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  • Notes from Ram Of Optimo Radio's Birthday Bash At Isis
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    Notes from Ram Of Optimo Radio's Birthday Bash At Isis

    published Sep 24, 2010

    Back in June, we made mention of Optimo Radio, a tiny online radio station that, miraculously and wonderfully, had set its playlist to Only Houston Underground Rap and refused to deviate from it. Sinc... More >>

  • Remember Nosaprise's <em>Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades</em>?
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    Remember Nosaprise's Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades?

    published Sep 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. No... More >>

  • Twenty Eleven: Houston's Answer To B.o.B.?
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    Twenty Eleven: Houston's Answer To B.o.B.?

    published Sep 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 >>

  • A Deep Discussion Of Thug Life With Thugz Of Normandy
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    A Deep Discussion Of Thug Life With Thugz Of Normandy

    published Sep 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 >>

  • Why Do Rappers Always Go Onstage So Late?

    published Sep 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 hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's P... More >>

  • Preemo's <em>Flight 713</em>: Houston Underground Rap's Newest Star
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    Preemo's Flight 713: Houston Underground Rap's Newest Star

    published Sep 17, 2010

    Preemo has earned a ton of praise this past year; and rightfully so. Concrete Dreams, his first proper full-length showing, remains to be one of the year's three best Houston rap albums. So when he ... More >>

  • First Play: V-Zilla's "Unsigned State of Mind" vs. Young Sensation's "Showcase Skillz"

    published Sep 16, 2010

    Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend to not like to -on the record, anyway - rank themselves or their albums or songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it... More >>

  • Remember J-Dawg's <em>Behind Tint Vol. 2</em>?
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    Remember J-Dawg's Behind Tint Vol. 2?

    published Sep 16, 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. ... More >>

  • Which Hip-Hop Movies Are The True Classics?

    published Sep 15, 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 >>

  • Krunkquistadors Also Keep It Trill After Hours

    published Sep 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 >>

  • Is Tupac Really One Of The Top Five MCs Ever?

    published Sep 13, 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 Pan... More >>

  • Notes From Yung Redd's Eviction Notice 4 Mixer

    published Sep 10, 2010

    There is an upcoming music feature in the print queue about Yung Redd, a young, talented, pugnacious-voiced MC who should be way more prominent within the Houston rap biosphere than he is but, for wha... More >>

  • Remember Lil Flip's Ahead Of My Time?

    published Sep 09, 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. Li... More >>

  • Flawless Escape: The Sun Also Rises On Dudes In Polo Shirts
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    Flawless Escape: The Sun Also Rises On Dudes In Polo Shirts

    published Sep 08, 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 >>

  • First Play: E. Wood's Dirty Harry Vs. Coast's Tonight You're A Star
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    First Play: E. Wood's "Dirty Harry" Vs. Coast's "Tonight You're A Star"

    published Sep 07, 2010

    Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend to not like to -on the record, anyway- rank themselves or their albums or songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it ... More >>

  • What Is The Best Pimp C Verse Of All Time?

    published Sep 07, 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 >>

  • Which Houston Rappers Are "Blowin' Money Fast"?

    published Sep 03, 2010

    This has been Ricky Rozay's summer, for certain. Teflon Don was, in short, a sparkly, magnanimously produced, well-acted-out album. By the way, let's just go ahead and keep pretending like the entire ... More >>

  • Remember J.D.G.'s <em>Fatherless Child</em>?
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    Remember J.D.G.'s Fatherless Child?

    published Sep 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. ... More >>

  • First Play: Kyle Hubbard's New School Slang Vs. hasHBrown's Grand Champion
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    First Play: Kyle Hubbard's "New School Slang" Vs. hasHBrown's "Grand Champion"

    published Sep 01, 2010

    Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend not to like - on the record, anyway - ranking themselves, their albums or their songs against each other or each other's. So we'll ... More >>

  • A dream Asleep: Furry-Friendly, Down With The Skeleton Dick
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    A dream Asleep: Furry-Friendly, Down With The Skeleton Dick

    published Sep 01, 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 >>

  • Is Diddy's Life Like <em>Coming to America</em>?
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    Is Diddy's Life Like Coming to America?

    published Aug 31, 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 Are The Two Best Rap Songs Of The Year?

    published Aug 30, 2010

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

  • Five Years After Katrina, Legendary K.O. Still Don't Like George Bush

    published Aug 27, 2010

    "George Bush ain't a gold digga, but he ain't messin' with no broke niggas." If Rocks Off were to make a list of memorable lines from underground Houston rap songs, that line from The Legendary K.O.'... More >>

  • Remember K-Rino's <em>Worst Rapper Alive</em>?
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    Remember K-Rino's Worst Rapper Alive?

    published Aug 26, 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. K... More >>

  • Lotus Effect Reacts To HPMA Win Rather... Dramatically

    published Aug 25, 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 >>

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