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 >>
J-Dawg, Propain Warehouse Live March 30, 2014 Dallas can be a nice place to visit sometimes, especially in the springtime. The air is a little fresher up north, and the allergens a little less intense. After a few days spent relaxing and grilling outdoors with a few friends and family in Big D, tho ... More >>
Le$, Cheldon McQueen Warehouse Live December 22, 2013 Le$, the prolific local rapper and Boss Hogg Outlawz affiliate, managed to cram one last big hip-hop show into Warehouse Live's studio room on Sunday night, and it really couldn't have come at a better time. The man who made his name with a mill ... More >>
Just so you know, that low, persistent rumbling you feel in your gut this Sunday afternoon will have nothing to do with the Whataburger you pounded down at 3 a.m. the night before. It'll be the ultrasonic bass emanating from the popped trunks of 50 customized vehicles swangin' through Third Ward as ... More >>
Here's a story. Back in late April, early May I had to fight through the most unwanted thing to anyone who owns a Macbook: A hard-drive fail. I'm sure we can curse Steve Jobs, Siri and the rest for making those short-ass chargers, but there's more headache than need be with a hard drive fail. So I ... More >>
So, 2012 is 33 percent of the way done. And (thankfully) the antiheroes of Houston's Underground Rap World have been just as busy trying to make music being made in the rest of the country entirely obsolete as they were in 2011. Seems fitting then: Let's run through the first installment of the Ho ... More >>
That's MUG, the bruising fullback of the Boss Hogg Outlawz. Were you to place the members* of the BHO on an identity scale based on their characteristics and rap attributes (raptributes?), MUG would fall right in between the postmodern Le$ and the preternaturally ferocious J-Dawg. He is immediat ... More >>
Counting down the 25 best local rap albums of ANY year is less than easy. Counting them down for this year, the most energetic, frenzied year for Houston rap since 2005, it is more than impossible. Rather: WAS more than impossible. After countless at-length conversations with those that know ... More >>
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 ($600). And, as a way to honor the city's grey tape past while being entir ... More >>
"I gotta stay paid 'cause I like fly shit." -- Le$, "Gangsta" There was this time where, on Twitter, Le$ remarked that someone -- a street tough, presumably- had told him that his shoes were ugly. He Instagramed the right one. It was an Ice Cream sneaker, an explosion of colors and ideas from prod ... More >>
What we appreciate most this year.
Like most years, 2011 has been...complicated. We've heard some great music, seen some killer shows and lost some amazing people. We also nearly lost one of our own. That's how it goes in this world and it's why the things we are thankful for take on added meaning as the year begins to wind down. Th ... More >>
Houston has some new rap possibilities
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 email@example.com. Mookie Jones P.A.N. (Self-released, 2011) Mookie Jones, as it were, is perfectly quixotic. He ... More >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There are probably more than a few people who might argue that Marcus Manchild is the best rap ... More >>
We are 75 percent of the way through with 2011, and somehow it is still unclear: a) Which underground rapper is having the best year; b) Which is the best underground rap song of the year; c) Which underground rapper has had the best verse of the year; d) Which underground rapper will land atop the ... More >>
Your guide to our very first Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest.
The Boss Hogg Outlawz, Slim Thug's stable of gorillas, have been dormant long enough. They are readying the newest piece in their Serve and Collect series, Serve and Collect 3. That tape, a proper album, will release August 30. In the meantime, you get the holdover Outlaw Wayz, which they're ... More >>
It's time for another fabulous installment of Magnolia City Mixtape. We took last week off, as we were still recovering from the whirlwind of Free Press Summer Fest. Call us lazy if you will, but this week we've got a double dose of local music news to make up for it. If you're into rap videos, this ... More >>
National buzz builds, but J-Dawg has already lived a rapper's life.
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 >>
Bun B is many things: Beyond-influential rapper, college professor, entrepreneur and trillman (totally just made that word up). But above all else, he's long been recognized as a decent, caring and wise person. It's why any time his name is added in the tagline of anything good or worthwhile ... More >>
Brooding folk for the Twilight crowd.
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 email@example.com. Killa Kyleon Natural Born Killa (mixtape, 2010) Back in February, Killa Kyleon threw a pictu ... More >>
J-Dawg BHO CD Release Party 4-16-2010 from Hata Proof Films on Vimeo. Over the weekend, J-Dawg of the Boss Hogg Outlawz paid a visit to Hata Proof Records on the Northside for a CD release signing of his anticipated Behind The Tint, Vol. 2. You'll remember the piece we did on Big Cease and the multi ... More >>
West Texan Ned Sublette reflects on pre-Katrina New Orleans in a new memoir.
Breaking Curfew, Houston rapper MC Kane explains the protocol for putting people down.
Life's a gas for local glam-rock sensations Roky Moon & BOLT.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the guys that we always (usually) enjoy listening to is the ... More >>
Stoner faves Method Man and Redman wage a battle of the blunts.
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to email@example.com.You know, prior to the three seconds of gunshots that unwound all the good ... More >>
Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend's style to the masses
Slim Thug has paid the cost to be the Dirty South boss
Medicine Show is packed with talent, youth, and charm