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Mike Jones

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Further Celebrating Slim Thug's Bosshood

    Slim Thug is a boss...and having your own private weekend to show it off is a boss-like thing to do. Rappers can do certain things that we in normal life just can't. If we tried it, it would be awkward and weird-looking; you can't just stroll into your local Whole Foods with two bikini models on yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Michael Watts: Revisiting SwishaHouse's Best Tape

    Actually, that might not be totally true. It might be a falsity to call 1999's The Day Hell Broke Loose SwishaHouse's best tape. I'm sure arguments could be made for something from their Before da Kappa series or After da Kappa series. Someone who's especially sexy might even try and campaign for s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Girls, Girls, Girls At 25: Anatomy Of A Strip-Club Classic

    Mötley Crüe, those depraved kings of '80s sleaze, took a major step toward strip-club immortality 25 years ago this week when the band released its fourth album, Girls, Girls, Girls.. Glossy, debauched heavy metal ruled the charts in the summer of 1987 -- Whitesnake, Ozzy, Bon Jovi and Poison all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    The 5 Worst Musical Careers By Professional Boxers

    Rocks Off is waiting for the day that our 52-year-old mother sits us down for a serious talk and says that she's ready to pursue her dream of becoming a rapper. She'll say, "Mi hijo, you know Lil Casper's mom, Brenda, on 4th Street? Her boyfriend set up a home studio for her. She's spitting that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Circle Takes The Square: Casting The H-Town Version of Hip Hop Squares

    News broke last week that MTV2, MTV's sister network nominally dedicated to actual music, is reviving the classic Hollywood Squares format as Hip Hop Squares, an over-the-top tic-tac-toe game featuring urban personalities including actor/comedian Nick Cannon; record producer DJ Khaled; rappers Fat J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Fool's Gold Makers Dirty And Nasty Discuss... Fool's Gold

    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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Hip-Hop, Interrupted: 7 Rappers That Should Be More Active

    Hip-hop is a genre full of guys who put out a new album or mixtape seemingly every single month. They just can't stop, even when they're incarcerated in some cases (see: Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, and TI). It's as if rapping really is as much of a competition as they make it out to be and they're in a r ... 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.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Kickass Names For MetroRail's Newest Train Stops

    Metro is throwing a competition to name 20 new stations along the upcoming East End, North and Southeast lines. Quoting their press release, or at least the one they released yesterday, Metro wants "to make sure these stations accurately reflect the character, culture and history of the vibrant comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    The Seven Most Memorable Rap Beatdowns

    Wreckx-n-Effect went New Jack Swing on A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip in 1993.​When pop stars and Hollywood types need to settle a score, they take it to the courtroom. Hip-hop, however, operates by a different code: If you act up, you will get smacked up. Rocks Off was reminded of this when a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    R.I.P.: Notable Passings Of 2010

    ​Editor's Pick: Dio, man. Neph Basedow: 2010 commenced on a sad note with the passing of Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard (aka Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.). I'd seen him play a tiny show at Chicago's Empty Bottle in 2008 and still consider it one of the best shows I've ever seen. It was definitive ... 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

    December 6, 2010

    Slim Thug Pranks Mike Jones In New "Still Ringin'" Video

    Slim Thug: Not Tommy Tutone either.​Besides "Still Tippin'" and the word "who?" one constant that's become synonymous with Mike Jones' career is "punching bag." Trae literally punched him at the Ozone Awards a couple years back, and Slim Thug now delivers a metaphorical punch via a new parody ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 1: Mike Jones' Who Is Mike Jones?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones? (Asylum, 2005) ​Before you fire off some ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 3, 2009

    Poison Pen Reading Series

    The Gulf Coast Magazine editors offer some quick reads

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Five Spot: Inside E.S.G.'s Everyday Street Gangsta

    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. ​After you interview somebody in preparation for writing something about th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Turning the Screw: K-Rino, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, C-Murder, Lil' Kim, Flavor Flav, Guccie Mane, Mike Jones, etc.

    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: "Phony," K-Rino Wire To Wire Always good to read something from Bun B. K-Rino had an album release part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Ask a Rapper: Karina Nistal Loves Common, Mike Jones Not So Much

    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

    October 15, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 15: Chamillionaire's Original Mixtape Messiah, or 20-Plus Ways to Dis Mike Jones

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. "You drop one track, he's still alive." - Chamillionaire, on why he ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Mr. Boomtown, On Directing Slim Thug And Mike Jones

    ​Most people in the world of music videos may not recognize the name Nahala Johnson, but lately, they've recognized his nom de film: Mr. Boomtown. The Port Arthur native (he now splits his time between Houston and Dallas) is a nominee for the BET Hip Hop Awards' Director of the Year. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Chatting With "Mr. Boomtown" About Directing Mike Jones, Slim Thug and More

    ​Most people in the world of music videos may not recognize the name Nahala Johnson, but lately, they've recognized his nom de film: Mr. Boomtown. The Port Arthur native (he now splits his time between Houston and Dallas) is a nominee for the BET Hip Hop Awards' Director of the Year. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown: Setting the Table

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. For the next six months, we'll be counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com.​For the last few weeks we have pored over ... 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 >>

  • 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

  • Music

    May 14, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Local Self-Described Rap Supergroup Admires... Nickelback?

    Photo by Paul Knight Young Problemz, a self-described "supergroup" of local rap talent, joined Mike Jones Monday evening at the Arena Theatre, and the group's "Boi" was one of the high points, if not the high point of the night. The five Houston-bred performers - Chyco, Just-O, JM, J Yung and Star S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Local Album of the Week: Mike Jones' The Voice

    Mike Jones The Voice www.whomikejones.comHere's the thing about The Voice, Mike Jones' follow-up to double-platinum debut Who Is Mike Jones?: People automatically want to hate it. Perhaps even more interesting, though, is that Jones knows this. The Voice's most meaningful song is a cathartic track a ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Mike Jones Wants to Get "Next to You"

    Who is Mike Jones? Well, not long ago, he was Trae's punching bag at the Ozone Awards, which at least reminded people he was still alive. Well, Jones has a new single, "Next to You," from his forthcoming album The Voice (due April 14), and it's probably not going to enhance his 'hood reput ... More >>

  • Music

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Los Magnificos: Like a Live H-Town Mixtape

    Los Magnificos 2008 bounces into Reliant Center Sunday. Bun B Whip, ride, slab, some bit of street slang Rocks Off won't even hear for another eight months - cars are as essential to hip-hop as crossfaders and lyrics that rhyme. But no city's rappers place their wheels on a higher pedestal than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    This Just In: Drama at the Ozone Awards

    According to a report on the Web site hiphopdx.com, Houston rappers Mike Jones and Trae da Truth were involved in a scuffle at last night's Ozone Awards at the George R. Brown Convention Center. "As artists and media congregated in the press area, a commotion broke out and by the time everyone made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    2007 Turkeys of the Year

    Priscilla Slade is the biggest gobbler of them all

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    Last Night: The Straight to DVD Movie Premiere of Mike Jones’s The American Dream

    Better than: The time I convinced my four-year-old sister that “god damn it” was just a fancy way to say “please.” The next day during breakfast she asked my dad to “pass the syrup, god damn it.” Download: “Mr. Jones,” from Mr. Jones’s new album, American Dream. 6:17: There are m ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Ten Worst Songs

    and we're still not as bad as Dallas

  • Music

    August 23, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007

    Houston Rap: Kicked to the Curb?

    It hasn’t exactly been a banner year anywhere in hip-hop nation, and Houston is no exception. The Class of 2005’s lackluster sales have spurred every hip-hop rag and blog from here to Brooklyn to bust out its own unique variation on the evergreen “Houston, we have a problem” headline. Chingo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2007
  • 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

    June 22, 2006

    Hip-hop as She Is Rapped

    Translating the German Wikipedia entries of Houston's top MCs

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Spank Rock

    Yoyoyoyoyo

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Fat Beats

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

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Farewell to the Twenty Nickel

    Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Hip-hop, Year Two AJ

    Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some lovable limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    Who Is Mike Jones?

    The smash single "Still Tippin'" and his major-label debut have answered that question for the nation

  • News

    August 5, 2004

    ¡Viva H-town!

    Latinos come to the fore in this year's music awards

  • Music

    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

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