Propain: Ridin’ Slab – The Aftermath

Written By: Maddie for Houston TREND

Recently, I had the opportunity to see Propain perform live.  My night of awesomeness started before I even entered Warehouse Live to witness Propain bless the stage.  Walking to the venue I ran into King Keraun. If you live in Houston and don’t know who that is you have to be living under a rock. Keraun is a comedian out of Missouri City that is killing Vine and YouTube with his comedic videos.  Once we got to the door I ran into another one of my Houston favorites, Mac of Undergravity.  I’ve been a fan of Undergravity for at least the last two years.  It turned out that I had just missed Undergravity’s performance and entered at the end of Mc Beezy’s set.


Once Propain hit the stage, you could instantly feel the crowd gather to the stage in anticipation for Propain to rock the mic.  He performed all of my favorite songs off of Ridin Slab such as You on You, Louder, Got A Problem, Two Rounds, and All Day.  According to twitter Propain had no promoters, no sponsors, booked his own venue and still had a sold out event.   Houston really came out and supported him from artists like Kirko, Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Doughbeezy, and Lee Lonn, who were on the mixtape to Kab Tha Don, HoodStar Chantz, and Duck who were in the crowd.

Had a chance to ask Propain a few questions.

Maddie: When did you start rapping?

Propain: I started rapping when I was in elementary. Bone Thugs N Harmony’s E 1999 was what made me want to become a rapper. I started writing music in the 7th grade and I never stopped from there.

Which artists inspired you to start doing music?

Nas, Jay-z and the Screwed Up Click.

Many people think hip hop is all about collaborations.  What artist have you had the most fun collaborating with?

I really enjoy collabs. Some of my favorites would have to be with Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Lee-Lonn, Doughbeezy, and Eve. Oh and I can’t forget Short Dawg. We got some heat together!

Which part of being an artist do you like most, performing live or the process of making and recording music?

Tough one. They both give me different feelings. I just love to touch people lives, help get them through situations in life, both good and bad.

What makes your music stand out from other artists?

It’s me. And being that there’s only one of each of us in the world, its makes it easy to stand out. Especially when everyone’s trying to sound like someone else.


What is your favorite album of all time?

Can’t pick one. Be by Common, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, American Gangster by Jay-Z and Thriller. 

What do you want people to take from your music after they listen?

That they can achieve anything they want to and that you can make it from even the worst of situations. That underdogs can win.


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