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    September 25, 2014

    The Five Greatest Duos In Houston Rap History

    This past Saturday, Slim Thug decided to break plenty of hearts among Houston rap fans. He announced on Instagram that his King & a Boss album, that long-awaited disc between he and enemy-turned-BFF Z-Ro, wasn't coming out. Thanks to timing, the proposed project had lost a bit of its luster from wh ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Further Celebrating Slim Thug's Bosshood

    Slim Thug is a boss...and having your own private weekend to show it off is a boss-like thing to do. Rappers can do certain things that we in normal life just can't. If we tried it, it would be awkward and weird-looking; you can't just stroll into your local Whole Foods with two bikini models on yo ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    This Kobe-Michael Video Mashup Is Amazing and Creepy (VIDEO)

    From the time he entered the NBA as a teenager, Kobe Bryant wanted to be Michael Jordan, with every fiber of his being. He made this very clear from a young age, not so much by saying the words "I would like to be Michael Jordan" but by seemingly mimicking every single Michael Jordan bodily move. E ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    January 31, 2014

    Football Music: Looking Back on NFL Jams

    Super Bowl XLVIII is this weekend and though it's probably still stinging for many Texans fans that their Super Bowl dreams went up in smoke sometime around week three of the regular season, most of them will still be tuning in to see the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks go head to head. In the ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Ice Cube Bids Farewell To Dwight Howard In An F-Bomb Laced Tirade (w/ VIDEO)

    Now that Dwight Howard has made his decision on where he intends to play basketball for the next few years of his life, I suppose this is how it will go for the foreseeable future. Shaquille O'Neal said that Dwight ran from the bright lights so he could hide in our "little town." Phil Jackson said ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Rockets on the Right Path With or Without Dwight Howard, But Landing Him Would Be Huge

    In three straight drafts, the former Seattle Sonics and eventual Oklahoma City Thunder completely altered the trajectory of their franchise and became the envy of the entire NBA, save perhaps Miami. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, taken in three consecutive NBA drafts, became the c ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella, Weekend One

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off proudly presents to our readers coverage of Coachella's first weekend courtesy of our sister papers LA Weekly and OC Weekly. Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad-ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped o ... More >>

  • News

    February 14, 2013

    Goodwill Ambassador

    Kenny Smith on All-Star Weekend and His Eventual Return to Clutch City

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    February 8, 2013

    The Jet Loves Houston: Kenny Smith on All-Star Weekend and His Eventual Return to Clutch City

    Former Rockets guard and current member of the best pre-game sports show on television, Kenny Smith, is a big fan of Houston, calling his ties here "deep rooted." "People I consider my best friends in the world are still in Houston," Smith told Hair Balls. "My godchildren are there." The NBA and i ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Houston YouTube History: The Houston Rockets

    For this edition of Houston YouTube History, I dived into the Houston Rockets' YouTube stamp. There are tons of random clips of games, which are pretty recent, but those are boring rips from cable TV. I wanted weird stuff that you may have forgotten about. Not that you would have forgotten their f ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    "Rap Up" MC Skillz Talks Retiring, Ghostwriting and "Popcorn Music"

    Skillz may not be a household name, but he's had a crazy interesting career in hip-hop. He's shared the mike on a track with Dave Chappelle, written songs for some of rap's biggest names, and beefed with Shaquille O'Neal. Had YouTube existed in 2002, Skillz may have been one of the first viral sens ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    NBA Commish David Stern Asks Jim Rome "Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife Yet?"

    "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" -- NBA Commissioner David Stern in what I hope was a rhetorical question to Jim Rome, 6/13/12 Since the first NBA Draft Lottery in 1985 gift-wrapped Patrick Ewing to the downtrodden New York Knicks, there have been conspiracy theorists galore that have sur ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    NBA Lucky Sperm Club: Javale McGee's Video Resume (Including His Moronic Goaltending Last Night)

    Lucky Sperm Club. It's a term I often use for professional athletes who, if they weren't so genetically gifted, would be super-sizing french fries at the drive-through for the next 60 years. To be clear, the term is not meant for all physical freaks. Just the ones who display an IQ somewhere betwee ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Your iPod Is Interesting Again: 10 New Local Rap Releases Worth Noting

    It appears that last year, local underground rap's most impressive in a handful of terms, was not an anomaly. Six weeks into the last year of human existence (goddamn you, Mayans) and Houston's burgeoning stars are moving as fervently as ever. Ten relatively new bits of music for your brain:

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    November 25, 2011

    Some Perspective on Ndamukong Suh's Cheap Shot (w/ VIDEO)

    In what was easily the most significant Thanksgiving Day game played in Detroit in the last ten years, the Green Bay Packers ran their record to 11-0 by beating the Lions pretty soundly 27-15. After the game, the big story had nothing to do with the Packers' chasing history, nor did people want to ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: J. Cole vs. Big Sean, the Worst Song of 2011, More

    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? Email ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    We Can't Be Stopped: Best Houston Album Ever Turns 20 Years Old

    ​Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the Geto Boys' We Can't Be Stopped. It is the most important Houston album of all time. Everyone understands this reflexively, even if they don't understand why they understand that. It has likely been written about more than any other piece o ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Ask A (Producer For) Rapper(s)

    Chris Rockaway​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? Email introd ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    NCAA Sweet Sixteen Central

    What the hell happened to Leslie Visser?​It's generally accepted that the first two full days of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provide the greatest two-day watching/gambling/drinking/eating experience annually, for obvious reasons: 1. Whether by illness, approved vacation, or planned s ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    December 9, 2013 Headline: Hunter Pence Signs With Pirates For 7 Years, $168M

    Rich people making baseball decisions​Most major league baseball owners are billionaires or, at the very least, incredibly wealthy leaders of investor groups. And I'm pretty sure you have to be smart to become a billionaire (although I am admittedly very smart, and I regularly get excited whe ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010

    Thanksgiving 2010: The Post Where We Get All "Thanky"

    Thank you. Thank you very much.​As we prepare to gorge ourselves today on turkey (Cajun fried is the choice here), stuffing, pumpkin bread, and perhaps something green (maaaaybe, but probably not), I want to first thank all of you who stop in and read the stuff on the blog here, not just my st ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    NBA 2010-2011 Preview -- Reconstructing LeBron

    Please, no more operations on Yao Ming​"What should I do?" -- LeBron James, over and over and over again his new Nike spot The fact that LeBron James is posing the question in his new Nike spot perhaps tells us that he is not completely devoid of self-awareness, as he appeared to be last summer. ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    The 7 Basic WWE Metaphors For Real Life Situations (w/ video)

    Let's get ready to....examine life!!!​I'm working on my 2009-2010 NBA Preview which should be done by tomorrow. I hope that some of you will cut me slack given that a whopping three games will be in the books by the time it gets posted here on Hair Balls, including the Rockets opener against the L ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    First Play: E. Wood's "Dirty Harry" Vs. Coast's "Tonight You're A Star"

    Houston exists largely as its own market. As such, rappers here tend to not like to -on the record, anyway- rank themselves or their albums or songs against each other or each other's. So we'll do it for them. Email sheaserrano (at) gmail (dot) com. ​The Songs: This week, we've got relative n ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Game Time: Best of the Best -- Top 10 Moments from Clutch City Rockets (w/video)

    Consensus Number One​I am a total sucker for lists.This makes me like roughly 95 percent of society; the fact that I openly admit I'm a sucker for lists makes me a little more unique. There are so many list books, list columns, list blog posts (many by yours truly) that it seems by admitting you ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Summerfest Short Cuts: Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Miniature Tigers, Etc.

    Marc BrubakerSpain Colored Orange​Spain Colored Orange: Although technical difficulties with one ticket scanner caused an enormous line of hot and restless festival-goers outside one gate, Spain Colored Orange started its set at 2:05 p.m. on the dot - before the gates had even opened. SCO informed ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Lil' Flip's The Leprechaun (And That Awful Cover)

    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 Lil' Flip The Leprechaun (Sucka Free Records, 2000) ​Ah, Flipperace. Most people don't remember this ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Game Time: Woke Up This Morning, Got Myself LeBron

    ​Those of you who listen to my show know that I am fond of placing the "occasional" friendly wager. While handicapping the day-to-day and week-to-week ebb and flow of a football, basketball, or (if you're really sick) baseball season can be enjoyable and, at times, lucrative (especially when betti ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Rap Vixen And Houston Radio Host Tangle To The Death

     Quick, who's Karinne Steffans?You're supposed to know that. At least, according to her you are.Steffans, massive internet research reveals, is a former model and moneymaker-shaker in videos who wrote a tell-all book about her high-flying life called Confessions of a Video Vixen. (Among the peo ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Five Spot: Lil Jared Is Doper Than Most Kid Rappers

    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 As set forth in the official "Give Any Song From the Offspring of a Local Icon at Least Three Weeks of Listeni ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008
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    October 3, 2008

    Five Spot: Ron Artest Is Not Too Busy to Be a Meh Rapper

    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 Remember this? NBC Sports If you were worried about the myriad injuries that might derail the Rockets' succes ... More >>

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    April 10, 2008
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    April 1, 2008
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    January 10, 2008

    Top 10 Most Hated Rappers

    Who made the shit list

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    April 24, 2007
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    August 18, 2005

    Brick by Bricks

    It's real estate versus real love in Shunya Theatre's new play

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    October 7, 2004

    Step Right On Up

    It's better to receive than to give

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    August 12, 2004

    No Kids in the Hall

    Don't let the cuteness fool you: Aisha Tyler's act is for adults

  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    One Hundred Million Reasons to Go See Great White

    "Once Bitten Twice Shy" ain't one of 'em

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2003

    Tall Orders

    Local tailor clothes the NBA

  • Film

    April 3, 2003

    Girls with Balls

    The UK's Bend It Like Beckham scores big

  • Music

    October 26, 2000

    Bert Wills

    Tell Me Why (Gold Rhyme)

  • Dining

    June 11, 1998

    Sports Injera

    The Queen of Sheba mixes Ethiopia with ESPN

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    December 18, 1997
  • Music

    July 3, 1997

    The Playa

    With partner/producer DJ Quik, Suga Free preaches Street Gospel

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    February 6, 1997
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    January 30, 1997
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    February 16, 1995
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