Rap-A-Lot Records

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Facts & Fiction About a Wild Houston Appreciation Weekend

    Someday, when I'm old and pretty much still a sarcastic short man, I'll explain to my kids why Drake, a guy from Toronto who at every single walking turn gives out praise and love for Houston -- got a day named in his honor. How he came to Houston, threw a free concert, almost got their father kille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Vintage Pics Of Destiny's Child, ZZ Top, Blue October & More

    Photo by Steve Harris/Compadre RecordsHayes Carll before he was old enough to shave... not that he ever has.​The other day, one of the Rocks Off Crew was rummaging around in the Houston Press office and came across a bunch of publicity stills for various musicians. Allow us to explain what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    City of Houston Bangs Screw; Ganksta NIP Bangs Heads

    Despite what you may have heard, swag isn't dead yet; at least not in Houston. Have any swagged-out projects or general ideas? E-mail ​This week in Houston (sweltering) swag, Rocks Off is going to stick to the old-fashioned basic news structure, starting on the negativ ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Bun B Breaks It Down At Kashmere's Grammy Career Day

    Photos by Allison WagonerL-R: Rodney Alejandro, Ronda Prince, Bun B​Rocks Off has always been kind of bitter about not being able to take Bun B's class at Rice University, so when we heard that he'd be speaking at Kashmere High School on Tuesday, we jumped on the opportunity to sit in. The ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Last Night: Too Short & Devin The Dude At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Too Short, Devin the Dude, DJ Kid Capri House of Blues January 16, 2010 The truly legendary lineup of DJ Kid Capri, Devin the Dude and Too Short came together Sunday night for Houston's first major hip-hop show of 2011. The term "legendary" is often just a synonym for " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    2010 Music Awards Nominees, Part 2

    ​Friday, Rocks Off announced the nominees for the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards in as many genres as we could think to put on the ballot this year. Here are the rest, covering recordings, individual achievement, personalities and peripheral categories (radio, retail, etc.). Voting begins Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Five Rap-A-Lot Albums Worth Reissuing

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to ​You have to love Rap-A-Lot records. News leaked ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010

    From the Ashes: Former Geto Boy Big Mike

    Former Geto Boy Big Mike attempts to set the record straight about his arson conviction.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Saturday: "Hip-Hop Hope Family Fun Day"

    Tomorrow, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Rap-A-Lot Records, local Christian rap label Much Luvv Records, and a slew of local businesses/ministries, unite to offer Hip-Hop Hope Family Fun Day, an event meant to uplift the community and celebrate more than ten years of community service at the Prince Complex ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2008
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    September 9, 2008

    Rap-A-Lot's J Prince Wins SEA Image Award

    J Prince (right) with Trae/ photo by Matt Sonzala He's made his share of controversial headlines, but Rap-A-Lot Records founder and CEO J Prince is a seminal figure (arguably the seminal figure) in the development of Houston rap and Southern rap at large. Without Rap-a-Lot, which Prince founded in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2007

    Rap-a-Lot’s J. Prince Sues Apple, BET

    We would just like to make one thing clear upfront: To the best of our knowledge, Rap-A-Lot Records owner J. Prince is neither a murderer nor a member of a Chicago gang called The Gangster Disciples. Now then: J. Prince has filed suit against Apple, Black Entertainment Television and parent company ... More >>

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    Trae Cool

    An underground legend teams up with Rap-A-Lot in a bid to break nationwide

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2005

    Kinky Politics

    Gubernatorial hopeful Friedman knows when to Hold 'Em

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2005

    Who's Your Diddy?

    It's Cristal and basketball with Coach Combs

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    Mouth of the Dirty South

    The Geto Boys showed the nation hip-hop with real staying power

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Follow Your Nose

    Jasmine, weed, liberty and failure -- the smells of a Sunday night on the town

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    Business Versus Pleasure

    Lil' Troy keeps on ballin', on CD and video, at least

  • Music

    December 14, 2000

    The Empire Strikes Back

    The once-proud Rap-A-Lot rediscovers its fury with four new releases

  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Here's Johnny

    Reformed and reborn, the man now pushes the word of God, not drugs. So why does it still feel like the Johnny Binder Show?

  • Music

    December 2, 1999


    The age of rapping movies in Houston is now

  • Music

    June 3, 1999

    Rap Space

    Will hip-hop ever find a home in Houston?

  • Music

    November 26, 1998
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    October 1, 1998
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    May 21, 1998
  • Music

    May 21, 1998
  • News

    November 13, 1997

    Big Talker

    From the Geto Boys to his new nationally syndicated radio show, Willie D has kept his mouth moving. But where his rap was once down and dirty, not it's--gasp!--respectable. Has the gangsta of love sold out, or just grown up?

  • News

    June 5, 1997

    Never Too Old to Rock and Roll

    From the Malibus to the Natives to on his own, Herschel Berry has haunted -- and been haunted by -- Houston music for three decades. So is he ready to give it up? You've gotta be kidding

  • Music

    December 12, 1996
  • News

    August 8, 1996
  • Music

    January 25, 1996

    Ghetto Do-Gooders

    The 5th Ward Boyz may not be saints, but they're not sinners either