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Kanye West

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    June 9, 2014

    Kanye West Always Soars Highest, Even at the X Games

    It's not the fact that lots of people seem to hate Kanye West that's interesting, it's that they seem to hate him the most when he does what we all wish we could. I mean, if any of your friends spoke truth to power, called out the establishment on their bullshit, or married the girl of his or her dr ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    The Five Funniest Onstage Banterers

    Being a front person of a band is a lot like being a stand-up comedian or a radio-show host. The worst thing is dead air. Yes, you want your music to breathe, but you also can't leave the crowd hanging for too long before they get restless. Some fill those gaps between songs by thanking the audienc ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    For Once Kanye's Anger Was Totally Justified

    I like that Kanye West fellow. He may be the most fatheaded, arrogant jerk of all time in most of his interviews, but every once in a while he puts out a great album and makes us forget all the stupid things he said to Jimmy Kimmel or Zane Lowe. He also has a habit of getting into fights -- verbal ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Texas Women Keep State Respectable In 2014 Pazz & Jop Poll

    To paraphrase Hank Williams Jr., thank God for Texas women. Houston native Beyonce, whose surprise eponymous album was released after many writers had already turned in their 2013 best-of list, and Lindale's Kacey Musgraves -- whose Same Trailer Different Park was a thoughtful and tuneful counterpo ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    The Top 10 Misogynistic Songs of 2013

    Just in case you were wondering, it is probably a good idea to never, ever write a song with the lyrics, "And all she eat is dick/ She's on a strict diet/ That's my baby." Want to know why? Because it's gross and sexist, and not very good advice for women watching their figures, either. A Registered ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Music's Biggest Douchebags: 2013 Edition

    Just like I told you last year, the musical landscape abounds with douchebags of all stripes. Normally their D-bag behavior is pretty amusing, but this year things took a turn for the completely messed-up. Music might have had more douchebags in 2013 than ever before. It was tough sifting through t ... More >>

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    December 8, 2013

    Kanye West at Toyota Center, 12/7/2013

    Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar Toyota Center December 7, 2013 Kanye West built a mountain. He may not have built it with his own two hands, but he was able to pull together the resources that took the mountain out of his imagination and into arenas across the country. The mountain is one of many memora ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Music Turkey of the Year: The Kanye/Rothko Chapel "New Slaves" Fiasco

    Note: To go along with this year's "Turkeys of the Year" Houston Press cover story, Rocks Off presents our choice -- the aborted screenings of Kanye West's "New Slaves" video on the sides of several Houston buildings, including the Rothko Chapel. This article was written by Nathan Smith. For the pa ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    The 10 Best Kanye West Items on Etsy

    I have a slight obsession with Kanye West because I simultaneously recognize that he is really a genius while at the same time acknowledge that's a Hollywood fathead who isn't nearly as genius as he thinks he is. The result is a strange figure that elicits devotion, obsession, mockery, and honest ze ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Mountain Man Leslie West Once Had Houston at His Fingers

    "You're in Houston, so let me ask you something," a gravelly, low voice asks on the other end of the phone. "Is the bed you're sleeping on from Finger Furniture?" An odd question to hear outside of a TV commercial, to be sure. But even odder since the voice asking the question -- and now laughing - ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Hip-Hop's Seven Best Breakup Songs

    Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being overly macho. That's true in large part, but that doesn't mean plenty of rappers aren't intensely sensitive. Putting aside how easily they get their feelings hurt and jump into beefs, there's the socially conscious crowd, the baby-making-music crowd, and even a whole ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    This Time Kanye's Music Will Be Inside the Rothko Chapel

    Surely one of Houston's biggest music-related events of 2013 was really a non-event: the failed screenings of Kanye West's "New Slaves" video, which was supposed to be projected onto three different local landmarks the evening of May 24. Technical difficulties scotched the events at the Houston Publ ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar Finish Fall Tour In Houston December 7

    New daddy Kanye West must want to get out of the house. This morning on Twitter the headline-grabbing rapper announced his first solo tour in five years, which closes December 7 at Toyota Center, according to West's Web site. West is supporting Yeezus, his sixth solo album besides 2011 Jay Z collab ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Musicians' Five Greatest Drunken Moments

    For better or worse, I recently began to think about my last three birthdays in a row and realized that I've been blackout drunk throughout all three. It's not something I do often, but when my friends and I get together for a special occasion, it turns into something akin to The Hangover. Which I ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    The Craziest Musical Gambles That Paid Off

    Every year it's a guarantee that someone will grouse about record labels and musicians never taking risks anymore, and never producing anything exciting or unique. While that's probably true to a certain extent, so far it hasn't been totally empty in 2013. For instance, first there was Kanye West's ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    10 More Movies Kanye West Should Star In

    It seems Kanye West has got a bit of a movie boner as of late. He's been promoting the hell out of Yeezus, his new album, by projecting videos on buildings across the nation. He started out innocently enough, by attempting to project the music video for his Yeezus track "New Slaves" across underst ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    The Five Weirdest Rap Beefs

    Do you remember J-Kwon? If you don't, I'll remind you. He had a song called "Tipsy" back in 2004 that hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts. After that he dropped off the face of the earth (literally, for a while). Well, J-Kwon is back and he's having a big couple of weeks. First, Kanye West gave him a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2013

    Read My Lips: No "New Slaves" For Houston

    For the past couple of weeks, the suddenly punk Kanye West has been promoting his forthcoming album "Yeezus" by projecting the video for the single "New Slaves" on 66 buildings across the globe, from Chicago to Berlin. On Friday, the word came down that Houston was next on the list: "New Slaves" wou ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Kanye West's New Punk-Rap: This Year's Most Exciting and Original Release?

    It's probably fair to guess just about everyone under the Sun has seen Kanye West's performance on Saturday Night Live's season finale at this point. Or maybe they caught the video for Yeezy's new song "New Slaves" playing on the side of a building somewhere around the world. Or maybe they've seen t ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Kanye's "New Slaves" Video Bomb: An Eyewitness Account

    Between his video premieres and SNL performances, Kanye West managed to confuse me in a good way all weekend. So it's Friday night in Chicago and I had planned my night of catching up on television shows I've missed all week. But I checked my Twitter and my timeline was filled with Kanye West tweets ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    5 Kanye Songs No Kid Should Hear, Least of All Kanye's

    The big music news of the new year so far is that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child. Everybody seems to have an opinion on that, and I won't go into how I feel about it because it's irrelevant. As long as Yeezy is still making music we all love, what business is it of our ... 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 >>

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    August 20, 2012

    You Won't Get Into Heaven Listening to Christian Dubstep

    Driving home the other night, I thought I had come up with the perfect get-rich-quick scheme: Christian dubstep. Roll your eyes if you'd like, but one thing I've noticed is that going to an EDM show is a lot like going to church: They both feature music, alcohol, and standing on your feet for long ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Death Be Not, Uh... True: The 8 Most Asinine Musician Death Hoaxes

    Why do people perpetrate death hoaxes? Why would someone deliberately set out to spread rumors of a famous person's demise that they know simply aren't true? Is it some kind of Munchausen-By-Proxy thing, where they hope to absorb some of the residual sympathy and outpouring of goodwill? Is it a mad ... More >>

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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 >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Kanye West: 10 Gift Ideas for the Mighty Yeez

    Today is Kanye Omari West's 35th birthday, and that's a bit of a problem. We're happy to celebrate, of course, but Rocks Off is big on giving gifts, and Yeezy's already got it all: Hit records, a world tour, a celebrity paramour and sunglasses with no glass in them. What do you get the man who has e ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Hey, Look: Chief Keef, Kanye, Future, 2 Chainz, Delo, Etc.

    No dalliances, do wayward (and likely unrelated) anecdotes, no nothing. Just good, interesting music: Chief Keef, "I Don't Like": There are some details* behind this song that might be interesting to, like, 80 people or so, but mostly this song is important because IT FUCKING ROCKS TITS. Plus, it ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    We Tell You Who Will Win Grammys So You Don't Have To Watch Them

    SPOILER ALERT​The best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Four Epic Twitter Rants in Honor of Kanye West

    Photo by Marco Torres​When Kanye West tweets, magical things happen. West's high powered account lay dormant for quite sometime after his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album but last night, the floodgates were opened from West's creative mind. What emerged was a sprawling 85 tweet rant tha ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Last Night: Kanye West, Jay-Z and the Watch the Throne Tour at Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torres​8:08: You know what's just never a slick move? Red wine in a plastic cup. Just an FYI, ladies. "Oh, you're drinking red wine? That's classy. Wait. Is that a plastic cup? Never mind. I forgot this was the Walmart break room." 8:58: Ooh, neat. There's a guy here wearing ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    November 16, 2011

    Watch The Cradle: When Babies Meet Jay-Z & Kanye

    ​Houston's December 5th date on the Watch The Throne tour, with Jay-Z and Kanye West up front is just a few weeks away. Obviously the Rocks Off team is excited, and everyone is fighting for tickets around here. No doubt everything about the show will be amazing, from West's new skirt-like outf ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Rap Round Table: Who is Currently the Best Producer in Rap?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Mug, Yung Redd, Delo, Preemo, Chane, Brad Gilmore, Herney the Great, Mic ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Five Rappers Who Should Be Actors

    Acting. You're doing it wrong.​Sometimes it's fun to see some of our favorite rappers take on acting roles outside of their music videos. At other times, rappers taking on movie roles can end up being horrible idea. Not every rapper can be a convincing drug dealer like DMX is in Belly. The big ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Kanye West Saved By The Bell = Kanye'd By The Bell

    ​Today on Tumblr we found Kanye'd By The Bell, a site that links evocative Kanye West lyrics with screenshots from everyone's favorite high school saga Saved By the Bell. The site has five pages and counting of the adventures of Screech, Slater, Zack, Kelly and the rest matched with the most p ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Top 5 Musicians Whose Art Trumps Their Politics

    Once again we have yet another example that if a musician opens his or her mouth without the benefit of a guitar or piano close by, trouble is usually not far behind. In this case it's Rockin' Randall Hank Williams Jr., who compared this year's Obama/John Boehner "golf summit" to Adolf Hitler hittin ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    "Drank In My Cup" Producers Sound M.O.B.'s Top 5 Beats

    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? Email introducingliston@gmail.com ... More >>

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    September 17, 2011

    ACL Last Night: Kanye West At Zilker Park

    Marco Torres​By the end of the first night of this year's Austin City Limits, Kanye West had gone over his allotted set time by 15 minutes, turning in one of the most un-rap, rap shows, injecting a Bjork and Talking Heads stage-commanding sensibility into a collection of champion singles. It w ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Crusty Texan Bounces Watch The Throne From Amazon's Top MP3 Album Spot

    Now Kanye has something else to cry about.​Proving once again that old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time, grizzled Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Guy Clark has knocked Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch the Throne from the top MP3 albums sales spot on Amazon.com. Employing the same ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    How Jay-Z & Kanye West Kept Watch the Throne From Leaking Online

    howfresh2.comJay-Z's business plan: Don't leak the masters, get a Rolex.​The kingdom is safe. The throne has been watched. In an age where albums spring leaks like baby diapers, Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne arrived on the appointed date without even as much as a drip. For the first ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Kanye West Vs. Adolf Hitler: Tale Of The Tape

    Photo illustrations by Monica FuentesActual line from Watch the Throne's "Who Gon' Stop Me": "This is something like the Holocaust/ Millions of our people lost"​Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies, formulated by humorist and writer Mike Godwin, states that eventually, any heated discussion (especi ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Watch The Throne: Two Self-Appointed Supermen, Acting Normal As Can Be

    ​Kanye West is a rapper from Chicago and Jay-Z is a rapper from New York. They made an album together and they called it Watch the Throne and DAS CCRRAAAZZZYYY!!!! It's silly to pretend like Throne isn't good, or at least interesting. Or at least rich. Or at least contemplative. Or at least i ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    ACL Fest Schedule Released; Your Guide To The "Death Duels"

    Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.​This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Beyonce Throws A "Party" With Kanye, Andre 3000 & Slick Rick

    ​Beyonce's wildly anticipated 4 has leaked three weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. One of the songs on the album, "Party," finds Bey joining forces with Kanye West and rap's greatest hermit Andre 3000. It starts with a classic Kanyeism: "You a bad girl and your friend's bad too/Oh, y ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Will Mainstream Rap Ever Stop Objectifying Women?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Lil Flip, D-Risha, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, Do ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Balaclavas, Moccs, Fat Tony Place In Pazz & Jop Poll

    Show of hands, everyone who is surprised this is No. 1.​Music writers all know that once they get their Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot in their e-mail inbox, that it's time to tally their loves from the last year. It's sort of like the leaves changing or the first freeze of winter coming. You ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Music's Top Five Hottest Trends For 2011

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Every year-end Rocks Off prognosticates the likeliest trends in music for the upcoming year. So far, we've got a 100 percent success rate, although since the FBI made us take down all of our previous predictions, we have no way to prove it. So you'll j ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Top Five Christmas Rap Songs

    ​Show us one hip-hop head who isn't obsessed with corny Christmas sing-alongs and we'll show you a liar. Nothing says "hip-hop" like cheery holiday tunes about sharing and caring. In the spirit of holiday music, Rocks Off compiled a list of five Christmas rap songs guaranteed to make you the f ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Top 10 Non-Traditional Christmas Songs

    "Baby Jesus, born to rock..." ​Amidst the time of year when we're bombarded with cliché holiday tunes and trite Christmas-carol covers, Rocks Off will now take time to appreciate a few original nontraditional takes on festive songs. Whether they're dismal adaptations of holiday malaise, tale ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Sorry, Pitchfork & Rolling Stone, Kanye's Fantasy Is Not Perfect

    ​Out since Monday, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy finally hit stores to what is seeming to us like mass audience acclaim. It's hitting in the right spots, lyrically and musically, and now, one by one, the critics are weighing in. A week or so ago Rocks Off turned in our own ov ... More >>

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