Hiram Clarke

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Battle of the Beach Music: 1984 vs. 2014

    I've never been a fan of the beach. My family is about it though, so sometime this summer I'll be sitting someplace that smells worse than a Red Lobster dumpster introducing new grains of sand to my ass crack. My parents were from Galveston, but they hated the beach. We never went as kids. So, I ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Are These the Ten Worst Houston High Schools?

    This week the non-profit group Children at Risk released their annual school rankings, which look at Texas Education Agency to rank 7,000 schools. By their own admission, Children at Risk's analysis has its flaws. "The limitations posed by TEA data are valid criticisms for the school ranking syste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Record Stores 2014

    It's true, Rocks Off brought you a very similar list of Houston's best record stores almost a year ago. But times change, people come and go, and information falls out of date. Mostly, there are probably tens of thousands of new Houstonians now who weren't here in February 2013, and might like to kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    The 25 Best Houston Rap Projects of 2013, Nos. 5-1

    5. DeLorean, Grace A year ago, Hood Politics 3 ranked as one of the best tapes in the city - a proper balance of Delorean's idiosyncratic middle ground between New York's traditional rap appeal and Southern bravado. Grace capitalized on that motif and more, tossing plenty of Texas and Southern heavy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    You're Fired! Five Songs Based On a True Story

    The woman who was seconds away from becoming my ex-boss looked at me like a math problem she'd never fucking figure out. She asked for my security badge. Why not have me lop off a finger and toss it over? That's how much the badge and all it led to had become a part of me. Then we green-miled i ... 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

    March 29, 2012

    10 Things We Learned At The Awready! Houston Hip Hop Conference

    The much-anticipated Awready! Houston Hip-Hop Music Conference was held Wednesday at the University of Houston, drawing in academics, screwheads, and media alike. The conference is a joint venture between the University of Houston Libraries and Rice University's H.E.R.E. Project (Houston Enriches Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Bastards, Thugs & Hoggs: This Week In Houston Rap Videos

    Ah, rappers and music videos. Some are vehicles for self-promotion, others are tools used to promote a message, a gaggle of asses or some good ol' wholesome debauchery. In the case of the Houston rap class, music videos are always eye opening glimpses into the future, either telling what a talent co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. New York Times: It's not often we lead off the weekly Sampler Plate with someth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Free BBQ For Life If You Can Help Toni Rouse Find His Barbecue Pit

    Toni Rouse and his crew on the missing pit, all of which he's had to lay off since the theft.​Toni Rouse is a soft-spoken man, a barbecue connoisseur with a heart of gold. Rouse, who runs Toni's Cafe at 5270 Griggs Road, was -- up until June 26 -- the proud owner of a 16-foot, bright red and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Big Mello's Bone Hard Zaggin'

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email Big Mello Bone Hard Zaggin' (Rap-A-Lot/Priority, 1992) Big Mello, "Love Don't Love Nobody"​Big Mell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Houston 101: The Short Happy Life of Dick Dowling

    ​Aside from the city's namesake, no 19th-Century Houstonian was more famous than Dick Dowling, the Irish-born saloonkeeper/businessman and Confederate war hero. In fact, when city leaders commissioned Houston's very first public monument in 1905, it was Dowling and not Sam Houston who got the hono ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown: Setting the Table

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. For the next six months, we'll be counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to​For the last few weeks we have pored over ... More >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2009

    What Makes Cornbreadd Run

    How the Houston rapper turned a near miss on MTV into a victory for himself — and his city

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    On Da Lingo, Part II

    Confused by what all our hometown rappers are talking about? Were here to help.

  • Dining

    June 29, 2000

    Tortilla Flats

    Luke's Hamburgers

  • News

    December 30, 1999


    Brentwood's protests have given way to a calmer acceptance of AIDS patients living there

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Boogie Nights

    Music, a Houston DJ andthe lure of Austin