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Mos Def

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Stephen Marley at House of Blues, 5/22/14

    I wonder what it was like to grow up a Marley. Unfortunately they all lost their dad too early in life, but what was it like growing up in Bob's shadow? While it might've been difficult stepping out on their own, the family name assuredly afforded them many more opportunities throughout life. Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Reliant Arena, 11/27/2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli Reliant Arena November 27, 2013 Standing in the shadow of a diminishing Astrodome, the rarely used Reliant Arena played host to more than 5,000 Houstonians for a showcase of some of today's biggest hip-hop talent Wednesday, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis returned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album

    In today's society of more, more, more, it's becoming a bit of a rarity, especially with all those reunion albums that keep coming out, but sometimes legends have been made from just one big hit. Ever so often one album comes along that is so monumental, we all fall in love with it, and then the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    The Nine Worst Live Acts We've Ever Seen

    Rocks Off is not going to lie. The prospect of getting into concerts for free is what leads many people to become music writers/reviewers in the first place. Though it's not true of everyone, we've generally found that with experience comes plenty of practice in the art of grading on a curve. But n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Is That All There Is?: Philosophy's Greatest Hits

    I love Queen, and the late Freddie Mercury had the best rock voice ever (in my opinion), so it pains me to say that some of music's worst thought-out lyrics are scrunched into the opening lines of "Bohemian Rhapsody." "Is this the real life?/ Is this just fantasy?", the song begins, but mere breath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Bizarre Acting Roles by 20 Famous Musicians

    It's a toss-up whether actors or musicians will go to greater lengths to make rent, but some musicians have even found themselves so hard up they've been forced to take an acting gig. Such is the case with the haystack-sized Sleepy LaBeef, who in 1968's The Exotic Ones appeared as the "Swamp Monster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    5 Kanye Songs No Kid Should Hear, Least of All Kanye's

    The big music news of the new year so far is that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child. Everybody seems to have an opinion on that, and I won't go into how I feel about it because it's irrelevant. As long as Yeezy is still making music we all love, what business is it of our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Top 6 Rap Songs That Criticize the USA

    Word to your mamas, sucka emcees. It's the Fourth of July (or, as the Native American guy that I went to college with used to half-jokingly refer to it, "The Most Fucked Up Holiday I Can Think Of... Why Don't We Just Go Ahead And Start Celebrating 9/11, Because That's Basically What This Is For Me") ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2012
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    March 1, 2012
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    January 26, 2012

    5 Musicians Who Changed Their Names to Inspire Jim Crane and the Astros

    ​This week, the new owner of the Houston Astros Jim Crane opened Pandora's Box of Hearty Suggestions For A Struggling Franchise and discussed changes to the team. Cheap beer (yay!), cheaper seats (double yay!) should be one of the first things but Crane suggested that the Astros do the unthink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Jon Black Dreams Up Five Collaborations The World Needs

    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 sheaserrano@gmail. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Eight Shows MTV, VH1 & BET Should Bring Back

    We live in a time where crappy reality television has taken over three of the networks that were once originally dedicated to music videos, artist interviews and delivering current events from the younger generation's perspective. With all the flack that MTV (Music Television) gets about not really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Last Night: Black Star At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Black Star feat. Mos Def & Talib Kweli House of Blues September 8, 2011 Mos Def knows how to make an exit. With the lights dimmed and the curtains dancing toward the middle, Mos Def stayed on stage and shimmied to the beat of Archie Bell & The Drells' "Tighten Up." The ... More >>

  • Music

    September 8, 2011
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    July 26, 2011

    The Six Best Movie Samples In Rap Songs

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    The Five Best - And Two Worst - Rapper Actors

    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 introducingliston@gmai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Remember Thurogood Wordsmith's The Appetizer EP?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Thurogood Wordsmith The Appetizer EP (Self-released, 2010) ​The noodle-voiced Thurogood Words ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Top Five Rap Duos That Will Probably Never Happen

    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 sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    I Hate My Album: Five Artists Who Dissed Their Own Work

    ​Albums are to artists what children are to parents: You never want your favorite kids to move out, but you can't wait to send the other ones off to college. (Rocks Off should know; we were one of those favorites.) Here, we salute five artists who were brave enough to distance themselves from ... More >>

  • Music

    September 2, 2010
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    August 27, 2010

    The Top Five Hurricane Katrina-Related Rap Songs

    ​New Orleans is home to many rappers, including Lil Wayne and Juvenile. So, when Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast five years ago this weekend, it only felt natural for hip-hop to step up and capture the debacle on wax. It's been five years since the disaster and this Katrina-inspired playlist ... 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

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009

    Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

    The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Rocks Off's Picks for This Weekend's Fun Fun Fun Festival

    You can think of this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin as the indie, metal, and hip-hop little brother of the more staid Austin City Limits Music Festival. The fourth edition of the two-day event held in Waterloo Park in Austin starts tomorrow afternoon. Per our stated life path, Rocks Off will ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Inside the Rappers Studio

    Are you an aging hip-hop performer? Then the Rap Institute of Acting is for you!

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Double Vision

    Equally gifted in jazz and R&B, area native Robert Glasper moonlights in Maxwell's touring band.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Two: Aftermath

    Photo by Mark C. Austin​Was it something we said or did? Aftermath openly gushed about how great the weather was on Friday and how it seemed that maybe, just maybe, we were going to finally attend an Austin City Limits (ACL) that didn't consist of heat and dust. Well, it seems that the powers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009: Best Tweets Of The Weekend

    Armed with our sort-of handy cellphone we were able to Tweet from ground level at the festival, with sometimes hilarious and vulgar results. Mostly the latter, because we are foul people. Over time, our Twitter updates devolved into angry rants, as you will see below.@hprocksoff sez:Oh god they real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Aftermath: Mos Def at House of Blues

    Larami Culbertson​ 9:30 p.m.: Just walked in to see the place pretty well filled. Snoop is playing through the speaker system. If you walk into a venue and "Gin and Juice" is playing, you can take that as a sign that you're going to have a good time. Well, that or that a riot is going to break out ... More >>

  • Music

    August 13, 2009
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    July 14, 2009

    The Last Roundup: Broken-NCYDE, Jenny Lewis, H.A.W.K. & Z-Ro, Something Fierce and More

    29-95's Joe Mathlete introduces the world to "crunkcore" artist Broken-NCYDE. Prima Donna meltdown or not, Jenny Lewis still has talent. If only she had manners. We Wore Masks screens her "See Fernando" video. Southern rap is still alive. Thankfully, Cocaine Blunts knows this, giving us H.A.W.K. an ... More >>

  • Music

    June 18, 2009
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    April 28, 2009

    So Whatcha Want: Austin City Limits Festival Lineup Announced

    C3 Entertainment announced the lineup for the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival Tuesday morning, and as Rocks Off expected, they might as well start calling the thing Lollapalooza South. Lolla headliners the Beastie Boys and Kings of Leon are both headed to the freshly irrigated Zilker Park Oct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Promise Pseudo, Soulja Boy, Scarface, Rick Rubin, Akon, T.I., Doug E. Fresh, the Bee Gees 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: "Sunny," Promise Pseudo Wire To Wire We disliked Soulja Boy, and then we read this Scarface inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Turning the Screw: DZA, Trae, Al Sharpton, Common, Beyonce, Akon, Mos Def, Vanilla Ice and a Whole Lotta Obama

    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: DZA, “Nuthin’ 2 a Boss (Remix)” Wire To Wire Trae’s new mixtape, Street Advocate, ... More >>

  • Film

    February 21, 2008

    Be Kind Rewind Is a Muddle

    Michel Gondry attempts to celebrate DIY filmmaking, but comes up short, stale and flat

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    To Do: Listen to S.O.S. Radio, Hang Out with Wyclef

    Wednesdays are busy days for Zin, the local underground rapper and KPFT DJ. From three to five in the afternoon, he and The Kase co-host the KPFT hip-hop / soul / Afro-beat show S.O.S. Radio. (Motto: “Everything from Mos Def to Fela Kuti”) After that wraps, Zin heads over to the Midtown Lounge ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Little Brother

    Little Brother performs Friday, June 29, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. Orgone and DJ Haul also perform.

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Snap to It

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • Film

    March 2, 2006

    Hard Ride

    Stuck with Bruce Willis in rush-hour traffic? You could always walk

  • Film

    March 2, 2006

    Get Down with Dave

    Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    The Roots, with Floetry

    Wednesday, June 8, at HUSH, 15625 Katy Freeway, 713-330-HUSH.

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    Steal These Albums

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

  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    Feelings, Nothing But Feelings

    The New York Times misses the point in its attack on "rockism"

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    Kanye West

    College Dropout (Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
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    September 25, 2003

    Mark Ronson

    Here Comes the Fuzz (Elektra)

  • Music

    October 12, 2000

    X-ecutioners' Song

    Four New York turntablists redefine the art of deejaying

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