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Ja Rule

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review

    About two years ago, I decided to listen to 97.9 The Box over the course of a weekend. This was before the station implemented a not-secret but widely understood policy of supporting locals. It was hypersexualized. It was gross. It dealt with more Rick Ross detailing his sexual prowess than I ever w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    The Most Gangsta Funeral There Will Ever Be

    Note: Houston's Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, and writes this weekly column about his life and times. Last week, I went to the funeral of a person whom I cared about. While I am of course happy that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    "Hick-Hop" Is Garbage. Jesus. It's Utter Garbage.

    I'm blaming you for this blog, Kid Rock. You and that damned "Cowboy" song. It's all your fault. Let's talk about "hick-hop," shall we? So I was under the foolish impression that hick-hop was shit like Limp Bizkit and Bubba Sparxxx. You know, that mashed-up, metal-ish/hip-hop-ish/country garbage th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Last Night: Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias at Toyota Center

    Check out more pics of Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias in our slideshow. Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias Toyota Center Houston August 26th, 2012 "I'm just a simple girl from The Bronx, don't let the sparkly pants fool you" -- Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez has played many roles. She has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Reggie Eviscerates Rap's Worst Diss Tracks

    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

    February 21, 2012

    Tops Drop: A Larger-Than-Life Fat Tuesday Playlist

    ​Happy Fat Tuesday, y'all! Rocks Off mentioned in a previous post, about rappers and Houston restaurants, that some of the best artists are "Big" and "Fat": Big Pokey, Fat Pat, Big Moe, etc. Every day is Fat Tuesday for these rappers. They're all about overindulgence and that's why we love th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Why 50 Cent Should Consider Retirement

    Interscope​I was in college when Get Rich or Die Tryin' dropped. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing "In da Club"-- house parties, techno clubs, AA meetings, everywhere. My friends used to sit around and debate 50's feud with Ja Rule. Anyone brave enough to take Ja's side was ridiculed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Six Examples of Really Bad Mixtape Cover Art

    ​When Das Racist came to Fitzgerald's this past October, we got to chat with the subject of this Frida Kahlo knockoff painting: Lakutis. While standing on the upstairs balcony before they went on stage, the group's hypeman's hypeman told us that MishkaNYC was putting out his very first mixtape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    What's The R&B Singer/Rapper Relationship Really Like?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. ​This Week's Panel: Jack Freeman, Dallas Blocker, Leelonn, Patrick Sims, Senze Not Invited: Ja Rule This Week's Prompt: You all have had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Tupac Shakur: Who Should Play Him In Upcoming Movie?

    ​Think you've got what it takes to portray the embodiment of rap music? Let's be honest: You probably don't, but you can still throw your bandana in the ring and audition online for the starring role in an upcoming Tupac biopic. There's no guarantee that the role will take your rap career any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Whitney Harper: Song Downloader's Appeal Slapped Down By U.S. Supreme Court

    Faith Hill shall not be denied​Five record labels that sued a 16-year-old San Antonio girl six years ago for illegally downloading a bunch of shitty music the labels vomited upon the listening public can finally exhale: the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the girl's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Top Five Musician Religious Conversions

    Marc Israel Sellum/ Isreality.com​The opposites of life attract us, we've always believed. Time and time again, that philosophy proves itself right. It's why in high school, the Catholic school girls were the biggest freaks. No, that's not a myth. They were suffocated with religion or "right" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Does Being An Actor Compromise Your Rap Career?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Paul Wall, Damien Randle, Sam Sneed Not Invited: Freekey Zeekey, for getting Dipset back together ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Rap Goes To College: 5 More Possible Hip-Hop Professors

    ​Rice University just got a lot more... trill. Never thought you'd hear those words in the same sentence? Yeah, us too. But as hiphopdx.com reports, you just might be seeing a lot more "Diamonds and Wood" and "Front, Back & Side to Side" in the Rice University parking lot. That's because B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Has 50 Cent Jumped The Shark?

    Photos by Marc Brubaker / Click here for a slideshow​9:24 p.m.: While waiting at the box office to get our tickets a kid walks up and asks, "Excuse me, how much are tickets?" He looks absolutely crushed when he hears that they're about $50. It's super sad to see. I mean, he just wanted to see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Turning the Screw: Bun B, Z-Ro, LeBron, Prince, Ice Cube, The Kanye, Aziz Ansari, Omarion, Waka Flocka Flame (Just Read), Ja Rule 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: "O.G." C. Loc, Bun B and Z-Ro Wire to Wire Bun B is still leaking tracks from his non-mixtape mixtape i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    New iPhone? Rocks Off Has an App for That.

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​ We know a ton of you got iPhones over the holiday break. Well, good news: Rocks Off has spent the last few months developing our own iPhone applications (or "apps," as the urban kids are saying) and we're thrilled to debut them here. All inquiries, critici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Rap Vixen And Houston Radio Host Tangle To The Death

     Quick, who's Karinne Steffans?You're supposed to know that. At least, according to her you are.Steffans, massive internet research reveals, is a former model and moneymaker-shaker in videos who wrote a tell-all book about her high-flying life called Confessions of a Video Vixen. (Among the peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Dead End Alliance, Bun B, DMX, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Eminem, The Kanye, Beyonce 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: "Heart of a Hustler," Dead End Alliance feat. Lil Keke and Mike D Wire To WireHow bad-ass is Bun B that ... More >>

  • Music

    September 4, 2008
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    December 7, 2006

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff you need to know to avoid musical ostracism

  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    The Ten Commandments of Rap

    Laying down the laws of the hip-hop game with The Legendary K.O.

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    It's In The Cards

    The Nick-and-Jessica split, tarot-style

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Hip-hop, Year Two AJ

    Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some lovable limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down

  • Calendar

    September 15, 2005
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    April 28, 2005

    Making the Videos

    Rub elbows with the pros at the HBCU Film Festival

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    Moby

    Hotel

  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    Where's the Beef? Right here in H-town

    T.I. and Lil' Flip rumble in Cloverland, bringing one of the great rap feuds of recent years to a head

  • Music

    March 24, 2005

    50 Cent

    The Massacre

  • Film

    January 20, 2005

    Unlucky 13

    This Assault attacks the original and does no damage

  • Music

    December 2, 2004
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    November 11, 2004

    Feelings, Nothing But Feelings

    The New York Times misses the point in its attack on "rockism"

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Emvisible

    D12 looks to get out from underneath Eminem's shadow

  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    Boobs Versus Prudes

    Only Prince can walk the tightrope between sensuality and artistry

  • Music

    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

    December 25, 2003

    Always Darkest Before the Dawn

    Trotting out the clichs for a year-ender piece

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Hip-hop, Tejas

    Latinos take on rap music and make it their own

  • Music

    June 19, 2003
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    February 20, 2003

    50 Cent

    Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    The Queen Bee

    Pam Kelly hopes to get a Buzz going about local music

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Black Gold

    A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep

  • Music

    October 17, 2002

    Rap Avengers

    Dälek may destroy hip-hop in order to save it from commercialism

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Clipse

    Lord Willin' (Star Trak/Arista)

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Definitive Jux Tour

    Saturday, October 12

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    ¡Ecsta-Sí! ¡Ecsta-No!

    The feds Spy something that begins with X

  • Music

    August 22, 2002

    John Mayer

    Room for Squares (Sony)

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Tyrannosaurus Raps

    Jurassic 5 will help you remember hip-hop the way it oughta be

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Mary J. Blige

    Sunday, June 30

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Fat Joe

    Tuesday, June 18

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