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Hip-Hop and Rap

  • 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.

  • Music

    April 10, 2014

    The Astros Need New Music, Wu-Tang Clan Doesn't

    Baseball music, comeback albums, and local talent buyer says goodbye.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Mobb Deep & Nosaprise at Fitzgerald's, 4/9/2014

    Mobb Deep, Nosaprise Fitzgerald's April 9, 2014 A hip-hop show on a Wednesday night is as good as a rap show on any other night, except maybe better. Everyone who claims to be a hip-hop fan but is really just a whats-new-on-the-radio rap fan stays home to watch Basketball Wives or whatever nonsense ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Houston's Biggest Rap Stars Help Local Pastor Take the Gospel to the Hood

    There are a lot of pastors in Houston. Very, very few of them can rap. And only one of them is releasing an album this week featuring guest verses by Scarface, Bun B, Z-Ro, Paul Wall and Propain. That would be Vaughaligan Walwyn, a married father of four and the pastor of Legacy Church, a 300-membe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Why the New Wu-Tang Clan Album Should Not Happen

    As of late, Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA has been acting with a single-minded purpose: making a new Wu-Tang album happen, against all odds. He's already titled it A Better Tomorrow and dropped a couple of singles to promote the album; even as projected release dates have come and gone, he's admitted that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Bun B's Birthday Celebration at Warehouse Live, 3/16/2014

    Bun B, Kirko Bangz Warehouse Live March 16, 2014 By the time big Southern rap impresario Bun B took the stage at Warehouse Live early this morning, there was a lot to celebrate. It was St. Patrick's Day, of course, but the occasion also marked the kickoff of the UGK star's "Trillest Tour" with Kirk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    93.7 The Beat's "Welcome to H-Town" Concert at Arena Theatre, 2/28/2014

    Geto Boys, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Lil' Keke & Slim Thug Arena Theatre February 28, 2014 So there's a new radio station in town, KQBT 93.7 The Beat. ("Radar Love" can now be heard exclusively on 106.9 The Eagle.) These upstarts claim to be the home of H-Town's real hip-hop and R&B. That tagline remains fa ... More >>

  • Music

    February 20, 2014

    A Summer Place

    Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Making a Difference: Artists Who Have Share Their Wisdom

    "Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..." -- Erykah Badu A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I g ... More >>

  • 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

    February 13, 2014

    So, How About That FPSF Lineup Anyway?

    My initial, visceral reaction to the lineup was two-fold: a) Deftones? Yay!; b) that is a mighty impressive EDM lineup. I figured Zedd was a pretty solid lock for the festival, but Above & Beyond is an outside the box choice that I'm in love with. Having just seen them put on a wonderful set a few w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Do Musicians Have Any Business Starring In Ads?

    It's a real testament to our consumerist culture that one of the biggest events of the year for many people is seeing a series of high-budget adverts in the midst of a sports game. A significant amount of people tune in to the Super Bowl every year not because they care about football or even the ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Football Music: Looking Back on NFL Jams

    Super Bowl XLVIII is this weekend and though it's probably still stinging for many Texans fans that their Super Bowl dreams went up in smoke sometime around week three of the regular season, most of them will still be tuning in to see the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks go head to head. In the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Six More Rap Collaborations That Need to Happen

    Where once it was in vogue to beef, the current trend in rap these days seems to be friendship. Everywhere we see rappers forming collaborative duos for albums, and it's honestly producing some pretty amazing results. There was Watch the Throne, Run the Jewels and lately we've even had The Abstract ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Just Who Is OutKast Again?

    Two years ago at Coachella, Dr. Dre reunited with his The Chronic homie Snoop Dogg, a standout performance that also featured a special appearance by Hologram Tupac Shakur. Last year, it was '90s backpack-rap group Jurassic 5's turn to reunite in the desert. Last week another hip-hop reunion was ann ... More >>

  • Music

    January 2, 2014

    It's Impossible to Recap Every Houston Rap Release from 2013, But That Won't Stop Us From Trying

    Can one man mention every 2013 Houston rap release worth mentioning?

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Everything You Needed to Know About Houston Rap In 2013

    Our year-end Houston rap recap (this right here -- oh hi!) is always an exercise in economical efficiency. The amount of words that can fit in this space is about 1/15th of the total amount of local rap artists, so capturing all of the neat things they did in 2013 is basically like winning the lotte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Jay-Z at Toyota Center, 12/19/13

    Jay-Z is the king. A few other rappers have enjoyed their time at the top throughout the years, but Hov's been perched upon the throne for the better part of a decade and a half. A handful of others have tried to climb that hill (I'm looking at you Mr. West), but even if Jigga quit the game today h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Jay Z In Pictures: Can I Get a...

    When I first began to listen to rap music as a student at Jesse H. Jones Senior High, it was mostly screwed-down versions of hits by UGK and freestyles by Lil Keke, Lil Flip and Yungstar. Only after I graduated did I begin digging deeper into rap's history, with East Coast lyricism pulling me one wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Creating Bun B's Ultimate Trill Album

    In a way, hearing the words "Bun B" joined together with "new album" should make people throw rice in the air. It doesn't necessarily meet with the same amount of fanfare in 2013 as it would have in 2005, say, but that's only because the idea of Bun B in 2013 is vastly different from the one in 2005 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Justin Timberlake's Top 10 Collaborations

    Justin Timberlake, the former *NSYNC member, Mouseketeer, and Mr. Britney Spears, will grace H-Town with this dreamy blue eyes and Jacksonesque dance moves as he hits the Toyota Center stage tomorrow. Although JT has always been a star, shining bright as the de facto leader of the world's most popul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Reliant Arena, 11/27/2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli Reliant Arena November 27, 2013 Standing in the shadow of a diminishing Astrodome, the rarely used Reliant Arena played host to more than 5,000 Houstonians for a showcase of some of today's biggest hip-hop talent Wednesday, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis returned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    10 '90s Albums That Should Be Broadway Musicals

    It seems Broadway may have a taste for those ironic jagged little '90s pills after all. Here's the thing: Jagged Little Pill, that mega-huge album from our favorite '90s alt-wailer Alanis Morissette, is being adapted for the Broadway stage. As in, they're making the album into a Broadway musical, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Hip-Hop's Seven Best Breakup Songs

    Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being overly macho. That's true in large part, but that doesn't mean plenty of rappers aren't intensely sensitive. Putting aside how easily they get their feelings hurt and jump into beefs, there's the socially conscious crowd, the baby-making-music crowd, and even a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    The Pharcyde & K-OTIX at Fitzgerald's, 10/24/2013

    The Pharcyde, K-OTIX Fitzgerald's October 24, 2013 Hip-hop has evolved over the years of its existence more than any type of music in the same time period. Since the late '70s and early '80s, has moved from the simplistic beats and rhymes of Slick Rick and Sugar Hill Gang to the more provocative LL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    K-OTIX Redux: Houston's Legendary Anti-Gangstas Reunite

    "We'll do the pause, then when we're ready..." - Russell "The ARE" Gonzalez What if I told you that Houston rap is much more than slow, loud, and bangin', syrup-dripped, gangster, pimped-out, and/or trill? That a certain rap crew from Houston that headlined SXSW's very first official hip-hop showca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album

    In today's society of more, more, more, it's becoming a bit of a rarity, especially with all those reunion albums that keep coming out, but sometimes legends have been made from just one big hit. Ever so often one album comes along that is so monumental, we all fall in love with it, and then the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Z-Ro: An Even Darker Version of Drake

    Drake catches plenty of slack for being "emotional." It's an odd thing. Some of hip-hop's brightest moments have come from a place of catharsis and authenticity. When considering the Drake discography, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the word Drake was actually Latin for "catharsis" and "authentic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Where Have All the Haters Gone?

    From Tupac and Biggie to Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, established rivalries have played a major role in hip-hop's history. As local legend Bun B once said, "This is rap; we've had beef in rap since the beginning of rap." But today's local scene may be dawning on an age of enlightenment, largely define ... More >>

  • Music

    August 29, 2013

    R.I.P. Elroy Boogie

    Popular member of the Kracker Nuttz DJ team was only 27.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Eminem's New Track Goes "Old School," We Give You The Best Old School Jams To Celebrate

    The real Slim Shady is finally standing up, it seems. So Eminem, who's pretty fuckin' rad all around, just announced that he was dropping his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and followed that up with, well, dropping a new single, "Berzerk." So yay! "Berzerk," for its part, is this kind of cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    New Book Explores Houston Hip-Hop's Fertile Roots

    Ed. note: Before now, the history of Houston hip-hop has existed in the archives at Rice University (Swishahouse) and the University of Houston, as well as the songs themselves. But someone has finally written it all down in book form. Maco L. Faniel is a Houston native, hip-hop fan and graduate of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Lil Wayne, T.I. & 2 Chainz at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/18/2013

    Lil Wayne, T.I., 2 Chainz Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 18, 2013 There comes a time in every boy's life where he learns an inadvertent anatomy lesson with the help of some overzealous audience members, their crotches, and a jumbotron. Sunday night was that night for many a Houston boy, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    The World's 10 Finest Superstar Musical Collaborations

    Well, folks, it appears we're getting a Superman/Batman movie whether we like it or not. Comics fanboy and Frank Miller obsessive Zack Snyder broke the news a couple weeks back at San Diego Comic-Con that his big-budget sequel to Man of Steel will find a way to shoehorn in the Dark Knight. A much mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The Craziest Musical Gambles That Paid Off

    Every year it's a guarantee that someone will grouse about record labels and musicians never taking risks anymore, and never producing anything exciting or unique. While that's probably true to a certain extent, so far it hasn't been totally empty in 2013. For instance, first there was Kanye West's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    10 Essential Jay-Z Songs Before Magna Carta Holy Grail

    Ah, Independence Day. A day for celebration of pride and patriotism, and to go out back and fire up the grill with a couple of cold ones. Unfortunately, I'll have to get a raincheck on that one, because I have bigger plans this July 4th. This year I'll be settling in and spending the day with the br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Bushwick Bill's Five Most Unhinged Geto Boys Verses

    The Geto Boys' performance at this year's Free Press Summer Festival was fun and all, but there's no question something was missing. Namely, a sawed-off, fun-loving sociopath by the name of Bushwick Bill, the diminutive, one-eyed rapper and dancer who's been an indelible element of the group's off-k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy & De La Soul at Bayou Music Center, 7/3/2013

    LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul Bayou Music Center July 3, 2013 Classic-rock acts who were never more than B-list tour every summer and pack amphitheaters by the thousands. It takes four of the most important acts in rap history to fill up Bayou Music Center. Something seems off ther ... 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 2, 2013

    My Block: Houston Rappers' Five Best Neighborhood Shout-Outs

    To hear others tell it, Houston is the fattest city in America. It's the ugliest. It's the most mosquito-ridden, hellishly hot metropolis in the country. All of these people who don't live here and know nothing about us sure can't keep our name out of their mouths. Where I come from, we call those ... 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

    June 20, 2013

    He May Be Older, Healthier and More Responsible, But Paul Wall Is Still Tippin'

    Houston rapper and grillmaker Paul Wall is tippin' a little more responsibly these days.

  • 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

    June 5, 2013

    Five of the Messiest Rapper/Radio-Station Beefs

    Last week, Nicki Minaj decided to go to famous New York radio station Hot 97 to hash out and hopefully squash her year-long beef with Peter Rosenberg, a personality at the station. The dispute started over a comment Rosenberg had made at the station's annual Summer Jam concert last year, which cause ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Slum Village at Fox Hollow, 5/29/2013

    Slum Village, Non Stop Rebels, Noon, All Day, Boi Dru Fox Hollow May 29, 2013 "Baby will you call me... the moment... you get there. Don't forget about me baby!"-- Aretha Franklin Judging from the crowd response at Fox Hollow last night, fans have not forgotten about the Detroit rap crew Slum Vill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Top 10 Musical Guests On TV's Martin

    Martin was one of the funniest television sitcoms of the '90s. We all tuned in on Thursday nights to see what would go down with Martin, his girlfriend-turned-wife Gina and their group of friends' nonstop hilarious antics. But besides the numerous amounts of characters played by Martin Lawrence him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Jambalaya Festival at Bayou Music Center, 5/23/2013

    Jambalaya Festival Bayou Music Center May 23, 2013 Ingredients: Houston, Texas A roomful of screaming, dancing teens G-Eazy, RL Grime, Big Boi, Zeds Dead, Earlwolf Instructions: 1. Open the doors of Bayou Music Center at approximately 4 p.m. Allow scores of teenage hip-hop enthusiasts t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Waka Flocka Flame Needs to Stay Away From EDM

    Electronic dance music genre is corrupting trap music, and this trend is driving me bonkers. It's worse than any country/rap collaboration ever made. The mix of electronic and/or dubstep and Southern rap music is not a good blend. It's gotten so bad that poor Waka Flocka Flame barely even knows he' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Cannibal Ox Is Back, But Is Anybody Listening?

    You may have missed it, but no one would blame if you did because you're not alone. In March, legendary indie hip-hop group Cannibal Ox announced they were making a comeback in a big way, launching a new album, their very own record label, and a Kickstarter campaign to fund it all. The last time Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Where Is Lil Wayne In the Lyrical Hot Water Hall of Fame?

    Proving that it is almost never wise to compare the results of rough sex to Emmett Till's face, Lil Wayne was dropped from his Mountain Dew campaign last week. Emmett Till, for those of you who aren't familiar, was a 14-year-old boy who was beaten to death, shot, and dumped in the river for whistlin ... More >>

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