Rolando Rodriguez

  • Music

    December 20, 2012

    Radioactive Duo

    Classic-rock station 93.7 The Arrow yanks controversial morning DJs Walton and Johnson off the air.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    V-Zilla, Shunned By HPMAs, Has A Lot To "Talk About"

    The monster's been quiet. We haven't heard from V-Zilla in a good while, but the other day when the HPMA ballots hit the streets, we got an interesting text message. It was from Zilla. "There should be a "Best Lyricist category." Yeah, we won't argue. And if someone were to say that V-Zilla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Milton Bradley: Latino Hip-Hop History Not A Game

    ​Well, he started off as Doom The Strange and he was one of several underground Latino hip-hop artists in the 90s, but as he got older he shed the rap skin and now sports an R&B coat. And he changed his name. Several artists have gotten at Rocks Off about Milton Bradley. "Milton Bradley this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Welcome To LALA's Late-Night World, Houston

    Anna Laura Gonzalez, 29, known to the hip-hop world as LALA, makes her own luck - straight up and down. And if we're going to keep it real, straight up and down, she's really easy on the eyes. The beautiful Latina, born in Monterrey, Mex., and raised in H-Town, had a dream of having her own televis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Snow: The Product That Will Wake Up Your Hip-Hop and Political Games

    Let us be forthcoming about 22-year-old, San Jose, Calif., native Claudia A. Feliciano. We'd put her up against any female MC in the game, and we're confident she'd give anyone of them a run for their money... or take their money. She's a versatile, bilingual lyricist who can fluently chop you up i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    DJ Eddie Deville: Mastering Turntable Artistry; Pursuing Anesthesiology; Liking John Mayer

    ​ Pre-med. University of Houston. John Mayer. Atheist. Anesthesiology. These are all terms that aren't associated with hip-hop. Or could that change? Acres Homes' own Edwin Penn may change all that if he stays his course... or, should we say, passes his courses. Eddie, known better to the streets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Cashville Latino Anthem Makes a Cultural Statement; Dat Boi T Has A "Cracc Flow"

    Whether they know it or not, the recently released "Cashville Latino Anthem" music video by the Seis Uno Cinco, ten Latino hip-hop artists out of Nashville (yeah, we said Nashville), could make a bigger statement outside the 615 area code, than the self-proclaimed impact of a "movement that is boun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Behind the Lyrics: From B-Boy to D-Boy, Mayalino Makes Believers Of Those Who Find His Music

    Mayalino - "True Story" from FULL FLEDGE ENTERTAINMENT on Vimeo. We don't know how many times Michael "5000" Watts has hosted a mixtape and didn't chop and screw it down. We can't imagine it's been many. We don't know how many times extremely respected producer Happy Perez has heard an artist on My ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    When It Comes to Latino Rap, Trae Is Part of La Familia

    A couple of years ago, our brother was attending San Antonio Community College. One evening, he told us a story about a young cutie he was trying to spit game to at the end of his day. "So I walk her to her car after class," he recounts. "And sitting there is the new Trae CD." "Are you serious?" I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    He Might Be a "Lil Young," But He's Not Stupid

    ​ The first time Rocks Off ever went to Houston's Show Palace Cabaret, we took eight tequila shots in a row in less than ten seconds (we have witnesses). Our friend Billy, who lost the tequila-shot contest, filled up three urinals with food he consumed that night and probably all the way back to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    It Was Hard Out Here For A Pimp. Latino Rap Made It Easier to Deal with the Decade.

    ​If we had to pick one song to define the decade, we'd have to choose "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," by Three 6 Mafia. It was a hard decade for the people of this country. You had September 11, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis. We even think Obama might want to thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Rob G: Houston's Great Brown Hope

    Step into the hip-hop elevator of the Dirty South with Rocks Off. We're going on a field trip. Don't worry. We'll let you "press the button." ​Right now we are on floor "B," which stands for basement...more like rap basement, where Houston's Latino rap underground is bubbling with heat ready to v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Dat Boi T: A Screwed Up Love Story

    Screw Love. It's a term commonly used amongst the Screwed Up Click (S.U.C.), the bigger-than-life Houston-based rap label, which was founded by the legendary DJ Screw himself. If Houston hip-hop is the Bible, Screw is the book of Genesis. ​There are two types of Screw Love. There's Love for Screw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Getting "Passed" Up OK with Houston's Latino Rappers... Well, Not Really

    There's no doubt that Corporate America knows how to enter a market, break down consumer attitudes and needs, and sell them a product they're going to buy. Pepsi's been around for a minute so you know they know what's up. But in an effort to sell the urban community more of their product (trust us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Houston's Indian Hip-Hop Community Has Plenty of "Swagger"

    The story of how a hip-hop video gets made, or comes to fruition, usually doesn't resemble the melodramatic storyline of a Bollywood flick, but Lil Flip's new video, "Swagger" - featuring Houston-born Indian-music artist Bobby Moon - exudes a bit of the drama of subcontinental cinema. Let us set th ... More >>