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Fat Pat

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    The Five Greatest Duos In Houston Rap History

    This past Saturday, Slim Thug decided to break plenty of hearts among Houston rap fans. He announced on Instagram that his King & a Boss album, that long-awaited disc between he and enemy-turned-BFF Z-Ro, wasn't coming out. Thanks to timing, the proposed project had lost a bit of its luster from wh ... More >>

  • Music

    April 17, 2014

    Vaughaligan Walwyn Is Using Hip-Hop to Spread the Good Word

    Onetime Houston MC Von Won reinvents himself as the city's premier hip-hop pastor.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Snoop Dogg at House of Blues, 2/13/2014

    "So what we get drunk? So what we smoke weed? We're just having fun, We don't care who sees. So what we go out? That's how it's supposed to be... Living young and wild and free!" Snoop Dogg House of Blues February 13, 2014 Whether the poster says Doggy Dogg, Dogg, or Lion, the one named Snoop has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    10 Swang-and-Bang Anthems for Sunday's SLAB Parade

    Just so you know, that low, persistent rumbling you feel in your gut this Sunday afternoon will have nothing to do with the Whataburger you pounded down at 3 a.m. the night before. It'll be the ultrasonic bass emanating from the popped trunks of 50 customized vehicles swangin' through Third Ward as ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    The Houston Music Hall of Fame: The Ring of Honor

    Twenty-five Houston music greats who have passed away.

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    March 29, 2013

    Top 20 Songs Dedicated to Drank, Part 1

    Some call it lean; others call it barre or simply drank. Whichever you prefer, promethazine with codeine cough syrup is the ever so popular recreational drug used by many people. Houston's hip-hop culture has made lean something everyone has wanted to talk about or even try for decades. If you type ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The Texas 30: Texas' 10 Best Rap Albums

    Texas rap has played no small part in hip-hop's history. More specifically, Houston (and of course P.A.) rap has played no small part in hip-hop's history. (There are other cities in Texas, I hear, though with the exception of Dallas's brief swag-based blip, they've, to this point, remained largely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Undergravity Goes Extra-Funky On Enjoyable New Single

    "We are choosing to up the funk." -- Mac Undergravity is an anachronistic rap duo maybe most easy to appreciate when calibrated within the context of last year's positively perfect summer record "Southside Summertime" with Dante Higgins. Where most (all?) new-era Houston rap acts have either a) ig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Last Night: Screwed Up Click at Warehouse Live

    Lil' Keke, E.S.G., Big Pokey Warehouse Live June 27, 2012 June 27 isn't an official holiday in Houston -- yet. But the date remains the preferred occasion for formally celebrating the life, career and influence of Robert Davis, our beloved DJ Screw. On Wednesday, the remnants of the Screwed Up Clic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline

    Most people will tell you that Houston rappers are overall a peaceful bunch, but people do carry guns. No less a beloved figure than Pimp C was caught after he got into an altercation at the Foot Locker in Sharpstown Mall; supposedly a policeman saw a gun under Pimp's coat during the fight, followed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Here Are Some Classic Houston Rap Lines as Memes

    Early Wednesday evening, I was teaching my sons lines from SPM songs because being a cool dad is usually the same as being a shitty dad. Boy B had a question: "Daddy, why are we doing this?" It was simple and reasonable and direct. But I kind of didn't have an answer. We just were doing it is why we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    ZZ Top Taps SUC Classic to Shill Dubious Malt Beverage

    Rocks Off did certainly not expect to find this on the Internet today. Or ever, really. But what could possibly be the first single from ZZ Top's long-awaited new album is now appearing in a new ad for a budget line of liquor-flavored malt beverages, the kind you might find in a tub of ice near the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Six Years Gone: Big Hawk Remembered

    Six years ago last week, on May 1, 2006, local rapper and Screwed Up Click Five-Star General Big Hawk was gunned down outside of a friend's home on Redfern on Houston's Southside. He was 36. While it's never acceptable to lose a gifted artist to violence in the prime of his life and career, Hawk's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Big Boss E's Favorite Boss 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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Killa Cal-Wayne's Dissertation On Gangster Rap

    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. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    The Perfect Soundtrack To Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Crawfish boils have become a springtime ritual in Houston. At least once a season, it's an accepted necessity that we waste an entire day pinching tails, sucking heads and covering ourselves in spicy, stinky seafood slime. Finding the bugs typically isn't a problem -- you can hit up any number of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Mudbug Music: The Perfect Soundtrack for Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" on the way to buy the crawfish in Kemah and UGK's "Wood Wheel" for the drive back. These are just two of the songs that Rocks Off's Nathan Smith recommends to start your day-long crawfish boiling festivities. If you think that zydeco music and only zydeco music is the right ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Tops Drop: A Larger-Than-Life Fat Tuesday Playlist

    ​Happy Fat Tuesday, y'all! Rocks Off mentioned in a previous post, about rappers and Houston restaurants, that some of the best artists are "Big" and "Fat": Big Pokey, Fat Pat, Big Moe, etc. Every day is Fat Tuesday for these rappers. They're all about overindulgence and that's why we love th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Fourteen Years After His Death, Fat Pat's Legacy Continues Acting Bad For Scrilla

    In Huntsville, back somewhere around 2000, there used to be this club called The Tin Can. There are a bunch of reasons to remember The Tin Can; two stand out and another is unfortunately appropriate today. The most nefarious of the three: It had to have been the most unsafe club in American histo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Which Were The Six Best Houston Rap Songs From The Nineties?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Rappers Onstage: Who's Dramatic Enough For Broadway?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Have something you've always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Photo illustration by John Seabor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Five Posthumous Rap Albums Up For Debate

    ​Recently, and with a certain amount of controversy, Rap-A-Lot made available a bundle of previously unreleased songs disguised as a new Pimp C album. Posthumous records are unsafe footing. It's entirely capable that they can be built into capable, glorious, heartbreaking goodbyes; in 2009, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Celebrating Big H.A.W.K.'s Legacy With Bun B & More

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday (or thereabouts), Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Paul Wall, Lil O, Starch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Which Houston Rappers Deserve Their Own Streets?

    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

    January 31, 2011

    Who Makes The Mt. Rushmore Of Houston Rap?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. cred​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, E.S.G., Paul Wall, Fat Tony, A.D.D., Matt Son ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Rap's Top Five Dedication 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 it to sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

  • Music

    October 14, 2010
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    August 19, 2010

    Vanilla Ice And 11 Other Artists Dallas Can Keep

    ​Tomorrow night at 2016 Mainstage, Houston gets to relive its (our?) dark white-rap past when Dallas native Vanilla Ice hits the stage at the venue formerly known Sammy's On Main. Yes, that Vanilla Ice, from our haughty neighbors to the north who can do no wrong in the eyes of Texas Monthly. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: K-Otix's Universal

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. K-Otix Universal (Bronx Science, 2001) ​K-Otix are the Hawk and Animal of Houston rappers, a seeming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Fat Pat, Trae, Shane Sparks, Gucci Mane, The Kanye, Maino, Eminem, Kid Cudi, Bun B 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: "No Glory," Fat Pat Wire to Wire So Trae spent the holidays handing out thousands of pairs of shoes to ... 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 11, 2009

    Five Spot: Killa Kyleon's Purple Punch 3

    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. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​One of the guys that we always (usually) enjoy listening to is the ... 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

    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

    May 15, 2009

    Five Spot: Big M.O.E. of the S.U.C.

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com.We were flipping through the Trae playlist in our iPod yesterday, and "Swang" came on. "Swang," if you'll remember ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Five Spot: 25 Lighters for Fat Pat

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. February 3 marked the 11th anniversary of the legendary Screwed Up Click MC Fat Pat's passing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Dustin Prestige, Kid Cudi, King Tut, Rick Ross/50 Cent, Ludacris, Lil' Kim, T.I./Chris Brown, Fat Pat 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: "Dope," Dustin Prestige Wire To Wire Kid Cudi was tasered at an NBA All-Star Game party in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Turning the Screw: H.I.S.D., Trae, Lupe Fiasco, Prodigy, Soulja Boy, Roy Jones Jr., Ice Cube 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: “Break of Dawn,” Hueston Independent Spit District Wire To Wire We’re not sure how w ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2008
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    February 12, 2008

    Houston: Still Scoring Points With the Pharmaceutical Crowd

    Hopefully you’ve already read – and, most likely, commented on – Shea Serrano’s blow-by-blow account of last Friday’s Bun B concert at Warehouse Live . He wasn’t the only media wag in the house, though. No less than The New York Times sent one of its two chief pop music critics, Kelefa S ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2007
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    October 25, 2007

    The Scene Is Dead. Long Live the Scene!

    Ideas toward a Houston-style musical Day of the Dead

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007

    Big Moe, RIP

    Local legend and Screwed Up Click founding member Big Moe passed away yesterday, about ten days after suffering a heart attack. The hefty rapper, born Kenneth Moore, was 33 years old. A graduate of Yates High School and a former football star, Moore’s hits included “Purple Stuff,” “Mann!, ... More >>

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Houston Hip-Hop

    Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend's style to the masses

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    Trae Cool

    An underground legend teams up with Rap-A-Lot in a bid to break nationwide

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Hawk

    Saturday, December 7

  • Music

    November 4, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

  • Music

    June 10, 1999

    Discman

    DJ DMD goes national with his continental, Houston-based rap style

  • Music

    February 11, 1999

    That's the Breaks

    Houston rap labels and their artists look for that big deal

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