Chris Rockaway

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    October 15, 2014

    God Hasn't Forgetten About Hollywood FLOSS

    MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Hollywood FLOSS, God's Forgotten Angel I doubt God has forgotten about Hollywood FLOSS. Well, he may have forgotten about his beloved Lakers last season, but that's beside the point. FLOSS represents one of those rap acts who could release a flurry of mixtapes, projects, untitle ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Lee-Lonn Pens a Lustful Love Letter On Deprived EP

    MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Lee-Lonn, Deprived In order for you to believe Lee-Lonn Walker isn't a charming dude who could take your girl and mine (and probably your best friend's), you'd have to also believe he doesn't exist. Crazy, no? That's him, though. He doesn't have the physically imposing stature o ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    New Houston Rap/R&B: Peek Inside Jack Freeman's Spotless Mind

    Last week's Houston Press Music Awards marked an intriguing moment in local rap music. That night, Doughbeezy won Song of the Year, besting plenty of acts who have tugged at Houston's ear at the Continental Club, Warehouse Live, Fitzgerald's, or any other venue where beer is served at a premium and ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    New Houston Rap: What If We Had a Bobby Shmurda?

    In the span of four months, hip-hop has found its latest winner of the Chief Keef/Trinidad Jame$ Memorial Trophy. You may remember those two, both of whom were signed due to viral hype -- Keef mostly off the strength of what he's accomplished to the teenagers of Chicago and Jame$ solely off "All Gol ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Law & Order: Houston Rap/R&B Edition

    Normally television on the weekends is a drag, a malaise of programs you find yourself absorbed in but would easily skip during the week. But come Saturday and Sunday, you're glued to the couch, and no show pulls this off more consistently than Law & Order. Doesn't matter, the show could use the ol ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    10 Hot Houston Rap Tapes For 2014

    In a fun way, Houston's rap class has jumped into hyperdrive in terms of creating memorable content and records. At times it could be categorized in any of the following aspects: personable, eccentric, braggadocious, stoic. No Houston rap release in 2013 felt like an artist was mired in the same sor ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Summer Break: The Best Houston Rap Albums/Mixtapes of 2013 So Far

    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...

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    May 8, 2013

    Rapper to Rapper: Fat Tony and The Niceguys' Easy Yves Saint

    Houston is home to many talented rappers, and one of the most appreciated things about local hip-hop is the unity among peers. But another great thing is that, after living in Houston for a while, the Southern hospitality engulfs you so much it becomes a second home. Queens-born and raised Easy Yve ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    November 8, 2012

    This Week In New Houston Rap: Dante Higgins, hasHBrown, Hollywood FLOSS

    It's almost Thanksgiving time. Election season has ended, and your bellies and ears are itching to pull in more new music before the end of the year. Frankly, Houston's rap contingent has been putting out mixtapes and singles to the point where if you happen to sleep one day, you might miss six of t ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Ask a Rapper: The 10 Best Posts of 2011

    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 Lik ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Review: Jack Freeman's Lynnie Free's Juke Joint

    ​A little more than a year ago, Jack Freeman, a magnetic underground R&B singer, released an EP called Dark Liquor. Here's what was written about it here in this space at the time: "It is, in short, excellent; six songs saturated with heart and sexiness and allure and magnetism. If it's indic ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Rap Round Table: Who is Currently the Best Producer in Rap?

    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 Gray​This Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Mug, Yung Redd, Delo, Preemo, Chane, Brad Gilmore, Herney the Great, Mic ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Flying Elbow Drops

    We may have lost Macho Man Randy Savage this morning, but MCM is still alive and dropping that flying elbow full of local music news. Snap into the latest installment of our Magnolia City Mixtape. Ooooohhh Yeeaaahhh! ​Before we dive in, don't forget that the poster show for Free Press Summer ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Remember Dustin Prestige's The Kelly and Jessie EP?

    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 ​Dustin Prestige The Kelly and Jessie EP (Self-released, 2011) Dustin Prestige, an unintention ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Ask A (Producer For) Rapper(s)

    Chris Rockaway​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 introd ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: H-Town Underground All-Stars

    Mark C. AustinB L A C K I E holds court at Dean's on Showcase Sunday.‚Äč We heard a rumor bubble up a while ago about how a couple of the Houston Press Best Underground Hip-Hop nominees were supposed to be working on a group track together. There was even supposed to be a co-sign from Bun B worked i ... More >>