Michael Watts

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    New Book Explores Houston Hip-Hop's Fertile Roots

    Ed. note: Before now, the history of Houston hip-hop has existed in the archives at Rice University (Swishahouse) and the University of Houston, as well as the songs themselves. But someone has finally written it all down in book form. Maco L. Faniel is a Houston native, hip-hop fan and graduate of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012

    Michael "5000" Watts and Trillstep

    The Swishahouse don has a new creation.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Who Makes The Mt. Rushmore Of Houston Rap?

    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. cred​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, E.S.G., Paul Wall, Fat Tony, A.D.D., Matt Son ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    DJ Brandi Garcia Fired From The Box

    ​The Trae vs. The Box saga continues. Late Monday night a source close to the situation sent word to Rocks Off that Brandi Garcia, DJ at The Box for the past decade, had been terminated. Victor Vital, Radio One's defense attorney for the Trae lawsuit, confirmed the firing Tuesday afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Hip Hop Honors Doesn't Totally Embarrass The South

    VH1 honored the Dirty South for the 2010 edition of Hip-Hop Honors. We flew out there and sat in on the taping this past weekend. Or we Tivo'd it while we put our kids to bed and then watched it afterwards. One of those is true. Willie D​ 8:00 p.m.: Oh, good. Darrell from The Office is hosting to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Behind the Lyrics: From B-Boy to D-Boy, Mayalino Makes Believers Of Those Who Find His Music

    Mayalino - "True Story" from FULL FLEDGE ENTERTAINMENT on Vimeo. We don't know how many times Michael "5000" Watts has hosted a mixtape and didn't chop and screw it down. We can't imagine it's been many. We don't know how many times extremely respected producer Happy Perez has heard an artist on My ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Five Spot: We Would Very Much Like Someone to Send Us an Advance of Swishahouse's New The Usual Suspects Comp

    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​First, a bit of housekeeping: In this space last week, we wrote about the r ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    Mike Jones! Who?

    The story of a Houston rapper who got bigger and bigger until he shrank back down to earth

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Houston Hip-Hop

    Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend's style to the masses

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Fat Beats

    The real reason Houston stays near the top of the chunkiest-city charts

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    Gutbucket Blues, Chopped and Screwed

    The North Mississippi Allstars and Houston DJ Jimmy D team up on a revolutionary EP

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Base Raps

    Paul Wall and Chamillionaire each release Astros tributes, while rock radio churns out the cheesy montages

  • Music

    September 22, 2005

    Million Dollar Smile

    Paul Wall joins George Foreman in the famous Houston grill club