Remember 1994? It's arguably the year hip-hop truly decided to grow up and embrace a mix of gangsta attitude and spread-out regionalism. That year, we got Scarface's The Diary, UGK's Super Tight, Nas's Illmatic and the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die...to start with. I could go on, but our old Rocks ... More >>
If there's one thing that Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth knows, its "fan appreciation." Both at his concerts and in the community, Trae thanks his supporters at every opportunity, knowing that the fans are what push a good rapper towards greatness. Whether he's performing alongside his countless frie ... More >>
Bun B, Kirko Bangz Warehouse Live March 16, 2014 By the time big Southern rap impresario Bun B took the stage at Warehouse Live early this morning, there was a lot to celebrate. It was St. Patrick's Day, of course, but the occasion also marked the kickoff of the UGK star's "Trillest Tour" with Kirk ... More >>
The 11 best Houston records of 2013.
In a way, hearing the words "Bun B" joined together with "new album" should make people throw rice in the air. It doesn't necessarily meet with the same amount of fanfare in 2013 as it would have in 2005, say, but that's only because the idea of Bun B in 2013 is vastly different from the one in 2005 ... More >>
Last Sunday evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis accepted the award for Best Hip-Hop/Rap artist, one of six they were nominated for at the 2013 American Music Awards. But instead of a traditional speech, Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty,) took the opportunity to speak up against racial profiling via ... More >>
August in Houston rap contained a heavy shadow looming over it. That shadow? Doughbeezy's Footprints On The Moon. It was supposed to land early on, swallow up every project moving and then laugh with a bald fade ball of fury and lyrics mostly celebrating success. Only it didn't happen and everything ... More >>
Here's our fitting conclusion to Summer Break, as these have been the must have mixtapes/albums to employ inside of your vehicle or headphones at all times. A few more are still on the horizon, so of course this list will have more context come December. But as far as 2013 so far is concerned...
John Egan The Big Easy, July 1 Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I wa ... More >>
Houston's Luisa Diaz is NYC rapper Nas's biggest fan, with the tattoos to prove it.
Knowing what's happening at a major music festival is easier than ever. Bloggers post daily recaps, people tweet updates round the clock, and Instagram provides a world of images for those that can't afford to make the trip. Rewind: ACL 2013: What's Next For Texas' Other Big Music Festival? Rocks ... More >>
Adema: Fri., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., $15/$20. The Concert Pub (North), 2470 FM 1960, Houston. Alesana: Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m., $18/$22. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Ava Luna, Wild Moccasins: Wed., Aug. 1, 8 p.m., $8/$12. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Band of Heathens: Sat., Aug. 11, 8 ... More >>
There was a show at Jet Lounge last night. I wanted to go for a three reasons: 1. Local rapper D. Risha was performing. He has a brilliant song called "Ebonics" that is a manuscript on Houston slang and I was hoping it'd send whatever crowd was watching him perform it into fits; it'd have been fun ... More >>
For those who may not know, being a blogger and writer also means you sort of have to support yourself with a 9-5. Some chose teaching, others chose busting their ass at a prospective company. Somehow I chose to be a town-car driver. An entrepreneur, a goddamn transporter of people. There are perks ... More >>
"I am not one of these rappers that be rappin' just for shine, for these skeezers on these pics on inDmix. Bottom line: I gotta grind." --Doughbeezy Twelve months is all it took. At the beginning of last year, Doughbeezy, a 5'7" high bald fade with a rapper underneath, was an unknown. UNKNOWN. S ... More >>
Marcus Manchild eyes national acclaim.
Counting down the 25 best local rap albums of ANY year is less than easy. Counting them down for this year, the most energetic, frenzied year for Houston rap since 2005, it is more than impossible. Rather: WAS more than impossible. After countless at-length conversations with those that know ... More >>
Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), Wodie, George, Chad and Nate, just finished traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour was at Warehouse Live November 11 (read ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Mug, Yung Redd, Delo, Preemo, Chane, Brad Gilmore, Herney the Great, Mic ... More >>
blastro.comThere's a big difference between being a fanatic and fan of someone's music. We all know this, but let's spell it out for the slow kids in class. For instance, Rocks Off is a fanatic of Death Cab for Cutie. We love their deep cuts as much as the widely known "Soul Meets Body." We ... More >>
Diggy Simmons, son of Run, gets closer to his dreams.
djomry.com"R.I.P. Pimp C" may be easier said than done if this court case drags on.When Rocks Off heard last week that the late Pimp C had released a new song, "Grippin' on the Wood," and that a new Pimp album was on the way next month, it sent our antennae up. As happy as we were to hear new ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresDJ Scratch and J.Cole The Drake April 1, 2010 Roc Nation descended upon Houston Friday night as Smirnoff presented rapper J.Cole as host of the grown and sexy Final Four weekend edition of Drake Fridays. The fashionable club on Washington Avenue was transformed into eve ... More >>
Twitter convert Slim Thug unites streetwise and pop sides.