May 16, 2016

Trinity Garden Cartel - The Ghetto My Hood (1992)


Trinity Garden Cartel is the seminal Houston rap group that most people have been sleeping on. From what I've seen, it doesn't seem like these guys were too closely affiliated with any major Houston scene; they weren't signed to Rap-A-Lot, Bigtyme, or a part of the South Park Coalition or early Screwed Up Click--they were just their own thing. I guess that's why this influential group doesn't get a whole lot of attention outside of the truest hip hop O.G.'s. The Ghetto My Hood dominates by way of assertive rhymes, dope flows, killer lyrics, and consistent concepts. The instrumentals ride on some familiar dirty south basslines (such as Bill Withers and Isaac Hayes), but the scratching, pitch-shifting, etc makes them pretty damn original. A totally dope album from start to finish which echoes the raw-funk cuts of the Geto Boys and South Park Coalition. It's also been established that TGC's debut is the first album to ever feature cover art designed by the legendary graphics company, Pen N Pixel. How about that?

Sample

The Ghetto My Hood