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    June 24, 2014

    Take RiFF RaFF's NEON iCON Seriously? Hell Yes

    We used to consider RiFF RaFF a customized creation of every overzealous, hyperbolic Swishahouse freestyle that rolled off the assembly line. The jewelry, the braids, the persona that couldn't be stuffed inside of a box and needed to be constantly out there -- all of it was RiFF RaFF. Let's not be ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    93.7 The Beat's "Welcome to H-Town" Concert at Arena Theatre, 2/28/2014

    Geto Boys, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Lil' Keke & Slim Thug Arena Theatre February 28, 2014 So there's a new radio station in town, KQBT 93.7 The Beat. ("Radar Love" can now be heard exclusively on 106.9 The Eagle.) These upstarts claim to be the home of H-Town's real hip-hop and R&B. That tagline remains fa ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Let's Celebrate 93.7 The Beat's Geto Boys Concert with an Insane Bushwick Bill Story

    Gas up the chainsaw, because some bloody cool Geto Boys stuff popped up this week. Most importantly, news began spreading that the men who put Houston on the hip-hop map would be headlining 93.7 The Beat's "Welcome the Houston" Concert next month at Arena Theater. While 'Face, Bushwick and Willie D ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Everything You Needed to Know About Houston Rap In 2013

    Our year-end Houston rap recap (this right here -- oh hi!) is always an exercise in economical efficiency. The amount of words that can fit in this space is about 1/15th of the total amount of local rap artists, so capturing all of the neat things they did in 2013 is basically like winning the lotte ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    The Seven Scariest Houston Rap Songs

    Rappers are scary. Some of them live in Houston. With Scary Season (aka Halloween) around the corner, we decided to visit some of the most spooktacular rap songs Houston has ever produced. No Halloween party is complete without these seven Houston rap songs.

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    July 5, 2013

    Geto Boys at House of Blues, 7/4/2013

    Geto Boys House of Blues July 4, 2013 Just a month ago, the Geto Boys were scheduled to perform at the fifth annual Free Press Summer Festival. Black-and-white billboards had been plastered all over town for months, depicting the Houston-based trio of misfits turned hip-hop icons. Underneath the th ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    Bushwick Bill's Five Most Unhinged Geto Boys Verses

    The Geto Boys' performance at this year's Free Press Summer Festival was fun and all, but there's no question something was missing. Namely, a sawed-off, fun-loving sociopath by the name of Bushwick Bill, the diminutive, one-eyed rapper and dancer who's been an indelible element of the group's off-k ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Trae Tha Truth, Geto Boys, Freedom Over Texas, etc.

    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 >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest Announces July 4 Free Geto Boys Makeup Show

    After the much-anticipated Geto Boys reunion at this month's Free Press Summer Fest went off at only two-thirds strengh, resulting in thousands of disappointed fans, FPSF has announced a free makeup show scheduled for July 4 at House of Blues. The Boys' set in the high afternoon heat was delayed ab ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    UPDATED Free Press Summer Fest: The Worst Things Inflicted Upon Us, 2013

    UPDATED (Monday, 2:05 p.m.). Regarding the bottled-water situation and prices, with comments from FPSF director Omar Afra. See "Water Rights" on Page 2. Geto Boys Get an "Incomplete" The absolute and definitive one goddamn thing I was truly looking forward to seeing at this year's festival was a re ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Festival's Biggest WTF Moments

    Know Your City During Matt & Kim, Kim had the crowd in her pocket... until she accidentally called them "Dallas." She immediately recognized her terrible faux pas and recovered by telling a story about how once she was having sex with Matt and called him by the wrong name. She said that afterwards " ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Best Things We Overheard In the Crowd This Weekend

    "I like the red douchebag tanks." "I know this song!" -- at the beginning of Paul Wall's "Smile For Me Daddy" "Fuck your fuckin' water!" -- a testy exchange in the Fancy Pants tent

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    June 2, 2013

    Geto Boys at Free Press Summer Fest, 6/1/2013

    Geto Boys Free Press Summer Festival, Eleanor Tinsley Park June 1, 2013 One of this year's most anticipated FPSF sets by far on Saturday belonged to the Geto Boys, those 3rd Coast originators who put this city on the hip-hop map 25 years ago with their gonzo gangsta lyrics and attitude. A pre-fabri ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    The Best Hip-Hop at SXSW 2013

    I remember going to SXSW a few years ago without a place to sleep, less than $100 to spend, no agenda, badge, wristband, or RSVP. I bar-hopped up and down Red River, made friends, snuck into Stubb's, ate cheese pizza and drank Lone Star. After years of busting my ass as a music photographer and wri ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012

    Top 6 Rap Songs That Criticize the USA

    Word to your mamas, sucka emcees. It's the Fourth of July (or, as the Native American guy that I went to college with used to half-jokingly refer to it, "The Most Fucked Up Holiday I Can Think Of... Why Don't We Just Go Ahead And Start Celebrating 9/11, Because That's Basically What This Is For Me") ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Circle Takes The Square: Casting The H-Town Version of Hip Hop Squares

    News broke last week that MTV2, MTV's sister network nominally dedicated to actual music, is reviving the classic Hollywood Squares format as Hip Hop Squares, an over-the-top tic-tac-toe game featuring urban personalities including actor/comedian Nick Cannon; record producer DJ Khaled; rappers Fat J ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Geto Boy Alum Big Mike Breaks His Silence with New Album

    ​Big Mike will always be linked to his ephemeral stint in the Geto Boys. When Willie D left the Geto Boys in 1992, J. Prince called on Mike to replace him. Mike left L.A. and a potential deal with Suge Knight's Death Row to join Scarface and Bushwick Bill in Houston. He featured prominently on ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Rap Round Table: Which is the Best Halloween-y Rap Song?

    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: Slim Thug, Mug, Yung Redd, Delo, Preemo, Chane, Brad Gilmore, Herney the Great, ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    10 Rappers As Movie Villains

    ​Cunning criminals, violent geniuses, charismatic characters. Villains give us chills and keep us on the edge of our seats. With more rappers now dabbling in acting, we decided to cast some of your favorite hip-hoppers as movie villains. Here are ten rappers and their evil alter-egos.

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    September 16, 2011

    Recasting The Geto Boys From Houston's Under-25 Ranks

    ​So here's how this happened: Thursday night, while prepping the next installment Houston Press Underground Rap Awards, which we were planning on featuring in this space at this exact moment, a side note for an award spiderwebbed into a way-too-long e-conversation with several people that wa ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Coyo Discusses His Top Six Horrorcore Rap Songs

    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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email  ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Top 10 Mentally Unstable Rap Songs​As you may have already heard, Gucci Mane was recently admitted into a mental-health facility on a "special plea of mental incompetency" in order to delay his probation revocation trial. He has since been released, and got an ice-cream-cone face tattoo in time for his trial this ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    The Stories Behind Five H-Town Rap Anthems

    ​You know the song as soon as the beat drops. You rap them better than the artists themselves do at concerts. You'll slap your little brother for butchering the lyrics. But do you know the real life stories behind these five H-town rap anthems? Pull up a chair, grab a bag of popcorn, and a co ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Remember K-Rino's Book Number 7?

    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 K-Rino Book Number 7 (Black Book Int'l, 2007) ​We have written at length about the brilliance of K ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    "Rap Song Or Murder Ballad" Revealed

    ​ Rocks Off is really enjoying these little quizzes we've concocted, because it gives us a chance to revisit some of our favorite rap tunes and bask in the comforting knowledge that, whatever their time, place and circumstance of origin, songs about killing are pretty much all the same. We only wi ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Remember Bushwick Bill's Phantom of the Rapra?

    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 ​At the peak of his insanity, Bushwick Bill was the most ferocious of the Geto Boys. He was never a ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Five Spot: Linking Jay-Z To Houston, And Not Through Beyonce

    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 Jay-Z is in town Monday. This is huge. Jay is the most commercially, mainstr ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 1: The Geto Boys' We Can't Be Stopped

    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 Note: With all due respect to Prince Johnny C, Raheem, K-9, ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 16: Bushwick Bill's Little Big Man

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums that 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 Bushwick Bill Little Big Man (Priority, 1992)​"Get to the house, ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    They All Look Alike To The Chronicle

    Perusing the "Hot Ticket" spread in this week's Chronicle's Preview section, we came across this little doozy of a mislabeled photo:The caption reads, in part, "Trombone Shorty (pictured here in Guitar Shorty mode) and Orleans Avenue will headline A Gulf Coast Juneteenth...7 p.m. Friday at Miller Ou ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Turning The Screw: Jay'Ton, Bushwick, Nas, Akon, Dre, Diddy, DJ Hero, Grandmaster Flash, The Kanye, T.I., Three 6 Mafia, Bubba Sparxxx, 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 Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "We Here," Jay'Ton feat. Trae and Yung Quis Wire To Wire: Nas is not a fan of Canada. Akon, who ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Five Spot: Flying the Mddl Fngz

    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 Fngz is a hard hitting (and totally texter-friendly) rap group that forme ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Five Spot: Hangin' With the Geto Boys (Almost)

    If we had to rank the three most disappointing things not to happen in our lives, it would be these. We have never: 1. Dunked a basketball on a regulation goal. We play basketball, in some form or fashion, at least five times a week. Frankly, we love it. Yet apparently we did something so horribly a ... More >>

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    July 8, 2008

    Aftermath: Geto Boys at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Mark C. Austin. For a slideshow, click here. Better Than: Grandma’s potato salad and watching the fireworks downtown. As a born-and-raised Houstonian, I haven't witnessed firsthand much legitimate local history. Watching the 1986 Astros in the NLCS with Mike Scott and Nolan Ryan was h ... More >>

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    July 7, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Geto Boys, Willie Nelson, Hot Dogs and Vintage

    What a weekend. That third day makes all the difference. Anyone else check out the downtown fireworks? We wound up watching them in White Oak Park, surrounded by Spanish-speaking families. Viva America! The Geto Boys at Warehouse Live Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill couldn't be stopped o ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008
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    January 31, 2008

    Googlism with Houston Musicians, or Why Beyonce Is Stealing My Mojo

    Have you ever played around with Googlism? Here’s how the site, which is not affiliated with Google in any way, describes itself: “Googlism was created as a fun tool to see what Google ‘thinks’ of certain topics and people. Of course, the results are not really Google's opinion, they're yo ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007
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    June 22, 2006

    Hip-hop as She Is Rapped

    Translating the German Wikipedia entries of Houston's top MCs

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    October 20, 2005

    Best Beats from the Bayou

    H-town's top ten rap jams

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    September 15, 2005

    Answering the Musical Question

    Wesley Willis's ghost in the machine pays rock 'n' roll tribute to notorious Houstonians

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    May 5, 2005

    Mouth of the Dirty South

    The Geto Boys showed the nation hip-hop with real staying power

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    February 24, 2005
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    February 3, 2005

    En Fuego

    The Arcade Fire burns Mary Jane's Fat Cat down to the ground; also: Scarface/Geto Boys news and the fate of Mary Jane's

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    April 17, 2003

    Wesley Willis

    Wednesday, April 23

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    April 10, 2003

    Willie D

    Unbreakable (Relentless)

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