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Plies (Rapper)

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Billy Dorsey, Grammy-Winning MARATHON Runner

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? It is apt that songwriter and producer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Kirko Bangz Hits Cover of XXL's "Freshman 10" Issue

    Congratulations to Houston rapper Kirko Bangz for making the cover of XXL magazine's annual "Freshman 10" issue this month, only a couple of years after he first drew national attention with the single "Drank In My Cup," and several months after "Drank" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Grading XXL's Past 5 "Freshman 10" Classes

    Apparently there are still rappers who want to make the XXL Freshman 10 class this year. Take Riff Raff, for example. He wants it so badly that he has been following everyone on Twitter who votes for him in the contest. The magazine began running its annual list of noteworthy, "undiscovered" rappe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Rap Round Table: What Is Your Favorite Non-Rap Activity?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Sometimes Rocks Off has some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Bun B, ESG, Delo, UZOY, Surreall, Les, Hollywood FLOSS, Eskabel, hasHBrown, Yves and more. Not Invited: Plies again. That guy, sheesh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Koppo's The Hood Still Ain't Safe Enriches Houston Gangster Rap Scene

    The Houston gangster rap scene has a fresh, new and worthy addition in Northside rapper Koppo. The proof comes in the form of his recently dropped album, The Hood Still Ain't Safe, which represents the rapper coming into his own moment while still scrapping for widespread Houston notoriety.  Koppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Five Rappers You Didn't Know Had College Degrees

    ​Myth: The ability to string rhymes together automatically kills brain cells, thereby making it impossible for said stringer of rhymes to obtain a college degree. Fact: Many of your favorite hip-hoppers are college graduates with funny-sounding honorary titles. Myth: Street education is a pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Remember Simple Success' Smash and Dash 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. Photos by Sarah Levit​Simple Success opens up for Mac Miller tonight at Warehouse Live. They p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Remember Dee Wreck's Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Dee Wreck Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself (Self-released, 2010) We weren't planning on runnin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Remember Propain's #Departure?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Propain #Departure (Self-released, 2010) Propain is one of the (if not the) most devastating f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Today's Lesson: How To Lose $27K And End Up In Court

    ​Lately Rocks Off's readers have been getting a steady stream of what not to do when it comes to booking and promoting shows. Last week we learned that when an artist scheduled to play your venue shows up for their gig, it's a good idea to have enough money - either cash on hand or in your che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Saturday: Hip-Hop For HIV Concert At Reliant Center

    Photos by RizohFrom left: Paul Wall, Johnny Dang, C-Stone​Hip-Hop for HIV concert Reliant Center July 31, 2010 2:55 p.m.: Here now. It's crazy packed. The line to get in reaches back, back, back. Good to see. Before we get inside though, we should clear up a few of the plot points for the day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    "Punchline King" Lloyd Banks: G-Unit Will Rise Again

    ​Fans of self-proclaimed "Punchline King" Lloyd Banks will be pleased to learn that he's mapping out a comeback plan that doesn't include slinging mud at every big enchilada in the industry. With a new album tentatively slated to arrive this fall, Banks says he's as focused on music as ever. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Tony Yayo Talks Sex, Patron And The Future Of G-Unit

    ​G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo have signed on to headline Saturday's 4th Annual Hip-Hop For HIV Awareness concert at Reliant Center. Tickets are free, but only with an HIV test at one of the City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services' designated testing locations. A list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    MTV Nominates Trae As "Hottest Breakthrough MC Of 2010"

    It appears that Trae's ongoing difficulties with 97.9 The Box - again, you might want to check back here tomorrow; we'd sure appreciate it - are beginning to resonate outside the 713 and 281. Earlier today, MTV.com announced the local rapper and community activist known as "Tha Truth" is a finalis ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    Solid State: Houston's SXSW Class of '10

    Houston's SXSW Class of '10 is as diverse as the Bayou City.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Five Spot: Jigga, Skiing, Gay Sex and Swishahouse

    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. We've got this notebook that we carry around pretty much everywhere with us. A few bullets from there before we g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Turning The Screw: Z-Ro, Cham, Plies, 50 Cent, The Kanye, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, DJ Mr. Magic, Fabolous, T-Pain, The Undergods 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: "Haterz Got Me Wrong," Z-Ro feat. Gucci Mane and C-Ward [This is another leaked single from the phanto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    High-Fiving T-Pain, Wondering Why We Can't Quit Plies' "Plenty Money"

    [Note: Thursday night T-Pain, Wale and DJ MOS performed a private concert at downtown nightclub Venue. Our man Shea Serrano was on the red carpet and inside.] Photos by Larami Culbertson"Is it true what they say about the size of a man's chain?"​ 9:17 p.m.: Yo, the PR camp from Heineken, that comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Flatline & Trae, Eminem, T.I., Jay-Z, Nas & Kelis, The Kanye, Danger Mouse, Devin the Dude 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: Flatline feat. Trae, "Fuckin' With Texas" Wire To Wire Eminem says he's the reason for the Chinese Demo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Five Spot: You Know His Name

    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. How's this for a stretch: DMX, if you'll remember, was recently incarcerated for the 93rd time for, meh, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Rotation: Plies' Da REAList

    Plies, Florida's 32-year-old snarl with a rapper hidden underneath, is nothing if not a work horse. Over the last 16 months he's released three(!) full-length albums: The Real Testament ("Shawty" feat T-Pain), Definition of Real ("Bust it Baby Pt. 2"), and, most recently, Da REAList. (That's three m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were demol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Busted Rhymes: The Top Ten Most Preposterous Rap Songs of 2008

    Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously absurd record or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Chamillionaire, Immortal Technique, 50 Cent, Damon Dash, Lil Wayne, Timbaland, Raekwon, 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: Chamillionaire, “Swagger Like Us Freestyle” We normally reserve this section for unknown local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Real Recognize Real?

    Promotional Cacophony at Miami's Ozone Awards

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