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    October 16, 2014

    The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review

    About two years ago, I decided to listen to 97.9 The Box over the course of a weekend. This was before the station implemented a not-secret but widely understood policy of supporting locals. It was hypersexualized. It was gross. It dealt with more Rick Ross detailing his sexual prowess than I ever w ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011
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    December 22, 2011

    Kim Jong-il Dropping The Bass: In Memoriam

    REEEERRRRR WUB WUB WUB WUB REEEEEEERRRRRRR WUBBBBBBBBBBBBB​Maybe all along, the Dear Leader's starvation and darkness deal with his oppressed people was just his way of keeping them slim and hot, for fun in the dark, because we all know only fun things happen in the dark right? Like that Lady ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Remember Kung Fu Banda's Rock and Rap?

    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 ​Kung Fu Banda Rock and Rap (Self-made, 2011) This week's YMF is a special edition. Many of ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Tupac Shakur: Who Should Play Him In Upcoming Movie?

    ​Think you've got what it takes to portray the embodiment of rap music? Let's be honest: You probably don't, but you can still throw your bandana in the ring and audition online for the starring role in an upcoming Tupac biopic. There's no guarantee that the role will take your rap career any ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Dr. Seuss' Top Five Hip-Hop Disciples

    ​In honor of Dr. Seuss' 106th birthday last week (March 2), Rocks Off's present to you is the most Seussical rappers of all time, MCs who excel at the art of poetic rhyming and whimsical wordplay. Their rhymes constantly remind us that Dr. Seuss could have been a platinum rapper in this lifeti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Rap's Top Ten Lyrical Blunders

    ​Most rap boasts revolve around three things: cash, chicks and anus - as it turns out, rappers love to brag about their ass a lot. But after years of bragging about the same three things, redundancy blurs the line between braggart and ridiculous. Even the best of the best MCs have succumbed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Ask a Rapper: New Houstonian EX-L Eazy on How HAM! His New Hometown Is

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 21, 2009
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    May 14, 2009

    Local Album of the Week: Paul Wall's Fast Life

    Paul Wall Fast Life www.grillsbypaulwall.comDid high gas prices kill off Paul Wall? Not really - that's just a coincidence. Rather, the H-Town artist known for his candy cars and diamond grills has suffered from being too closely identified with a regional sound that is no longer fashionable. Just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Bun B, Trae & Lil Keke, Rihanna, Snoop, Eminem vs. Nick Cannon, Jay-Z, T.I., E-40, South Park Mexican 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: "Grey Cassette," Trae feat Bun B and Lil Keke Wire To Wire Ummm, we're not going to link to them, but s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Benjamin

    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 It didn't strike us u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Five Spot: Axl Rose is Not Impressed by Dr Pepper's Fun and Games

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to   Back in March, Dr Pepper (easily one of our favorite doctors, right behind J., Scholls and Dre) set forth a ... More >>

  • Music

    July 10, 2008
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    April 7, 2005

    Encore or Bust?

    Stressing about the 'Stros begins anew

  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    Feelings, Nothing But Feelings

    The New York Times misses the point in its attack on "rockism"

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Blizzard of Oz

    Dubya, Ashlee and Bill O'Reilly have spun Racket's mind into the twilight zone; also, two local retro-cool institutions bite the dust

  • Music

    June 3, 2004

    Local Rotation

    Lil' Flip, U Gotta Feel Me (Sony Urban/Suckafree/Columbia)

    Paul Wall, Chick Magnet (Paid in Full)

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Family Feud

    Hip-hop turns 25, and the battle lines are drawn

  • Music

    January 22, 2004

    Bash-ing the Bigwigs

    Come Super Bowl week, you can still party downtown, even if you're not very important

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Hip-hop, Tejas

    Latinos take on rap music and make it their own

  • Music

    August 21, 2003

    Dirty South Mix Tape Tour

    Sunday, August 24

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    August 21, 2003

    Serious Cinema

    Set in 1948, Kedma explores a present-day problem