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DJ Premier

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The 20 Best Songs We Heard In June

    "Big Blue Hole," David Olney "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, all them saints are dead and gone / Amy Winehouse and Curt Cobain, they ain't comin' back here again." David Olney is like the black sheep rounder uncle the family wanted you to stay away from. A former running bud of Townes van Zandt, Oln ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Devin the Dude's 10 Best Weed Songs

    If the guy in front of you on Interstate 69 is driving a little slower than usual this weekend, feel free to blame it on 4/20, the international stoner holiday that gives smokers a ready-made excuse to wake up late and do what they were almost certainly going to do anyway on Easter Sunday. Try not t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    One of Our Own Wins VMG Music Writing Award

    Note: Kiernan Maletsky is the Music Editor of the Dallas Observer. The 11 alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: this year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the ... More >>

  • Film

    December 19, 2013

    The Year in Movies 2013: Joaquin Phoenix Returns and the Films of the Year

    We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Creating Bun B's Ultimate Trill Album

    In a way, hearing the words "Bun B" joined together with "new album" should make people throw rice in the air. It doesn't necessarily meet with the same amount of fanfare in 2013 as it would have in 2005, say, but that's only because the idea of Bun B in 2013 is vastly different from the one in 2005 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Legendary K-OTIX Producer Russel "The ARE" Gonzalez

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. We first encountered Russel "T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    10 Essential Jay-Z Songs Before Magna Carta Holy Grail

    Ah, Independence Day. A day for celebration of pride and patriotism, and to go out back and fire up the grill with a couple of cold ones. Unfortunately, I'll have to get a raincheck on that one, because I have bigger plans this July 4th. This year I'll be settling in and spending the day with the br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Five Great Violent Hip-Hop Songs (for Lupe Fiasco)

    Lupe Fiasco used to be a talented, socially conscious rapper known for putting out really good hip-hop albums. Since he hasn't done one of those in a while, he's more well known these days for criticizing President Obama and espousing conspiracy theories about 9/11. Recently he was back in the news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Saturday Night: Rakim at Fitzgerald's

    Rakim Fitzgerald's February 16, 2013 In the beginning, The God MC, legally known as William Michael Griffin, Jr., best known as Rakim, became one-half of one of hip-hop's very first groups, Eric B. and Rakim. The pair recorded a series of classic albums (Paid in Full, Follow the Leader) that have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    New Music From Scarface, Nas, Trae, Kirko Bangz, Bun B, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Z-Ro... In 2 Songs

    Let's not dance around this too much. Two songs came out Thursday that you need to hear. The first inexplicably comes via DJ Khaled, rap DJ/producer/screamer/barterer. His new album(!?) comes out this August, which respectable Houstonians will be strong-armed into purchasing because it includes gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    New Doc The Art Of Rap Spills Hip-Hop's Secrets

    Rap wasn't always like Lil Jon's yelling his famous "What!?" and "Okay!", or repeating your name over and over throughout the song like Houston's own Lil Flip. Nowadays most see rap as lyrics telling a woman how to position herself or look for a man, rhymes about money and talk of toking up. But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    The Space City Beat Battle & The Best H-Town Producers Ever

    Despite a venue conflict, the championship edition of the Space City Beat Battle will go on Saturday evening at the Mercury Room. If you've never been to one it's almost like watching a ritualistic rite of passage where cocksure arrogance and chest pounding reign supreme. Sample based producers who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    The Six Best Movie Samples In 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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Who Are The Greatest Rap Duos of All Time?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com.  ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    2011 South By Southwest Supplement

    Buxton takes its bump to the roots-rock big leagues in stride.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    10 Things You May Not Know About Notorious B.I.G.

    ​A lot has been said about the late great Notorious B.I.G., a man whose life was as large as his frame and whose lyrical prowess is well-documented in hip-hop history books. But how well do you know Big Poppa? In commemoration of the 14th anniversary of Biggie's death, here are some interestin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Rel The Chosen Throws A Beautiful Release Party

    Photos courtesy of Jonathan Thomas/Primary Focus Photography​One year ago, a cat named Diamond Dave got at Rocks Off about a fresh new voice in Houston's hip-hop underground, and it was because of that interaction that we wrote a Behind The Lyrics piece on an Alief rapper named Harkore. We' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Rel The Chosen Flows With Soul On Beautiful Music

    ​If Houston's Rel The Chosen was trying to make an impression, the single CD he handed us in a plain white cover at DJ Premier's show a few months ago at Numbers wasn't doing the job. The music on the CD, however, made a spectacular impression and certainly made up for any lack of marketing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    DJ Premier: A Pillar Of Hip-Hop History

    ​Maybe it's leaving behind our twenties and embracing our thirties, but we've been so concerned with the past lately... history, that is. We've been talking to our grandmother in the last few months about her life as a young child growing up on the Texas border. You truly don't know someone b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    What Are The Two Best Rap Songs Of The Year?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Chuckway, Preemo, Fat Tony, LeS, Killa Kyleon, Scooby, hasHBrown, Propai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Is Bun B's Trill OG Really Worth The Source's Highest Rating?

    Ed. Note: Unlike The Source, Houston Press style abbreviates "microphone" as "mike." ​Bun B's Trill OG has become the first hip-hop album to earn 5 mikes in The Source since 2005. In case you haven't picked up a copy of the magazine since the Clinton administration, here's a breakdown of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Justin Bieber Chopped & Screwed

    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. H.I.S.D. "Lando" Music Video (PeaceUvMine.com) from PeaceUvMine on Vimeo. Single of the Week: "Lando," HISD Wire to Wire Sc ... 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) ‚ÄčIn t ... More >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2008
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    February 22, 2007

    Beat Kings

    Beat Kings: The History of Hip Hop

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    The Edge of the Spotlight

    Trouble for "Texas Troubadour" Chris Knudson

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Lyin' Scion

    How deep is this Toyota subsidiary's love of hip-hop?

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    Various Artists

    The Kings of Hip Hop, Compiled and Mixed by DJ Premier and Mr. Thing

  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    Murs

    Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)

  • Music

    April 8, 2004

    Cee-Lo

    Cee-Lo Green... Is The Soul Machine (Arista)

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    No Pimps Allowed

    Common and Black Eyed Peas dare to raise the artistic standards of hip-hop

  • Music

    June 11, 1998
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    May 4, 1995

    Heeeeere's Branford!

    The Tonight show behind him, Branford Marsalis moves to "de-ghettoize" music

  • Music

    March 17, 1994
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