Houston, TX – Marijuana-loving MC Devin The Dude has built a comfortable solo career after branching out from his Houston rap collective, Odd Squad, in the late ‘90s. Originally signed to infamous independent label Rap-A-Lot Records, he released four albums with the imprint, beginning with 1998’s The Dude and culminating with 2007’s Waitin’ To Exhale.

He credits The Geto Boys mastermind and former labelmate Scarface for encouraging him to take the solo route despite the fact he traditionally preferred being in groups.

“The Dude was my first solo album,” Devin explains to HipHopDX. “I didn’t even want to do a solo album, but Scarface asked me to do one. He was like, ‘What do you think about doing a solo album?’ I wasn’t sure because I had always been part of a group. I’d always loved groups. I used to be a part of breakdancing groups all the time and rap crews. I was always about power in numbers, but he was kind of adamant about me going solo.”

Devin also had concerns his Odd Squad posse would dissuade his pursuits even if he did decide to work on his own, but to

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