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Lil' Troy

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    The Foreign Exchange at Fitzgerald's, 06/27/2014

    The Foreign Exchange Fitzgerald's June 27, 2014 Fitzgerald's isn't known for outright soul revivals on a Friday night. Or any night, for that matter. The last one my father could remember when I let it be known I was heading there for some groovy R&B was a Hugh Masakela concert he attended solo bac ... More >>

  • Music

    April 17, 2014

    Vaughaligan Walwyn Is Using Hip-Hop to Spread the Good Word

    Onetime Houston MC Von Won reinvents himself as the city's premier hip-hop pastor.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Mobb Deep & Nosaprise at Fitzgerald's, 4/9/2014

    Mobb Deep, Nosaprise Fitzgerald's April 9, 2014 A hip-hop show on a Wednesday night is as good as a rap show on any other night, except maybe better. Everyone who claims to be a hip-hop fan but is really just a whats-new-on-the-radio rap fan stays home to watch Basketball Wives or whatever nonsense ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    After a Decade, Lost Screwed Up Click Album The Take Over Comes to Light

    The dream seemed dead. John Hawkins, a man blessed with the voice of a preacher and the mind of a rap savant, known as Big H.A.W.K., was gone. The one major cog in the machine that was the Screwed Up Click after DJ Screw's tragic passing in 2000 had been taken from the Earth. Two years after H.A.W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Bun B's Birthday Celebration at Warehouse Live, 3/16/2014

    Bun B, Kirko Bangz Warehouse Live March 16, 2014 By the time big Southern rap impresario Bun B took the stage at Warehouse Live early this morning, there was a lot to celebrate. It was St. Patrick's Day, of course, but the occasion also marked the kickoff of the UGK star's "Trillest Tour" with Kirk ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2014

    Oral History

    A new companion to Houston Rap tells the tales behind the images.

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    February 27, 2014

    Popping the Trunk on Houston Rap Tapes

    The shittiest thing about Houston Rap, the big, glossy picture book put out late last year by Sinecure Books, is that it isn't 11 million pages long. A ten-year labor of photographic love by documentarians Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker, the book is an absolute treasure trove of snapshots captur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    10 Swang-and-Bang Anthems for Sunday's SLAB Parade

    Just so you know, that low, persistent rumbling you feel in your gut this Sunday afternoon will have nothing to do with the Whataburger you pounded down at 3 a.m. the night before. It'll be the ultrasonic bass emanating from the popped trunks of 50 customized vehicles swangin' through Third Ward as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Last Night: Riff Raff at Fitzgerald's

    Riff Raff, Fat Tony, D-Risha etc. Fitzgerald's March 21, 2013 Thursday night at Fitzgerald's was Riff Raff's homecoming show. Sort of. Sure, he's originally from Houston. The story goes that he got his start hawking his CDs at area malls. It's more accurate to say, though, that Riff Raff has no hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Dave Wrangler: Web Awards DJ Spills a Few Trade Secrets

    Recently Toronto producer/DJ Deadmau5 rode the massive surge in electronic dance music's popularity all the way to the cover of the current Rolling Stone. Wearing a giant mouse head all the time doesn't hurt, but in the story he set tongues wagging even further by criticizing many of his fellow EDM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Dave Wrangler, Part 2: "I Still Do Some Sampling"

    Earlier this morning, Houston DJ Dave Wrangler was kind enough to explain to Rocks Off the difference between a mashup and a remix, as well as his procedure in constructing Frankenstein-like songs such as ""Wanna Be a Big Poppa," which combines the efforts of Lil Troy and Notorious B.I.G. Into a thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Six Years Gone: Big Hawk Remembered

    Six years ago last week, on May 1, 2006, local rapper and Screwed Up Click Five-Star General Big Hawk was gunned down outside of a friend's home on Redfern on Houston's Southside. He was 36. While it's never acceptable to lose a gifted artist to violence in the prime of his life and career, Hawk's ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    Rap Boom Reload

    In 2005, rappers put Houston on the map. Then the spotlight moved on. Some musicians are working hard to turn it back this way.

  • Music

    September 29, 2011

    History, Screwed and Chopped

    Julie Grob just made the U of H Library System a whole lot cooler.

  • Blogs

    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 26, 2011

    The Astros Suck. Is It Their Music?

    Marco TorresHunter Pence, Buzz listener?​Wandy Rodriguez is Rocks Off's new favorite Astro. ​Not because the Domincan southpaw has actually posted decent numbers for Houston's hometown cellar-dwellers this year (3-3 W-L, 3.41 ERA, 53 strikeouts), but because Rodriguez has one of the few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Remember Yungstar's Throwed Yung Playa?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Yungstar Throwed Yung Playa (Straight Profit Records, 1999) Man, remember Yungstar, the acute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Celebrating Big H.A.W.K.'s Legacy With Bun B & More

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday (or thereabouts), 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, Paul Wall, Lil O, Starch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    The Stories Behind Five H-Town Rap Anthems

    ​You know the song as soon as the beat drops. You rap them better than the artists themselves do at concerts. You'll slap your little brother for butchering the lyrics. But do you know the real life stories behind these five H-town rap anthems? Pull up a chair, grab a bag of popcorn, and a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What Is Houston Rap's Best Diss Song Ever?

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

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    What Is The Best Pimp C Verse Of All Time?

    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, Trae,Yung Redd, Lil' Flip, Fat Pimp, H-Kan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Casting Scarface With Houston Rappers

    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 introducinglisto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Paul Wall's Got Your iPhone Goin' Nuts

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​April 23, 2010. That was to be the most glorious day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    The Best Slap-Fights, Verbal Or Otherwise, In Houston Rap History

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​Last week, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall kicked off their 20-city "In Love Wit My Money" reunion tour in d ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2010

    Nightfly: All Mixed Up

    Houston Hip-Hop History Lesson Heats up Toc Bar.

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    July 29, 2009

    Catfish Reef: The Rise of Swishahouse

    [Note: this is the second in a series on the origins of Houston rap, to go along with this week's feature on wayward star Mike Jones.]Mike Giglio​As a local hip-hop writer and radio host, Matt Sonzala (also a former Houston Press Music Listings Editor) did what he could to promote Houston rap to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Five Spot: The Illustrious Dustin Prestige

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com.We suspect the goal of every music writer is to be able to answer "Who are you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Five Spot: Lil Jared Is Doper Than Most Kid Rappers

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. As set forth in the official "Give Any Song From the Offspring of a Local Icon at Least Three Weeks of Listeni ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008
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    April 6, 2006

    Scarface

    My Homies Part 2

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Bayou City Music Mindbender, Part II

    Another chance to test your knowledge of local lore

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Hip-hop, Tejas

    Latinos take on rap music and make it their own

  • Calendar

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Rap

    D-Wreck crosses over to film

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Hawk

    Saturday, December 7

  • Music

    August 15, 2002

    Home from La-La Land

    Tony Avitia picks up the pieces of his Broken Note

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    Business Versus Pleasure

    Lil' Troy keeps on ballin', on CD and video, at least

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Life in the Slow Lane

    DJ Screw lived mostly for his work, as if he would have time later to celebrate his success. That time would never come.

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Local Rotation

    The Council: Relentless

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Music Awards Winners

    The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000

  • Music

    February 10, 2000

    Amplified

    Maddness

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    Amplified

    Out In Sight

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Where Will They Be?

    A look at the rock scene in 2020

  • Music

    December 23, 1999
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    October 14, 1999

    Playbill

    Coming This Week

  • Music

    August 19, 1999

    Girls to Women

    Houston's Destiny's Child scales pop chart, meets fans

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