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Chopped and Screwed

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Behind the Lyrics: From B-Boy to D-Boy, Mayalino Makes Believers Of Those Who Find His Music

    Mayalino - "True Story" from FULL FLEDGE ENTERTAINMENT on Vimeo. We don't know how many times Michael "5000" Watts has hosted a mixtape and didn't chop and screw it down. We can't imagine it's been many. We don't know how many times extremely respected producer Happy Perez has heard an artist on My ... More >>

  • Music

    February 4, 2010

    Ultimate Victory

    Fences with Paul Wall mended, upcoming tour planned, Chamillionaire is comfortable being the rapper next door.

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

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 1: Mike Jones' Who Is Mike Jones?

    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. Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones? (Asylum, 2005) ​Before you fire off some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Five Spot: In Which We Needlessly Prolong Our "Feud" With the GRIT Boys... and Post 5 New MP3s

    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. ​Count the GRIT Boys, a trio of Houston rappers who've been bubbling around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 2: UGK's Ridin' Dirty

    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. UGK Ridin' Dirty (Jive, 1996) ​When UGK first came into focus with th ... 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

    January 14, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 3: Scarface's The Diary

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Scarface The Diary (Asylum, 1994) ​Honesty time: Last week's post ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown: We Interrupt This Countdown to Bring You Some Basketball/Rap Metaphors

    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.​You know how at the end of each American Idol season they drag the fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Five Spot: So-Called "Kingofdasouth" T.I. Bursts Out of Jail

    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. ​In celebration of T.I. getting out of lockup early - does time travel fast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 4: UGK's Too Hard to Swallow

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. UGK Too Hard to Swallow (Jive, 1992) ​How cocksure is Bun B? The first time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    The Incredible Truth: The Best Southern Rap Albums (and Mixtapes) of 2009, Part 1

    ​Yeah, it stirred the Yankees to the World Series championship, but was there a more boring album this year than Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3? Perhaps it was a geographic thing; with a few exceptions like Raekwon and Kid Cudi, most of 2009's exciting, innovative rap records came from Southern artists. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 5: Lil' Keke's Don't Mess Wit Texas

    ​There are roughly 84,000 rap albums that have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time. We'll be here every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Back in July (when this here Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Ask a Rapper: A Bunch of Local Rap Types Pick Their Best H-Town Songs of the Year

    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

    December 21, 2009

    Low Points Dominate the Decade for Houston's Latino Rappers

    ​ Sunday, Rocks Off crept down Little York on the "Nawf" side of H-Town to scope out Northside rider Big Cease's video production of "So Off the Chain," featuring Dat Boy X of Dallas and Houston's Lucky Luciano (above). Sure enough, Houston's underground scene was in full effect to provide support ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009

    It Was What It Was

    Amid a wash of national phooey, plucking Houston rap's pivotal 2009 moment is easy.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 6: Scarface's Mr. Scarface Is Back

    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. Scarface Mr. Scarface Is Back (Virgin, 1995) ​There's this phenomenon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 7: Fat Pat's Ghetto Dreams

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Fat Pat Ghetto Dreams (Wreckshop Records, 1998) ​During the course of resear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Dat Boi T: A Screwed Up Love Story

    Screw Love. It's a term commonly used amongst the Screwed Up Click (S.U.C.), the bigger-than-life Houston-based rap label, which was founded by the legendary DJ Screw himself. If Houston hip-hop is the Bible, Screw is the book of Genesis. ​There are two types of Screw Love. There's Love for Screw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 8: Devin the Dude's Just Tryin' Ta Live

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Devin the Dude Just Tryin' Ta Live (Rap-a-Lot/Asylum, 2002) ​In t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., Trae, Z-Ro, Sans Bayonet, Pimp C, Lil' Wayne, Big Moe, 50, Lupe, DMX, Yung Chase, 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: "At The Top," Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. Wire To Wire First, thank you to everyone that emailed us about The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 9: E.S.G.'s Ocean of Funk

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​In last week's feature we wrote about E.S.G., we mentioned briefly that, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Five Spot: Inside E.S.G.'s Everyday Street Gangsta

    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. ​After you interview somebody in preparation for writing something about th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 10: OG Style's I Know How to Play 'Em!

    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. OG Style I Know How to Play 'Em! (Rap-A-Lot/Priority, 1987) There are a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Five Spot: New Videos from Bushwick, Chamillionaire, Trae; A Classic from Big Mello

    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. Several key artists in Houston released new videos this week. However, before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 11: Z-Ro's Let the Truth Be Told

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Z-Ro Let the Truth Be Told (Asylum, 2005)​This is our second entry from Jos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 13: DJ Screw's 3 N' Tha Mornin' Pt. 2 (Blue)

    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. DJ Screw 3 N' Da Mornin, Part 2 (Big Tyme Records, 1995)​While researc ... 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

    October 22, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 14: Trae's Restless

    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. Trae Restless (Asylum, 2006) ​Disclaimer: We dissected this album wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 15: Chamillionaire's Original Mixtape Messiah, or 20-Plus Ways to Dis Mike Jones

    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. "You drop one track, he's still alive." - Chamillionaire, on why he ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Mr. Boomtown, On Directing Slim Thug And Mike Jones

    ​Most people in the world of music videos may not recognize the name Nahala Johnson, but lately, they've recognized his nom de film: Mr. Boomtown. The Port Arthur native (he now splits his time between Houston and Dallas) is a nominee for the BET Hip Hop Awards' Director of the Year. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Chatting With "Mr. Boomtown" About Directing Mike Jones, Slim Thug and More

    ​Most people in the world of music videos may not recognize the name Nahala Johnson, but lately, they've recognized his nom de film: Mr. Boomtown. The Port Arthur native (he now splits his time between Houston and Dallas) is a nominee for the BET Hip Hop Awards' Director of the Year. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Ask a Rapper: Grammy-Winning Mixtape Messiah Chamillionaire

    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 introducingliston@gmail. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Five Spot: J-Dawg, Z-Ro's Lyrical Match (Seriously)

    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.​You know, prior to the three seconds of gunshots that unwound all the good ... 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 29, 2009

    Catfish Reef: The Rise of Swishahouse

    [Note: this is the second in a series on the origins of Houston rap, to go along with this week's feature on wayward star Mike Jones.]Mike Giglio​As a local hip-hop writer and radio host, Matt Sonzala (also a former Houston Press Music Listings Editor) did what he could to promote Houston rap to a ... 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

    July 23, 2009

    Aftermath: Trae Day (Pre-Shooting) at TSU Stadium

    [Note: These are the notes from Trae Day prior to that whole pesky "six people getting shot" thing. For more info on that, check out our reports here and here.]Photos by Henry Rizoh/ Click here for a slideshow  Aftermath and hip-hop blogger Rizoh from The Rap Up arrived nearly two hours after 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

    July 17, 2009

    Five Spot: Houston R&B Collaboration King Billy Cook

    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.This weekend, Bun B and Mya are shooting the video for "Show Me Something," th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Fresh Houston Rappers the Nice Guys

    Photos by Jamaal Ellis A few years back, Houston was the city the rap world was talking about. Artists like Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Mike Jones showed the entire nation (and beyond) what H-town had been up to for years. Those days are gone now, though, and the city is left wondering where local musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Five Spot: Lil Keke's Don't Mess With Texas

    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. Last week we wrote about ESG's Ocean of Funk, which spiraled into an email co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Archie Lee & Coota Bang, R.I.P. Michael, Lil Jon, Jae Millz, Drake, 50, Tupac, Chris Brown 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: "Down For My Block," Archie Lee and Coota Bang Wire To Wire Michael passed. Three thoughts: 1. Michael ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Slim Thug Associates, Willie D, Jay-Z vs. Auto-Tune, 50 Cent, Paul Wall, Big Hawk, Jazzy Jeff, Trae & Z-Ro 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: "Associates" Wire To Wire Poor, poor Willie D. We were excited the other day when we read this thing a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Five Spot: Remembering "Five Star General" Big Hawk

    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.MTV's Cribs has to be one of this generation's finest cultural achievements. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com.Mddl Fngz is a hard hitting (and totally texter-friendly) rap group that forme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Five Spot: DJ Vlad Co-signs Kyle Hubbard

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. You can five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com.Back in November of last year, we co-signed the dopeness of rapper K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 1, 2009

    Five Spot: Chamillionaire, Consistent as Oatmeal

    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.For some reason, there was this kid that we went to middle school with who, de ... More >>

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