Subject:

Andre Benjamin

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Debonair Lounge Mondays at Cafe 4212 Are a Must

    People are spilling out the door of this little lounge on Almeda, a rare sight for a Monday night. Most bars in this area are ghost towns, closed for the night to avoid the dreaded weekday slump. But not Café 4212 (4212 Almeda). On Mondays, the cozy lounge straddling the Museum District and Third ... More >>

  • Music

    July 17, 2014

    Monday Is the New Friday at Debonair Lounge

    Smooth soul and high fashion over at 4212.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Making Magic on the Beach at Hangout Music Festival 2014

    "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. With an equal opportunity, for all to sing, dance and clap their hands." -- Stevie Wonder There is something absolutely incredible about music. The way it acts as a conduit of expression and celebration, attracting multitudes of pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The 20 Best Songs We Heard In April

    "A House Is a Home," Ben & Ellen Harper Grammy winner Ben Harper teams up with his mother, Ellen, for Childhood Home, which releases this week. This is the first single from the album. Their tender harmonies and reflections here are like flipping through a family photo album, reminding us of every t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Flamin' Groovies, John Legend, Tom Jones, etc.

    El Dorado Ballroom Dedication El Dorado Ballroom May 2 & 3 (dedication) It seems like Houston has remembered it even has a history only very recently, so it must be making up for lost time now. Less than five years since the Lightnin' Hopkins Texas Historical Marker was erected on the grounds of Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Just Who Is OutKast Again?

    Two years ago at Coachella, Dr. Dre reunited with his The Chronic homie Snoop Dogg, a standout performance that also featured a special appearance by Hologram Tupac Shakur. Last year, it was '90s backpack-rap group Jurassic 5's turn to reunite in the desert. Last week another hip-hop reunion was ann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Justin Timberlake's Top 10 Collaborations

    Justin Timberlake, the former *NSYNC member, Mouseketeer, and Mr. Britney Spears, will grace H-Town with this dreamy blue eyes and Jacksonesque dance moves as he hits the Toyota Center stage tomorrow. Although JT has always been a star, shining bright as the de facto leader of the world's most popul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Jambalaya Festival at Bayou Music Center, 5/23/2013

    Jambalaya Festival Bayou Music Center May 23, 2013 Ingredients: Houston, Texas A roomful of screaming, dancing teens G-Eazy, RL Grime, Big Boi, Zeds Dead, Earlwolf Instructions: 1. Open the doors of Bayou Music Center at approximately 4 p.m. Allow scores of teenage hip-hop enthusiasts t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    I Hate Beyonce's New "Back to Black" Cover With My Entire Soul

    Since the first thing that comes to mind about New York during the roaring 1920's is dubstep, Autotune, and, of course, Andre 3000 and Beyonce, the producers of the new The Great Gatsby movie have forced this little ditty upon us from the upcoming soundtrack. Bey and Andre's collaboration on Amy Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    T.I. Unveils Trouble Man at Houston's Wire Road Studios

    T.I. is no Marvin Gaye. Or is he? Both men were blessed with supreme talent as musicians and songwriters. Both men exhibit an overflowing charisma and a flair for the dramatic. Both men chose acting as a supplementary alternative expression of their talents. Both men were also cursed with an unfor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    That Purple Bastard: Houston's Reluctant "Remix King"

    "Can I call myself a Remix King when nobody knows who the fuck I am?" --Purple Bastard Purple Bastard has a beard. Or maybe A Beard has a purple bastard? Not sure. No matter. It's not important. What is is that he stands out, even though it's the least overwhelming STANDS OUT of all. And that's ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Spotify's Houston Top 10 Singles Is, Uh, Yeah...

    This past weekend I was at Academy near my house filling out paperwork to buy a shotgun and the One Direction single "What Makes You Beautiful" was playing over the store speaker system. Before that moment I had thought that One Direction only existed in emails from PR agents, my music listings, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    We Tell You Who Will Win Grammys So You Don't Have To Watch Them

    SPOILER ALERT​The best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Smooth: 10 Definitive Neo-Soul Tracks

    Nearly 12 years after the release of Voodoo, Michael Eugene Archer, better known for his stage name, D'Angelo, has emerged out of his self-imposed exile. After doing battle with drugs and alcohol for a decade, last week the singer kicked off a European tour entitled The D-Tour, for his first live pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Hip-Hop, Interrupted: 7 Rappers That Should Be More Active

    Hip-hop is a genre full of guys who put out a new album or mixtape seemingly every single month. They just can't stop, even when they're incarcerated in some cases (see: Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, and TI). It's as if rapping really is as much of a competition as they make it out to be and they're in a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Rap Round Table: If You Could Only Listen To One Musician For All Of Time, Who Would It Be?

    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: Killa Kyleon, Zavey, kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Mac, Doughbeezy, A.D.D., Medicine Girl, more. Not Invited: The guy at our sons' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    5 Young Jeezy Quotes To Get You Laid On New Years

    If you've spent the better part of six years needing a hood, ignorant (and in the words of Jay Bilas' prophetic) New Years celebration, leave it to Young Jeezy to supply all your needs and demands. Who cares if you don't flip bricks or do things that the Snowman does -- just know he has you covered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Five Musical MILFs Who Rocked Pregnancy

    Beyoncé's ever-changing baby bump.​In the world of prominent celebrities, it's headlining news even if that famous person sneezes. So in when Houston's own Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the 2011 VMA's in August, the media and fans went into a frenzy of reactions. Some were elated, some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Is Tha Carter IV Really Better Than Watch The Throne?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday (and soon after when it is), Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Chane, Kiotti, Dough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Last Night: Bootsy Collins At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Groovehouse​Bootsy Collins & Funk U-Nity Warehouse Live June 16, 2011 See more fabulous funksmanship in our slideshow. Funk is good for the soul. There's no denying it. After 12 hours at the office Thursday, Aftermath entered Warehouse Live clenched tight as an oyster. A whopping t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Beyonce Throws A "Party" With Kanye, Andre 3000 & Slick Rick

    ​Beyonce's wildly anticipated 4 has leaked three weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. One of the songs on the album, "Party," finds Bey joining forces with Kanye West and rap's greatest hermit Andre 3000. It starts with a classic Kanyeism: "You a bad girl and your friend's bad too/Oh, y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    The Best & Weirdest Pictures Of Prince 4 U

    The symbol for "scrumptious"...​Today is Prince's 53rd birthday, making him just 4 days older than Rocks Off's dad, which puts things in perspective. When Prince was wearing an assless catsuit on televsion and writing "slave" on his face, Craig Sr. was teaching his son how 2 throw a baseball. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Musician Movie Cameos

    Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.​Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Top Five Rap Duos That Will Probably Never Happen

    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 sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Three Overrated, Underrated And Perfectly Rated Rappers

    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 sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Is Chris Brown Officially Unshunned?

    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. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Yung Redd, Fat Tony, Thurogood Wordsmith, Kyle Hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Is Tupac Really One Of The Top Five MCs Ever?

    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. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Trae, Mr. Lee, V-Zilla, Fat Tony, Candi Redd, Yung ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Wine-O: Ex-Spiritual Rapper Set To Go "Bang Bang"

    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 introducinglisto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Remember Devin The Dude's Waitin' To Inhale?

    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. Devin the Dude Waitin' to Inhale (2007, Rap-A-Lot) ​For the breadth of his decade-long caree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Best Rap Album Of The Year

    ​Big Boi has never been a particularly imposing rapper. He just hasn't been. Now wait a second, fuckers. Before you get all "No, he's phenomenal!" just out of sheer contrarian instinct, think on it for a second. When have you ever heard his name mentioned in any Greatest Rapper Ever discussio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Does Being An Actor Compromise Your Rap Career?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Paul Wall, Damien Randle, Sam Sneed Not Invited: Freekey Zeekey, for getting Dipset back together ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Musical Moms That Make Us Melt

    ​ With Mother's Day fast approaching, we can't help but recognize all the hot rocker mamas out there making music and babies. It can't be easy to write the next great pop song and have a tiny human being inside you sucking nutrients from your body, in the process girding their loins for making you ... More >>

  • Music

    April 15, 2010

    The Dude Abides

    Houston hip-hop's No. 1 pot advocate checks into Suite 420, but there's more than weed smoking going on.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Turning the Screw: UGK, DMX, Common, The Kanye, T.I., Ice Cube, Trick Daddy, Lil Keke and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., "Attack of Hollywood" Wire To Wire The new UGK is really good. Buy it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    SXSW Journal: Wild Moccasins, Day 2

    [How bassist Nicholas Cody of Houston's Wild Moccasins spent his SXSW Thursday.]After playing three shows in one day, including our official showcase, we all looked forward to being able to relax and having time to watch some free day shows. Thursday began with a little cable television, but then we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Aftermath: Lil Wayne at Toyota Center

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Lil' Wayne makes me think about how complicated oatmeal is. Because what is it, this oatmeal? Is it breakfast or is it glue? Is it what gives you everything necessary for fulfillment or is it that stuff that everyone used to eat but now avoids because of its clumpy dispositi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.

    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 that isn't awful? Email their particulars to introducingliston@gmail.com. Despite his goofy name, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Turning the Screw: B L A C K I E, Dizzee Rascal, X-Clan & Bun B, Eminem, Pitbull, T.I., Common, Snoop Dogg and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: B L A C K I E, "I Write On Money" Wire To Wire Dizzee Rascal was released from custody following ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Download: Pimp C, 1973-2007

    A quick note: This isn't by any means a definitive Pimp C playlist. Over on the XXL blogs, Noz is doing an amazing job unearthing all manner of Pimp-related rarities, and you owe it to yourself to dig a little deeper and check it out. 1. Solomon Burke: "Got to Get You Off of My Mind." Preview/Buy f ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2006
Loading...