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Assholes by Nature

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Trial Connected to June 2012 Trae Tha Truth Shooting Underway

    A civil trial is underway in Harris County District Court, with county attorneys seeking an injuction that would forbid 16 alleged gang members --including a man who was later arrested and charged for the June 2012 shooting that killed three people and wounded popular Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth - ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2013

    Inglorious Basterds

    12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The Top 10 Houston Music Stories of 2012

    Looking back over the major music-related stories around Houston the past 11 and a half months, 2012 was light on the kind of headlines you'll usually see in a year-end "music scene" recap: Obituaries, arrests, venues closing down, malfeasance, bad behavior, that sort of thing. There was some of tha ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting That Also Wounded Trae Tha Truth

    Trae Tha Truth Releases Statement on Wednesday's ABN Shooting HPD Releases ABN Shooting Report: Poppa C Was Target Reports: ABN's Dinky D, Poppa C Shot Dead Outside Strip Club: A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline Houston Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that killed three pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Trae The Truth Injured And Coy Thompson, 23, Erica Rochelle Dotson, 30, and Carlos Durell Dorsey, 31, Dead: Bayou Body Count Nos. 84-86

    A wild parking-lot shootout at a southwest side strip club left three people dead and popular rapper Trae the Truth injured, police say. Coy Thompson, 23, Erica Rochelle Dotson, 30, and Carlos Durell Dorsey, 31 were killed around 3:15 a.m. at the Diamond Club in the 9800 block of Westpark Drive. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    HPD Releases ABN Shooting Report: Poppa C Was Target

    The Houston Police Department released its report of the investigation into Wednesday morning's shooting outside two southwest Houston nightclubs that killed three people and wounded two others, including popular Houston rapper Trae tha Truth. According to the report, the shooting occurred around 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Trae Tha Truth Releases Statement on Wednesday's ABN Shooting

    Moments ago, Houston rapper Trae tha Truth released a statement about the shootings at the southwest Houston cabaret Diamond Club (formerly Scores) where he was wounded in the parking lot after performing a Juneteenth concert at the nearby Club Blue. One other person was wounded and three people wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Reports: ABN's Dinky D, Poppa C Shot Dead Outside Strip Club

    See Rocks Off's timeline of other Houston rap-related shootings. According to several Twitter updates including by Bun B, two members of Houston rap crew Assholes by Nature, Dinky D and Poppa C, were shot and killed outside the Diamond Club on Westpark around 3 a.m. Wednesday. One other person was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline

    Most people will tell you that Houston rappers are overall a peaceful bunch, but people do carry guns. No less a beloved figure than Pimp C was caught after he got into an altercation at the Foot Locker in Sharpstown Mall; supposedly a policeman saw a gun under Pimp's coat during the fight, followed ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    8 Hip Hop Collaborations We'd Like to See in 2012

    If we learned anything from hip-hop collaborations in 2011, it's that beef ain't what's hot anymore. Gone are the days where an argument manifests itself into a 40-minute mixtape or a DVD. The shelf life for fresh rap beef is approximately 24 hours. Not even two days ago, Twitter was flooded with tw ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Eat It: Houston Rappers Love to Write Songs About Eating

    Photo by Chase Steely ​One thing Houston rappers are proficient in-besides rapping great-is eating well. Many of the more influential artists were/are big and fat: Fat Pat, Big Pokey, Big Moe, Big HAWK, Big Mello, and Big Steve. Even DJ Screw was a husky man. That's not to say that their wei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Houston Rap, In The Most Graphic Possible Terms

    Graphics by Shea Serrano​Here at Rocks Off, we have some very talented writers who think so far outside the box it's more like a Palma Square lidded wicker basket from Crate & Barrel. One of these is Shea Serrano, whose unorthodox interviewing style has caused many an Artist of the Week design ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Remember The Ballaticians' Full Course?

    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. ​The Ballaticians Full Course (Self-released, 2010) The Ballaticians are a new-ish rap group. ... More >>

  • Music

    January 27, 2011

    Pickin' on Nashville

    Vince Gill centers himself through bluegrass and digs Miranda Lambert.

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Saturday Night: Slim Thug, Z-Ro & J-Dawg At Arena Theatre

    Photos by Marco Torres​Slim Thug, Z-Ro, J-Dawg Arena Theatre January 22, 2011 Houstonians from the Northside, Southside and everywhere in between gathered at the Arena Theatre on Saturday night to celebrate two kings. January 17 was Martin Luther King Day, and the 19th was Southwest-side rapp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Trae, Z-Ro Turn Video Shoot Into ABN Reunion

    Photos by Marco Torres​Recently, rumors about an impending reunion between Trae and Z-Ro began to populate the atmosphere. It seemed mostly like hogwash; though neither of them ever officially acknowledged a rift between the two, everyone pretty much understood that something had pushed the tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Top 10 Trae & Z-Ro Collaborations

    ​Trae and Z-Ro: The Hakeem Olajuwon/Clyde Drexler tandem of Houston hip-hop, if The Dream spoke with a deep voice and Drexler's face was frozen in a perpetual snarl. Arguably the best one-two punch Houston has ever witnessed, over the years these rapping cousins have connected on several slam- ... More >>

  • Music

    June 24, 2010

    Out of the Box

    Banned from KBXX 97.9, Trae tha Truth takes his case courtside.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Remember ABN's It Is What It Is?

    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. Assholes By Nature It Is What It Is (Rap-A-Lot, 2008) ​A.B.N. is Z-Ro and Trae's unduly short-li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    "Hood Politician" Delo Chooses A Cabinet Of H-Town 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 introducingliston@ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Guerilla Maab's Rise

    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. Guerilla Maab Rise (Resurrection Music Group, 1999) ​Guerilla Maab was a gangsta-rap quartet turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Five Spot: Trae's Brother Jay'Ton's Got It by Tha Ton Mixtape

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​ Since just about the oblivions, Jay'Ton, little brother to Trae, has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    It's Trae Day... and Everybody's Celebratin'

    To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the City of Houston's proclamation of "Trae Day," the chairman and CEO of Houston's Assholes by Nature is throwing a giant block party from 3-9 p.m. in the parking lot of TSU Stadium at Cleburne and Tierwester in the Third Ward (or, appropriately enough, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Turning the Screw: All-Houston Edition with GT Garza, Trae Day, Trouble Sum, Jay'Ton, Paul Wall, Z-Ro, Letoya vs. Slim Thug, Coast, Z-Ro, Juan Gotti 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: GT Garza, "52 Pick Up" (We've listened to a bunch of GT's stuff, but this remains to be the rawest thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Trae's Son Lil Jared Joins tha Family Business

    This iced-out lil' playa is Lil Jared, 8-year-old son of Houston rapper and Assholes by Nature ringleader Trae tha Truth. By his own admission, Jared has been "wreckin' the mic ever since I was two," and even has his own adorable little Assholes by Nature chain. Although he's already appeared in sev ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Rap-A-Lot's J Prince Wins SEA Image Award

    J Prince (right) with Trae/ photo by Matt Sonzala He's made his share of controversial headlines, but Rap-A-Lot Records founder and CEO J Prince is a seminal figure (arguably the seminal figure) in the development of Houston rap and Southern rap at large. Without Rap-a-Lot, which Prince founded in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Five Spot: Five Reasons Not to Mess With Trae

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Monday, Mike Jones tried to test Trae's gangster at the 3rd Annual Ozone Awards. He must not have heard t ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2008

    Trae

    Houston's "King of the Streets" doesn't mince words

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    Trae Cool

    An underground legend teams up with Rap-A-Lot in a bid to break nationwide

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