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Melle Mel

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Top 10 Interesting Things From Ice-T's The Art of Rap

    Friday night, Ice-T's new hip-hop documentary The Art of Rap opened in theaters nationwide. I went and watched it at the AMC Studio 30 at Westheimer and Dunvale. Here are ten things from the movie that are interesting and one thing that will be picked over: 10. Grandmaster Caz Is Ruthlessly, Seaml ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Join Us for Cocktails & Covers at House Of Blues Fridays This Summer

    The other day, Rocks Off was researching another blog, and we stumbled across Duran Duran's 1995 all-covers LP Thank You on Spotify. Then we listened to it all the way through, on purpose. Recorded when the Birmingham-born band was at a post-"Ordinary World" fork in the road, Thank You wasn't the D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    New Doc The Art Of Rap Spills Hip-Hop's Secrets

    Rap wasn't always like Lil Jon's yelling his famous "What!?" and "Okay!", or repeating your name over and over throughout the song like Houston's own Lil Flip. Nowadays most see rap as lyrics telling a woman how to position herself or look for a man, rhymes about money and talk of toking up. But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Top 5 Albums: Duran Duran

    ​It's Duran Duran Day in Houston, everybody. Word has it that fans are already lining up at Warehouse Live for the band's sold-out club show, and you can bet that it will be a hot evening inside the venue until the last strains of "Rio" echo out onto the street after the lights come up. We h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Five Terrible Rap-Related Business Ideas

    ​If you believe the bean counters at Forbes, rhyme still pays and the 2010 hip-hop cash kings (Jay-Z, Diddy, Eminem, etc.) are cashing major checks from their business ventures. But cashing in on rap commercialism is no cake walk. If you have no intention of ever making Forbes' Cash Kings list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Top 10 Anti-Drug Rap Songs

    ​A kabillion rap songs out there celebrate ganja and booger sugar - case in point: Young Jeezy at the Arena Theatre this weekend - but anti-drug rap songs are insanely rare. You have a better chance of finding a mastered copy of Detox. Luckily for you, Rocks Off went digging and found 10 great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Top 10 Rap Covers By Non-Rap Artists

    ​Artists have many ways of expressing admiration for their peers. Name-dropping those who inspire them in liner notes and offering them groupies on the tour bus are just a couple of ways of showing respect. Covering one of their popular songs? Now that's the ultimate tip of the hat. That's an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Will Hip-Hop Ever Get Over Its Homophobia?

    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​Homosexuality in hip-hop is a polarizing talking point. So much so, in f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Aftermath: Duran Duran at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Chris Gray Alone among its pretty-boy peers in the early and mid-'80s, Duran Duran was the blackest band to regularly hit the pop charts from either side of the pond. Only the Aussies in INXS had anywhere near the same level of interest in funk and disco, and the chops to pull it off. ... More >>

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Grammar Rock

    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs break a few rules

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    Steal These Albums

    The ten most dangerous and radical hip-hop records of all time

  • Film

    September 23, 2004

    Dead Good

    Shaun of the Dead revives the zombie comedy with a U.K. twist

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Family Feud

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

  • Music

    January 14, 1999

    Overseas Transmission

    Hip-hop's origins in a German synthesizer?

  • Music

    July 17, 1997

    Rooting Interest

    The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head

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