• Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Trae Day 2014 In Photos

    Six years ago, in the sweltering summer of 2008, the City of Houston bestowed a proclamation upon one of its citizens, a certain Frazier Othel Thompson. Rap fans know the man much better now as Trae Tha Truth, Houston's own "King of the Streets." The following year, the city was rewarded with "Trae ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    10 Ways Amanda Bynes Is Already a Rap Star

    So apparently there's been a legit hip-hop record deal offered to Amanda Bynes. By all accounts it isn't a joke, which is utterly mind-blowing. The guy responsible for this offer, Daniel Herman of Chinga Chang Records, has spoken out, claiming to have cleared the way with both Sony Entertainment and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    The Lonely Island's "I Fucked My Aunt": NSFW, But Over the Line?

    If you would have heard the names Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone or Akiva Schaffer six years ago, you probably wouldn't have known who they were. Now the trio has become famous through a combination of their work on Saturday Night Live, their 2007 full-length film Hot Rod, and their mock-rap group The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Five Great Texas Tributes from Unlikely Sources

    All month long now, the AV Club has been running a new feature called State Songs featuring performances of famous songs revolving around each of the fifty states, one state per month. This month was Texas, so of course it caught our attention here at Rocks Off. But it made me think about something. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Upcoming: Kelly Clarkson, Incubus, Jonathan Richman, Unknown Hinson, Etc.

    B L A C K I E: Tue., May 1. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. Beat Connection, White Arrows: Fri., June 22. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Eric Benét, Ledisi: Thu., July 5. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Guitar Shorty: Sat., June 2. The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club, 5731 K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Friday Night: Flo Rida at House of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Just before heading out to House of Blues on Friday, we sent the same text message to nine random friends: "Hey, I'm playing trivia and could really use some help. Quick, name a Flo Rida song," to which 8 out of 9 thumbed back the same three-letter response: "Low."

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Last Night: Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull at Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torres​What do you get when a Latino playboy from Spain joins forces with a Cuban party animal from Miami? The biggest fucking dance party that Houston has ever seen, that's what. The Euphoria Tour rolled into the Toyota Center last night and filled it with party anthems, lase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Last Night: Joe Jonas At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​Joe Jonas, Jay Sean House of Blues September 26, 2011 The best part of Monday night's Joe Jonas show at House of Blues was looking down at our phone and seeing one of Nancy Grace's nipples. Nah, homegirl wasn't sexting Aftermath, she had a wardrobe malfunction/ratings bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Upcoming: Bun B, Chris Brown, Lucinda Williams, Maze, Saxon, Etc.

    ​"9th Annual Ziegenbock Music Festival" With Eli Young Band, Dierks Bentley, Roger Creager, Bob Schneider, Robert Ellis, Folk Family Revival: Sat., Oct. 29, 11 a.m. The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park. Austra, Cloud Nothings: Sat., Nov. 5. Fitzgerald's. Andrew Karnavas & Runaway Sun: Wed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    What Hip-Hop's Cash Kings Should Buy With All That Loot

    ​Forbes has unveiled its annual list of hip-hop cash kings. The Top 20 includes 21 big shottas - who said math was a requirement to work at Forbes? - with whom we'd gladly trade bank accounts. Pop the hood to see Rocks Off's breakdown of the Top 10 earners and what they should buy with all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Remember John Dew's Summertime Johnny v 1.9?

    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 ​John Dew Summertime Johnny Version 1.9 (Self-released, 2011) John Dew is a rapper. He is p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Five Spot: Dwane Sweazie's The Remix Vol. 1

    ​Dwane (pronounced Dwane) Sweazie (pronounced Sway-zee) is a new guy, but he's an old guy too. He's been rapping for about six years and ghostwriting for an untold number of those. He's fairly secretive about the ghostwriting process, responding to most queries with a politely short, "Ehhh, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    DJ Screw: Remembering Him 10 Years After His Death

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Chris Ward, Chuckway, Kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Simple Success Not Invited: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    The Five Most Bogus Rapper Apologies

    ​It's the unwritten rule in rap: never apologize. Offering apology in hip-hop is a sign of weakness and rappers simply can't appear weak, no matter what. Sorry, that's just the way it is. Yet, every now and then we'll see a rapper apologize for stepping out of line. Earlier this week, Paul Wa ... More >>

  • Music

    September 9, 2010

    Mary Gauthier

    Singer-songwriter revisits painful past .

  • Film

    August 19, 2010

    Ghetto Fabulous

    Bow Wow strikes it rich in Lottery Ticket.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Saturday Night: Weird Al Yankovic At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Weird Al Yankovic Verizon Wireless Theater July 17, 2010 Aftermath is probably not going to write very many, and you're probably going to read even fewer, concert reviews that begin by delineating the finer points of parody and satire. But this is Weird Al Yankovic we'r ... More >>

  • Music

    May 13, 2010

    Airing It Out

    The patio is the place to be at Washington Avenue lounge Brixx.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Ludacris And Monica A-Town Stomp Arena Theatre

    Photos by Marco Torres​ 8:22 p.m.: Ah, yes, the rap concert double-decker of safety: Walking through a metal detector and then getting a very handsy full-body pat-down. How is it that this actually makes you feel less safe than if there were no precautions at all? 8:29: Oh, man. We love when white ... More >>

  • Music

    May 6, 2010

    How Low Can He Go?

    Ludacris escorts female MCs into hip-hop's boys-only club, but it's a bit gross.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Paul Wall's Got Your iPhone Goin' Nuts

    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 ​April 23, 2010. That was to be the most glorious day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Aftermath: Yeasayer's Tribal Future Shock And Benevolent Manipulation At HOB

    Photos by Groovehouse ​Your brain balls bounce to the bang-bang as you skip through the flash fantastic and your goo-goo ears drip dreamlike while they try to find your face and your tongue stays tied in a twist fist spooning sinews just attacked by a snare snake made of sound leaving litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs We Are Least Thankful For

    ​ She Said heard her first holiday song Monday, at around 9 p.m. in the Montrose Walgreens, and suddenly she was transported to her own personal hell - one filled solely with late-night pharmacy shoppers and Mariah Carey's

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Ask a Rapper: Karina Nistal Loves Common, Mike Jones Not So Much

    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

    September 14, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Dustin Prestige: ESG, 50 Cent, Lil' Jon (Whaaaat?!), Lil' Wayne, Snoop & Dre, Taylor Swift's Revenge, 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 Thanks, homies.Courtesy Dustin Prestige​Single of the Week: Dustin Prestige (right), "Polos and AKs, Pt. 2" Wire To Wire Counting down the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Aftermath: Trae Day (Pre-Shooting) at TSU Stadium

    [Note: These are the notes from Trae Day prior to that whole pesky "six people getting shot" thing. For more info on that, check out our reports here and here.]Photos by Henry Rizoh/ Click here for a slideshow  Aftermath and hip-hop blogger Rizoh from The Rap Up arrived nearly two hours after T ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009
  • Music

    June 18, 2009

    Flash Drive

    H.I.S.D.'s DJ grinder turns his camera on.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Chart Check: Texans on Billboard

    A periodic look at how Lone Star natives are faring in the national music biz...Hot 100 (singles) 10. Kelly Clarkson, "My Life Would Suck Without You" 12. Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain, "Blame It" 16. Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" 21. Beyonce, "Diva" 41. Beyonce, "Halo" Billboard 200 ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Mike Jones Wants to Get "Next to You"

    Who is Mike Jones? Well, not long ago, he was Trae's punching bag at the Ozone Awards, which at least reminded people he was still alive. Well, Jones has a new single, "Next to You," from his forthcoming album The Voice (due April 14), and it's probably not going to enhance his 'hood reput ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Coline

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to How else to say this tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were demol ... More >>

  • Music

    December 25, 2008
  • Music

    November 22, 2007

    Ghostface Killah

    Is Ghostface as dumb as he wants you to think he is?

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Real Recognize Real?

    Promotional Cacophony at Miami's Ozone Awards

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2006

    "Does This Bowtie Match My Grill?"

    KPRC Warning: This soundbyte may rhyme Pop quiz: Which of these historic black leaders said: "You know I thug em, fuck em, love em, leave 'em/ 'cause I don't fuckin need 'em,/take 'em out the hood, keep 'em lookin' good/but I don't fuckin' feed 'em"? A) Martin Luther King, Jr. B) W.E.B. DuBois C) ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Prom 2K6

    What do seniors really do on prom night? The Houston Press investigates