Justice Allah, member of the group 144 ELiTE, discusses the problem of drank in HOUSTON RAP TAPES:

“People think codeine is safe. They think that, you know, this is safe, and it’s a fruity, fun type of drug, but they don’t understand what happens to they bodies once codeine is processed through the liver and everything…it’s highly addictive. People are not just doing it for fun. It starts out as a certain thing, but then it ends up bein’ something that you have to go through withdrawals and everything to try to get off of it….it’s definitely not a joke, and you’d think after all these years, and after all the major Houston rap artists and other people that have died from it, somebody would finally stand up and finally say, ‘Hey, man, this stuff here is a drug!’ It’s not just a fruity drink that you po’ing it up in sodas and stuff.”

From an interview with K-Rino by Lance Scott Walker in the new Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap Tapes:

“Houston is a cool city because number one: I like the weather. I like to play basketball, so it’s the only place I know where I can shoot hoop year-round…it’s an independent city. A lot of people do they own thing out here. We’re not predominantly followers. We pretty much do our own thing in Houston. A few people tryin’ to claim gangs and all that but that ain’t too prevalent out here to my knowledge. But it’s a cool city, man, and with the music scene bein’ like it is now, there’s a bigger spotlight on the city now because the world’s attention is on Houston now.

“I’ll go visit a lot of places but I wouldn’t trade just livin’ in Houston for nowhere.”