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  • Houston Rap High-Fives For 2010

    published Dec 30, 2010

    Earlier this week, the official Top 10 Houston Rap Albums of 2010 list was posted. Though initially the only real surprise on the list seemed to be the discreet Preemo wiggling his way through the tho... More >>

  • Remember Propain's #Departure?

    published Dec 30, 2010

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Pr... More >>

  • Herney The Great Is Really Doing It

    published Dec 29, 2010

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist ... More >>

  • Affiliated Soldierz Explain Longevity In The Rap Game

    published Dec 28, 2010

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask th... More >>

  • Top 10 Houston Rap Albums Of 2010
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    Top 10 Houston Rap Albums Of 2010

    published Dec 27, 2010

    This, as you've (hopefully) read, was a standout year for Houston rap. In addition to the shuffling that went on at the tip-top of the food chain (Bun, Slim, Trae, Paul, Cham, Z-Ro, Devin and even Lil... More >>

  • Bun B Resolves To Really Grind In 2011

    published Dec 27, 2010

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Pa... More >>

  • Houston Rap Year-End Odds And Ends

    published Dec 24, 2010

    We're seven days away from the beginning of the New Year. Let's make sure we go in there clean, shall we? Time to dump out the mailbag: First, stay tuned for our Top 10 Houston Rap Albums of the Year... More >>

  • Trae Vs. The Box: No. 2 Local Music Story Of 2010

    published Dec 23, 2010

    Rocks Off is counting down the Top 5 local music stories of 2010 this week. We have already covered Lightnin' Hopkins, Meridian and Fitzgerald's. In 2008, eight people were shot at Trae Day, a day sa... More >>

  • Remember Eskabel's Pep Talk?

    published Dec 23, 2010

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Es... More >>

  • Roky Moon & BOLT!, Glam-Rock Monsters Of Midtown

    published Dec 22, 2010

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist ... More >>

  • Eskabel: Ready To Get All Trae Tha Truth Tonight

    published Dec 21, 2010

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask th... More >>

  • Sarah Palin, Twitter, Weezy Top 2010's Most Tired Stories

    published Dec 20, 2010

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's ... More >>

  • Remember hasHBrown's Sounds from the Backseat?

    published Dec 17, 2010

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. h... More >>

  • Bun B, Rap Superhero, Feeds The Needy... And What Else?

    published Dec 17, 2010

    Bun B is many things: Beyond-influential rapper, college professor, entrepreneur and trillman (totally just made that word up). But above all else, he's long been recognized as a decent, caring and wi... More >>

  • DeAndre Wright, R&B Star On The Rise

    published Dec 15, 2010

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist ... More >>

  • iLL LiaD: Greek Tragedy Is Gangsta
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    iLL LiaD: Greek Tragedy Is Gangsta

    published Dec 14, 2010

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask th... More >>

  • Can Rap Be Blamed For Teen Prostitution?
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    Can Rap Be Blamed For Teen Prostitution?

    published Dec 14, 2010

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (or thereabouts) that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture... More >>

  • Nasty Nique EP Has The Heart Of A Champion

    published Dec 10, 2010

    This year, the New Houston Collective has really become a force. In no particular order, their attendance sheet: Fat Tony, Propain, B L A C K I E, Hollywood FLOSS, Preemo, Eskabel, Hubbard, Nosaprise,... More >>

  • Remember Kyle Hubbard's <em>Tomorrow in Retrospect</em>?
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    Remember Kyle Hubbard's Tomorrow in Retrospect?

    published Dec 09, 2010

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. K... More >>

  • Rainchild: Gigging Frogs And At A Club Near You

    published Dec 08, 2010

    Perhaps their riffs were just too overpowering, their noodling too caustic. Maybe their lyrics were too poignant and personal, or their drumbeating too tribal. Or maybe the scruffy realness of their c... More >>

  • Ramo: What Makes A Rapper Fresh?
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    Ramo: What Makes A Rapper "Fresh"?

    published Dec 07, 2010

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask th... More >>

  • What Were Rap's Best And Worst Events Of 2010?

    published Dec 06, 2010

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Pa... More >>

  • Z-Ro Is Now On Twitter - Both Of Him

    published Dec 03, 2010

    With the other guys, it made sense. Chamillionaire: The tech junkie? The basketball fan? The guy so confident in himself that he created a whole new unit of money measurement and then named himself... More >>

  • Remember Z-Ro's <em>Crack</em>?
    FEATURED STORY

    Remember Z-Ro's Crack?

    published Dec 02, 2010

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Z-... More >>

  • The Dead Revolt: Howling, Lizard-Free Indie Rock

    published Dec 01, 2010

    Rocks Off loves four things: The Dead: Zombies rock tits, there are no two ways about it. Revolts: As long as they are not aimed at the Rocks Off contingent, a revolt is just about the most inter... More >>

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