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  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Five More Epic '80s Tours That Deserve The Wall Treatment

    Ex-Pink Floyd bandleader Roger Waters celebrated his 71st birthday in typically dramatic fashion last Saturday: he premiered a new movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. Roger Waters: The Wall is a documentary chronicling the songwriter's massive, three-year world tour, "The Wall Live," f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    How Two White New Yorkers Created the Ultimate Portrait of Houston Rap

    If this weather's got you interested in curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book, you're in luck. Sinecure Books has just put out a great one: photographer Peter Beste's Houston Rap, a years-in-the-making picture book detailing the locals and locales that have defined the city's h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: Top 5 Christmas Rap Songs

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 20, 2010. Show us one hip-hop head who isn't obsessed with corny Christmas sing-alongs an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Tha Centop's Top 6 Sports-Related Rap Songs

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    "And A S.W.A.T Team in a Pear Tree": Hip Hop Christmas songs

    ​Have you grown tired of hearing the same played out Christmas songs on 99.1 yet? Of course you have. Even if you avoid the radio, you hear the music at the grocery store, company holiday parties, even at bars you escape to in order to avoid holiday overcheer. It's almost depressing. Christmas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Top Five Rappers Turned Preachers​Much has been made about Bun B's Religion and Hip-Hop Culture class at Rice University. But he's not the first artist to herd a flock of hip-hop disciples. A few others have taken the gospel to the streets. The roster includes two Bad Boys gone good, a hip-hop pioneer, a '90s megas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 10, 2008

    Is Johnny Guitar Watson’s “Telephone Bill” the First Houston Rap?

    What’s the first rap song by a Houston artist? It’s debatable but most cite a few records that came about between 1985 and 1987. But there’s another much older often forgotten candidate – Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Telephone Bill.” By 1980, when he made “Telephone Bill,” John ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2006

    Master in da House

    Hip-hop's co-founder is back in a Flash

  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    Songs of Planet Krypton

    The Man of Steel's pop-culture appeal is inscribed in decades of lyrics

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Family Feud

    Hip-hop turns 25, and the battle lines are drawn

  • Music

    October 2, 2003

    Kurtis Blow

    Saturday, October 4

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Dem Blues

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

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Smoke Damage

    Jim Pirtle's slipshod nicotine habit spells the end of an era for No tsu oH, but he hopes to rise from the ashes

  • Music

    January 31, 2002

    The Kidz Are All Right

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

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Heavy Neglect

    Local Music News

  • Music

    December 2, 1999


    The age of rapping movies in Houston is now