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Hip-Hop and Rap

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Top 10 Rap-Related Items On Etsy

    Rap music is forever turning out to be a fun influence on things we'd least expect. When your grandmother starts using terms like "turn up," you realize that there is no getting away from it. Even the creative and artsy folk over at Etsy.com combine their passion for crafts with their admiration of ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    The Five Best Songs That Sample the Beatles

    Pop and R&B superstar Frank Ocean has recently opened up to MTV News that he's been on a Beatles and Beach Boys binge when seeking inspiration for his upcoming second full-length record. While it's not exactly surprising to hear of a young artist gorging himself on Beatles classics for ideas, it is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Gangsta Rap Wings and Surfers on Acid at Goro & Gun

    Everyone's been talking about ramen lately -- especially the ramen at Goro & Gun. What I want to talk about are its wings. "We're gonna drive Buffalo Wild Wings out of business," chef David Kaufman joked as a bowl of ODB wings hit the bar, the chicken glazed with local honey and topped with a few s ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Today's Musicians Have All Lost Their Damn Minds

    It seems that there's something in the musician water lately, and it's causing an epidemic of WTF-inducing choices that are just begging to be written about. Headlines are popping up daily about abandoned pet monkeys, pixelated photos, and Skrillex hair, and this shit's getting weird. But rather t ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Five Great Violent Hip-Hop Songs (for Lupe Fiasco)

    Lupe Fiasco used to be a talented, socially conscious rapper known for putting out really good hip-hop albums. Since he hasn't done one of those in a while, he's more well known these days for criticizing President Obama and espousing conspiracy theories about 9/11. Recently he was back in the news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Top 20 Songs Dedicated to Drank, Part 2

    Friday we brought you the first installment of songs passionately devoted to syrup. So far we've confirmed that Houston is indeed the only City of Syrup. It's also safe to say that the late Screwed Up Click legend Big Moe sang about sipping more than anyone ever could, as he dominates this list with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Stick to Rhymin': Five Awesomely Terrible Acting Performances by Rappers

    In today's recording industry, it is essential to be multifaceted. How can you knock a person spiting ill bars over their own beat in the video they directed? Indeed, most rappers are exploring many different avenues and mediums these days. Some are actually finding additional success; while others ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    The Best Hip-Hop at SXSW 2013

    I remember going to SXSW a few years ago without a place to sleep, less than $100 to spend, no agenda, badge, wristband, or RSVP. I bar-hopped up and down Red River, made friends, snuck into Stubb's, ate cheese pizza and drank Lone Star. After years of busting my ass as a music photographer and wri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Last Night: All-Star Weekend Kick-Off Celebration at Warehouse Live

    Slim Thug, Z-Ro, etc. Warehouse Live February 14, 2013 If partying it up in the same building as a bunch of famous rappers sounds like a pretty good time to you, you're in luck: Every rapper in existence is in town for the NBA All-Star Game this weekend, and many of them are planning to have a few ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2013

    The Sounds of H-Town

    Cactus Music wants your help with a "Community-Curated Playlist."

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    February 14, 2013

    Rap Capitalism

    ScoreMore is the successful byproduct of booking agents Sascha Stone Guttfreund and Claire Bogle trying to deliver the acts they wanted to see.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Roosh Williams: "I'm All About Flow and Lyrics"

    If you were a local up-and-coming rapper and you got the call that you will be performing with hip-hop legend Rakim this Saturday in front of an All-Star Weekend audience, you'd be pretty excited. For rapper Roosh Williams, that's an understatement. "I was fuckin' ecstatic," the 23-year-old rapper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    All the Rappers Who Will Be Here All-Star Weekend, Part 2

    "Are you going to StripperFest?" "Excuse me, am I going to what?" "StripperFest. It's a thing at All-Star Weekend." Rewind: All the Rappers Who Will Be Here All-Star Weekend, Part 1 If I told you a complete stranger with his or her own guide to All-Star Weekend told me such a thing, I would be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Grading XXL's Past 5 "Freshman 10" Classes

    Apparently there are still rappers who want to make the XXL Freshman 10 class this year. Take Riff Raff, for example. He wants it so badly that he has been following everyone on Twitter who votes for him in the contest. The magazine began running its annual list of noteworthy, "undiscovered" rappe ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Will Long.Live.A$AP Be the Biggest Houston Rap Album of 2013?

    There are a few things you should know about A$AP Rocky. He's a pretty motherfucker. His new album, Long.Live.A$AP, is at the top of the charts. And it might turn out to be the biggest Houston rap album of the year. Except that it's not really a Houston rap record at all, of course. A$AP Rocky is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Rapid Ric, Mixtape Mechanic

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. Who? "Mixtape Mechanic" Rapid Ric, a studio owner and producer, has been DJing in Texa ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2013

    Inglorious Basterds

    12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Can a Rapper Make a Good Rock Album?

    Recently B.o.B. commented on his upcoming rock EP to MTV, saying that he's been "holding back so much rock for so long." While B.o.B. says that "no one's really expecting anything," freeing him to do whatever he wants, I myself do have an expectation for this record: It's going to be awful. I hate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The Texas 30: Texas' 10 Best Rap Albums

    Texas rap has played no small part in hip-hop's history. More specifically, Houston (and of course P.A.) rap has played no small part in hip-hop's history. (There are other cities in Texas, I hear, though with the exception of Dallas's brief swag-based blip, they've, to this point, remained largely ... More >>

  • 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

    November 14, 2012

    Meet Travis $cott, The Biggest Houston Rapper You've Never Heard Of

    Asking your typical Houston rap nerd about artists on the verge or in the national spotlight usually circles the same cliched wagon. Normally they'd list off your usual suspects, sprinkle off a couple indie darlings who hang in different sects of the city, all while being very political and not want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    The Art of Storytelling Gone Wrong: The 5 Worst Hip-Hop Concept Albums

    Hip-hop is a genre based around storytelling skills. Some people can't form a coherent story and it sometimes still works for them, but the absolute best are the ones who can keep you hanging off their heavy wordplay and take you through the twists and turns of a good story. Ghostface Killah and MF ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012
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    October 17, 2012

    Hard Knock Life: Jay-Z Then and Now

    This week marks the beginning of a legacy. On October 17, 1998, Jay-Z's Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first of Jay-Z's many albums to do so and the start of a streak that continues today. Every Jay-Z album since has hit No. 1, making him the current record holde ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012
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    October 8, 2012

    Saturday Night: Big KRIT at House of Blues

    Big KRIT House of Blues October 6, 2012 Twenty-five minutes into his performance, Big KRIT told the crowd that he has been reading the reviews of his new album. It seems that critics think that it's a bit monotonous. They say he talks too much about cars, candy paint, and reclining fifth wheels. Th ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012
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    October 3, 2012

    Medicine Girl Is the "Night Nurse" Is the Medicine Girl

    I don't know if this is unacceptable, but I'm fairly certain it's not acceptable: At any given point in time, there are no less than eight very talented female rappers in town. There's UZOY and there's Tawn and there's Candi. There's TroubleSum and there's Surreall (and her Gutta Mamis associates) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    C.I.T.Y.'s Top 6 Geographically-Based Rap Songs

    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? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... 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

    September 24, 2012

    Saturday Night: Action Bronson at Numbers

    Action Bronson Numbers September 22, 2012 After working hundreds of concerts over the last three years, most of them being rap and hip-hop shows, I feel like if I've seen one rap show, I've seen them all. The rapper arrives late, takes the stage past midnight, gives respect to Pimp C and DJ Screw, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Rock Arcade: 6 Musicians Featured In Video Games

    Recently Green Day have been trying to promote their latest album by infiltrating all forms of mainstream media and somebody in the band must have realized that Angry Birds is a thing so why should it be left out? That is, presumably, how the world came to see Green Day members immortalized as gree ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Hyro Da Chameleon

    Houston’s Hyro Da Hero rhymes with a side of hardcore punk.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Remembering Hip-Hop Mogul Chris Lighty

    Sitting at my desk for the past day or so, I've struggled to come up with words about numerous subjects. Since Sunday, I've had to assume control of my dad's company with him being in the hospital threatening critical condition. I've never been more scared or felt more vulnerable at that point - f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Ask a Rapper: Bigg Fatts & Rap's 7 Best Food-Related Moments

    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? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Trey Songz Slips New Chapter V to Wire Road Studios

    Heights' Wire Road Studios Celebrates Grand Opening Trey Songz has good people. An hour before his scheduled arrival at Wire Road Studios -- quite a cutting-edge, modern music chamber, considering the humble neighborhood living around it -- to join about 20 hip-hop heads, hype men, helpers and hang ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2012
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    August 7, 2012

    What Are the Seven Best Songs to Come Out in 2012?

    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? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Back On My Block: Celebrating 10 Years of Scarface's The Fix

    Ten years ago today, Scarface broke through nationally for good with The Fix. His work with the Geto Boys had made him a cult favorite, making his story of being better than amazing to put Houston on the rap map. The Diary; Mr. Scarface Is Back rank as Nos. 3 and 6 on Rocks Off's list of the Top 25 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Doeman's The Understatement Debut Tape Is Hardly Understated

    That young man up there, that's Doeman. He is yet another talented local rapper hoping to rise above Houston's intimidating Talented Rapper scrum. He recently released a tape called The Understatement. The video is for a song from it. If you watch it, three things are obvious, each of which he expan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Rock vs. Rap: Who Really Ruled H-Town?

    The early to mid-'90s were good times for underground music in Houston. At clubs like the Axiom, the Vatican and Fitzgerald's, an eclectic mix of punk, metal, funk and ska bands like deadhorse, Sprawl and more regularly played packed shows in front of 500 fans. Much has changed since, but those o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Down With the Kings: Rick Ross' "3 Kings" vs. Slim Thug's "3 Kingz"

    One of my favorite stories as a kid was Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table. Or The Sword In the Stone, if you liked things animated. Had everything you really wanted in terms of inspiration -- kid always picked on, thought to be of no use to the world then gets courage from a few people, push ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012
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    July 11, 2012

    Laughing & Rhyming: 4 Great Hip Hop/Comedy Crossovers

    Fans of Childish Gambino can be split in to two groups: those who like hip hop and appreciate his wordplay, and those who use the phrase "I don't normally like hip-hop but..." before admitting that they just happen to like the guy from Community a lot. That he's a strong enough on the mike to gain t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Spike Jonze's Top 9 Music Videos

    There's no doubt that Spike Jonze is an enigma of a director and artist. He's worked in all types of mediums: he filmed bullriders at the Astrodome, changed the world of skateboard videography, and visually recreated the brilliance of Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. Plus, he's made us al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Happy Birthday RZA!: 5 More Creative Outlets For the Wu-Tang Abbot

    The Wu-Tang Clan is full of big personalities we know and love. And while Method Man may have had the most success away from the group, Ghostface Killah is the most fun to parody online, and Ol' Dirty Bastard is the most beloved, in terms of influence on hip hop as a whole the most important member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Jim Kovacik of 97.9 The Box Talks About Being White and The Atascocita Thugz

    It is difficult surviving local music radio in any city, but Houston in particular. Imagine doing that when you are basically the antithesis of the stereotype most assigned to your position. Think a punk rocker working at a country station. Jim Kovacik -- Jimbo or Jimbeazy as he is known to listener ... 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

    June 27, 2012

    Alibi Rankz: 6 Songs to Say "I'm Sorry"

    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? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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