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Southern Rap

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    October 3, 2013

    Z-Ro: An Even Darker Version of Drake

    Drake catches plenty of slack for being "emotional." It's an odd thing. Some of hip-hop's brightest moments have come from a place of catharsis and authenticity. When considering the Drake discography, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the word Drake was actually Latin for "catharsis" and "authentic ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Jambalaya Festival at Bayou Music Center, 5/23/2013

    Jambalaya Festival Bayou Music Center May 23, 2013 Ingredients: Houston, Texas A roomful of screaming, dancing teens G-Eazy, RL Grime, Big Boi, Zeds Dead, Earlwolf Instructions: 1. Open the doors of Bayou Music Center at approximately 4 p.m. Allow scores of teenage hip-hop enthusiasts t ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    All the Rappers Who Will Be Here All-Star Weekend, Part 1

    Two days ago, a complete stranger calmly approached me at the airport. Her demeanor was kind, she didn't have any noticeable body odor and gave off a friendly vibe. I smirked before she started the painstaking task of carrying out small talk. "Hey, are you from here?" she asked. My brain wanted my ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2013

    Inglorious Basterds

    12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Reggie Eviscerates Rap's Worst Diss 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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Jon Black Dreams Up Five Collaborations The World Needs

    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@gmail. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Review: How Dangerous Is Propain's Dangerous Mind?

    "Bad boy, no Will Smith. I wear these big ass jeans 'cause I'm trying to steal shit. Bitch." --Propain, "The Bad Guy" Propain is a calculus. Propain is an oak tree. Propain is an ornery, pinch-mouthed menace. Propain is not smiling. Propain is FUCK YOU. Propain is hard screen set by a power ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Slim Thug, Paul Wall and Chamillionaire Get Behind the Texans

    ​Slim Thug posted a video today for #ThugThursday simply titled "Houston" that is all about the Texans and he invited Paul Wall and Chamillionaire along for the ride, which we assume is not dirty. The song, which opens with and samples throughout the NFL on Fox theme song (much better than th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Rap Round Table: Who is Currently the Best Producer in Rap?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Mug, Yung Redd, Delo, Preemo, Chane, Brad Gilmore, Herney the Great, Mic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Last Night: Lil Wayne & Friends At The Woodlands

    Photos by Marco Torres​Lil Wayne, Rick Ross (feat. Bun B, Trae & Ace Hood), Keri Hilson Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 11, 2001 "Three things I want you to know about myself," Lil Wayne told the Woodlands Pavillion at the start of Sunday night's show: 1. "I believe in God." 2. "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Bun B Resolves To Really Grind In 2011

    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, Lil Flip, Killa Kyleon, K-Rino, H-Kane, Ky ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Top 10 Houston Rap Albums Of 2010

    Of course it's on here. But where?​This, as you've (hopefully) read, was a standout year for Houston rap. In addition to the shuffling that went on at the tip-top of the food chain (Bun, Slim, Trae, Paul, Cham, Z-Ro, Devin and even Lil' Flip all moved spots on the Name The Best, Most Important ... 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 >>

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    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
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    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

    September 1, 2010

    Z-Ro's Woes: Rapper's Latest Drug Charge Resolved

    Z-Ro: Good news and bad news​Back in February we broke the story of Joseph Wayne McVey's latest drug charge. Back then things were looking pretty grim for the 33-year-old rapper/singer known as Z-Ro and "the King of the Ghetto."Based on his prior drug history, the District Attorney had just refile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Z-Ro's Woes: Rapper's Latest Drug Charge Resolved

    ​Back in February we broke the story of Joseph Wayne McVey's latest drug charge. Back then things were looking pretty grim for the 33-year-old rapper/singer known as Z-Ro, or "the King of the Ghetto." Based on his prior drug history, the District Attorney had just refiled the pending codeine ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    August 3, 2010

    Casting Scarface With Houston 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 introducinglisto ... 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

    May 28, 2010

    Is Z-Ro Too Big To Get Big?

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. ​A lot of the time, it's easy to pick what to write abo ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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.

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    November 9, 2009

    Turning the Screw: ESG and Friends, Chamillionaire, Dustin Prestige, 50, Eminem, Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Rihanna, Lil' Flip, etc.

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Break Dem Boys Off," ESG feat. Slim Thug and Big Hawk Wire To Wire Chamillionaire continues to market ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008
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    March 22, 2007

    Houston Hip-Hop

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

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    July 20, 2006
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