George Young

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    The Majestic Ride of Le$'s Steak X Shrimp Vol. 1

    Oh New Houston Rap column, where did you take a complete left? Well for starters, Kim Kardashian tried to #BreaktheInternet. Then Solange got married, took a wedding photo that looked like the Final Boss fight in Knowles Mortal Kombat and that supposedly broke the Internet. Then the Smith kids, Wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Four Houston Rap Producers You Should Hear Now

    To a small extent, Houston's musical sound jumps around time periods. Cultures. Genres. The spastic rhythm of zydeco mixes like watercolors when met with the hard bass guitars and screeching, amplified wails of rock. The blues drones on in sorrowful hints and glimpses of emotional reprieve. And Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    George Young's Ventage Taps That '94 Feeling

    Remember 1994? It's arguably the year hip-hop truly decided to grow up and embrace a mix of gangsta attitude and spread-out regionalism. That year, we got Scarface's The Diary, UGK's Super Tight, Nas's Illmatic and the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to start with. I could go on, but our old Rocks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Mixtape Monday: Jodii B. Basik Smokes For All On HIGHtivities

    Here's a peculiar thing: normally, any day marked 4/20 would give way to a baker's dozen worth of rap treats. But the last major Houston rap release to originate from this particular date was Doughbeezy's Reggie Bush & Kool-Aid, and that was three years ago. Since then? Rappers and weed-loving music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    6 Non-Yank Bands Who Wrote American Anthems

    Some of the most definitive "all-American" rock anthems were written by bands who not originally from the United States. Think about it... what are some rock and roll staples that remind you of our beloved country, which gave us the freedom to rock? "The Boys Are Back In Town" "We Are The Champions ... More >>

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    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 21, 2011

    Remember D-Risha's Big Trouble In Houston, Texas?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email ​D-Risha Big Trouble In Houston, Texas (Self-released, 2011) D-Risha: Rapper. Allegiance: Nor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Remember Herney The Great's Diary of a Young Black Male?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email ​Herney the Great Diary of a Young Black Male (Self-released, 2011) Herney the Great is an occa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Herney The Great Is Really Doing It

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to ​Shortly ago, we receive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Listology: Chase Hamblin Chooses His Favorite One-Hit Wonders

    Chase Hamblin performs with Robert Ellis and the Small Sounds, 8 p.m. tonight at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington, 713-862-2513 or Easybeats, "Friday on My Mind" Anxious changes, solid backbeat and sweet harmonies, this is a killer track. Amazing Australian '60s hit w ... More >>

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    The Riff Factory

    AC/DC still works its balls off to achieve rock godhood

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Trying to Shine

    Business looks bleak for a bootblack bumped to the back of the new courthouse

  • News

    December 10, 1998

    Balancing the Bench

    Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?