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Old School Hip-Hop

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Top 10 Awesome Old-School '80s Jamz

    Remember when those sweet, sweet jamz were full of rhymes about gettin' down with the underground? The '80s were the best, man. That's why we're here. We dig old-school jamz, you dig old-school jamz, and we want you to have a festive Throwback Thursday. What better way to do that then to jam out wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Let's Celebrate 93.7 The Beat's Geto Boys Concert with an Insane Bushwick Bill Story

    Gas up the chainsaw, because some bloody cool Geto Boys stuff popped up this week. Most importantly, news began spreading that the men who put Houston on the hip-hop map would be headlining 93.7 The Beat's "Welcome the Houston" Concert next month at Arena Theater. While 'Face, Bushwick and Willie D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Eminem's New Track Goes "Old School," We Give You The Best Old School Jams To Celebrate

    The real Slim Shady is finally standing up, it seems. So Eminem, who's pretty fuckin' rad all around, just announced that he was dropping his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and followed that up with, well, dropping a new single, "Berzerk." So yay! "Berzerk," for its part, is this kind of cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Happy Rare Disease Day! 5 Musicians With Odd Ailments

    Like all good people, I want to kick cancer in the dick, but I will say one thing for the bastard: when you're as widespread horrible an attack on the human body as cancer is, you at least leave behind you a network of survivors, support groups, foundations and so on for people to participate in a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Saturday Night: Rakim at Fitzgerald's

    Rakim Fitzgerald's February 16, 2013 In the beginning, The God MC, legally known as William Michael Griffin, Jr., best known as Rakim, became one-half of one of hip-hop's very first groups, Eric B. and Rakim. The pair recorded a series of classic albums (Paid in Full, Follow the Leader) that have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2012

    Last Night: Run D.M.C. at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    Run D.M.C. Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores, Austin November 2, 2012 SLIDESHOW: Run D.M.C., Bob Mould and Val Kilmer: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Day 1 Ten years ago, almost to the day, Hip-Hop lost one of its most adored and influential pioneers. His passing left a void that neither his family, his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: The Rain, Restrictions & Randomness of Day 2

    Day two of the first-ever Made In America music festival felt considerably less hectic and crowded than day one. The blazing heat of the previous day was replaced with scattered showers, and the humidity that follows, making for a sticky and slippery situation on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Run-D.M.C. Reuniting at November's Fun Fun Fun Fest

    The surviving members of the Kings of Rock, Run-D.M.C., will headline Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores, the festival announced this morning. The performance will be Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels' first since DJ/producer and founding member Jam Master J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Top 10 Interesting Things From Ice-T's The Art of Rap

    Friday night, Ice-T's new hip-hop documentary The Art of Rap opened in theaters nationwide. I went and watched it at the AMC Studio 30 at Westheimer and Dunvale. Here are ten things from the movie that are interesting and one thing that will be picked over: 10. Grandmaster Caz Is Ruthlessly, Seaml ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    New Doc The Art Of Rap Spills Hip-Hop's Secrets

    Rap wasn't always like Lil Jon's yelling his famous "What!?" and "Okay!", or repeating your name over and over throughout the song like Houston's own Lil Flip. Nowadays most see rap as lyrics telling a woman how to position herself or look for a man, rhymes about money and talk of toking up. But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Metro's Rapping Puppets Make Sweet Beastie Boys Tribute

    When December rolls around, of all the days of the year, I imagine I will remember last Friday pretty well. I have not felt the kind of sadness I felt when Craig called from New Orleans to make sure I knew that Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, had died in a while. (I didn't know.) Losing Levon ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Rapper's Delight

    North Houston's shrine to old-school hip-hop may be the only bar of its kind anywhere.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Rap Round Table: The Best Female Rapper Of All Time Is...

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Zavey, hasHBrown, Scooby, Medicine Girl, Nicki Minaj, Renzo, Rob Gullatte, more. Not Invited: Hologram Tupac This Week's Promp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    No Surprises: Rock Hall Set To Induct Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? ​This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    10 Great Instances Of Rappers Honoring Other Rappers

    ​People often forget that hip-hoppers are humans, too. They breathe, sleep, eat, and salivate at the sight of buttermilk donuts just like us. And, every now and then, they'll geek over other rappers, just like us. It would have been so much easier to compile a list of rappers dissing other ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Friday Night: Legends Of Rap At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Marco TorresRakim​"Legends of Rap" featuring Rakim, Slick Rick, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte Verizon Wireless Theater October 15, 2010 For more photos from Friday, see our slideshow here. Friday night at Verizon Theater was a celebration of hip-hop legends, the types that would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Top 10 Anti-Drug Rap Songs

    ​A kabillion rap songs out there celebrate ganja and booger sugar - case in point: Young Jeezy at the Arena Theatre this weekend - but anti-drug rap songs are insanely rare. You have a better chance of finding a mastered copy of Detox. Luckily for you, Rocks Off went digging and found 10 great ... 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 >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009
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    June 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Houston's Concert Horizon

    [Ed. Note: Since we already run a list of concerts just added/announced in print, we figured we might as well do it online too.]3 Doors Down: Sat., June 27, 8 p.m. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Baskery: Thu., Sept. 10. McGonigel's Mucky Duck. Cameo, One Way, The SOS Band: Sat., Aug. 15. Arena Th ... More >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2009
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    January 22, 2009
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    January 31, 2008
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    November 19, 2007
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    October 1, 2007
  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Honor Bound

    A fictional look at the future of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    Various Artists

    The Kings of Hip Hop, Compiled and Mixed by DJ Premier and Mr. Thing

  • Music

    March 10, 2005

    Whitey on the Mike

    The all-time greatest white-boy rhymes

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Merry Christmas, Beeyotch!

    Forget caroling. Here are a few hip-hop jammy-jams to warm your yule log.

  • News

    April 29, 2004
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    March 25, 2004

    Back to School

    Big Daddy Kane and friends revisit the era of the flattop

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    The Lyricist Lounge Tour

    Friday, January 31

  • Calendar

    January 9, 2003

    Snapping Rappers

    The right pals send a photographer down the right path

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    No Deposit, No Return

    A broom-brandishing KRS-One sweeps away the future of hip-hop at Fitzgerald's

  • Music

    November 7, 2002

    Damn, That DJ Made My Day

    Jam Master Jay, 1965-2002

  • Culture

    October 24, 2002

    True Dat

    A Run-act play starring the Simmons brothers, Russell and the Rev

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    Ugly Kid Slug

    Atmosphere MC Sean Daley saves the world by saving his circle of friends

  • Music

    July 11, 2002

    Masta Ace

    Saturday, July 13

  • Music

    January 31, 2002

    The Kidz Are All Right

    KTSU's Kidz Jamm attains voting age along with the hip-hop it nurtures

  • Music

    January 24, 2002

    Money Mark

    Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton Records)

  • Music

    July 8, 1999

    Kamikaze Rap

    Public Enemy's Chuck D. speaks

  • Music

    January 14, 1999

    Overseas Transmission

    Hip-hop's origins in a German synthesizer?

  • Music

    December 17, 1998
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    January 8, 1998
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    October 23, 1997

    Rap Gets Puffy

    Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop

  • Music

    July 17, 1997

    Rooting Interest

    The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head

  • Music

    June 23, 1994
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