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Grand Hustle Records

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Just Who Is Jefe Wine, aka Iggy Azalea's Nemesis?

    Throughout this fall, the weirdest Iggy Azalea headlines haven't come from her music, which is objectively mediocre; or her label boss T.I. defending her because she's from Australia yet raps like she's from Memphis. Instead, they've all been from allegations and maneuvers pulled by Maurice Williams ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    DeLorean Looks Sharp On Look Alive

    MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: DeLorean, Look Alive Is DeLorean underrated, overrated or properly rated? We've been dancing around this thought for a little while now. You see, the rapper is responsible for two of the city's most noted projects of the past five years, Hood Politics 2: Acknowledgment and Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Iggy Azalea at Bayou Music Center, 10/3/2014

    Iggy Azalea Bayou Music Center October 3, 2014 Artists come and go. That's a fact of the music business. It's very easy to lose relevancy in any aspect of life, but seems much easier in the music industry. If, as an artist, you don't stay at the forefront, you're pushed to the back of the line as s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Trae Day 2014 In Photos

    Six years ago, in the sweltering summer of 2008, the City of Houston bestowed a proclamation upon one of its citizens, a certain Frazier Othel Thompson. Rap fans know the man much better now as Trae Tha Truth, Houston's own "King of the Streets." The following year, the city was rewarded with "Trae ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    The Super Houston Mixtape Tuesday Column

    We're at the midpoint of the year of our Houston Rap Lord two thousand-fourteen. In that short span, we've seen BeatKing topple buildings and get Nicki Minaj's attention, Doughbeezy's slow fury wreak havoc all over the country, two radio stations viciously vie for listeners, DeLorean arming himself ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Straight Talk From Trae tha Truth: "I Decided to Make It Not About the Money"

    Earlier this week, Free Press Summer Festival organizers announced that six of the city's biggest rappers, from Bun B to Mike Jones, have been added to the fest for some kind of supergroup set. Not among them? Screwed Up Click veteran Trae tha Truth. And he'd like to know why, in six years, he hasn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Trae 101: Our 10 Best Pics of the King of the Streets

    If there's one thing that Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth knows, its "fan appreciation." Both at his concerts and in the community, Trae thanks his supporters at every opportunity, knowing that the fans are what push a good rapper towards greatness. Whether he's performing alongside his countless frie ... More >>

  • Music

    January 16, 2014

    Rip It Out

    The coming year in Houston recordings.

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    January 8, 2014

    Hard Feelings Mount Between Rival Houston Rap Stations

    This Shit Feel Like When We All First Heard Me On 104.9 For The First Time!!! #NoLie .... Now I Can Continue Makin The World Respect Texas— TraeThaTruth (@TRAEABN) January 7, 2014 A growing nastiness is brewing between Houston's longstanding rap-radio standard-bearer, KBXX 97.9 The Box, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Dwight Yoakam, Max Bemis, Eightball & MJG, etc.

    Dwight Yoakam Arena Theatre, December 20 Throughout his career in the public eye, Dwight Yoakam has successully negotiated the perils of country stardom without ever once coming close to being labeled a sellout. The looming 30-year anniversary of his 1986 debut Hillbilly Deluxe is a big one -- alon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B. & Trinidad James at The Woodlands, 7/26/2013

    Under The Influence Tour feat. Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, and Trinidad James Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 26, 2013 When I tell people that I shoot and review rap shows for a living, the overwhelming response is hate, as in "I HATE RAP SHOWS!" The feeling is understandable. Headliners a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Travi$ Scott, Davey Suicide, Black Sabbath, etc.

    Casey Veggies, Travi$ Scott Warehouse Live, July 22 Casey Veggies has traded the life of one baller for that of another. A high-school star on the hardwood, the Inglewood, Calif., native decided rhyming was more to his liking and began making a name for himself on the L.A. mixtape circuit with song ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Trae Tha Truth's Birthday Party at House of Blues, 7/2/2013

    Trae Tha Truth's Birthday Party House of Blues July 2, 2013 The last time Trae took the stage for his birthday at House of Blues, his special guests included Jadakiss, Waka Flocka, Yung Joc and Lupe Fiasco. And since Trae is good at making friends and convincing inviting them to his party, the chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Trae Tha Truth, Geto Boys, Freedom Over Texas, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 1 Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I wa ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2013

    Inglorious Basterds

    12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    T.I. Unveils Trouble Man at Houston's Wire Road Studios

    T.I. is no Marvin Gaye. Or is he? Both men were blessed with supreme talent as musicians and songwriters. Both men exhibit an overflowing charisma and a flair for the dramatic. Both men chose acting as a supplementary alternative expression of their talents. Both men were also cursed with an unfor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    What's Beef? Houston's Wine-O Says "Happy Birthday T.I.," Doesn't Mean It

    If you want to have a squabble with a rapper, you're going to need just cause. And Houston's own Wine-O believes he has all the right in the world to set his sights on T.I. Known mostly for being a feared presence on a microphone and in stature, Wine-O has come out of his own "retirement" to take a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Fist-Fighting With Hip-Hop Headlines: Drake, Iggy Azalea, Etc.

    You are a human and you have eyeballs and you also have the Internet, so you've likely read some things. That's sort of what this is, except sort of not too. We went through a ton of headlines of hip-hop "stories" from the past week, picked out the most egregious one, pasted them below, then added ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Bad Beef: 4 Examples Of Musical Feuds Gone Wrong

    Competition is a good thing. It pushes people to work harder and be more creative. That drive to prove to the world that they're the best has lead musicians to some incredible heights. After all, competition gave us Pet Sounds and "Ether." Yet in the '10s, that competitive spirit has been pushed as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Trae Tha Truth Signs With T.I.'s Grand Hustle Label

    Wednesday, Trae Tha Truth, protagonist in one of rap's perpetually involved narratives, announced that he'd joined with multiple Grammy winner T.I., signing to T.I.'s imprint Grand Hustle. Trae alluded to making a "big announcement" on Twitter the day before, though many expected it'd relate to ei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: Renzo

    ​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. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    SXSW Tour Diary: The Niceguys, Day 2

    The Niceguys​Rocks Off has asked Houston artists The Niceguys to write up their experience as performers at SXSW. Day 2 at SXSW was awesome, a great day for The Niceguys. Thursday started off in the afternoon with the big homie Hustle Simmons "Hustlepalooza" showcase at Cielo's Nightclub, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Top Ten Pop Songs of 2008

    Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten singles ... More >>

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