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Southern Rap

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    December 21, 2011

    The Top 25 Songs From Houston Rap's Glorious 2011: The Mixtape

    ​So here. These are the 25 best songs from Houston rap's glorious 2011. They've been pressed onto actual cassettes (not pictured above). We only made ten of them, because, fuck, it takes a long time. They are for sale ($600). And, as a way to honor the city's grey tape past while being entir ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: These are the Best Non-Houston Samplings of Houston Rap

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

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    December 12, 2011

    Rap Round Table: Who is the Best Shit-Talker in Rap Currently?

    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: Bun B, Slim Thug, medicine Girl, O.N.E., Preemo, Chane, Delo, Chingo Bling, Doughb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    "And A S.W.A.T Team in a Pear Tree": Hip Hop Christmas songs

    ​Have you grown tired of hearing the same played out Christmas songs on 99.1 yet? Of course you have. Even if you avoid the radio, you hear the music at the grocery store, company holiday parties, even at bars you escape to in order to avoid holiday overcheer. It's almost depressing. Christmas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Slim Thug, Bun B, and Paul Wall Agree the Cougars are Kind of Awesome

    Photo by Marc Brubaker​Well, this is weird. There's an undefeated team in town. And with the 12-0 Cougars hosting Southern Miss this Saturday, H-town loyalty is understandably high. We now have the perfect anthem for this weekend's conference showdown, thanks to a triumvirate of Houston hip-ho ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    7 Houston Rap Tributes by Non-Houston Rappers

    Are you happy with your current city? Yeah? Then feel free to ignore this list of rappers from other cities drooling over all things Houston. It's likely to breed envy. Some of these come from gushing fans and some are random, but the vast majority illustrate just how much rappers love Houston. Dig ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Rap Round Table: What is the Best Pimp C Song of All Time

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: A Whole Bunch of Twitter Folks Not Invited: Facebook This Week's Prompt: The anniversary of the death of Pimp C is next week ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Three Days of Thanks: Rap Round Table

    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: Not Invited: This Week's Prompt: There are a bunch of things we're responsible ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Eat It: Houston Rappers Love to Write Songs About Eating

    Photo by Chase Steely ​One thing Houston rappers are proficient in-besides rapping great-is eating well. Many of the more influential artists were/are big and fat: Fat Pat, Big Pokey, Big Moe, Big HAWK, Big Mello, and Big Steve. Even DJ Screw was a husky man. That's not to say that their wei ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    Rap Boom Reload

    In 2005, rappers put Houston on the map. Then the spotlight moved on. Some musicians are working hard to turn it back this way.

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    October 24, 2011

    What Is The Best Bone Thugz-N-Harmony 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 here discussing issues relevant to their culture. ​This Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Medicine Girl, Mug, Delo, hasHBrown, Floss, Young Sensation, Mic Skills ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: Renzo

    ​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 sheaserrano@gmail. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Rap Round Table: Which Houston Rapper Needs His Own Television Show?

    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. This Week's Panel: Pyrexx, Preemo, Chane, Z-Ro, Slim Thug's grunt, D-Risha, Medicine Girl, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    UGK's Top 10 Most Insightful Songs, Part 1

    blastro.com​There's a big difference between being a fanatic and fan of someone's music. We all know this, but let's spell it out for the slow kids in class. For instance, Rocks Off is a fanatic of Death Cab for Cutie. We love their deep cuts as much as the widely known "Soul Meets Body." We ... More >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2011

    A Band to Save Me

    The first Best of Houston® BestFest makes itself at home in Midtown.

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    September 24, 2011

    BestFest: Slim Thug's Sweet Tooth, Against Me! Destroys, Bun B Trills

    Photos by Marc BrubakerSlim Thug​Slim Thug is in front of me eating a popsicle right now. That sums up the second half of my day pretty well. There was skanking at Los Skarnales - both kinds - and a surprise Baby Bash mini-set before Slim Thug came onstage. I forgot how much "Suga Suga" remind ... More >>

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    September 24, 2011

    BestFest: Bun B, Rap God; Toadies Close Out With A Shred

    Photos by Marc BrubakerYou know who this is.​It's hard to write about Bun B objectively anymore. Really, it is. He has ascended to where ever it is that people who are hard to write about objectively ascend to. It feels like, if he just did it with conviction, he could walk out on stage, take ... More >>

  • Music

    September 22, 2011

    Midtown Throwdown

    Your guide to our very first Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest.

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    What Is Jay-Z's Best Album?

    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, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Chingo Bling, Chane, Pyr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Remember Killa Kyleon's Candy Paint and Texas Plates 2?

    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. ​Killa Kyleon, who spent the formative part of his career caught in the empty air between Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    15 Songs That Changed My Life: The Intern's Tale

    The less antisocial among you know that talking about music is one of the best icebreakers there is. To get to know our staff a little better, Rocks Off will periodically be asking them to share a few songs that helped to shape their musical tastes - and character. We start with our youngest member, ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011
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    August 15, 2011

    Rappers Onstage: Who's Dramatic Enough For Broadway?

    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. Have something you've always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Photo illustration by John Seabor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    The Most Ridiculous Houston Rap Rumors Ever

    ​Earlier this week, Houston rapper Propain signed a deal with No Limit Records. Cool, except that he really didn't. See, and you likely didn't notice this because it's such a subversive part of the culture, but the environs of rap, themselves tedious and occasionally barbaric, are prime grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Houston Rap, In The Most Graphic Possible Terms

    Graphics by Shea Serrano​Here at Rocks Off, we have some very talented writers who think so far outside the box it's more like a Palma Square lidded wicker basket from Crate & Barrel. One of these is Shea Serrano, whose unorthodox interviewing style has caused many an Artist of the Week design ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Five Plot Points From 5200, Z-Ro's Latest Tape

    ​About two weeks or so ago, Roel Osteen released 5200, a grab-bag mixtape of various clips of music that have appeared elsewhere online. It's a mostly fun tape. Notes ahead. One bulleted point for each of the fingers on his right hand. #PayingHomage The best song on the tape is "Southside Gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Remember Lil Flip's #KissThePinkyRang?

    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. ​Lil Flip #KissThePinkyRang (Self-released, 2011) Lil' Flip is, by even the most ardent applica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Bun B Discusses Pimp C's New Song, Rally Races And "The Sheik"

    Marco TorresBun B at Free Press Summer Fest, June 4, 2011​Yesterday, we linked to "Grippin' On the Wood," a churchy squish that unfurls into a snapshot of one of Southern rap's most engrossing talking points: Wooden steering wheels. Beyond simply being an enjoyable song, it's extra interesting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Rappers Agree, Almost, That There Is A God

    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: Slim Thug, Bun B, KAB, Trae, ESG, Lil Flip, Kyle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Mr. Boomtown Coats Bun B, E-40 With "Candy Paint"

    Marco TorresE-40 on the set of "Candy Paint"​(phone rings) "What's up, this is Boom... Sure, I can do Boston... It's gonna cost ya." (click) The acclaimed music-video director and filmmaker Nahala Johnson, better known as Mr. Boomtown, sits inside of a Midtown bar one night last week, drink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Fighting Navy SEALs

    It's not every week that Arcade Fire returns to the suburbs whose ennui inspired a Grammy-winning album, but it is every week that we bring a brimming local music roundup for all of our Rocks Off readers. Without further ado, we present the latest installment of Magnolia City Mixtape. ​Hot of ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Last Night: Master P's Birthday Party At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco TorresSilkk the Shocker (left) and Master P​Master P's Birthday/No Limit Records 20th anniversary party House of Blues May 1, 2011 Apparently, there is a limit after all... and that limit is 20 minutes. That is exactly how long Percy Miller, aka Master P, graced us with his p ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    The Southern Way: UGK 's Top 12 Disciples

    ​On April 26, 1988, 23 years ago today, UGK kicked off a long and influential career with the release of their cassette-only debut, The Southern Way. It's impossible to overstate the duo's Texas-sized influence on Southern rap. The slow-rolling, tough-talking grooves showcased on seminal albu ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Which Houston Rapper Would Make The Best Mayor?

    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. Slim Thug: "Me, of course." Photo illiustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Trae, Bun B, Slim T ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    What Are The Best Houston Rap Songs So Far This Year?

    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, Propain, Devi Dev (97.9 The Box), Brad Gil ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Comic-Book Alter Egos For Top 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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email introducingliston@gmail.com ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Summer Fest Adds Big Boi, Beirut, Girls, Killing Joke

    Jermaine Rogers​Free Press Summer Fest has added four headliners to the two-day festival scheduled for June 4 and 5 in Eleanor Tinsley Park, organizers Free Press Houston and pegstar.net announced this morning. Atlanta rapper Big Boi (still one-half of OutKast, we think), Balkan-tinged indie- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Upcoming: Motley Crue, Owl City, Primus, Skatenigs, Etc.

    ​Black Queen Speaks: Fri., May 27. Warehouse Live. Dredg, The Dear Hunter: Thu., May 26. Warehouse Live. Face To Face, Strung Out: Thu., June 2. Warehouse Live. Fair To Midland, Periphery, Scale The Summit, thelastplaceyoulook, Hindsight: CHANGED Mon., April 18. Warehouse Live. Jessica Le ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Will Mainstream Rap Ever Stop Objectifying Women?

    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, D-Risha, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    What Community Responsibilities Do Rappers Have?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday or thereabouts, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. "Don't nobody care about how much your watch cost" Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Z-Ro, Paul ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Rap-A-Lot's Prince Wants To Reunite Cash Money Family

    ​If you thought Rap-a-Lot had a solid outing last year with Pimp C's posthumous debut and Bun B's perfect Source score for Trill OG, wait till you see what J. Prince has lined up for 2011. The Houston label's Commander-in-Chief spoke to TheSource.com about his plans for the year. You can exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Which Houston Rappers Guessed Sunday's Super Bowl Score?

    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, Z-Ro, Lil Flip, Michael "5000" Watts, Riq ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Who Makes The Mt. Rushmore Of Houston Rap?

    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. cred​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, E.S.G., Paul Wall, Fat Tony, A.D.D., Matt Son ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Saturday Night: Slim Thug, Z-Ro & J-Dawg At Arena Theatre

    Photos by Marco Torres​Slim Thug, Z-Ro, J-Dawg Arena Theatre January 22, 2011 Houstonians from the Northside, Southside and everywhere in between gathered at the Arena Theatre on Saturday night to celebrate two kings. January 17 was Martin Luther King Day, and the 19th was Southwest-side rapp ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Chamillionaire, Universal Records Part Ways

    ​Chamillionaire has severed ties with Universal Records, his label of the past six years. The melodically gifted Houston rapper released his major-label debut, The Sound of Revenge, in 2005 through a partnership between his Chamillitary Entertainment imprint and Universal Music Group. Revenge ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Chanel Dizzle: Much More Than Just A "Barre Baby"

    Chanel's Facebook fan page​Rocks Off was pretty much blown away by that video of angelic-looking YouTube user ChanelDizzle singing the dirty hits of members of the Screwed Up Click, which we posted about last week. So we decided to get in touch with her and find out if she had dreams of becomi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    What Do Rappers Have Against Facebook?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (or thereabouts) 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: Z-Ro, Slim Thug, hasHBrown, Kirk ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2010

    Still Standing

    A decade later, thangs ain't changed at Screwed Up Records & Tapes.

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    December 23, 2010

    The Rap Renaissance

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

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    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 >>

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