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Welcome to a special episode of The Cipher. This is an episode dedicated to Houston. Like countless people around the world, we were devastated by news of Hurricane Harvey and its effects on the city. If you’re a regular listener, you’ve noticed that we have many episodes discussing Houston music and culture with the city’s artists, businesspeople, and authors.

So, because of that love for Houston’s music, culture, and most of all its people, we decided to reach out to three H-town rap legends and find out what’s really going on in the storm and its aftermath, and to find out what you can do to help. We caught up by phone with Trae tha Truth, Killa Kyleon, and Z-Ro. All three have been involved in recovery efforts —in fact, you may have seen Trae on the news, rescuing people by boat. And all three have seen first-hand the devastation the storm has caused.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. Trae Tha Truth Helps Rescue Evacuees In Hurricane Harvey
  2. Trae the Truth, “Still Out Here”
  3. NPR, “Red Cross Exec Doesn’t Know What Portion Of Donations Go To Harvey Relief”
  4. PRESIDENT TRUMP to Give $1 Million of His Own Money to Texas Flood Victims
  5. Tweet from Kyle Griffin
  6. Slim Thug & Killa Kyleon, “Money, Power, Respoct Flow”
  7. CNN, “Houston knew it was at risk of flooding, so why didn’t the city evacuate?”
  8. Slim Thug f/GT Garza, Propain, Propain, Killa Kyleon, Delorean, & Doughbeezy, “Welcome 2 Houston 2”
  9. Slim Thug, “Boss Life”
  10. Magno, “Greens Point Of View”
  11. Z-Ro and the S.U.C., “Drag Em In The River Freestyle”
  12. Z-Ro, “Houston 2Gether”
  13. Z-Ro, “Houston 2Gether”
  14. Paul Wall f/Slim Thug, J-Dawg, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, & Chamillionaire, “Swanging In the Rain - Remix”
  15. Hip Hop Awards Cypher: Chocolate Droppa and Lil Wayne Face Off [Explicit]
  16. Z-Ro, “Houston 2Gether”

Show notes:

  1. WE ARE ONE! HurricaneHarvey Relief
  2. Houston Press, “Addicks and Barker Reservoirs Continue to Release Water Flooding Buffalo Bayou [UPDATED]”
  3. Z-Ro, “Houston 2Gether” single
  4. Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
  5. Raw Story, “Trump pledged $1 million to Harvey victims — but Hurricane Sandy survivors are still waiting on 2012 pledge”
  6. Vox, “All the rain that Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, in one massive water drop”
  7. The Washington Post, “Harvey unloaded 33 trillion gallons of water in the U.S.”
  8. Isiah Factor, “The Launch of the Boss Life Foundation”
  9. Slim Thug Instagram
  10. Boss Life Instagram
  11. Boss Life World
  12. Boss Life Foundation Facebook page
  13. ProPublica, “Where the Government Spends to Keep People in Flood-Prone Houston Neighborhoods”
  14. Stephen Jackson Instagram
  15. Stephen Jackson’s Jack 1 Foundation
  16. Sneaky Eats Instagram
  17. Da Dreak website
  18. Angel by Nature
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