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    September 18, 2014

    Rob Gullatte's "Seen It All" Passes the Sniff Test

    The fun thing about having a rap column is that you get to sift through plenty to understand even more. Some projects, such as the fruitful, fire-charged ones by Neko and Stephen Jackson this week, are preludes to something bigger (Neko as an EP, Jackson as an album-before-the-album a la Lil Keke). ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Pimp C's Story Coming Soon to Bookstores

    The life of Pimp C is coming back -- in hardcover format. Julia Beverly, the former editor-in-chief of OZONE Magazine and noted documentarian of Southern hip-hop culture at large, is planning to release an biography on the late UGK rapper, who died in 2007. Currently untitled, the book comes with t ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2014

    Up and Coming: 5 Houston-Area Musical Artists You Should Know About

    The locals who have captured our ears, from rock to rap to synth-pop.

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    February 4, 2014

    Upcoming: Amy Grant, Geto Boys, Loretta Lynn, James Taylor, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, etc.

    12th Planet Smog City Tour: With Protohype, HeRobust, Antiserum, Steady. Sat., February 15, 9 p.m., $10 to $25. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston, 832-251-9600. Acid Mothers Temple: With Perhaps. Thu., May 1, 8 p.m., $10 to $14. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Adam Fear feat ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    10 Hot Houston Rap Tapes For 2014

    In a fun way, Houston's rap class has jumped into hyperdrive in terms of creating memorable content and records. At times it could be categorized in any of the following aspects: personable, eccentric, braggadocious, stoic. No Houston rap release in 2013 felt like an artist was mired in the same sor ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Five New Houston Rap Songs For Your Morning Drive Time

    Summer is (technically) up in Houston and Propain's Ridin Slab' still remains on top of everything going. Between fall coming and my daily routine of driving up and down the city of Houston, there are at least five new singles that need to be added to your daily drive-time playlist. AllDay, "Medica ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    Ten the Hard Way: Introducing the Houston Music Hall of Fame

    In honor of the 25th Annual Houston Press Music Awards, we present the Houston Music Hall of Fame.

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    July 12, 2013

    Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Dirty Bourbon River Show, Chief Keef, etc.

    Dirty Bourbon River Show, The Bluebonnets Continental Club, July 13 As you might expect, Dirty Bourbon River Show describes themselves as " New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock," and the songs fit the description. And you might say, "Only in New Orleans," but the five-piece belongs squarely in the s ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    Kyle Hubbard Is Officially High and, Dudes, Officially Pay Attention Already

    That's Kyle Hubbard. He's a rapper. We've written about several times in the past. Still, every time for all of history of the earth of all time every blog post about him will start with "That's Kyle Hubbard. He's a rapper." because you foolishly foolish fools simply will not afford him the respect ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Trae Tha Truth's Birthday Party at House of Blues, 7/2/2013

    Trae Tha Truth's Birthday Party House of Blues July 2, 2013 The last time Trae took the stage for his birthday at House of Blues, his special guests included Jadakiss, Waka Flocka, Yung Joc and Lupe Fiasco. And since Trae is good at making friends and convincing inviting them to his party, the chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: J. Cole, Leon Russell, NKOTB, Mac Miller, etc.

    J. Cole Venue TBD, June 24 J. Cole knew his new album Born Sinner was going to be one of 2013's hottest rap albums no matter what, so he had no problems releasing in on the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. He even said as much on its track "Forbidden Fruit": ""I'ma drop the album the same day as Ka ... More >>

  • Music

    June 20, 2013

    He May Be Older, Healthier and More Responsible, But Paul Wall Is Still Tippin'

    Houston rapper and grillmaker Paul Wall is tippin' a little more responsibly these days.

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    April 16, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Billy Dorsey, Grammy-Winning MARATHON Runner

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? It is apt that songwriter and producer ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Travis Tritt, Adam Bricks, John Digweed, etc.

    Good Job Underground Fitzgerald's, April 13 Spring's Good Job Underground has been one of the most underrated rock duos of the past few years around these parts. If you have an El Ten Eleven itch that needs scratching, or miss prime Helmet, here's your band. Straight-ahead, low-fat metal riffs with ... More >>

  • Music

    April 4, 2013

    Madman Across the Water

    Sir Elton John piano-pounded Toyota Center March 28.

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    March 29, 2013

    Top 20 Songs Dedicated to Drank, Part 1

    Some call it lean; others call it barre or simply drank. Whichever you prefer, promethazine with codeine cough syrup is the ever so popular recreational drug used by many people. Houston's hip-hop culture has made lean something everyone has wanted to talk about or even try for decades. If you type ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Jailhouse Rock: When Artists Face Hard Time

    Nothing earns an musician instant street cred quite like a night or two in the pokey. It's basically a rite of passage -- a guarantee that if you sign up for the public eye, you will, indeed, screw it up at least once in order to delight us with your antics. From the likes of good ol' boys like Mer ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    An Honest Conversation About Houston and Screw Music

    Every day without fail, I wonder about the current legacy of screw music. It creeps up on me like one of those terrible slasher flicks you used to sneak and watch as a teen, knowing the plot well before you even got halfway through the film: moments of what should be perceived as horror turned into ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Hip-Hop Venues

    5. Grooves of Houston Grooves is an apropos name for this Third Ward hot spot: It's groovy. Besides hip-hop and R&B, the club also also plays jazz, which probably accounts for the mixed bag of ages found here. One word of caution, though: Get there early, and dress to impress. Grooves' popularity me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The Bizarre Ride of Kickback Sundays, Pt. 3

    For being a boutique that happens to aid others with ticket sales for bigger shows, the owner of SF2 looked at the bottom line for sales for its own show, dubbed Raw Talent, and scoffed. Rewind: The Bizarre Ride of Kickback Sundays, Part 1 "We only sold two tickets," Suzie Rivera explained. "The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Here's the Screwed Up Click Take on ZZ Top's "25 Lighters" Cover

    Rocks Off is a huge fan of DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click. We also love and adore ZZ Top. So when ZZ reimagined the DJ DMD classic "25 Lighters" as "I Gotsta Get Paid" for their new record La Futura, we had to reach out to the DJ Screw protégé, the great DJ Lil' Randy SUC, for comment. Rewind: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    The Anatomy of Mookie Jones' Mack

    In the annals of Houston rap, there have been plenty of pimps, gangsters, players and anything in between. But few actual macks. Yes, Max Julien has been the blueprint for many a player who wondered where the hell did Lil Keke get a long-haired Samoan from but Mookie Jones takes the entire aura of b ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    ZZ Top: A Double-Sided Take On The New Texicali EP

    Craig Hlavaty: What a way to tease your first album of original material in nine years, ZZ Top. You managed to record three songs and one ballad that instantly fit into your canon alongside the rest of your ballbusters without sounding like a classic-rock act reaching for straws. This is no weak, m ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    ZZ Top Taps SUC Classic to Shill Dubious Malt Beverage

    Rocks Off did certainly not expect to find this on the Internet today. Or ever, really. But what could possibly be the first single from ZZ Top's long-awaited new album is now appearing in a new ad for a budget line of liquor-flavored malt beverages, the kind you might find in a tub of ice near the ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Awready!: U Of H Examines Houston Rap's Legacy

    In September, we wrote about a unique collection of Houston hip-hop artifacts that the University of Houston (and some of their friends) was putting together. For the story, we spoke with Julie Grob, the Coordinator for Digital Projects and Instruction at the U of H library system. She is smart, so ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Which Were The Six Best Houston Rap Songs From The Nineties?

    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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to sheaserrano@gmail. ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    The Space City Beat Battle & The Best H-Town Producers Ever

    Despite a venue conflict, the championship edition of the Space City Beat Battle will go on Saturday evening at the Mercury Room. If you've never been to one it's almost like watching a ritualistic rite of passage where cocksure arrogance and chest pounding reign supreme. Sample based producers who ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Last Night: Chris Brown & Friends At The Woodlands

    Photos by Marco Torres​Chris Brown, T-Pain, Tyga, Bow Wow Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 16, 2011 "I work too hard to be ballin on a budget" proclaimed Chris Brown as he stood atop of the massive stage when his F.A.M.E. tour stopped into The Woodlands Sunday night. The production lev ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    R&B Ingenue Coline Creuzot Won't Give Up The Chase

    ​Houston has been known as the home of some of R&B's top vocalists, and Coline Creuzot is determined to be the next one. With three mixtapes featuring some of Houston hip-hop's heavy hitters, she has already acquired the attention of the streets. Paul Wall, with whom she shares a manager, hos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Drake: What's The Best Song He - And You - Ever Wrote?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't the day after a major local music festival, but sometimes on Tuesday anyway, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's ... More >>

  • Music

    May 12, 2011

    Happiness Through Hustle

    Cordial but guarded promoter H-Kane has become one of the local hip-hop scene's most important movers and shakers.

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    April 21, 2011

    The Five Most Texan Types Of Music

    ​Happy San Jacinto Day, fellow Texans and people who wish they were; i.e. everyone else. If you don't know why today is special, shame on you. But since us Texans are a friendly sort, allow Rocks Off to fill you in. On April 21, 1836, Texian forces under Gen. Sam Houston (aka "Big Drunk") lau ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Which Houston Rappers Deserve Their Own Streets?

    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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Ageless Lil O Talks New Album, "Screwed Up Curse"

    Photos courtesy of OG PR​This past Wednesday, Rocks Off ended up sitting across from Lil' O indoors at the nearly empty Muldoon's Patio Bar on Westheimer. We spoke with him for about an hour or so, about all sorts of things. He was polite and friendly and wore one of those puffy sleeveless ves ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Last Night: Slim Thug At House Of Blues

    "We don't give women money. We give them babies." Photos by Marco Torres​Slim Thug & Friends House of Blues November 30, 2010 Slim Thug wasn't the biggest name on the bill Tuesday night. While an accomplished veteran in his own right, Thugga hasn't attained Z-Ro's "local legend" status or ES ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Which Houston Rappers Are "Blowin' Money Fast"?

    ​This has been Ricky Rozay's summer, for certain. Teflon Don was, in short, a sparkly, magnanimously produced, well-acted-out album. By the way, let's just go ahead and keep pretending like the entire planet hasn't figured out that Ross employed a ghostwriter for TD. Hard evidence? Well, there ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Screwed Up Click Reunion: "If You Take A Bath Every Day, Make Some Noise!"

    Photos by Shea Serrano Don't Worry About Mine: Big Pokey (left, onstage) gets him some at the Southside Smoke Shop.​2:58 p.m.: So this thing was supposed to start at 2 p.m., right? And we purposely got here an hour late so as to miss a significant portion of the standing around portion of t ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Mix Bag: An Exclusive With Aztek, A Night At The Electric Company And More Mixtapes Galore

    Courtesy of AztekL-R: The Kanye, Jay-Z and Aztek​Man, what a weekend. We sat down and chopped it up with them Southeast Houston hip-hop veterans Sen and Lil Villain, and Kansas-raised artist Uno. They gave us a rundown of an entirely un-talked about dimension of Houston's hip-hop history. More on ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Aftermath: How Many Bodies Washed Up At Our Washington Shore Party?

    Photos by Son LamTonight's the Night: The fist-pumping contest got pretty heated.​Well... zero, in traditional New Jersey cement-shoes terminology. But despite the miserable weather, which did its part to create a proper Jersey Shore atmosphere, Rocks Off's Washington Shore party filled the Washin ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Filero Battles with the Past, Takes Control of His Future. Second In a Two-Part Series.

    [Ed. Note. See Part 1 of Rocks Off's encounter with Filero here.] A hint of things to come? Filero (left) and SPM square off at checkers back in the day.​ When we talked to Filero about how much the rap game has changed since he saw the first Texas Latino rap album, actually a cassette, in the Gul ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 13: DJ Screw's 3 N' Tha Mornin' Pt. 2 (Blue)

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums 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 DJ Screw 3 N' Da Mornin, Part 2 (Big Tyme Records, 1995)​While researc ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Five Spot: Houston R&B Collaboration King Billy Cook

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to weekend, Bun B and Mya are shooting the video for "Show Me Something," th ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Coline

    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 How else to say this tha ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008

    Santa Baby

    What a few musicians want under their trees this year

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    Thug Life

    Slim Thug has paid the cost to be the Dirty South boss

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