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Let’s get this out of the way. Jack Freeman could harmonize the phone book and you’d pay attention to every single note. Him appearing on Stak5’s “Excellence” is just icing on the street cake. If you recall, Stephen Jackson isn’t a rapper turned ball player, he’s a man who grew up in Port Arthur, Texas and just so happened to have dual skills in ball and rhyme. “Gumbo” with T.I., Jeezy & Rocko kept things Atlanta at best. “Excellence” is an entirely Houston based beast.

Slim Thug & Lil Keke join Stak5 in something that’s become tradition for director Michael Artis – hard close ups of famous Houston luminaries, smokey shots atop of rooftops that make his characters look more like The Kingpin from Marvel lore than actual rappers. It’s what works for him, the approaches by Mr. Boomtown before him. Only now Artis is fully aware of this and has gone to Michael Bay lengths to remind you of the importance of rappers looking imposing and strong. Although Stak5 never really need to look imposing, you remember what happened to Steve Francis, right?