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Nelly (Rapper)

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review

    About two years ago, I decided to listen to 97.9 The Box over the course of a weekend. This was before the station implemented a not-secret but widely understood policy of supporting locals. It was hypersexualized. It was gross. It dealt with more Rick Ross detailing his sexual prowess than I ever w ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    These Are Houston's Seven Hottest Rap Songs (Allegedly)

    No exact science can determine what's hot in music. Maybe it's the right sound, the right combination of lyrics and rhythm or just a little bit of luck. And since commercial radio is so dominated (and saturated) by Top 40 records, determining local and regional records on their way up can lead you t ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 30, 2014
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    October 18, 2013

    Is Texas Country as Appalling as Nashville's Brand?

    If you grew up loving country music at all (like us), you may well have turned on a country station in the past year or two and been appalled. But between the rise of Taylor Swift, the collapse of rock radio, and the general dumbing down of our social-media-mad culture, country music has emerged as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    One Grumpy Editor. Houston's No. 1 Hit Music Station. All Damn Day.

    Generally I become more and more skeptical about what's "hot." This is also known as "getting older" or, to paraphrase Chris Rock, not wanting to be the old guy in the club. But for me that skepticism has always come with a certain morbid curiosity about what makes some songs so popular and why. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Five Acts You Didn't Know Have New Albums Out This Month

    So far 2013 has been marked by a considerable amount of comebacks. Some have made a bigger splash than others; we saw a new Black Sabbath album LP explode while the new Deep Purple floundered. We saw pop explosions from Fall Out Boy and Justin Timberlake, while while a new Kanye West album met with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    "Hick-Hop" Is Garbage. Jesus. It's Utter Garbage.

    I'm blaming you for this blog, Kid Rock. You and that damned "Cowboy" song. It's all your fault. Let's talk about "hick-hop," shall we? So I was under the foolish impression that hick-hop was shit like Limp Bizkit and Bubba Sparxxx. You know, that mashed-up, metal-ish/hip-hop-ish/country garbage th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2013

    Your All-Star Weekend Celebrity Guestbook, Part 2

    Houston is by most accounts one of America's more cultured and sophisticated cities, but it still loses its damn mind when a lot of famous people come to town. The swarm of people created by celebrities and their spotters forced the Galleria to shut down early Saturday evening, while a few promoters ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2013

    The Sounds of H-Town

    Cactus Music wants your help with a "Community-Curated Playlist."

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    February 7, 2013

    All the Rappers Who Will Be Here All-Star Weekend, Part 1

    Two days ago, a complete stranger calmly approached me at the airport. Her demeanor was kind, she didn't have any noticeable body odor and gave off a friendly vibe. I smirked before she started the painstaking task of carrying out small talk. "Hey, are you from here?" she asked. My brain wanted my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Monday Night Football Cavalcade Of Errors, Starring Rick Reilly!

    Something amazing happened last night during ESPN's coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 16-13 overtime atrocity win over the lowly Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. It wasn't the Chiefs' miraculously hanging well within the 12 point spread on this game (obliterating degenerate teaser bets every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Red Fang Brings the Heat Back to Houston on Sunday

    Autumn temperatures may finally be creeping into Houston at last, but Portland's Red Fang promises to work up one last sweat in the city on Sunday when the shaggy rockers roll into Fitzgerald's. The band had too much fun hitting the road this summer to close the books on it just yet. Red Fang playe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    10 More Black Stars Who Should Try Country

    Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: Mainstream country. BY MIKE SEELY With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close last week with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    5 Non-Rap Acts We'd Like to See Chopped Not Slopped

    Here's a confession: I've never really understood chopped and screwed music. Because of this I've never had an opinion on it and filed it away with Reggaeton and Texas Country in my "genres not for me" mental file folder. Then I heard OG Ron C's take on Girl Talk's All Day and I found myself really ... 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

    April 25, 2012

    Double Duds: The 10 Worst Duets Since "Ebony and Ivory"

    Thirty years ago this week, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder hit No. 1 on the charts with their duet, "Ebony and Ivory." The song spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the past three decades as a joke. Perhaps history's most hackneyed call for racial harmony (which, admittedly, ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011
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    November 17, 2011

    Five Crazy Rapper Fashion Trends

    Dphil Spanglishman needs a Mac endorsement.​Rappers are known for setting trends with their signature fashion styles. Some of these ideas are utterly outrageous and scream "Pay me attention!" Other eye-catching trends are worn by rappers to send out a message to fans. The latest "trend sett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Saturday Night: Taylor Swift At Minute Maid Park

    Photos by Marco Torres​See pics of Taylor Swift taking over The Juice Box in our slideshow. It's perhaps unfair to say Taylor Swift has "snuck up" on us, considering she's sold over 20 million albums and was featured on just about every one of last year's "top entertainer" lists. But that's w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: Discussing the Six Worse Rap Collaborations Ever

    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. &# ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Doeman Sounds Off On Hip-Hop Headlines

    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. &# ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    idontlikeyouinthatway.com​This Sunday, Rocks Off will be live-blogging and tweeting this year's Super Bowl halftime show, which will feature noted scholars The Black Eyed Peas. We are diligently studying the entire BEP canon and that of all of their solo members, like the dedicated pop histori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Reporting from the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: Chingo Bling Talks "Taco Circuit"

    ​A lot of rappers establish street cred by talking about hittin' licks and sellin' rocks. Chingo Bling raps about slangin' tamales and hot sauce -- which is what brought him to the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium last weekend. Known as the Masa Messiah, or the Taquero Vaquero, or ... 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

    July 19, 2010

    Is "Country Rap" An Oxymoron?

    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: Candi Redd, (HPMA Nominee) Preemo, Niq from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Ask A Rapper: 2 Man Army's Praphecy Talks Nelly, Tribe, Arrested Development and Journey

    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 introducingliston@ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Ask a Rapper: New Houstonian EX-L Eazy on How HAM! His New Hometown Is

    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

    January 4, 2010

    Turning the Screw: Bertell, Skillz, Diddy, Teddy Riley, Kid Sister, The Kanye, Cudi, Raekwon, Reflection Eternal 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: "She Bad," Bertell feat. Bun B Wire to Wire Before we get started with beginning this year's goofiness, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    He Said She Said: "Fuck You Owl City" and the other Worst Songs of the Decade

    Sweet Jeebus, this decade had some awful pop music. You would think the Lord would spare us a little in light of all the terrorist attacks and hurricanes we got this past period. Where the past ten year cycles had disco, new wave, and classic West Coast hip-hop to sate the aural thirsts of Top 40 li ... More >>

  • Music

    August 20, 2009

    Hot in Herre

    The Adams brothers attempt to make Washington Avenue Drinkery the corridor's Everyperson bar.

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    July 31, 2009

    He Said She Said: A Stripper Soundtrack

    Rocks Off has a naked lady fetish. It's shameful to admit. We really like seeing naked chicks. It's been something we have dealt with since we were four years old and started sneaking into the women's dressing room when our Mom would go clothes shopping. It's not so cute today, what with the beard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Vince Young Can't Beat Out A Has-Been QB, But He Can Make It Rain

    Okay, imagine you're a third overall draft pick, and two years into your football career, you've lost your job as starting quarterback to an aging, recovering alcoholic, racist retread. You're teetering on the brink of being labeled one of the biggest busts in recent football history. What's more, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Bun B, Trae & Lil Keke, Rihanna, Snoop, Eminem vs. Nick Cannon, Jay-Z, T.I., E-40, South Park Mexican 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: "Grey Cassette," Trae feat Bun B and Lil Keke Wire To Wire Ummm, we're not going to link to them, but s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Kyle Hubbard, Rihanna, Diddy, T.I., MF DOOM, 50 Cent, Flo Rida, Mims, Luke, Lil Flip 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: "My Girl Likes To Drink," Kyle Hubbard Wire To Wire After two weeks of silence, Rihanna issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Chamillionaire's Inaugural Diary, Part 2: Scoping the D.C. Scene

    When I landed, I thought I was gonna see snow because I was told that it was six degrees in Washington, D.C. There wasn't any snow but it was so cold that I could feel the air piercing my ears and making my eyes water. Me and my travel party went straight from the airport to a crowded new hotel that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Von Won, Lil O, Ludacris, Flo Rida, the Roots, Suge Knight, Too $hort, The Kanye, Ghostface Killah 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.       (Churchy) Single of the Week:  "I Love You," Von Won     Wire To Wire     ... More >>

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    August 4, 2008

    Turning the Screw: H.I.S.D., Ludacris and Obama, KRS-One, Dogg Pound, Outlawz, Biggie Smalls and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap/hip-hop post, keeping you in the loop on new music, music news and other tidbits related (at least somewhat) to rap and hip-hop. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week “Never Die,” Hueston Indep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2007

    Rap Not So Macho

    A new PBS special takes an in-depth look at hip-hop's taboo topics Rampant violence, homophobia, and misogyny have been prevalent for quite some time in hip-hop — even KRS-One once said, "Roxanne Shante is only good for steady fucking" — yet, curiously, no one's really bothered to fram ... More >>

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    January 24, 2007
  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Fat Joe

    All or Nothing

  • Music

    September 16, 2004

    Mild On Houston

    Public access cameras pick up the slack for E! as faux rappers stalk Club Go's half-empty rooms

  • Music

    January 22, 2004

    G Unit

    Beg for Mercy (Interscope)

  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Hip-hop, Tejas

    Latinos take on rap music and make it their own

  • News

    November 27, 2003

    Stealth Statue

    Sssh! There's a secret project under way for the senior Bush

  • Music

    November 7, 2002
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    March 21, 2002

    Not on Your Nelly!

    Nelly Furtado refused to forget her roots or dress like a tramp. She won a Grammy anyway.

  • Music

    December 7, 2000

    Archrapper

    Nelly hopes his music will be a gateway to the St. Louis rap scene

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