The melting pot that is Houston hip-hop comes with so many different ingredients it should be considered musical gumbo. For example, the rugged cool of your favorite street records and that fake bravado you feel when you hear them in a car at maximum levels. You want to know how often I've cranked a ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr. may be one of the most underrated indie-rock acts of the past 25 years. They weren't as sexy as Pearl Jam or as populist as Nirvana, but the music dripping from the instruments of the criminally-unsung J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph has ... More >>
In the annals of Houston rap, there have been plenty of pimps, gangsters, players and anything in between. But few actual macks. Yes, Max Julien has been the blueprint for many a player who wondered where the hell did Lil Keke get a long-haired Samoan from but Mookie Jones takes the entire aura of b ... More >>
Counting down the 25 best local rap albums of ANY year is less than easy. Counting them down for this year, the most energetic, frenzied year for Houston rap since 2005, it is more than impossible. Rather: WAS more than impossible.
After countless at-length conversations with those that know ... More >>
These are the 25 best songs from Houston rap's glorious 2011. They've been pressed onto actual cassettes (not pictured above). We only made ten of them, because, fuck, it takes a long time. They are for sale ($600). And, as a way to honor the city's grey tape past while being entir ... More >>
Download that. It's Intervention, a compilation album from 21-year-old producer Trakk Sounds (with help from the MP3 site Tha Fixx).
It's fun; all original tracks (16) with all original verses (60!). Sounds, who currently shares a studio with regional tastemaker Rapid Ric, worked on it for ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email email@example.com.
P.A.N. (Self-released, 2011)
Mookie Jones, as it were, is perfectly quixotic. He ... More >>
Welcome, welcome. Recently, we were reminded that the third installment of the Houston Press Underground Hip-Hop Awards is but a scant couple of weeks away. Yip, yip.
So, prepping for that, let's run through some music that maybe may have skipped past your ears. Let's go 4-3-2-1 style.
Four Vi ... More >>
Agnostic Front, The Mongoloids: Mon., Sept. 19. Walter's On Washington.
Amon Amarth: Fri., Aug. 26. House of Blues.
Aretha Franklin: Tue., June 14. Arena Theatre.
blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Matt & Kim: Mon., Sept. 26. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Buxton: Fri., July 8. McGonigel' ... More >>
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
Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Bun B, Propain, Devi Dev (97.9 The Box), Brad Gil ... More >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ... More >>
So when a man beats you to your own video shoot, there's a problem. That's how we really took notice of 34-year-old Mikell Limbrick, the Trinity Gardens representer known to the streets as Fetti.
When we filmed the Houston Press Mic Pass (now in its final stage of editing), which he got no invita ... More >>
For anyone following the Houston Latino rap theme as of late and are wondering why Rocks Off might be telling more of a cultural story than a hip-hop one with our artist profiles, it's because amongst the traditional hip-hop following in America, Houston's Latino rappers may very well be looked ... More >>