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The Best Houston Rappers of All Time

Houston, Texas — the city of syrup and swangas has blessed the rap world with some of the greatest lyricists, hitmakers and innovators of all time. This Southern jewel is the birthplace of a distinctive style that blends hypnotic chopped and screwed beats with profound and often gritty storytelling.

From the legendary Scarface, whose poignant storytelling and raw lyricism have made him not just the best rapper from Houston, but one of the greatest rappers of all time, to artists like Fat Pat, Mike Jones, and Slim Thug, who each in their own way have personified the essence of the Houston rap game. These rappers, through their unique voices and distinctive styles, have embodied the soul of H-Town and subsequently impacted the culture far beyond the city limits, influencing entire generation of MCs across the globe.

So let’s get into it. From Slim Thug, Mike Jones and Chamillionaire, to Bun B, Scarface and Z-Ro, here our fans rate the best Houston rappers of all time.



Discography: Mr. Scarface Is Back (1991), The World Is Yours (1993), The Diary (1994), The Untouchable (1997), My Homies (1998), The Last of a Dying Breed (2000), The Fix (2002), My Homies Part 2 (2006), Made (2007), Emeritus (2008), Deeply Rooted (2015)

Topping this list is the legendary Scarface, an MC whose influence on Houston’s hip hop scene and beyond is unrivaled. Known for his poignant storytelling and intense lyricism, Scarface’s body of work, both as a solo artist and as part of the legendary rap group Geto Boys, is a testament to his profound impact on the genre. Albums like The Diary and The Fix are critically acclaimed for their raw narratives and profound social commentary, delivered through Scarface’s world-weary voice. A pioneer in Southern hip hop, Scarface’s is not just the greatest Houston rapper, he’s arguably the most important.

Bun B


Discography: Too Hard to Swallow (1992), Super Tight (1994), Ridin’ Dirty (1996), Dirty Money (2001), Trill (2005), Underground Kingz (2007), II Trill (2008), UGK 4 Life (2009), Trill OG (2010), Trill OG: The Epilogue (2013), Return of the Trill (2018), TrillStatik (with Statik Selektah) (2019), Mo Trill (with Cory Mo) (2022)

Hailing from Port Arthur before settling in Houston, as one-half of the influential duo UGK, Bun B has shaped the trajectory of Southern hip-hop with his raw lyricism and compelling storytelling. His solo career further solidified his legendary status, with his debut album Trill peaking at number 6 on the Billboard 200. From discussing the struggles of street life to navigating fame, Bun B’s lyrics capture the essence of the Southern experience, while his masterful delivery and compelling presence behind the mic make him one of the greatest rap lyricists to emerge from the South. A bona fide legend, Bun B’s impact on Houston’s rap scene is profound and enduring.



Discography: Look What You Did to Me (1998), Z-Ro vs. the World (2000), King of da Ghetto (2001), Screwed Up Click Representa (2002), Z-Ro (2002), Life (2002), Z-Ro Tolerance (2003), The Life of Joseph W. McVey (2004), Let the Truth Be Told (2005), I’m Still Livin’ (2006), King of tha Ghetto: Power (2007), Crack (2008), Cocaine (2009), Heroin (2010), Meth (2011), Angel Dust (2012), The Crown (2014), Melting the Crown (2015), Drankin’ & Drivin’ (2016), Legendary (2016), No Love Boulevard (2017), Codeine (2017), Sadism (2018), Rohammad Ali (2020)

Distinguished by his profound lyricism and heartfelt melodies, Z-Ro is arguably one of the most impactful figures in the Houston rap landscape. His emotionally-charged rhymes, often touching upon themes of depression, poverty, and survival, resonate deeply with listeners, granting him the moniker of “The Mo City Don.” Albums like Look What You Did to Me and Let the Truth Be Told are considered southern rap classics and encapsulate Z-Ro’s deep understanding of the human condition, a quality that sets him apart from his peers and cements his standing as one of Houston’s best rappers. Not to mention, his voice anchors one of the greatest Southern rap songs of all time — Bun B’s 2005 anthem “Get Throwed.”

Devin the Dude


Discography: The Dude (1998), Just Tryin’ ta Live (2002), To tha X-Treme (2004), Waitin’ to Inhale (2007), Landing Gear (2008), Suite 420 (2010), Gotta Be Me (2010), One for the Road (2013), Acoustic Levitation (2017), Still Rollin’ Up: Somethin’ to Ride With (2019), Soulful Distance (2021)

Unconventional, eccentric, and deeply humanistic, Devin the Dude stands as an essential yet underrated pillar in Houston’s hip hop scene. His unique blend of humor-infused storytelling and smooth, laid-back flows make for a captivating listening experience that stretches beyond the conventional boundaries of hardcore rap. With critically acclaimed albums like Just Tryin’ ta Live and Waitin’ to Inhale, Devin’s vivid lyricism and unconventional perspectives on everyday life have won him respect from rap enthusiasts and fellow MCs alike. His seamless fusion of soulful melodies and intricate wordplay creates an immersive catalog that solidifies his position among Houston’s greatest.

Trae tha Truth


Discography: Losing Composure (2003), Same Thing Different Day (2004), Restless (2006), Life Goes On (2007), The Beginning (2008), Street King (2011), Tha Truth (2015), Tha Truth, Pt. 2 (2016), The Truth, Pt. 3 (2017), Hometown Hero (2018), Exhale (2019), Truth Season: The United Streets of America (2022)

With a career spanning over two decades, Trae tha Truth is not only one of Houston’s most respected rappers, but he’s also one of its most devoted community activists. Known for his gruff voice and gritty lyricism, Trae’s music is a testament to the trials and tribulations experienced on the streets of Houston. His discography, filled with critical gems like Restless and Life Goes On, exhibits a depth of emotion that distinguishes him in the realm of hardcore hip-hop. His humanitarian efforts, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, demonstrate the heart behind the hardcore exterior. Trae tha Truth embodies the resilience of Houston, both through his music and his actions, ensuring his legacy in the city’s rap history.

Paul Wall


Discography: Get Ya Mind Correct (with Chamillionaire) (2002), Chick Magnet (2004), The Peoples Champ (2005), Controversy Sells (with Chamillionaire) (2005), Get Money, Stay True (2007), Fast Life (2009), Heart of a Champion (2010), #Checkseason (2013), The Po-Up Poet (2014), Slab God (2015), Houston Oiler(2016), The Legalizers: Legalize or Die, Vol. 1 (with Baby Bash) (2016), Diamond Boyz (with C Stone) (2017), Bounce Backs over Setbacks (2018), The Legalizers, Vol. 2: Indoor Grow (with Baby Bash) (2018), Give Thanks (with Statik Selektah) (2019), Mind over Matter (2020), Slab Talk (with Lil’ Keke) (2020), Subculture (2020), Hall of Fame Hustler (2021), Start 2 Finish (with Termanology) (2022)

Dubbed “The People’s Champ,” Paul Wall’s impact on Houston’s rap scene and the wider hip-hop community is undeniable. With his signature style, distinctive Houston drawl, and unparalleled prowess in crafting infectious hooks, the Georgetown-born MC quickly made a name for himself with features on major hits like “Still Tippin’” and “Grillz.” His breakout album, The Peoples Champ, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, highlighting his knack for crossover appeal without losing his hardcore roots. Looking beyond the flashy bling-bling, Paul Wall’s lyricism is steeped in the code of the streets, love for his city, and the intrinsic ties between hip hop and Houston culture.

Slim Thug


Discography: Already Platinum (2005), Boss of All Bosses (2009), Tha Thug Show (2010), Boss Life (2013), Hogg Life: The Beginning (2015), Hogg Life, Vol. 2: Still Surviving (2015), Hogg Life, Vol. 3: Hustler of the Year (2015), Hogg Life, Vol. 4: American King (2016), Welcome 2 Houston (2017), The World Is Yours (2017), Suga Daddy Slim: On tha Prowl (2019), Thug Life (2020), SDS Vibes (2021), BIGslim (2022)

From the North Side of Houston emerged a figure that embodies the city’s hard-grind ethos: Slim Thug. Bursting onto the scene with his iconic baritone and unapologetic swagger, Slim Thug has been a staple of the H-Town sound since his early mixtapes.With a discography spanning two decades, including the gold-certified debut Already Platinum, Slim has established his standing in the rap game — featuring on a Beyonce hit single (“Check on It”) certainly helped raise his profile. He has consistently illustrated his adeptness for hard-hitting lyricism while painting a vivid picture of the hustle and hardship inherent in the Houston streets. Slim’s contributions have influenced a new generation of MCs and solidified his place among Houston’s hip hop elites.



Discography: The Sound of Revenge (2005), Ultimate Victory (2007)

Known for his chart-topping hit “Ridin’,” Chamillionaire is much more than a one-hit-wonder. The Grammy Award-winning artist has long been recognized as a skilled lyricist, capable of crafting complex narratives laced with witty wordplay and social commentary — just peep his Mixtape Messiah series if you don’t believe me. With his debut album The Sound of Revenge, Chamillionaire displayed a rare blend of commercial viability and underground credibility. His entrepreneurial spirit and foray into tech investing may have taken him out of the musical spotlight, but his influence on Houston’s rap scene and his impressive discography secures his spot among the city’s finest MCs.

Mike Jones


Discography: Who Is Mike Jones? (2005), The Voice (2009)

Who? Mike Jones, that’s who. The self-promoter extraordinaire burst onto the scene with his catchphrase-based marketing, but it’s his unique lyrical flair and memorable hooks that solidify his place on this list. With his unforgettable phone number refrain and his 2005 debut album Who Is Mike Jones?, he was one of the major forces of the 2000s Houston takeover. His platinum single “Still Tippin’” showcased his ability to blend street-smart lyricism with hypnotic Southern beats. Despite his relatively brief stint at the top, Jones left a lasting impression and remains a significant figure in the evolution of Houston hip hop and the city’s culture.

Fat Pat


Discography: Ghetto Dreams (1998), Throwed in da Game (1998), Fat Pat’s Greatest Hits (2001), Since The Gray Tapes (2004), Since The Gray Tapes Vol. 2 (2005), I Had a Ghetto Dream (2008)

As a cornerstone of the Houston rap scene, Fat Pat’s legacy is as rich as it is tragic. Despite his untimely death, the H-Town legend left an enduring impact on the city with his debut album, Ghetto Dreams. With an uncanny ability to weave intricate street tales with a smooth yet street-wise flow, Pat defined what it meant to be a Houston rapper. His influential tracks like “Tops Drop” and “Reality” proved his lyrical prowess, and his posthumous Throwed In Da Game release only further cemented his reputation. Fat Pat’s style and soul continue to echo throughout the Houston scene and beyond.

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