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  • Artist of the Week: Six Questions With B L A C K I E

    published Nov 02, 2011

    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 >>

  • Ask A Rapper: Discussing the Six Worse Rap Collaborations Ever

    published Nov 01, 2011

    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 ... More >>

  • Rap Round Table: Which is the Best Halloween-y Rap Song?

    published Nov 01, 2011

    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: Slim Thug, Mug, Yung Redd... More >>

  • Return of the King: Willie D is Back

    published Oct 28, 2011

    Last night, we had a meeting re: an upcoming story. Betwixt the foot rubs from the barely clothed supermodels that HP employs (both male and female because attractive is attractive, yo) and taking d... More >>

  • Remember Mookie Jones' P.A.N.?

    published Oct 27, 2011

    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. M... More >>

  • Artist of the Week: Harts Of Oak

    published Oct 26, 2011

    Each Wednesday (almost), 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 o... More >>

  • Rap's Most Anticipated Upcoming Albums

    published Oct 25, 2011

    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 Is The Best Bone Thugz-N-Harmony Song Ever?

    published Oct 24, 2011

    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 >>

  • Saturday Night: LMFAO At House Of Blues
    FEATURED STORY

    Saturday Night: LMFAO At House Of Blues

    published Oct 24, 2011

    LMFAO House of Blues October 22, 2011 9:11 p.m.: Generally, this would be too early to get a show. But tonight, Kreayshawn, one of hip-hop's most incendiary acts, is performing. We did not want to ri... More >>

  • Clean Out Your Locker, Bring Me Your Playbook: A Championship Tale

    published Oct 21, 2011

    Two months ago, Rocks Off wrote about the less-than-auspicious start of the under-15 football team we have been coaching. Two nights ago, they played in the championship game. It was a remarkable tur... More >>

  • Remember Chane's Samplified Successor?

    published Oct 20, 2011

    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. C... More >>

  • Artist of the Week: The Last Ones

    published Oct 19, 2011

    Rocks Off wrote this in July 2010: Lead guitarist Daniel de Luna is a monster all the time, but he's absolutely uncontainable when he's playing anything with a bluesy riff to it. If he felt like ligh... More >>

  • The Six Best (Or Worst) Rapper Name Changes
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    The Six Best (Or Worst) Rapper Name Changes

    published Oct 18, 2011

    ‚ÄčThe 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... More >>

  • How Much Has Hip-Hop Affected Race Relations?

    published Oct 17, 2011

    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 P... More >>

  • Houston Rap's Offensive Starting Lineup

    published Oct 14, 2011

    Earlier this week, the defensive starters for the Houston rap football team were announced. They are a surly, nasty, potentially deadly bunch. They play hard and fast and with abandon. Today, the of... More >>

  • Y'all Musta Forgot: CQ and t.h.e. MisFit Crazy-8's The Sunday Soapbox

    published Oct 13, 2011

    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 >>

  • Cop Warmth: Out For Beer And Blood

    published Oct 11, 2011

    Each Wednesday (almost), 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 o... More >>

  • Ask A Rapper: Renzo

    published Oct 11, 2011

    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 ... More >>

  • The Houston Rap Football Team's Defensive Starters

    published Oct 11, 2011

    Just about a month ago, we wrote about how some of the plays in the playbook of the under-15 football team we coach were disguised with names of Houston rappers and/or songs. Shortly after it posted, ... More >>

  • Rap Round Table: Which Houston Rapper Needs His Own Television Show?

    published Oct 10, 2011

    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 P... More >>

  • Remember Marcus Manchild's Preseason 2?

    published Oct 06, 2011

    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. T... More >>

  • Rappers Predict The Best & Worst Of BET's Hip-Hop Awards

    published Oct 04, 2011

    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 P... More >>

  • Top 6 Most Underappreciated Hip-Hop Albums, By Le$

    published Oct 04, 2011

    This Week's Rapper: Le$ (pronounced "Less," though it's way more fun to call him L-E-dollar sign) This Week's Topic: Underappreciated albums, mixtapes, songs, etc. Last year, Le$ released a very goo... More >>

  • The Houston Press Underground Rap Awards, Vol. 3

    published Sep 30, 2011

    We are 75 percent of the way through with 2011, and somehow it is still unclear: a) Which underground rapper is having the best year; b) Which is the best underground rap song of the year; c) Which un... More >>

  • Z-Ro's <em>Meth</em> Puts Him Back In <em>Crack</em> Form
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    Z-Ro's Meth Puts Him Back In Crack Form

    published Sep 30, 2011

    Three years ago, Z-Ro, man turned machine turned man, released Crack, the first in his semi-appreciated "Drug Albums" series. And it was splendid; courageous, aggressive, ambitious, more. Nobody antic... More >>

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