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Matt Sonzala

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    February 18, 2014

    Making a Difference: Artists Who Have Share Their Wisdom

    "Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..." -- Erykah Badu A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I g ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    America Is Faltering, So You Should You Download Massive Mixtape The Underground

    The superheroically sincere videographer/director Sama'an Ashrawi comes to mind. So does the hyper-savvy promoter/party pied piper MC Kane. And of course the indomitable do-everything Matt Sonzala. Beyond that, few guys involved in championing underground rap in Houston are as likable as Ram, the f ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    The Anarchist Song Book

    Noise musician BLACKIE searches for total freedom in music.

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    June 21, 2012

    B L A C K I E Completes Successful French, Canadian Invasions

    For the last month, B L A C K I E, Houston's favorite act of musical warfare, roamed around Europe and Canada on tour, performing shows (both scheduled and impromptu) and yanking bolts from the Eiffel Tower. His shows, manic audio attacks blasted through homemade speaker cabinets sometimes as many ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Lil Wayne's YMCMB Showcase At Austin Music Hall

    ​"I believe in three things: I believe in God; I believe that I ain't shit without you, and I believe that I ain't shit without you!" - Lil Wayne to his fans After being shut out of the T.I./B.O.B show at La Zona Rosa by order of the fire marshal, I headed over to see Lil Wayne at the Austin Mu ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Rap Boom Reload: Thanks and So Forth

    ​Every time somebody writes a cover story, there's an accompanying blog post that goes with it, giving some sort of back story or little anecdote or whatever. That's what this is. This week, there will be, including the sidebar, a 4,000-word story in the paper tying what happened with Housto ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Rappers Onstage: Who's Dramatic Enough For Broadway?

    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. Have something you've always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Photo illustration by John Seabor ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    We Can't Be Stopped: Best Houston Album Ever Turns 20 Years Old

    ​Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the Geto Boys' We Can't Be Stopped. It is the most important Houston album of all time. Everyone understands this reflexively, even if they don't understand why they understand that. It has likely been written about more than any other piece o ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Tour Diary: The Nice Guys

    The Nice GuysThe Nice Guys at Cream Vintage.​Rocks Off is asking a handful of Houston artists to write about their experiences performing at SXSW. Day 1 of SXSW went pretty well, we got on the road to ATX at about 9 a.m. The moment we arrived in Austin we were busy, went straight to the conve ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    April 27, 2010

    97.9 The Box Declines Comment On Trae Situation

    ​After a couple of days of phone and email tag, Rocks Off was finally able to get in touch with Terri Thomas, program director of 97.9 The Box, regarding the highly rated urban station's reputed ban on everything associated with local rapper Trae tha Truth - songs, mixtapes, in-studio appearances, ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Matt Sonzala's Open Letter To 97.9 The Box: "You Are In The Wrong Here"

    ​ Former Houston Press music listings editor and local hip-hop promoter Matt Sonzala sent Rocks Off and other media outlets an open letter to Houston radio station 97.9 The Box Thursday night. In it, he criticizes the station for its alleged ban of Trae the Truth. The ban, Sonzala says, extends no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    May 20, 2009

    The Willie D Scam: Read Along As It Goes Down

    Willie D is still cooling his heels in a Federal lock-up as we write this, but there's updates o'plenty. Hair Balls's old buddy Matt Sonzala posted a Willie D round-up on his blog yesterday. To us, the most fascinating link Sonzala unearthed was this one, in which you can document in real time the r ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Turning the Screw: T-Pain & Friends, Pimp C, Asher Roth, Kanye vs. Colbert, Q-Tip, Suge Knight, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Young Jeezy, Paul Wall 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: "Chopped and Screwed" Lil' O, T-Pain and Ludacris Wire To Wire Matt Sonzala et al. paid tribute ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Tonight: Pimp C Tribute on KPFT's "Damage Control"

    Has it really been a year already? Indeed it has: On December 4, 2007, Port Arthur-born MC and producer Pimp C was found dead in his Hollywood hotel room; the Los Angeles County Coroner listed the cause as a combination of sleep apnea and accidental overdose of codeine-containing cough syrup. To say ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Denver Nugget: Bun B at the Democratic National Convention

    Our old buddy Matt Sonzala just forwarded us this picture of Bun B representing at Denver's Pepsi Center, site of this week's Democratic National Convention, fresh from the King of Trill's own iPhone. We're going to have to talk to Bun about that Rangers hat, though... - Chris Gray

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    August 12, 2008

    Ozone Awards Update: Rap-a-Lot Not Talking; Trae and Mike Jones Are

    The fallout continues from last night's brawl between Trae and Mike Jones at the Ozone Awards; by several accounts, the two Houston rappers have had beef for a good minute. Rocks Off called Rap-a-Lot Records for a statement, and the label's publicist Sarah Lee was nothing if not diplomatic. "As far ... More >>

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    July 7, 2008

    Ozone Awards, Tastemaker DJ Contest Headed to Houston

    Southern rap journal Ozone magazine announced today it will hold its third annual Ozone Awards and the accompanying TJ's DJ's Tastemakers Only DJ conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center from August 8-11, which makes two major music-industry events to come calling this year; the ninth ann ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    Building the Perfect Beat

    Tonight, the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle returns to Houston at Venue (718 Main). "Not sure if you made it out last year, but believe me, this is an event you do not want to miss," swears former Houston rap-promotion shaman and current AustinSurreal point man Matt Sonzala, who plans to make the sho ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Accidents Will Happen? Did Apnea and Drank Really Kill Pimp C?

    If the verdict from Pimp C’s autopsy leaves you with more questions than answers you are not alone. Matt Sonzala still has his doubts. He writes: “Two months later, on Feb. 4, the L.A. County Coroner's Office concluded that Pimp C's death was the result of sleep apnea combined with prescriptio ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007
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    December 6, 2007

    Sayonara , Matt Sonzala

    Talking SXSW and rap's current malaise with a soon-to-be ex-Houstonian

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    September 27, 2007

    Punky Reggae Party

    Rockbox and HoustonSoReal team up for a night of reggae bands and dancehall DJs

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    August 7, 2007

    This Just In: Rock the Bells Canceled

    According to the Rock the Bells Web site, the hip-hop package tour’s Houston date, featuring Wu-Tang Clan, UGK, Nas, Pharoahe Monche and several others scheduled for Wednesday at Reliant Center, has been canceled. No reason was listed on the Web site, but HoustonSoReal founder and sometime Press c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2007

    365 Days Later

    It was a year ago today that local rapper Hawk was gunned down. Matt Sonzala actually knew the man, so we're gonna defer to HoustonSoReal on this one. Click here read Matt's thoughts on the first anniversary of Hawk's death. -- Keith Plocek

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    South By Southwest 2007

    Stax, Scratch and a host of locals highlight my festival

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    March 15, 2007

    South By Lomax: Part One

    The Dude. Drove thru intermittent rain to Austin with my dad, who is here in his newish capacity as the manager of country chanteuse Sunny Sweeney. It's great to have him back in the game after his few years of semi-retirement. Over the years, he has managed Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Kasey ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007
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    February 14, 2007

    Another Bush Slips in the Polls

    Last night's installment of the "Movies Houstonians Love" series at the MFAH was a big success. Apparently it was the first time the event has sold out, meaning Bun B beat out both Larry Dierker and Barbara Bush in terms of attendance. We're not sure exactly what that means, but we know we like the ... More >>

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    February 2, 2007
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    January 12, 2007
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    January 11, 2007

    Playbill: Money Waters

    Matt Sonzala's b-day party Money Waters latest CD, Swalhaggin It's a birthday party for our friend and fellow blog-miester Matt Sonzala of HoustonSoReal and KPFT's Damage Control featuring the sounds of DJ Sun and DJ Melodic, Peekaboo Theory, and Dallas rapper Money Waters. Talking abou ... More >>

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    January 9, 2007
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    October 12, 2006
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    September 28, 2006

    Best o' tha Blogs

    We love you, you love us. Well done, BOH Man! With our much-anticipated, big, fat and glossy Best of Houston issue (professionalism be damned, I'll say it — the real Best Of in this town) on stands now, thought I'd check in on some of the lauded blogs/sites in our City Life section. I'd gus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2006

    SonzalaSoReal

    This week's feature in the Press is all about Matt Sonzala, a man who busts his butt to push the Texas sound around the world. We wouldn't expect you to read it without a soundtrack, so here we offer three clips from YouTube to get your head poppin'. -- Keith Plocek Bun B, "Get Throwed" video: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2006

    SonzalaSoReal

    This week's feature in the Press is all about Matt Sonzala, a man who busts his butt to push the Texas sound around the world. We wouldn't expect you to read it without a soundtrack, so here we offer three clips from YouTube to get your head poppin'. -- Keith Plocek Bun B, "Get Throwed" video: ... More >>

  • News

    September 28, 2006

    Party Boy

    Matt Sonzala puts on Houston rap parties all over the world

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Bizzy Bone, Phone Home

    A Grammy-winning multiplatinum rapper melts down live on KPFT

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    White By Whitebread No More

    This year's South By Southwest makes room for plenty of local rap. Why can't our rockers get with the program?

  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    En Fuego

    The Arcade Fire burns Mary Jane's Fat Cat down to the ground; also: Scarface/Geto Boys news and the fate of Mary Jane's

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Anarchy in da USA

    Looking for the true spirit of the Ramones? Try going to an underground hip-hop show.

  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    Medley Fool

    DJ Jester mixes and mashes up Willie Nelson, Ice-T, the Carpenters and LL Cool J

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    January 29, 2004

    Turntable Roundtable

    Hip-hop notables get together to rap about responsibility

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    Reprogram Your Life

    An omnivorous three-headed DJ monster wants to rewrite your old musical code with hip-hop vibes

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    August 28, 2003

    Can I Get a Witnes?

    DJ Witnes hosts a new hip-hop show on KPFT

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    May 22, 2003

    Kung Fu Fighting

    Catfish shares his arsenal

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    May 8, 2003

    Grudge Match

    The United States faces off with Mexico in Houston

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Rap Avengers

    Damage Control brings hip-hop back to Pacifica

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