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  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    The 11 Best Draped-Up Dirty South Songs Ever

    Draped up and dripped out, know what I'm talkin' 'bout? Much like Bun B, who wrote those lyrics, you do know what I'm talkin' 'bout. And you also know that all things draped up and dripped out are badass, especially when they are songs from the dirty south. Whether it's swangin' and bangin' or s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    E-cig, Vape Users Brace For FDA Regulations

    Cloud blowers, flavor connoisseurs, smokeless e-cig puffers, surreptitious stoners, cancer patients trying to quit cigarettes -- Houston's e-cigarette and vape consumers as are diverse as the products created in the local DIY market. It's a market that's been allowed to frankenstein and modify new c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: DJ Ipodammo, "Progressive, Weird, Contemporary, Sound Archeology"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    The Five Weirdest Rap Beefs

    Do you remember J-Kwon? If you don't, I'll remind you. He had a song called "Tipsy" back in 2004 that hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts. After that he dropped off the face of the earth (literally, for a while). Well, J-Kwon is back and he's having a big couple of weeks. First, Kanye West gave him a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Old Gold: The Explosion of Vintage Jewelry In Hip-Hop

    In the past year, the hip-hop scene has traded in a great deal of its diamond-encrusted Jesus pieces and record-label logo necklaces for items with a bit more "vintage designer" style. From coast to coast, we are now seeing entertainers and tastemakers flash their vintage Chanel and antique Versace ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2012

    Country Club Sopranos

    American banks are on a massive crime spree. Obama and Romney hope you won’t notice.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    HPD's New Uniforms: We Help Them With Some Ideas (You're Welcome)

    The seasons change, we spirit away our summer digs for some fall threads, and the Houston police are also mulling a change of dress. It's time for a uniform change. But they're as tight-lipped on the matter as Gucci planning its spring wear. This reticence may be related to the fact that Sergeant St ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2012
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    October 4, 2011

    Top 6 Most Underappreciated Hip-Hop Albums, By Le$

    This Week's Rapper: Le$ (pronounced "Less," though it's way more fun to call him L-E-dollar sign) This Week's Topic: Underappreciated albums, mixtapes, songs, etc. Last year, Le$ released a very good mixtape called The Beautiful Struggle. It was almost entirely overlooked. So, we asked L-E-dollar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Full Swag For DJ Screw & Framboise; Half Swag For Riff Raff

    One of the many things we love about Houston is the diversity of its music. For instance, on Tuesday night we went to Mango's to see Psychic Palms and Mikey & The Drags, two of our favorite local garage-rock bands. After The Drags performed their cover for "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals, the du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    10 Popular Rappers' Disney Alter Egos

    Watch The Throne.​Were you ever mildly attracted to Jafar in the Disney movie Aladdin? We were, probably because he reminded us so much of Prince. So, needless to say, Rocks Off is pretty stoked that Disney is bringing back some of our beloved iconic villains-like Jafar and Scar-to 3-D. We' ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011
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    September 9, 2011

    Shantel Moore and Friends: Scammed Cancer Patients and Spent It on Maserati & Gucci

    Ill-gotten gains.​If you have a mind sick enough to rip off desperately ill people, you probably think to yourself, "Cancer patients -- hey, they may die soon, so what'll they care?'' Houston police say Shantel Moore, 29, apparently had that kind of coldhearted and inhumane logic. The Staffor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    The Top Ten Greatest Gays of Texas

    Here in Texas, we lay claim to some of the most interesting and influential GLBT men and women of our time. Admittedly, they generally get out as fast as they can, but to us, they'll always be Texans. Here are ten GLBT men and women we're proudest to call Texans, especially during this season of Pri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    An Affiliated Soldier Explains What Is And Isn't Gangster

    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 Aff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    I'm Gay & 10 More Recent Dubious Rap Album Titles

    ​Lil B is obviously an outlandish artist, but his most recent blogworthy activity has many hip-hop fans pretty damn upset. This past weekend at Coachella, The Based God announced the title of his next album. He has named it I'm Gay and according to the Based God, it's a major move to demonstra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Is Ashley Judd Really Sorry For What She Said About 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 ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 17, 2011
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    March 10, 2011
  • 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 18, 2011

    Four Hip-Hop Tattoos Gone Very, Very Wrong​People get tattoos for a number of reasons: to commemorate someone or something special, to make a statement, to remind themselves of who they are, or as a consequence of a drunken night out with friends. Whatever the motivation, tattoos always draw attention. Oh, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Bun B, Rap Superhero, Feeds The Needy... And What Else?

    ​Bun B is many things: Beyond-influential rapper, college professor, entrepreneur and trillman (totally just made that word up). But above all else, he's long been recognized as a decent, caring and wise person. It's why any time his name is added in the tagline of anything good or worthwhile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Top Five Rapper Deadbeat Dads

    ​Admit it, when you hear the term "deadbeat dad," you immediately think of a black rapper rocking Gucci stunna shades in a perfectly dimmed room, pants drooping to his ankles. Truth be told, hip-hop dads would be wise to step up and heed Ed OG's words: "Be a Father to Your Child." Relationsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    When Does Rapper Diva Syndrome Become Understandable?

    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

    July 9, 2010

    Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Best Rap Album Of The Year

    ​Big Boi has never been a particularly imposing rapper. He just hasn't been. Now wait a second, fuckers. Before you get all "No, he's phenomenal!" just out of sheer contrarian instinct, think on it for a second. When have you ever heard his name mentioned in any Greatest Rapper Ever discussio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 2: UGK's Ridin' Dirty

    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 it to UGK Ridin' Dirty (Jive, 1996) ​When UGK first came into focus with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    The Incredible Truth: The Best Southern Rap Albums (and Mixtapes) of 2009, Part 2

    5. Z-Ro Cocaine (Rap-A-Lot) ​With Z-Ro's long-awaited album Heroin delayed, Cocaine ended up as the appropriately named followup to 2008's Crack. Though Cocaine was originally intended to be a mixtape put out by little-known producer DJ Drama Queen, it more than holds its own as a proper album. Fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Today's Forecast: Cloudy With A Chance Of God-Awful Rap

    We have seen some white rappers in our time. But they don't come much whiter than Nick Kosir, morning weatherman on Beaumont's Fox station. This apparently is Kosir's third rap weathercast (Follow his tweets where he pimps himself heavily here.) It's about on the level of some slightly tipsy Junior ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009

    It Was What It Was

    Amid a wash of national phooey, plucking Houston rap's pivotal 2009 moment is easy.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Five Spot: Chamillionaire's Mixtape Messiah 7

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to​Say what you will about Chamillionaire's occasionally irritable nature, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Down Payment Blues: Musicians With Tax Trouble

    Finished that tax return yet? Not to worry: you've still got a few hours until midnight, and the post offices are open late. Over the years, these musicians have gotten in hot water with their countries' internal-revenue collectors as well... Bono Forever a proponent of all things charitable, Bono ... More >>

  • Film

    February 12, 2009

    Buyer Beware of Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Bush and this movie agree: Go shopping! (Wait, don't.)

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    T-Mac Puts Up His Benz On E-Bay (Not For Charity, Either)

    If you happen to be sitting on a big pile of cash because you never invested in sub-prime mortgages or wrote Bernie Madoff a check, you might want to scoot on over to eBay and bid on Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady's sweet ride.That's right: T-Mac is auctioning his customized CL-Class Mercedes-Benz (Fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Cupcake Contest: Sugarbaby's vs. the Cookie Jar

    As you may have gathered from that Sex and the City marathon you caught over Christmas, it has recently become socially acceptable - even trendy - for grownups to eat cupcakes. Although the nationwide trend seems to have died down somewhat (I'm pretty sure having a wedding cake made entirely of cupc ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2008
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    August 2, 2007

    Art Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Making Scents of the Stars

    A buyer's guide to celebrity fragrances

  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Reliantly Unhelpful

    The abyss of customer service gets deeper

  • Music

    July 13, 2006

    Thom Yorke

    The Eraser

  • News

    February 23, 2006
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    February 16, 2006

    You Can Quote Me

    A Conroe man is ready to help the nation's Enron reporters

  • News

    February 9, 2006

    Let There Be Gifts

    If you want to honor this preacher's wife, don't be cheap

  • Dining

    February 2, 2006
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    January 15, 2004

    Hotel Envy

    Greenspoint says it's just as good as the Galleria, darn it

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    The Eclectic Horseman

    Dancer George Durham is the complete package

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001
  • Dining

    October 25, 2001

    Patriotic Excess

    Luxurious Vallone’s most interesting new menu items arean early casualty of the war

  • Music

    March 30, 2000


    Behind current blaxploitation pulp literature is - surprise! - the music biz

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