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Grandmaster Flash

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    The 10 Worst Musical Comebacks of All Time

    Don't call it a comeback...because it sucked. Sometimes it's hard to remember that "less is more," especially when you're a retired musician. It can be easy to find yourself pining away for the spotlight and those glory days of old, but we really would advise you to think twice before hitting the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Dâm-Funk at MFAH Mixed Media, 1/31/2014

    Dâm-Funk Museum of Fine Arts, Houston January 31, 2014 A museum by its very definition is a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural interest are stored and exhibited. Our very own Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has an impressive track record of doing just that, comb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Why Genesis' Lyrics Were Great -- or Awful

    Phil Collins recently announced he'd be open to touring with his former Genesis bandmates again, and those of us who love the band rejoiced. No matter the lineup, the English prog-pop group always possessed some of rock music's most skilled musicians. The extended instrumental breaks alone on some G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Knocking at Your Back Door: A Deeper Shade of Purple In the '80s

    Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live Eagle Vision, 141 mins., Various CD/DVD formats It's something of an intellectual parlor game for Deep Purple fans to debate the ultimate question: Which lineup was the best? Commercially and song popularity/longevity wise, it's clear DP 2.0 -- the band responsi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    10 Songs In the National Recording Registry That Might Surprise You

    Here's something you may not have realized. The U.S. government passed a law to preserve important films in the Library of Congress back in 1988, but it took them until 2000 to get around to doing so for recordings. We music lovers get no respect. Luckily, Congress did finally get around to archivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Top 5 Songs That Sample Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Today we all have a nice long weekend thanks to the birthday of one Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many people just see it as a day off, others just don't seem to understand why we celebrate it. But Dr. King was a civil rights pioneer who still inspires many to this day. He inspires artists so mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Baby Chino, World's Youngest DJ: "I Have Haters"

    Austin-born Ri-yan Dolan is only eight years old -- he turns a ripe nine on August 25 -- and holds the title of the world's youngest DJ, spinning under the name DJ Baby Chino. At a time when kids half his age can operate iPads and iPhones with ease, it should be no surprise that Dolan was only five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Swedish Band Amplifetes Releases "Where Is the Light" as a Video Game

    Swedish psychedelic pop band the Amplifetes has taken an innovative approach to releasing a single -- by making it available as a video game, and entering players in a contest to win a trip to the Arctic Circle. A while back we talked about Bjork releasing singles as apps, which is a similar concep ... 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

    March 29, 2012

    Mo' Better Tunes: The Ultimate Spike Lee Soundtrack

    ​When Spike Lee puts out a new film, I always make a point to check it out, even if I hated his last one. He's directed more hits than misses, and even his duds have been quality duds. The first Spike Lee joint that I saw as a kid was Malcolm X, which I definitely did not understand at all beyond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    No Surprises: Rock Hall Set To Induct Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? ​This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    RIP Heavy D: Why Are The '90s Slowly Dying On Us?

    ​Word just came from TMZ on Twitter - yeah, yeah - that hip-hopper Heavy D has passed away at the age of 44. The artist, born Dwight Arrington Myers, was the leader of Heavy D & The Boyz, best known for cuts like "Chunky But Funky" and "Now That We Found Love". So far details have Myers coll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Top Five Movies That Influenced Hip-Hop Culture

    ​Rappers love to imagine their lives as movies. They see bits of their lives on the big screen and turn to those cinematic treasures to help them make sense of their immediate environment: "If Tony Montana can rise to meteoric heights, so can I; if Frank Lucas can make it out of the game alive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Top 10 Musician WTF Hobbies

    Zazzle.com​Musicians are weird. Well, the good ones, at least. It's a little-known, beloved factoid. While artists' news, drama, and private lives are sometimes aired to the point of over-saturation, it becomes more interesting when we learn relatively kept insight into their rockers' offstage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Friday Night: Legends Of Rap At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Marco TorresRakim​"Legends of Rap" featuring Rakim, Slick Rick, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte Verizon Wireless Theater October 15, 2010 For more photos from Friday, see our slideshow here. Friday night at Verizon Theater was a celebration of hip-hop legends, the types that would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Top 10 Rap Covers By Non-Rap Artists

    ​Artists have many ways of expressing admiration for their peers. Name-dropping those who inspire them in liner notes and offering them groupies on the tour bus are just a couple of ways of showing respect. Covering one of their popular songs? Now that's the ultimate tip of the hat. That's an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Is The National Recording Registry Ready For The Geto Boyz?

    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 introducinglisto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    DJ Hero: A Review

    ​The geniuses that first let you rock 'n' roll with guitar legends in Guitar Hero decided to bring out a new instrument for gamers to party on. This time, Activision brought out the turntables for their newest title, DJ Hero. Available for the Playstations 2 & 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii, DJ ... More >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Turning The Screw: Jay'Ton, Bushwick, Nas, Akon, Dre, Diddy, DJ Hero, Grandmaster Flash, The Kanye, T.I., Three 6 Mafia, Bubba Sparxxx, 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: "We Here," Jay'Ton feat. Trae and Yung Quis Wire To Wire: Nas is not a fan of Canada. Akon, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Aftermath: Duran Duran at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Chris Gray Alone among its pretty-boy peers in the early and mid-'80s, Duran Duran was the blackest band to regularly hit the pop charts from either side of the pond. Only the Aussies in INXS had anywhere near the same level of interest in funk and disco, and the chops to pull it off. Re ... More >>

  • Music

    July 31, 2008
  • Culture

    July 24, 2008
  • Music

    July 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 15, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Japanese Melody Roads and Songs for Houston's Highways

    My knowledge of Japanese culture is only based on what I see in fashion magazines and the Sanrio store in the Galleria. By and large, Japanese people scare me. They seem to be extremely happy all the time and as far as I know, all the women walk around dressed like anime pin-ups and scream at regula ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2007

    NOTSUOH'S

    TEXAS PRAIRIE FIRE

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Honor Bound

    A fictional look at the future of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Culture

    October 26, 2006

    SPOOKY SPOTLIGHT

    The Houston Press guide to all things Halloween

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Back in tha Mix

    The MFAH's Mixed Media Series

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Art Girls Are Easy

    Beats of Basquiat: The Final Chapter

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2006

    Master in da House

    Hip-hop's co-founder is back in a Flash

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    Play "Free Bird"!

    Using the Bob-O-Meter to rate cover songs

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2005

    Legendary Beats

    Get a heady dose of drum 'n' bass at Planet of the Drums

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    Steal These Albums

    The ten most dangerous and radical hip-hop records of all time

  • Calendar

    January 13, 2005

    Tasty Samples

    The H-Town Throw Down's menu boasts a mad mix o' music

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Hip-hop, Tejas

    Latinos take on rap music and make it their own

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    Hushing Up

    What's all the fuss about Hush?

  • Music

    January 23, 2003

    Compton's (Back) N the House

    Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    Ugly Kid Slug

    Atmosphere MC Sean Daley saves the world by saving his circle of friends

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Life in the Slow Lane

    DJ Screw lived mostly for his work, as if he would have time later to celebrate his success. That time would never come.

  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    New Releases Reviewed

    Luscious Jackson

  • Music

    July 8, 1999

    Kamikaze Rap

    Public Enemy's Chuck D. speaks

  • Music

    January 14, 1999

    Overseas Transmission

    Hip-hop's origins in a German synthesizer?

  • Music

    October 23, 1997

    Rap Gets Puffy

    Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop

  • Music

    July 17, 1997

    Rooting Interest

    The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head

  • Music

    May 11, 1995
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