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    September 25, 2014

    The Five Greatest Duos In Houston Rap History

    This past Saturday, Slim Thug decided to break plenty of hearts among Houston rap fans. He announced on Instagram that his King & a Boss album, that long-awaited disc between he and enemy-turned-BFF Z-Ro, wasn't coming out. Thanks to timing, the proposed project had lost a bit of its luster from wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Meet Big DeMo, the Screwed Up Click's Mysterious "Mr. June 27"

    If you've heard only one song mixed by DJ Screw, Houston's most legendary icon of underground hip-hop, chances are good that it's the freestyle rap from his 1996 mixtape, Chapter 012: June 27th. Clocking in at an all-too-brief 35 minutes and 45 seconds, the song features the ad-lib talents of some o ... More >>

  • Music

    April 17, 2014

    Vaughaligan Walwyn Is Using Hip-Hop to Spread the Good Word

    Onetime Houston MC Von Won reinvents himself as the city's premier hip-hop pastor.

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Houston's Biggest Rap Stars Help Local Pastor Take the Gospel to the Hood

    There are a lot of pastors in Houston. Very, very few of them can rap. And only one of them is releasing an album this week featuring guest verses by Scarface, Bun B, Z-Ro, Paul Wall and Propain. That would be Vaughaligan Walwyn, a married father of four and the pastor of Legacy Church, a 300-membe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: J. Cole, Leon Russell, NKOTB, Mac Miller, etc.

    J. Cole Venue TBD, June 24 J. Cole knew his new album Born Sinner was going to be one of 2013's hottest rap albums no matter what, so he had no problems releasing in on the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. He even said as much on its track "Forbidden Fruit": ""I'ma drop the album the same day as Ka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Kris Kross and DJ Screw: The Lost Connection

    When Chris Kelly, one-half of the teen-rap duo Kris Kross, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose last week, it was a tremendously sad day for Southern hip-hop. Not just because it provided a tragic ending to another tale of a child star struggling with post-fame adulthood, but because his pass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Last Night: Screwed Up Click at Warehouse Live

    Lil' Keke, E.S.G., Big Pokey Warehouse Live June 27, 2012 June 27 isn't an official holiday in Houston -- yet. But the date remains the preferred occasion for formally celebrating the life, career and influence of Robert Davis, our beloved DJ Screw. On Wednesday, the remnants of the Screwed Up Clic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Six Years Gone: Big Hawk Remembered

    Six years ago last week, on May 1, 2006, local rapper and Screwed Up Click Five-Star General Big Hawk was gunned down outside of a friend's home on Redfern on Houston's Southside. He was 36. While it's never acceptable to lose a gifted artist to violence in the prime of his life and career, Hawk's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    10 Things We Learned At The Awready! Houston Hip Hop Conference

    The much-anticipated Awready! Houston Hip-Hop Music Conference was held Wednesday at the University of Houston, drawing in academics, screwheads, and media alike. The conference is a joint venture between the University of Houston Libraries and Rice University's H.E.R.E. Project (Houston Enriches Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Last Night: Dante Higgins At Warehouse Live

    Dante Higgins Warehouse Live March 6, 2012 In the grand scheme of things, any time an artist is holding an album-release concert you know the crowd will be eating out of the palm of his hand while dismissing the offers from everyone else. You know this, I know this. There's no way around it. For a ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2012

    The Dante Higgins Story

    The winner of last year's Houston Press Best Lyricist award preps his first album.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Tops Drop: A Larger-Than-Life Fat Tuesday Playlist

    ​Happy Fat Tuesday, y'all! Rocks Off mentioned in a previous post, about rappers and Houston restaurants, that some of the best artists are "Big" and "Fat": Big Pokey, Fat Pat, Big Moe, etc. Every day is Fat Tuesday for these rappers. They're all about overindulgence and that's why we love th ... More >>

  • 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 22, 2011

    Trae Tha Truth Pumped For Today's Trae Day

    ​Rejoice. Today is Trae Day, a city-sanctioned holiday that was established in 2008 and champions the efforts of rapper Trae tha Truth, a noted humanitarian, social activist and Asshole by Nature. Two years ago, Trae Day was marred when, following the festivities, gunshots were fired into a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Tow Down: Busted Rapper/Grower's Lyrical Tipoffs

    keepittrill.comTow Down (left) and Big Pokey​The Bubba Sparxxx of Fort Bend County, Tow Down, was arrested Wednesday for using three houses as weed nurseries, where he and several associates including his older brother cultivated more than 600 marijuana plants, the U.S. Attorney's office annou ... More >>

  • Music

    May 12, 2011

    Happiness Through Hustle

    Cordial but guarded promoter H-Kane has become one of the local hip-hop scene's most important movers and shakers.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Last Night: Lil Keke's Birthday Bash At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco TorresLil Keke​Lil Keke's Birthday Bash House of Blues March 30, 2011 9:51 p.m.: Got the tickets. Waiting outside to meet a guy that was supposed to be here 30 minutes ago. There's a white guy here dressed like he had auditioned for Reservoir Dogs and didn't get a part and nev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Upcoming: Motley Crue, Owl City, Primus, Skatenigs, Etc.

    ​Black Queen Speaks: Fri., May 27. Warehouse Live. Dredg, The Dear Hunter: Thu., May 26. Warehouse Live. Face To Face, Strung Out: Thu., June 2. Warehouse Live. Fair To Midland, Periphery, Scale The Summit, thelastplaceyoulook, Hindsight: CHANGED Mon., April 18. Warehouse Live. Jessica Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    DJ Screw: Remembering Him 10 Years After His Death

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Chris Ward, Chuckway, Kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Simple Success Not Invited: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Last Night: Screwed Up Click At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco TorresLil Keke​Screwed Up Click House of Blues October 14, 2010 8:19 p.m.: The doors opened for the show at 8 p.m. today, which is precisely why we plan on continuing to not be there until about 10 p.m. Fools no longer, we are. 10:00: Just walked in. Already saw a guy uniron ... More >>

  • Music

    October 14, 2010
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    October 5, 2010

    Why Is Promoting Local Rap Shows So Difficult?

    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

    September 30, 2010

    Remember Big Pokey's Warning Shot?

    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. ​Big Pokey Warning Shot (Oarfin Records, 2010) Ah, Mr. Croc Bull, perhaps the most underappreci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    The Ultimate Houston Rap Battle Royal: Who Should You Fight?

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​Of all of the Rap Round Table columns that have gone up, none generated more emails than this past Monday's "Which Rappers Would You Fight?" segment. Some people were pissed, some people were entertained, but most everyone had the same basic question: Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Trae Day Moved To Northwest Mall, Says Trae

    ​Well, there you have it, hot off of Twitter. Trae Day, which had been searching for a new venue since the International Ballroom backed out a couple of weeks ago, has found a new home at Northwest Mall (9600 Hempstead Hwy., aka U.S. 290) on the same day as originally scheduled, July 22. Trae' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Raekwon The Chef Can't Cook Up A Delicious Performance

    Photos by Marco Torres​Rap is a cultural celebration of telling, through music, what it is real today, right now; not what was real two years ago as happened on June 19, 1865 when word finally reached Galveston that President Lincoln had freed the slaves... two years previous. At midnight on ... More >>

  • Music

    May 20, 2010

    The Walking Dead

    Texas City's Come See My Dead Person is very much alive.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Screwed Up Click Reunion: "If You Take A Bath Every Day, Make Some Noise!"

    Photos by Shea Serrano Don't Worry About Mine: Big Pokey (left, onstage) gets him some at the Southside Smoke Shop.​2:58 p.m.: So this thing was supposed to start at 2 p.m., right? And we purposely got here an hour late so as to miss a significant portion of the standing around portion of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Trae's MTV2 "Jam Of The Week," Devin the Dude's 4/20 Tips, New Scarface Track List, Lil' Wayne As Prison Guard?, Etc.

    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: "Inkredible," Trae feat. Weezy and Ricky Ross Congrats go out to Trae and the rest of the ABN camp. "In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Big Pokey's Hardest Pit In The Litter

    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. Big Pokey Hardest Pit In the Litter (Chevis Entertainment, 1999) ​Big Pokey mostly existed in the fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    New Devin, Scarface And Big Pokey Product, The Kanye Abides, Snoop <3s Justin Bieber, Akon Vs. Sri Lanka, Etc.

    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. Unexpected Fubu Advertisement Featuring Slim Thug That Bites Apple Commercials of the Week Wire to Wire Here's that Devin t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Turning The Screw: Big Pokey, Bun, Trae, Jeezy, Z-Ro, Ice Cube, Waka Flocka, Dame Grease, Jay-Z & Jack White, Lil Flip, Etc.

    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. "Hey, Remember That?" Single of the Week: "Who Dat Mad," Big Pokey, Big Steve and Big E Wire to Wire Bun B interviewed with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Mix Bag: An Exclusive With Aztek, A Night At The Electric Company And More Mixtapes Galore

    Courtesy of AztekL-R: The Kanye, Jay-Z and Aztek​Man, what a weekend. We sat down and chopped it up with them Southeast Houston hip-hop veterans Sen and Lil Villain, and Kansas-raised artist Uno. They gave us a rundown of an entirely un-talked about dimension of Houston's hip-hop history. More on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown: Clearing the Table and Tying Up Loose Ends

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Or we were. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Well, it's over. We stretched it out just about as long as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    It Was Hard Out Here For A Pimp. Latino Rap Made It Easier to Deal with the Decade.

    ​If we had to pick one song to define the decade, we'd have to choose "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," by Three 6 Mafia. It was a hard decade for the people of this country. You had September 11, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis. We even think Obama might want to thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Lil Keke, Trae, Dre vs. Rush Limbaugh, Weezer, Weezy, Chamillionaire, 50 vs. Jay-Z, The Kanye, Nas, DMX, Big Pokey, etc.

    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: "Still Here," Lil' Keke Wire To Wire Again, congratulations to Trae and the newest tiny Trae. Hey, Rush ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 22: Big Hawk's H.A.W.K.

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com.​For all of the talent and charm and natural charisma that Hawk brought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown: Setting the Table

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. For the next six months, we'll be counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com.​For the last few weeks we have pored over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Flashing Back to the Heyday of DJ Screw

    Ed. Note: To go along with this week's feature on Mike Jones, Mike Giglio takes a look at the origins of Houston rap's once and future calling card, "screw music." Photos by Mike GiglioScrew: The Next Generation (l-r): Randy, Big Bubb, Bird Wearing corn rows, a wife beater and green courdoroys, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Five Spot: Big Pokey

    Welcome back to The Five Spot, a Rocks Off recurring feature. 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. Wednesday, RapRadar.com threw up an interview with former Roc-A-Fella rapper ... More >>

  • Music

    March 12, 2009

    Bayou City Buzz

    Houston's SXSW class — and we mean class — of 2009

  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    Mouth of the South

    The South Park Coalition Turns 20

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    SoundExchange Wants to Kill Internet Radio

    On "lost" artists, found money and the murder of free enterprise

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Houston Hip-Hop

    Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend's style to the masses

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    February 2, 2007
  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    Back to School

    Big Daddy Kane and friends revisit the era of the flattop

  • Calendar

    January 29, 2004

    Turntable Roundtable

    Hip-hop notables get together to rap about responsibility

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Project Row Houses Arts and Music Festival

    Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13

  • Music

    December 20, 2001

    Lil' O

    Saturday, December 22

  • Music

    November 15, 2001

    Screw Heads

    Forever and a Day (Avarice/JCOR Entertainment)

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