Swisha House/Asylum/Warner Bros.
Artist: Mike Jones
City: Houston, TX
Who? Mike Jones is typically relegated to a kitschy footnote in rap history. In all honesty, he was a gimmick, a fading star cut from the cloth that made names like Vanilla ice and MC Hammer mainstays in popular culture.
Sure, Mike Jones, the rapper, is forgetful. But, Who Is Mike Jones?, the album should be credited with rolling out the red carpet for Houston rap to graduate from mom and pop record stores and into Best Buy, Target and F.Y.E.
The album’s bulk is made up of certified BANGERS! “Still Tippin'”, “Turnin’ Lanes”, “Got it Sewed Up”, “Back Then” and the fabulous duet with Houston legend Big Moe, titled “Flossin'”.
I bought this album twice, after scratching my first copy. So, I can attest to how important it was to keep it rotating when Mike-mania was at its peak. Inadvertently, the album’s success was a sacrificial lamb that kick-started an infatuation with Houston rappers that still endures.