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    October 22, 2014

    Watsky at the Bronze Peacock, 10/21/2014

    Watsky, etc. House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) October 21, 2014 One after the next, the acts that made up the sold-out Watsky bill Tuesday night at House of Blues' Bronze Peacock gave credit where it was due. "You guys are awesome," said DJ Brick, who provided beats for opener Kyle. "This is th ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    New Houston Rap: What If We Had a Bobby Shmurda?

    In the span of four months, hip-hop has found its latest winner of the Chief Keef/Trinidad Jame$ Memorial Trophy. You may remember those two, both of whom were signed due to viral hype -- Keef mostly off the strength of what he's accomplished to the teenagers of Chicago and Jame$ solely off "All Gol ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Rakim at Numbers, 7/15/2014

    Rakim, D-Risha Numbers July 15, 2014 "That was just sound check." Forty minutes into his headlining show at Numbers, Rakim had barely broken a sweat. It's quite possible his inability to even let a bead drop from his head comes from a near three-decade presence onstage and beyond. It's also rumore ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    A Quick 15 Minutes With YG, Rap's Hottest New Star

    At heart, YG is an everyman rapper to the core. He doesn't completely crowd the mind with a ton of abject wordplay like his Compton compatriot Kendrick Lamar, but instead crafts pop-rap tunes that bite with far more believable menace than, say, Rick Ross. His first major effort came in 2009 with L. ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Sweating Out Big Sean's Swampy Cricket Wireless Block Party

    What do you get when you mix a mad amount of humidity, random thundershowers, and a rapper who shows up two hours late for his own event? Big Sean's Block Party Thursday at the Cricket Wireless store near 290 and Mangum, that's what. The Detroit-based rapper has been celebrating the dropping of his ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    NSFW: Five Videos Recently Banned From YouTube

    Want a music badge of honor? Well, the key to earning one is simple, apparently. All you have to do is release a new, sometimes subpar single, and set it to a visual backdrop of either half-nekkid chicks scenes of violence and murder. Throw in enough stuff that the censors over at YouTube aren't des ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Music

    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.

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    September 17, 2012

    Top 5 People Who Should Be Judging American Idol

    Over the weekend American Idol, struggling to remain relevant in the face of the televised singing-competition series it spawned like The Voice and X Factor, announced its final judges' panel for the upcoming 12th season that begins in January. According to Entertainment Weekly, joining the previous ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Rap Round Table: What Is Scarface's Best Album?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Preemo, O.N.E., Medicine Girl, Renzo, Yung Truth, Chane, Scooby, Kane, Kyle Hubbard, Mac, more. Not Invited: The man who cried ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    RIP Adam Yauch: Beastie Boys' MCA Dead At 47

    Well, damn. Adam Yauch, the gravel-voiced third of Noo Yawk '80s and '90s rap-rock superstars the Beastie Boys, has died at age 47, Rolling Stone reports. The exact circumstances of his death were unknown at press time, but Yauch had been battling cancer since being diagnosed with a tumor in his sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Billy Gibbons Interviewed: New ZZ Top Album Sounds Like Tequila

    With ZZ Top ready to rock RodeoHouston Thursday, Rocks Off began to ponder whatever happened to the band's long awaited new-album. Last summer, guitarist Billy Gibbons told Rocks Off that the band's first collection of new material since 2003's Mescalero would arrive in stores this winter. So far ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    October 17, 2011

    10 Facts About Slayer's Reign In Blood

    ​Last week, Slayer's 1986 album Reign In Blood turned 25 years old. We were so wrapped up in doing that dog-ass Pink Floyd facts blog - that we paid dearly for in the comments section - and getting ready for our high school reunion, that we forgot all about this anniversary. We apologize for l ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    January 20, 2011
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    September 24, 2010

    Nine Rappers About To Be Eaten By Their Own Beards

    musiconplay.net​In today's crowded music industry, it's becoming increasingly difficult for artists to stand out from the pack, but sometimes a facial package of ample weight and gargantuan growth will do the trick. Look out, these hip-hoppers are one hair strand away from disappearing into th ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Lil' Flip, Devin the Dude, Texas Board of Education vs. Hip-Hop, Wu-Tang Clan, Death Row Records, Z-Ro, Dr. Dre, Etc.

    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. Anti-Single of the Week: "Garage Sale Rap," Random White Guys From A Garage Sales Company That Might Actually Be A Real Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 3: Scarface's The Diary

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums that 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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Scarface The Diary (Asylum, 1994) ​Honesty time: Last week's post ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Chamillionaire, Kid Cudi & Jay-Z, Mike Epps, The Kanye, T.I., Chris Brown, DJ AM, Slim Thug, etc.

    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: Chamillionaire, "Good Morning" Wire To Wire Despite what you initially want to think about Cham's new s ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Soulbrotha, Slim Thug, Will Smith, Lil Wayne/Michael Phelps, Jodeci, DMX, MC Hammer, Yungstar 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: "Viva La Revolucion," Soulbrotha Wire To Wire Slim Thug says March will be highlighted by the relea ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Busted Rhymes: The Top Ten Most Preposterous Rap Songs of 2008

    Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously absurd record or ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    April 3, 2008

    Not Your Father's N-Word

    Eight months after its "burial," the American language's most dangerous epithet is more popular than ever in hip-hop

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    December 13, 2007
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    December 14, 2006

    Snap to It

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • Home Entertainment

    February 2, 2006

    Tae Kwon Ho

    Dead or Alive 4 finally gets hardcore

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    July 7, 2005
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    April 14, 2005
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    March 24, 2005
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    March 10, 2005

    Whitey on the Mike

    The all-time greatest white-boy rhymes

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    January 20, 2005
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    December 2, 2004
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    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Computer Error

    When it comes to local facts, don't rely on Allmusic.com

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    November 27, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z previews his latest opus, The Black Album

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    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

    Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2003

    Good Folk

    Caroline Herring shows her South side

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    October 24, 2002

    True Dat

    A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev

  • Music

    January 31, 2002

    The Kidz Are All Right

    KTSU's Kidz Jamm attains voting age along with the hip-hop it nurtures

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    January 11, 2001

    Shelf Life

    Long after Britney Oops her way to obscurity, these releases will continue to sing

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    July 8, 1999

    Kamikaze Rap

    Public Enemy's Chuck D. speaks

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    January 21, 1999
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    July 23, 1998
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    April 16, 1998
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    December 11, 1997
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    April 20, 1995
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