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 >>
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 >>
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 email@example.com. This week in Houston (sweltering) swag, Rocks Off is going to stick to the old-fashioned basic news structure, starting on the negativ ... More >>
Photos by Allison WagonerL-R: Rodney Alejandro, Ronda Prince, Bun BRocks 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 >>
Photos by Marco TorresToo 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 >>
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 >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You have to love Rap-A-Lot records. News leaked ... More >>
Former Geto Boy Big Mike attempts to set the record straight about his arson conviction.
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 >>
South Side Symphony
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 >>
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 >>
An underground legend teams up with Rap-A-Lot in a bid to break nationwide
Gubernatorial hopeful Friedman knows when to Hold 'Em
It's Cristal and basketball with Coach Combs
The Geto Boys showed the nation hip-hop with real staying power
Jasmine, weed, liberty and failure -- the smells of a Sunday night on the town
Lil' Troy keeps on ballin', on CD and video, at least
The once-proud Rap-A-Lot rediscovers its fury with four new releases
Reformed and reborn, the man now pushes the word of God, not drugs. So why does it still feel like the Johnny Binder Show?
The age of rapping movies in Houston is now
Will hip-hop ever find a home in Houston?
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?
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
The 5th Ward Boyz may not be saints, but they're not sinners either