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Chuck D

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    May 27, 2014

    Rap-Metal is Back...and It's Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    10 Silly Predictions For Sunday's Grammy Awards

    This Sunday the music business will celebrate its equivalent of Oscar night when the 56th annual Grammy Awards are handed out at L.A.'s Staples Center. Basically it combines two high-school traditions, the prom and the talent show, but the Grammys are always worth watching -- if nothing else, the ou ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Public Enemy at Warehouse Live, 12/27/2013

    Public Enemy, Phranchyze, Banzil Warehouse Live December 27, 2013 Nearly 30 years after they bum-rushed their first show, there remains nothing quite like a Public Enemy concert. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bring a dominating live energy to the stage that is, has been and seems likely to remai ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    The Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Public Enemy, TSO, Holiday Hangover, etc.

    Public Enemy Warehouse Live, December 27 Last seen holding their own alongside LL Cool J and Ice Cube on this summer's Monsters of Rap tour, Public Enemy doesn't know the meaning of the word "mellow." Onstage, Chuck D and Flavor Flav are more combustible than ever, and although DJ Lord has replaced ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy & De La Soul at Bayou Music Center, 7/3/2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul Bayou Music Center July 3, 2013 Classic-rock acts who were never more than B-list tour every summer and pack amphitheaters by the thousands. It takes four of the most important acts in rap history to fill up Bayou Music Center. Something seems off ther ... More >>

  • Music

    April 18, 2013

    Flashback: 1983

    What buying concert tickets here was like 30 years ago.

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    April 10, 2013

    Your Easy Guide to Purchasing Houston Concert Tickets... In 1983

    I went to see Paul McCartney at Minute Maid last year. A friend bought the tickets, and I asked if he'd mail mine so I could hold it in my hand and marvel at this new, treasured souvenir. He said he would just email it to me as a PDF once he'd received a confirmation in his inbox. Rewind: Last Nig ... More >>

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    March 17, 2013

    Once Again, SXSW Really Stands For Sex By Southwest

    "All the single dudes put up your phone. Now all the single ladies put up your phone. Turn to the nearest person with a phone up. Now type in your phone number. Now you have something to do after this." That was Chuck D, talking from the Doritos Main Stage. Or at least I think it was Chuck D. I was ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Last Night: Pitbull at Reliant Stadium

    Pitbull Reliant Stadium March 14, 2013 Pitbull, for those of you who don't know, used to be a rapper. In fact, he was a pretty good one. In the early 2000s, he even joined the Anger Management tour alongside Eminem and 50 Cent, performing crass hits like "Dammit Man," "Back Up" and "Culo" off his d ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Dear Grammys, I'm Breaking Up With You

    Dear Stupid Grammys, I have a bone to pick with you. I sat through Taylor Swift's uninspired opening act while she half-sung/half-yodeled at a guy on a spinning bullseye. It was complete with an insulting and transparent Alice in Wonderland costume ripoff (which I'm not getting, by the way... is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Understanding the Rock Hall's 2013 Nominees: Chic? Kraftwerk? Butterfield?

    Wednesday night The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced their 2013 nominees for induction next year. These names will be voted on by a committee of guys in bad weaves, rich people who know the right people, and tenured music writers with axes to grind. The names are as follows: The Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    10 More Black Stars Who Should Try Country

    Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: Mainstream country. BY MIKE SEELY With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close last week with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first bl ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Digital Endorsement: 10 Artists Who Will Gladly Mention Your Business On Twitter

    As a culture it appears that we've stopped caring about the idea of selling out. Whether it's because we've learned that record sales don't always pay the bills, have started seeing artists as humans instead of paragons of creative integrity, or simply stopped caring, artists saddling up with corpor ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    A Crucifixion Playlist By A Satanist. Hey! That Rhymed!

    Everyone who isn't going to burn in a lake of fire after they die, and even some of us, know that Jesus Christ was crucified on Good Friday only to respawn three days later on Easter. At that point, he emerged from a rabbit hole with a collection of painted eggs -- it was boring being dead, okay? -- ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Who Should Induct Axl Rose And Guns N' Roses Into The Rock Hall?

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is coming up quick on April 14, and the presenters for the event have been announced, except for one artist. Just who will speak about and induct Guns N' Roses? Who is even qualified? Rapper Chuck D will induct the Beastie Boys, while funnyman Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    And, Uh, Um, OOPS: The Third Members Of Great Musical Trios You Probably Can't Name

    ​Last night we all watched as Governor Rick Perry blanked on the third department he would do away with if he was elected president. It was one of those moments - a la Scanners - when we all tensely waited for his head to explode, figuratively. Of course we love the guy and he's too precious t ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    St. Ides & Hip-Hop: Would Today's Rappers Endorse Malt Liquor?

    ​The early '90s was a time when some of the best hip-hop music ever was being made, and the beverage of choice was malt liquor. Before rappers glorified Cristal, Ciroc and even their own branded alcohol, there were many hip-hop-inspired malt liquor ads. St. Ides in particular enlisted several ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Punk Rock's 10 Most Potent Women

    David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus Music​Women are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers like Vivian Pikkles keep the faith as Zipperneck ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    10 American Anthems That Tell It Like It Is

    ​Captain America, Marvel's newest superhero movie, comes out today. We'll pause until the excitement passes. ... Rocks Off likes Captain America. The three comic books we read with any regularity as a scupper were Cap, Batman (Detective Comics), and Spider-Man. But we love America. The land ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Five Rappers You Didn't Know Had College Degrees

    ​Myth: The ability to string rhymes together automatically kills brain cells, thereby making it impossible for said stringer of rhymes to obtain a college degree. Fact: Many of your favorite hip-hoppers are college graduates with funny-sounding honorary titles. Myth: Street education is a pr ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Out Today: Steve Earle Is Alive, Bootsy's Aged Funk, And The Late Poly Styrene's Last Disc

    ​Yep, it's the third week now that we have been listening to the new Foo Fighters album, Wasting Light. We even acquired it on vinyl this weekend, so we are doubly screwed. Now we just need it on cassette tape and one of those toothbrushes that play music in your skull like you are schizophren ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011

    Everlasting House

    House of Pain reignites Celtic pride that once had nation jumping around.

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    August 27, 2010

    The Top Five Hurricane Katrina-Related Rap Songs

    ​New Orleans is home to many rappers, including Lil Wayne and Juvenile. So, when Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast five years ago this weekend, it only felt natural for hip-hop to step up and capture the debacle on wax. It's been five years since the disaster and this Katrina-inspired playlist ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Top 10 Anti-Drug Rap Songs

    ​A kabillion rap songs out there celebrate ganja and booger sugar - case in point: Young Jeezy at the Arena Theatre this weekend - but anti-drug rap songs are insanely rare. You have a better chance of finding a mastered copy of Detox. Luckily for you, Rocks Off went digging and found 10 great ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    5 Rappers Who Dissed The Radio, Sucka!

    ​ "Radio - suckers never play me" - Public Enemy, "Rebel Without a Pause" Eazy-E once walked up to legendary disc jockey Greg Mack and asked him what he could do to make his music radio-ready. Mack's reply? "Well, you could start by cleaning up the lyrics." Ever the savvy businessman, Eazy returne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Fails Of The Week: Glastonbury "Ice Ice Baby," Sony "No Beyonce On YouTube," Fat Mike The Peeing Clown And... Bono

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Fails Of The Week: The Runaways, Pete Doherty, The Strokes And Liam Gallagher

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Some New Stuff From Our "Washington Shore" DJ Dave Wrangler

    Rocks Off is pleased as punch to announce that Houston mash-up maestro Dave Wrangler will be providing the tunes for our douche-tastic "Washington Shore" party at the Washington Avenue Drinkery on February 11. Wrangler also agreed to craft some custom Washington Shore mash-ups we'll be bringing you ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    (Don't) Book 'Em, Dano: 42 Artists Who Have Absolutely No Business Touring Together

    ​ When Rocks Off received word last week that indie duo The Big Pink was embarking on a 2010 tour with NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers, our initial thought was, "Cool," followed closely by, "Ew." For once, there's a promo poster we really have no desire to see. But then our next thought was, "Coul ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Found Magazine’s Denim and Diamonds Tour

    Davy and Peter Rothbart share their latest trashy finds

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    March 16, 2009

    The Distillery: N.A.S.A.'s The Spirit of Apollo

    Truth be told, we envy N.A.S.A.'s bumptuous production acumen almost as much as we envy principal astronauts Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon the depths of their Rolodexes - even if, somehow, they couldn't rope Lil Wayne into their genre-mashup free-for-all. Seriously - as you'll see below - N.A.S.A.'s ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    September 30, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Fela Kuti, Jay-Z, Left Eye, Lil Wayne, Ed McMahon, Ciara, DMX and More

    [Rocks Off now returns you to our regularly scheduled non-ACL coverage... - Ed.] 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: “Oh Slippin’, ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008
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    February 18, 2007

    Rap Not So Macho

    A new PBS special takes an in-depth look at hip-hop's taboo topics Rampant violence, homophobia, and misogyny have been prevalent for quite some time in hip-hop — even KRS-One once said, "Roxanne Shante is only good for steady fucking" — yet, curiously, no one's really bothered to fram ... More >>

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    September 21, 2006
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    April 13, 2006

    Spank Rock

    Yoyoyoyoyo

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    December 29, 2005

    Farewell to the Twenty Nickel

    Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06

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    December 8, 2005

    A Pack of Mutts

    The lone wolves of 2005

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    August 5, 2004
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    May 6, 2004

    Dead Prez

    RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta (Sony/Columbia)

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    April 1, 2004

    Dizzee Miss Lizzee

    The Boy in Da Corner comes out swinging

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    February 5, 2004

    Die Like an Eagle

    Michael Franti and friends fight the hawks with hits

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    Messing with Texas

    Rockers bash Bush, with varying results

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    May 2, 2002

    Pop Goes the Bastard

    Unlike the UK, Houston resists the urge to commit plagiarhythm

  • Music

    July 8, 1999

    Kamikaze Rap

    Public Enemy's Chuck D. speaks

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    May 20, 1999
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    June 18, 1998
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    June 11, 1998
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    March 6, 1997
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