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A Tribe Called Quest

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    March 11, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY"

    Who? Anthony Obi, aka Fat Tony, is a Nigerian-American rap musician from the great Third Ward, Houston, Texas. His his music is smart, fun and (according to Tony) "very enjoyable in Whataburger drive-thrus!" Home Base: "I like to keep it moving," Tony says. "I made my last two albums in Los Angele ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Damien Randle, K-OTIX Man of Action

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Damien Randle describes h ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun

    Who? This local vinyl junkie is known as DJ Good Grief. He has been involved in mixing & producing live music since around 11 years of age. He is M\mostly known for catering to Houston's hip-hop audience and DJing behind local celebrity and upcoming rap artists. "I dabble in all styles of music and ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    What the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Got Wrong This Year

    You can never get a Hall of Fame induction class exactly right. Every single year near the Super Bowl, the NFL's inductees have plenty of detractors. But there may not be a cattier Hall of Fame process than the one employed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Monday night, the Hall revealed its 201 ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Legendary K-OTIX Producer Russel "The ARE" Gonzalez

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. We first encountered Russel "T ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Chance the Rapper at Warehouse Live, 11/23/2013

    Chance the Rapper Warehouse Live November 23, 2013 Every time I walk inside of Warehouse Live, something about the east downtown venue seems more and more youthful. Maybe because I'm getting used to watching kids wear little to nothing at shows, but rap fans have a proclivity to seem tougher than t ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    The Pharcyde & K-OTIX at Fitzgerald's, 10/24/2013

    The Pharcyde, K-OTIX Fitzgerald's October 24, 2013 Hip-hop has evolved over the years of its existence more than any type of music in the same time period. Since the late '70s and early '80s, has moved from the simplistic beats and rhymes of Slick Rick and Sugar Hill Gang to the more provocative LL ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Fat Tony, "Regular Customer at Whataburger In Her Jacuzzi"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Slum Village at Fox Hollow, 5/29/2013

    Slum Village, Non Stop Rebels, Noon, All Day, Boi Dru Fox Hollow May 29, 2013 "Baby will you call me... the moment... you get there. Don't forget about me baby!"-- Aretha Franklin Judging from the crowd response at Fox Hollow last night, fans have not forgotten about the Detroit rap crew Slum Vill ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Nosaprise Opens His Book of the Dead Vol. 1

    You have to hand it to Nosaprise, although you can't help but worry a little too. This month The Houston rapper/musician's grownup job as an arts teacher presented an opportunity for him to attend a lecture in Nigeria -- travel expenses paid -- and he stuck around to visit family and perform a littl ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Remembering Hip-Hop Mogul Chris Lighty

    Sitting at my desk for the past day or so, I've struggled to come up with words about numerous subjects. Since Sunday, I've had to assume control of my dad's company with him being in the hospital threatening critical condition. I've never been more scared or felt more vulnerable at that point - f ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Doeman's The Understatement Debut Tape Is Hardly Understated

    That young man up there, that's Doeman. He is yet another talented local rapper hoping to rise above Houston's intimidating Talented Rapper scrum. He recently released a tape called The Understatement. The video is for a song from it. If you watch it, three things are obvious, each of which he expan ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Rap Round Table: Wu-Tang vs. N.W.A. vs. A Tribe Called Quest

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Mic Skills, E.S.G., Chingo Bling, D-Risha, Kiotti, Mac, Yung Redd, Damien Randle, Yung Truth, Fat Tony Not Invited: Whoever gav ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Friday Night: El-P & Killer Mike at Warehouse Live

    El-P, Killer Mike Warehouse Live June 22, 2012 A small but lively crowd packed into the studio at Warehouse Live on Friday night for performances by two polarly opposite yet complementary artists, who together have created two of the most adventurous and innovative rap productions to be released th ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    7 Ridiculous Fan Nicknames, And 1 That Doesn't Suck

    ​And a woman asked, Master, what about fandom? And he answered: You would coin a name for your disciples. A true star must have pet names for her fans, as a frat boy has nicknames for his dipper. Pop the hood for the most ridiculous celebrity fan nicknames.

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    July 5, 2011

    Mr. 16 Addresses I'm Gay, Amber Rose & More

    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 to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    We Can't Be Stopped: Best Houston Album Ever Turns 20 Years Old

    ​Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the Geto Boys' We Can't Be Stopped. It is the most important Houston album of all time. Everyone understands this reflexively, even if they don't understand why they understand that. It has likely been written about more than any other piece o ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Top 10 Dancing Mascots In Rock & Hip-Hop

    blastfurnacetv.wordpress.com​Today, Mark "Bez" Berry from the Happy Mondays turns 46, which is a feat unto itself, considering the amount of drugs that his band did in their heyday. Bez was the band's dancer until their breakup in 1993, when he joined Black Grape with Shaun Ryder. Today he is ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Seven Food-Inspired Rap Songs

    Yeah, they actually exist. Here are seven tasty rap tributes to food sure to get you salivating. 7. Freestyle Fellowship - "Cornbread" Aceyalone recommends a meal plan that will have you reaching for a bottle of Pepto. Cherry coke, cantaloupe, and a trip to the chocolate bar? Uh...no, ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    The Seven Most Memorable Rap Beatdowns

    Wreckx-n-Effect went New Jack Swing on A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip in 1993.​When pop stars and Hollywood types need to settle a score, they take it to the courtroom. Hip-hop, however, operates by a different code: If you act up, you will get smacked up. Rocks Off was reminded of this when a m ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    The 10 Best Rock Samples In Hip-Hop

    ​Rocks Off just finished reading Ian Christe's 2007 Van Halen biography, Everybody Wants Some, which chronicles the band's history from the Van Halen boys' entry into the U.S., the upbringing of David Lee Roth, and devastating, fatal 1985 crash into Mount Sammy Hagar. Sad stuff if you're a Rot ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Das Racist: Deconstructing The Rappers' References

    ​Over the past two years, Das Racist has been a Pitchfork favorite and highly revered for their witty, perhaps smarmy delivery of mostly historical and pop-culture references. The duo - trio if you include their hypeman, Dap, and quartet if you include their hypeman's hypeman, Lakutis - is com ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    1991: Best Music Year Ever?

    Rocks Off Sr.'s choice for 1991's best album.​1991 was one of the biggest years in modern music. It was when metal went pop, radio country ruled, grunge went mainstream, and rap began its climb to chart dominance, even if it was spearheaded by a white candy rapper from Dallas. There were man ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    The Top 10 Female-Friendly Rap Songs

    streethop.comLadies Love Cool James: LL Cool J on The View​Chris Rock once said that women don't pay attention to rap lyrics. Truth be told, most casual hip-hop fans - male and female - rarely pay attention to lyrics. As long as the beat is catchy, they'll drop down and get their eagle on all ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Ask A Rapper: 2 Man Army's Praphecy Talks Nelly, Tribe, Arrested Development and Journey

    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 to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston@ ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: The World Of Ghost Mountain

    ​Tomorrow night at Walter's On Washington, three Houston bands throw down their first gigs of 2010. For Roky Moon & Bolt they have a new album in the offing and the future seems pretty clear cut. They are riding into this new year with quite an amount of steam behind them from most all the mus ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    The Last Roundup: New Wilco LP, Tori Amos, G.I. Joe Junkies, D Rose and More

    Once again Rocks Off has been scanning Houston's music-oriented blogs so you don't have to. But go ahead and do it anyway. Breakfast On Tour has a link to stream the new Wilco album, conveniently called Wilco (The Album) and due June 30. Like Rocks Off often does, Dryvetyme Onlyne has been thinking ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    Brand Nubian

    Hip-hop veterans relax the rhetoric without killing the message

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    June 28, 2007

    Little Brother

    Little Brother performs Friday, June 29, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. Orgone and DJ Haul also perform.

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    May 10, 2007

    Houston Radio Still Sucks

    David Sadof shares his dream station with Racket

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    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

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    February 2, 2006

    Glazed Tracks

    This sweet party is Dee place to be

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    February 2, 2006
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    December 29, 2005

    Comeback Clips

    A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download

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    April 14, 2005

    Fannypack

    See You Next Tuesday

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    March 31, 2005

    Steal These Albums

    The ten most dangerous and radical hip-hop records of all time

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    September 30, 2004

    How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long

    Another outpost of crap plops onto the Houston dial, as this open letter reveals

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    September 16, 2004

    Golden Homies

    Rap firebrands Brand Nubian mellow with age

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    July 27, 2000

    Rotation

    Lucy Pearl: Lucy Pearl

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    June 1, 2000

    Local Rotation

    I-45 Lost Between the Lines

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    September 16, 1999

    French Connection

    Stereolab: The best band you've never understood

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    July 2, 1998
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    April 10, 1997

    Jungle Beat

    Hip-hop's great lost act is ready to give it another try

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    July 25, 1996
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