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RZA (Rapper)

  • Music

    April 10, 2014

    The Astros Need New Music, Wu-Tang Clan Doesn't

    Baseball music, comeback albums, and local talent buyer says goodbye.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Why the New Wu-Tang Clan Album Should Not Happen

    As of late, Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA has been acting with a single-minded purpose: making a new Wu-Tang album happen, against all odds. He's already titled it A Better Tomorrow and dropped a couple of singles to promote the album; even as projected release dates have come and gone, he's admitted that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Cannibal Ox Is Back, But Is Anybody Listening?

    You may have missed it, but no one would blame if you did because you're not alone. In March, legendary indie hip-hop group Cannibal Ox announced they were making a comeback in a big way, launching a new album, their very own record label, and a Kickstarter campaign to fund it all. The last time Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    The Five Best Songs That Sample the Beatles

    Pop and R&B superstar Frank Ocean has recently opened up to MTV News that he's been on a Beatles and Beach Boys binge when seeking inspiration for his upcoming second full-length record. While it's not exactly surprising to hear of a young artist gorging himself on Beatles classics for ideas, it is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    The Best Hip-Hop at SXSW 2013

    I remember going to SXSW a few years ago without a place to sleep, less than $100 to spend, no agenda, badge, wristband, or RSVP. I bar-hopped up and down Red River, made friends, snuck into Stubb's, ate cheese pizza and drank Lone Star. After years of busting my ass as a music photographer and wri ... More >>

  • Film

    November 29, 2012

    The Way We Die Now

    Movie violence has never been better — or more reckless.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Last Night: RZA at Warehouse Live

    RZA Warehouse Live October 16, 2012 At three separate intervals of Tuesday night, Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA took to a table, grabbed a bottle of alcohol and declared, "Tonight isn't about me rapping -- it's about a celebration." Indeed it was. The Clan head and master of Shaolin had been hard at wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: October 15-18

    Metric House of Blues, October 15 Along with future members of Stars and Broken Social Scene, Metric front woman Emily Haines went to an arts high school in Toronto, and started the group with guitarist James Shaw after returning from college in Montreal and Vancouver. Metric has found it difficult ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012
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    August 7, 2012

    What Are the Seven Best Songs to Come Out in 2012?

    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? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Happy Birthday RZA!: 5 More Creative Outlets For the Wu-Tang Abbot

    The Wu-Tang Clan is full of big personalities we know and love. And while Method Man may have had the most success away from the group, Ghostface Killah is the most fun to parody online, and Ol' Dirty Bastard is the most beloved, in terms of influence on hip hop as a whole the most important member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Hip-Hop, Interrupted: 7 Rappers That Should Be More Active

    Hip-hop is a genre full of guys who put out a new album or mixtape seemingly every single month. They just can't stop, even when they're incarcerated in some cases (see: Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, and TI). It's as if rapping really is as much of a competition as they make it out to be and they're in a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Last Night: Wu-Tang Clan at House of Blues

    It's probably not bad advice to say that if you're planning to catch a Wu-Tang show, you better be ready to lose control. Method Man, for one, hates lazybones. His twin requirements for an ideal concert: weed and energy. "The energy that you give to us, we gonna give back to y'all," Meth proclaims, ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2012
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    January 3, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Picking Wu-Tang Tracks With DeVille

    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 4, 2011

    Top Five Movies That Influenced Hip-Hop Culture

    ​Rappers love to imagine their lives as movies. They see bits of their lives on the big screen and turn to those cinematic treasures to help them make sense of their immediate environment: "If Tony Montana can rise to meteoric heights, so can I; if Frank Lucas can make it out of the game alive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Twin Miami Sound Machines Drive HBO's Latino List

    Rocks Off is on the phone with perhaps one of the great photographers of this era, critically acclaimed and award-winning photojournalist Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. His brainchild, The Black List - a collection of intimate, up-close photos of the great black leaders and personalities of our time - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    What's The Leading Cause Of Poor Record Sales?

    ​Last week, the music world laughed up a hiccup as Lil Wayne pranced around the VMA stage in nut-suffocating, Le Tigre-inspired jeggings. While that performance affirmed that Wayne is no fashion guru, his chart performance a week later reminded us that he's very good at something else-selling ... 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

    December 14, 2010

    iLL LiaD: Greek Tragedy Is Gangsta

    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

    December 13, 2010

    Last Night: Wu-Tang Clan At Numbers

    Photos by Marco TorresMethod Man presses the flesh. See a slideshow of the Killer Bees (and several of H-Town's finest, who opened) here.​Wu-Tang Clan Numbers December 12, 2010 Sunday night's Wu-Tang Clan show ended around 2:30 this morning, after five or six openers and more than five hours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Wu-Tang Clan's Best Pop-Culture References

    ​Rocks Off can't rightfully remember the last time the whole Wu-Tang Clan was ever in Houston, if they ever have been. For some reason, we keep wanting to think they came once with Rage Against The Machine around 1997. In 2007, they came to Dallas on the Rock The Bells summer tour with Nas, Ta ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Meridian's Problems Persist; Wu-Tang Moved Back To Numbers

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Just when it seemed like Meridian was on the comeback trail, a mysterious power outage and shows both canceling and relocating to different venues over the weekend have raised more questions about the problem-plagued venue at 1503 Chartres. Sunday, My Onstage Events an ... More >>

  • Film

    November 18, 2010

    Next to Nothing

    Paul Haggis shows no improvement.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Five Groups We'd Pay To Break Up

    ​Why do people support so much bad music? What if people paid awful bands to quit instead? Weezer fans are willing to try. Sick and tired of being let down by his favorite band, last week a fan jokingly offered Weezer $10 million to split up. Naturally, this had Rocks Off thinking of other ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Why 2010 Is Going To Suck, Pt. 2

    We covered the first half of 2010 a couple of days ago, to resounding snores, but that won't keep me from exercising my First Amendment right to complain about derivative cinematic entertainment I could otherwise easily avoid. Now then...The A-Team -- June 11 I like how shows like Beavis and Butth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    The Kids Are All Right: Hip-Hop Finally Comes of Age, Part 2

    ​5. DOOM, Born Like This (Lex) The man behind the metal mask, Daniel Dumile, emerges from a mysterious exile to turn in his best effort since 2004's Madvillainy collaboration with Madlib. The dense verbiage and the beats (some of them reclaimed from the late J. Dilla) are familiar, but DOOM's time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Modern-Day Jedis - or Wannabe Jedis - In Pop Music

    ​"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Empire." - Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it? Almost like there somebody had put together a detailed, well thought-out s ... More >>

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    October 20, 2008
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    September 22, 2008
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    August 28, 2008
  • Music

    December 20, 2007

    Wu-Tang Clan

    8 Diagrams

  • Music

    November 22, 2007

    Ghostface Killah

    Is Ghostface as dumb as he wants you to think he is?

  • Music

    August 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007
  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Beat Kings

    Beat Kings: The History of Hip Hop

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Snap to It

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

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2006
  • Film

    February 10, 2005

    Jaa Rules

    Martial arts sensation Tony Jaa makes the most of his screen debut

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Dance, Dance Revolution

    This was the year electronic dance music got its head --

    and its ass -- out of the past

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Dance, Dance Revolution

    This was the year electronic dance music got its head -- and its ass -- out of the past

  • Film

    December 9, 2004

    Dorkula

    Blade confronts the ultimate vampire, and geeks everywhere rejoice

  • Music

    October 14, 2004

    Dishing the Dirt on Dirty

    We chronicle the greatest moments of Ol' Dirty Bastard

  • Film

    May 20, 2004

    A Good Buzz

    Jim Jarmusch serves the perfect blend: Coffee and Cigarettes

  • Film

    February 5, 2004

    Gettin' Windy in the City

    The Chicago clip crew gleefully gabs on in Barbershop 2

  • Music

    July 3, 2003

    Killah Priest

    Thursday, July 3

  • Film

    March 16, 2000

    Turning Japanese

    Forest Whitaker brings an adopted honor code to the streets in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Men in Black

    Method Man and Redman have a Blackout, tour with Family Values

  • Music

    January 21, 1999
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