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J Dilla

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Atlas Genius, The Boxing Lesson, The Pharcyde, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, October 21 Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking overhis grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guit ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Robert Glasper Experiment, Little Big Town, the Dead Links, Mike Stinson, Lil Wayne, etc.

    Robert Glasper Experiment Miller Outdoor Theatre, August 16 This should be a real pleasure: a free show under the stars featuring a hometown kid who has gone on to become a Grammy winner. Pianist, HSPVA alum and dedicated J. Dilla fan Robert Glasper was showered with hosannas with his 2012 album Bl ... 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 15, 2013

    Concert Pub North Gives 1960 Area All the Rock It Can Handle

    "It's an exciting time for us," says Concert Pub North (CPN) talent buyer John Escamilla. "A year ago, we were a tribute [act] and local venue. Today we are being looked at like a live-music venue for touring acts." Escamilla and I were waiting for Cinderella front man Tom Keifer to take the stage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    HSPVA's Robert Glasper: Jazz's Newest Hip-Hop Star

    If you're looking for homegrown musical success stories of 2012, you could do a lot worse than Robert Glasper. True, technically he lives in New York, where he became such an in-demand session player he called his 2009 album Double Booked, but now the Missouri City native and HSPVA grad is on the ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Your iPod Is Interesting Again: 10 New Local Rap Releases Worth Noting

    It appears that last year, local underground rap's most impressive in a handful of terms, was not an anomaly. Six weeks into the last year of human existence (goddamn you, Mayans) and Houston's burgeoning stars are moving as fervently as ever. Ten relatively new bits of music for your brain:

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Y'all Musta Forgot: CQ and t.h.e. MisFit Crazy-8's The Sunday Soapbox

    ​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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. (Self-released, 2011) CQ & t.h.e. MisFit Crazy-8 Note: Heretofore, whenever t.h.e. MisFit Cra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Cy Fyre: Mega-Producer Builds Big Beats, Never Sleeps

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​What we have here is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Facebook Music Coming To A Computer Near You

    Jason611 via Flickr​No one's willing to confirm anything, but all indications point to the same scoop: Facebook is planning to launch a new music service this fall. Here's what we know so far. CNBC's John Fortt broke the news Kanye West-style - in ALL CAPS: "YES INDEED NEXT MONTH IS GOING TO ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2011
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    July 28, 2011

    Five Posthumous Rap Albums Up For Debate

    ​Recently, and with a certain amount of controversy, Rap-A-Lot made available a bundle of previously unreleased songs disguised as a new Pimp C album. Posthumous records are unsafe footing. It's entirely capable that they can be built into capable, glorious, heartbreaking goodbyes; in 2009, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Detroit Leanin': Who Is The Best Motor City Artist Ever?

    detroitrockcity.altervista.org​Some places breed music. Due to sheer size, any big city will produce its fair share of talented musicians, and some - Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago - seem to have music in the water supply. But none, arguably, more than Detroit: John Lee Hooker, the Motown dias ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    10 Great Instances Of Rappers Honoring Other Rappers

    ​People often forget that hip-hoppers are humans, too. They breathe, sleep, eat, and salivate at the sight of buttermilk donuts just like us. And, every now and then, they'll geek over other rappers, just like us. It would have been so much easier to compile a list of rappers dissing other ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Warm And Scratchy: A Definitive [adult swim] Discography

    ​The masterminds behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force have relocated the fast-food crew to Seattle and changed not only the name, but also the structure of the show after deciding that they were unhappy with the pilot. They even made a new theme song, recruiting Queen of the Stone Age Josh Homme and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Saturday: Questlove, Bun B & Jimmy Fallon At Red Bull Music Academy

    Photos by Marco TorresQuestlove (left) and the king of the trill talk shop.​Red Bull Music Academy feat. Questlove, Bun B & Jimmy Fallon House of Deréon Media Center, Music World Entertainment March 5, 2011 See more photos of the "On the Floor!" event in our slideshow. Saturday night, Red B ... More >>

  • Music

    September 30, 2010

    Nistylin' & Profilin'

    Before departing for L.A., Karina Nistal releases her long-awaited second album.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    "What Up": Drake And Bun B Summon The Spirit Of Pimp C

    ​ If you woke up this morning wishing for a Pimp C/Drake collaboration, then consider this your lucky day. You should also go ahead and play the mega-lottery while you're at it. Why, yes, the paths of Chad Butler and Aubrey Graham have finally crossed on "What Up," the lead cut from Pimp's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Five Terrible Rap-Related Business Ideas

    ​If you believe the bean counters at Forbes, rhyme still pays and the 2010 hip-hop cash kings (Jay-Z, Diddy, Eminem, etc.) are cashing major checks from their business ventures. But cashing in on rap commercialism is no cake walk. If you have no intention of ever making Forbes' Cash Kings list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    The Kids Are All Right: Hip-Hop Finally Comes of Age, Part 2

    ​5. DOOM, Born Like This (Lex) The man behind the metal mask, Daniel Dumile, emerges from a mysterious exile to turn in his best effort since 2004's Madvillainy collaboration with Madlib. The dense verbiage and the beats (some of them reclaimed from the late J. Dilla) are familiar, but DOOM's time ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009

    Wolf Like Me

    Chris Manak's metamorphosis into label boss, benefactor and video-mixing party DJ Peanut Butter Wolf.

  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Got Live If You Want It

    Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Dustin Prestige, Kid Cudi, King Tut, Rick Ross/50 Cent, Ludacris, Lil' Kim, T.I./Chris Brown, Fat Pat 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: "Dope," Dustin Prestige Wire To Wire Kid Cudi was tasered at an NBA All-Star Game party in ... More >>

  • Music

    June 12, 2008

    The Roots Will Not Apologize

    ?uestlove and company: Those who don't like our angriest album can step right off

  • Music

    November 15, 2007

    J Dilla and Lupus

    Power-walking tracks to remember the beatsmith by

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    Murder by Numbers

    Mourning the latest hip-hop casualty in two easy steps

  • Calendar

    February 2, 2006

    Glazed Tracks

    This sweet party is Dee place to be

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming, and dig this year's buried black-music treasures

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    Amp Fiddler

    Waltz of a Ghetto Fly (Pias America)

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Mouse Rap

    Okayplayer -- the Roots' home on the Net -- is more than just a Web site. For some hip-hop heads, it's a way of life.

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Jaylib

    Champion Sound (Stones Throw)

  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    Motor City Mellow Men

    Slum Village plays catch-up to the White Stripes and Eminem

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