It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years since ESG dropped Shinin’ n’ Grindin’…one of my all-time favorite SUC classics. Just thinking of ‘Realest Rhymin’’ immediately takes me back to hazy neighborhood voyages in the Pathfinder shaking the block with a trunk full of Orions. The hip-hop industry has progressed…or regressed, a great deal since the SUC ruled the south in the late 90’s-early 00’s. Even worse, it seems each year we lose yet another legend from Houston’s southside. Thankfully, there’s still a handful of SUC originators putting it down for the southside of H-Town. ESG’s latest banger, ‘Southside Still Holding’, is an instant classic that struts with timeless SUC swagger. The grimy twang in his voice has aged slightly, but this is the ESG from nearly two decades ago back to let the world know he’s still sailin’ da south on an ocean of funk.

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