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  • Young Sensation Has All The Answers

    published Nov 30, 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 Do Rappers Read?
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    What Do Rappers Read?

    published Nov 29, 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 >>

  • Friday Night: Fat Tony And B L A C K I E At The Mink
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    Friday Night: Fat Tony And B L A C K I E At The Mink

    published Nov 29, 2010

    Fat Tony, B L A C K I E The Backroom at the Mink November 26, 2010 10:48 p.m.: Ah, the age-old Jacket Dilemma: Tonight, it is 40 or so degrees outside. And the only viable (free) parking spot near Th... More >>

  • Cory Mo's Star-Studded <em>It's Been About Time</em> Mixtape
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    Cory Mo's Star-Studded It's Been About Time Mixtape

    published Nov 26, 2010

    We've been writing about Houston rap for nearly three years now, and have yet to hear someone - ANYONE - say a bad thing about Cory Mo. Not once. That's remarkable. Given the sometimes irritable natur... More >>

  • Remember Thurogood Wordsmith's <em>The Appetizer</em> EP?
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    Remember Thurogood Wordsmith's The Appetizer EP?

    published Nov 25, 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. ... More >>

  • Roosh Williams: No College Rapper, Just Wicked Smart
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    Roosh Williams: No College Rapper, Just Wicked Smart

    published Nov 24, 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 >>

  • Will Lean: Screwed Up Click Alive And Well; He And Flip Cool
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    Will Lean: Screwed Up Click Alive And Well; He And Flip "Cool"

    published Nov 23, 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 them... More >>

  • What Is Houston Rap's Best Diss Song Ever?

    published Nov 22, 2010

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

  • New Tracks From Roosh Williams, Jack Freeman, Roderickvonn, Etc.

    published Nov 19, 2010

    Five Spot receives a fair amount of email each day. It's not a gross amount or obscene amount, just a fair amount. And scattered in between offers from Nigerian princes and penis-enhancement companies... More >>

  • Remember Slim Thug's Boss of all Bosses?

    published Nov 18, 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. Sl... More >>

  • JayyJust: More Than Your Ordinary Mandarin-Rapping Femcee
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    JayyJust: More Than Your Ordinary Mandarin-Rapping Femcee

    published Nov 17, 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 >>

  • Why No Latino Rappers At The Box's Los Magnificos Car Show?
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    Why No Latino Rappers At The Box's Los Magnificos Car Show?

    published Nov 16, 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 them... More >>

  • DJ Screw: Remembering Him 10 Years After His Death
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    DJ Screw: Remembering Him 10 Years After His Death

    published Nov 15, 2010

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Chris Ward, Chuckway, Kyl... More >>

  • Waiting For Nicki Minaj: Rap Existentialism At Hush

    published Nov 12, 2010

    8:15 p.m.: The premise is simple: Nicki Minaj, perhaps the most buzzy, interesting, interestingly buzzy female rapper of the last decade, will be at Hush tonight as part of her album release celebrati... More >>

  • Nicki Minaj: To Hate Or Not To Hate?

    published Nov 11, 2010

    Nicki Minaj will be in Houston tonight promoting her forthcoming debut album at Hush, a choice of venue that seems especially appropriate. This is good news for a lot of people. As these things tend t... More >>

  • Henry Darragh: Our New Favorite Houston Musician

    published Nov 10, 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 >>

  • Lil Wayne: Can He Stay Off Booze For Three Years?

    published Nov 10, 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 them... More >>

  • Is Rap Acceptable In Your Sex Mix?

    published Nov 09, 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 >>

  • Toy Story, Now Starring Houston Rappers

    published Nov 09, 2010

    At the Serrano household - among the toddler sect, anyway - the Toy Story trilogy is generally regarded as man's greatest creative achievement, followed closely by Reese's Sonic Blasts and poop jokes.... More >>

  • Remember H.I.S.D.'s The Weakend?

    published Nov 04, 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 >>

  • Fallen Grey Ready To Rise Through The Modern-Rock Ranks
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    Fallen Grey Ready To Rise Through The Modern-Rock Ranks

    published Nov 03, 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 >>

  • Top Five Rap Duos That Will Probably Never Happen
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    Top Five Rap Duos That Will Probably Never Happen

    published Nov 02, 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 >>

  • Alabama's Yelawolf Charms Houston At In-Store Mixer
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    Alabama's Yelawolf Charms Houston At In-Store Mixer

    published Nov 02, 2010

    Yelawolf, Alabama's most mystifying rapper, stopped by Sunday night for a show at the House of Blues as part of the prep for his forthcoming Trunk Muzik: 0 to 60. While Rocks Off was not allowed to a... More >>

  • What Is The Best TV Show Of All Time? Martin? Really?

    published Nov 01, 2010

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

  • Is hasHBrown Houston's Rap Mayor?

    published Oct 29, 2010

    Relatively speaking, producer turned rapper turned producer/rapper hasHBrown has mostly operated outside the reach of local acclaim; he has received zero HPMA nominations, zero print features and zero... More >>

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