    mike jones: see paul wall

    shoulda been more Slim Thug, Z-Ro, and maybe Trae

    just my opinion.. i really only like Slim Thug to be honest. I lost my Already Platinum CD, but that joint was bangin’

  • Westcoast Mexican

    Texas aint goin nowhere as long as Cham, Bun B, Face, Flip, Z-Ro & Trae Keep Rappin but the only problem w/ texas is mutherfuckers like lil Will fuckin wanna be soulja boys, thats why all the good tx rappers need to get away from them majors, houston is mostly made up of undaground rappers, keep it that way

  • ONE

    YO FOR REAL HOUSTON WEAK AS A MOTHERFUCKER

  • Chad Biggz

    Everyone thinks they city is next. Including me. Pittsburgh coming soon…Wiz Khalifa, Boaz, S. Money, etc. But anyway. Hip Hop in general is falling off. Its just ain’t H-Town. I didn’t like any of them dudes anyway Slim, Paul, Mike, or Cham. But it just isn’t H-Town. Its Hip Hop.

    • 619

      Fuck Wiz Khalifa. Everytime they put a song up by that cat it sounds like some techno bull shit. Real shit sound like he makes music for a rave party in the studio on some e pill shit. And this the biggest rapper Pittsburgh got to offer? The biggest song he did, he bit that beat off a techno song some mexican girl sang that they we’re playing in tijuana for the last few years, on the hook talkin’ about ‘in the club, in the club’. And this is what your city has to look forward to, Pittsburgh is never gonna blow up, I put a g-bar on it.

  • jfoxgotraps

    LIL Flip is the only hope

  • UNCLE SAM

    Texas aint dead….. yet! itz currently in a coma. Shit’d man to me cham, bun-b, and scarface r the only niggas that can bring it back 2 life. dont get me wrong they got some spitters but they never really made it as a true mainstream artist. i would have said flip but t.i. ended his career and street cred. lil flip is the down south ja rule.

  • E.S.O. Boy

    I keep hearing people comparing Houston & The Bay. Yes they’re both somewhat in a slump, but the difference is The Bay dont care about major lable deals. We really don’t care what the rest of the country thinks. Bay artists are getting big money off of str8 indpendent shit. Houston is mainstream and commercial, so if they really are slumping, it’s gonna be tougher for them to come back up due to how rap fans are.

  • ntox

    San Antonio TX is gonna pick up where Houston left off… They handin’ us the torch.

    ntOX

  • jfoxgotraps

    Dallas is next.

  • jfoxgotraps

    Lil flip put houston on the mainstream map. TI aint killed nathan. He wont fight Flip. fukin puss. Hes a snitch too. Flip is the most underratted artist in Houston.

  • sthxdnn

    Real Hip-Hop Fan: “Maybe Hip-Hop Is Just Dead”

    Ok i Listened To Cham Last Album n it was real hip hop so if he can say his own camp is dead he’s got balls…cuz houston put good shit out in the past year … here is what u rele need to say ATL KILLED HIP-HOP, LOUSIANA KILLED HIP-HOP, & FLORIDA ATE HIP-HIP SHIT IT BACK OUT FLUSHED IT OUT THE TOILET..PICKD IT UP AND RECORDED POP MUSIK AND INFLUENCD LEGENEDS/VETERANS[I AINT GONNA TELL U THE DIFFERNECE] TO DO HORRIBLE MUSIK…HERE IS A LIST OF LEGENEDS THAT FUCKED UP ON THERE LAST ALBUM….36 MAFIA, NAS, KURUPT, DAVID BANNER, JAY-Z, BUN B ON HIS LAST ALBUM ,N LL COOL J[HOPEFULLY 50 SLAPPED HIM IN THE FACE N PRODUCED NEW GOOD MUSIK]T.I., LUDACRIS…[LAST TWO I'M PRAYIN WILL FIX UP], …HERES A LIST OF PEOPLE THAT WERE GOOD FOR A SECOND N FUCKED UP …LIL WAYNE, PLIES, TECH N9NE, AKON, T-PAIN, RICK ROSS, YOUNG JEEZY, KANYE WEST….THE ONES THAT KILLED HIP-HOP…LONG LIST….DJ KHALED, HURRICANE CHRIS, FLO-RIDA, BOW WOW, SOULJA BOY N EVERY ONE HE TOUCHES, FAT JOE N THE PRODUCERS, WHAT THEY TOUCH N THAT STARTED MAKIN WHATS CALLED CLUB BANGERS AFTER 2006

  • http://www.austinsurreal.com MattSonzala

    How many times is XXL gonna harp on this shit? Houston ain’t dead and Mike Jones didn’t set off shit. “Still Tippin” became “his” single way after it was already a Swisha House song, and that was way after it was already a Slim Thug song. They used it to push his album. Get facts straight.

    Also none of these dudes are helping anybody. Yes, Houston artists need to go back to the original way of doing thangs and not worry about any of y’all. Fuck it.

    Houston and The Bay are on a whole nother level in this rap game, and it can stay that way and be just fine.

  • Real Talk

    If yall lookin for new young hungry rappers out of Houston, look no further than Short Dawg.

  • HERM

    Houston’s last hope: Rasaq… yeah right.

  • RedemptionsSong

    ______________________________________________

    Texas you just flat-lined.

  • 11KAP

    The true thing is, for this new generation, the whole damn rap culture done flopped, but Hip Hop made history, right along with Houston, Scarface, and the whole chopped and screwed movement, and that is what can’t be taken away. So go ahead and wear your tight pants looking like a bunch of girls in parasucos. Yall don’t have a clue because you too easily and willingly let some outside pop forces on Mtv define what 21st century Hip Hop is, and you give basically no respect to the brothers who paved the way and made Hip Hop the worldwide voice that it is supposed to be, so it is not only Houston, it is everywhere, except Africa maybe. There.

  • Prince Ceasar

    Fuck Texas them niggas have always been trash. Let’s Go!

  • Prince Ceasar

    Fuck them bama ass country niggas. Texas rappers have always been garbage with the flow.

  • F8L

    FUK YA’LL HAYTAZ

    H-TOWN BEEN DOIN DEY THANG!!!

    2 YEARZ AGO YA’LL WUZ RIDIN THEY DIKS

    NOW YA’LL ON SOME SOULJAH BOY SHIT

    UGK,CHAM,THUGGA,PAUL WALL FLIPPA,TRAE,Z-RO BEEN DOIN IT

    FUK DA HAYTAZ

    N DEY MOMMAZ

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  • D

    Fuck Atlanta!

  • zach

    Nigga, K-Rino has been runnin the houstan rap game since 1983, and is still putting out albums, he blows ever other rapper out of the water easily. “I’m like the letter A in the word Drama, so com-pre-hend it, I’m always in the middle of it and I always end it”

    • zach

      K Rino–”I’m schizophrenic Leprechaun crazy, I mate with robot ladies and create Deceptacon babies”

  • zach

    and if anybody didnt notice, Chamillionaire is a shitty artist and his opinion is also shit.