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Southern Rap

  • Music

    December 23, 2010

    The Rap Renaissance

    Genre's local and national acts came back hard in 2010.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Eskabel: Ready To Get All Trae Tha Truth Tonight

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Sarah Palin, Twitter, Weezy Top 2010's Most Tired Stories

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Kyle Hubbard, Fat Tony, Renzo, Brad Gilm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Ramo: What Makes A Rapper "Fresh"?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Z-Ro Is Now On Twitter - Both Of Him

    ​With the other guys, it made sense. Chamillionaire: The tech junkie? The basketball fan? The guy so confident in himself that he created a whole new unit of money measurement and then named himself after it? Of course he'd be on Twitter. Bun B: He was a little late jumping in, but the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Last Night: Slim Thug At House Of Blues

    "We don't give women money. We give them babies." Photos by Marco Torres​Slim Thug & Friends House of Blues November 30, 2010 Slim Thug wasn't the biggest name on the bill Tuesday night. While an accomplished veteran in his own right, Thugga hasn't attained Z-Ro's "local legend" status or ES ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Cory Mo's Star-Studded It's Been About Time Mixtape

    Photos via myspace.com/corymoCory Mo and Bun B in Europe​We've been writing about Houston rap for nearly three years now, and have yet to hear someone - ANYONE - say a bad thing about Cory Mo. Not once. That's remarkable. Given the sometimes irritable nature of Houston's rap scene, that's like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What Is Houston Rap's Best Diss Song Ever?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Fat Tony, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Remember Slim Thug's Boss of all Bosses?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Slim Thug Boss of All Bosses (Koch, 2009) Boss of all Bosses is Slim Thug's official sophomore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Lupe Fiasco: Four Ways He Will Write A Song About You

    ​Balls-deep in that miry slough of disappointment that seems to befall every major artist who wants to change the world, Lupe Fiasco has been in a controlled rage lately. That can only mean one thing: His next album will boast songs about anyone who so much as snickers at him. But poking the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Lil Wayne: Can He Stay Off Booze For Three Years?

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Music

    November 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Top Five Rap Duos That Will Probably Never Happen

    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

    October 25, 2010

    What Is The Best Album Cover Ever?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. ​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Lil Flip, Hollywood FLOSS, hasHBrown, Kyle Hubbard, Renzo, Brad Gilmore and Nash White Not Invited: Kanye, bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Which Texas Rapper Would Make The Best Governor?

    ​In many ways, rappers are akin to politicians. They possess oratorical skills, walk around with a posse, and always say things they don't mean. With the 2010 gubernatorial elections little more than a month away, Rocks Off wondered which rapper might be best suited to lead the great state of ... More >>

  • Music

    September 9, 2010

    Mary Gauthier

    Singer-songwriter revisits painful past .

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    What Is The Best Pimp C Verse Of All Time?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Trae,Yung Redd, Lil' Flip, Fat Pimp, H-Kan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Is Diddy's Life Like Coming to America?

    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

    August 30, 2010

    What Are The Two Best Rap Songs Of The Year?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Chuckway, Preemo, Fat Tony, LeS, Killa Kyleon, Scooby, hasHBrown, Propai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Saturday Night: Young Jeezy And Slim Thug At Arena Theatre

    Photos by Marco TorresSlim Thug​Young Jeezy, Slim Thug Arena Theatre August 21, 2010 8:34 p.m.: The PR people said that if the media wasn't here by 8:30, then they wouldn't be allowed in. So we got here on time. And now we want to die. Showing up to a Saturday night rap concert at 8:30 is lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Bun B, Slim Thug, Devin, Chingo: Your HPMA Trophies Are Ready

    Craig Hlavaty​The Houston Press Music Awards are now just a recent memory. It was only three weeks ago that Grandfather Child got showered with panties onstage, A dream Asleep reminded us how to spell "Tits," and Chris Wise and Cody Swann got their kiss on in front of the Warehouse Live crowd. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Vanilla Ice And 11 Other Artists Dallas Can Keep

    ​Tomorrow night at 2016 Mainstage, Houston gets to relive its (our?) dark white-rap past when Dallas native Vanilla Ice hits the stage at the venue formerly known Sammy's On Main. Yes, that Vanilla Ice, from our haughty neighbors to the north who can do no wrong in the eyes of Texas Monthly. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Sammus: The Femme Rapper/Producer's Top Five Remix Tracks

    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

    August 13, 2010

    Phranchyze Crowned Houston's Freestyle King At Red Bull EmSee Contest

    Photos by RizohThursday's unanimous winner Phranchyze advances to the national Red Bull EmSee finals in Detroit.​Outside on Westheimer, a small crowd of young music lovers has gathered in front of Numbers. Before Rocks Off even makes our way into the building, we're immediately greeted by soul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Is Bun B's Trill OG Really Worth The Source's Highest Rating?

    Ed. Note: Unlike The Source, Houston Press style abbreviates "microphone" as "mike." ​Bun B's Trill OG has become the first hip-hop album to earn 5 mikes in The Source since 2005. In case you haven't picked up a copy of the magazine since the Clinton administration, here's a breakdown of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Best Rap Album Of The Year

    ​Big Boi has never been a particularly imposing rapper. He just hasn't been. Now wait a second, fuckers. Before you get all "No, he's phenomenal!" just out of sheer contrarian instinct, think on it for a second. When have you ever heard his name mentioned in any Greatest Rapper Ever discussio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Hip Hop Honors Doesn't Totally Embarrass The South

    VH1 honored the Dirty South for the 2010 edition of Hip-Hop Honors. We flew out there and sat in on the taping this past weekend. Or we Tivo'd it while we put our kids to bed and then watched it afterwards. One of those is true. Willie D​ 8:00 p.m.: Oh, good. Darrell from The Office is hosting to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Ex-Box DJ Klean Cutt Talks About Kracker Nuttz's Firing

    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? E-mail it to introducingliston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Rocks Off Exclusive: Behind The Scenes Of Chamillionaire's "The Main Event" Video

    Photos by Matthew Keever​ As we walked into the warehouse off Commerce Street where a music video was scheduled to be shot for Chamillionaire's recent single, "The Main Event," Slim Thug pulled up. In style, we might add (above). We let the boss and his posse head inside first, then followed them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Take The "Which Houston Rapper Are You?" Quiz

    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. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​A few weeks back, someone sent along a link to a Facebook application tit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    "Hood Politician" Delo Chooses A Cabinet Of H-Town Rappers

    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 introducingliston@ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    The Best Slap-Fights, Verbal Or Otherwise, In Houston Rap History

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. ​Last week, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall kicked off their 20-city "In Love Wit My Money" reunion tour in d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Guerilla Maab's Rise

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Guerilla Maab Rise (Resurrection Music Group, 1999) ​Guerilla Maab was a gangsta-rap quartet turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Five Spot: Texas All-Star Weekend, Movie Critic Killa Kyleon, Scarface Tweets?

    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. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. A few things to mention this busy week from our handy-dandy notebook: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown: Clearing the Table and Tying Up Loose Ends

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Or we were. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Well, it's over. We stretched it out just about as long as ... More >>

  • Music

    November 19, 2009

    Papa Gangsta

    Houston rapper E.S.G.'s evolution from street thug to family man.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Five Spot: Slim Thug is Back

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Numerous emails from PR people over the last two or so months have informed us that but a scant four years after ... More >>

  • Music

    November 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Los Magnificos: Like a Live H-Town Mixtape

    Los Magnificos 2008 bounces into Reliant Center Sunday. Bun B Whip, ride, slab, some bit of street slang Rocks Off won't even hear for another eight months - cars are as essential to hip-hop as crossfaders and lyrics that rhyme. But no city's rappers place their wheels on a higher pedestal than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    Ozone Awards Update: There Were Some Winners, Too

    Despite the pre-show fisticuffs at last night's Ozone Awards, some awards did finally manage to get handed out. (Rick Ross, who later won Best Rap Album for Trilla, and his entourage were reportedly involved in a scuffle with DJ Vlad over the weekend as well.) MTV.com reports that the highlight of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2008

    Slideshow: Listening Party for Bun B's II Trill

    Houston's hip-hop community was at its most fly at Bun B's II Trill listening party last night at the Galleria Louis Vuitton. Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, several members of the Prince family, TV Johnny Dang and Golden State Warrior swingman (and Port Arthur native) Stephen Jackson all dropped by for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Ten Great Hip-Hop Breakup Songs (Because Valentine’s Day Is for Suckas)

    “I Hate U Bitch,” Z-Ro: Z-Ro is at his most vulnerable in this balmy, spring-like guitar and keyboard track. Break-ups are often confusing, and Z-Ro teeters here between tearful rage and pounding your fists into bloody pulp sadness. (Just as effortlessly as he shifts gears from singing and rappi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Bun B, Poison Girl, Katie Pell and Hockey

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and we'll be sharing all kinds of love this week. But you don't know where you're going till you know where you've been, or something like that, so let's look back over the weekend real quick Bun B at Warehouse Live The King of the Trill brought along ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2008

    Two Nights Ago: Bun B and Other Members of the UGK Family

    The Return of the Trill Warehouse Live February 8, 2008 Better than: The first time you pulled off that dance move from House Party where you hold onto your right foot with your left hand and then jump over it with your other leg. Download: "Pocket Full Of Stones," "Front, Back..." and "One Day" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Download: Pimp C, 1973-2007

    A quick note: This isn't by any means a definitive Pimp C playlist. Over on the XXL blogs, Noz is doing an amazing job unearthing all manner of Pimp-related rarities, and you owe it to yourself to dig a little deeper and check it out. 1. Solomon Burke: "Got to Get You Off of My Mind." Preview/Buy f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    Last Night: The Straight to DVD Movie Premiere of Mike Jones’s The American Dream

    Better than: The time I convinced my four-year-old sister that “god damn it” was just a fancy way to say “please.” The next day during breakfast she asked my dad to “pass the syrup, god damn it.” Download: “Mr. Jones,” from Mr. Jones’s new album, American Dream. 6:17: There are m ... More >>

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Houston Hip-Hop

    Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend's style to the masses

  • Calendar

    July 20, 2006
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