I honestly don’t think I’d ever get a chance to enjoy Rosewood Thievz without a few friends along the way. The Third Ward group has the most barebones of web pages, a splash of their Enter The Terrordome mixtape, a Soundcloud stream and a download link and little to no information on who they are on social media. Yet the recorded in a basement with a dusty mic feel of Enter The Terrordome destroys the idea that their anonymity means they’re terrible. Far from it.

“Giants” tosses around the classic Jack & The Beanstalk sing-song inside of thunderous bass and Texas bounce, “Put Ya Work In” ups the shock value of any horrorcore Geto Boys release by wondering when does Maliah Obama turn 18, turning Frutopia’s into druggy concoctions and wisely sticking to the script. The terrordome is a pretty rough product but it employs a bit of charm, that it sort of exists in 2013 with little to no intent of touching anything swang & bang Houston. There’s no hints of anything out of Lil Keke’s big book of Houston rap slang or an attempt to be anything other than themselves. It’s dusty, it’s in your face and easily one of the better guilty pleasure tapes of the year.

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