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The Neptunes

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    It's a Free Country: Fans Second-Guess Summer Fest Lineup

    The late Rick Nelson once sang, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." For sure, there are better credos to live by, but this would be the one I'd hang onto were I tasked with booking talent for Free Press Summer Fest. A week and a half away from the event, the caterwaulin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    10 Essential Jay-Z Songs Before Magna Carta Holy Grail

    Ah, Independence Day. A day for celebration of pride and patriotism, and to go out back and fire up the grill with a couple of cold ones. Unfortunately, I'll have to get a raincheck on that one, because I have bigger plans this July 4th. This year I'll be settling in and spending the day with the br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Back On My Block: Celebrating 10 Years of Scarface's The Fix

    Ten years ago today, Scarface broke through nationally for good with The Fix. His work with the Geto Boys had made him a cult favorite, making his story of being better than amazing to put Houston on the rap map. The Diary; Mr. Scarface Is Back rank as Nos. 3 and 6 on Rocks Off's list of the Top 25 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Girls, Girls, Girls At 25: Anatomy Of A Strip-Club Classic

    Mötley Crüe, those depraved kings of '80s sleaze, took a major step toward strip-club immortality 25 years ago this week when the band released its fourth album, Girls, Girls, Girls.. Glossy, debauched heavy metal ruled the charts in the summer of 1987 -- Whitesnake, Ozzy, Bon Jovi and Poison all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    No-Fun Number Ones: The Worst Chart Toppers Since Tiffany

    It's no secret that chart success is no real guarantor of musical quality. Hell, "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" went number one way back in 1952, pissing kids off so badly that they had to invent rock 'n roll. Twenty-five years ago this week, however, Billboard reached a new low when m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    "Drank In My Cup" Producers Sound M.O.B.'s Top 5 Beats

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Pharrell Launches New Qream Liqueur At Exclusive Event

    Photos by Marco Torres​Pharrell Williams wears many hats. He's a Grammy-Award winning producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and successful clothing designer. Amongst those things, Williams has picked up one more project to juggle. Friday night, Williams dropped into Houston for the launch of ... 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

    October 19, 2010

    The Top 15 Cartoon Bands (Sorry, Gorillaz)

    ​Gorillaz makes a stop in Houston tonight (Toyota Center, 7:30 p.m.) on their "Escape to Plastic Beach" world tour. Damon Albarn's "virtual band" is by now far better-known on this side of the pond than his original group, Blur, and is as famous for its inventive music videos as for the songs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Remember The Niceguys' Green Room EP?

    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. The Niceguys Green Room EP (265 Pro/The Pi Group, 2009) ​You know The Niceguys. If you don't, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Bama Boyz On Producing Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me"

    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 25, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Scarface's The Fix

    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. Scarface The Fix (Geffen, 2005) ​The Fix is the seventh solo LP from Scarface, the album that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Slim Thug's Already Platinum

    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. Slim Thug Already Platinum (Geffen, 2005) ​Already Platinum was Slim's official debut album, but mor ... More >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2010
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    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 >>

  • Music

    May 7, 2009
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    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Aftermath: Common and N.E.R.D. at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. Photos by Lorraine Inije During N.E.R.D.’s performance Tuesday at the Verizon Theater, Pharrell Williams stopped the music to pander to the crowd. Pharrell, one-half of production force the Neptunes when he’s not fronting this three-piece side project, has made hi ... More >>

  • Music

    September 4, 2008
  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Immigrant Song

    Watch out for Miami rapper Pitbull's bite

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Houston Hip-Hop

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

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Snoop Dogg

    Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2006

    Ten Great Rap Albums from 2006

    Clipse Hell Hath No Fury Borderline-irreverent tales of coke trade, consumption, and anxiety with the Neptunes' hottest/weirdest beats in ages. The Coup Pick a Bigger Weapon Boots Riley, Cali's smoothest MC next to Snoop, takes the limp defeatism out of leftist resistance; his bop gun weighs ... More >>

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Cat Scratch Fever

    The Pussycat Dolls

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Farewell to the Twenty Nickel

    Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Thug Life

    Slim Thug has paid the cost to be the Dirty South boss

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

  • Music

    December 23, 2004
  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long

    Another outpost of crap plops onto the Houston dial, as this open letter reveals

  • Music

    September 16, 2004

    Golden Homies

    Rap firebrands Brand Nubian mellow with age

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Jadakiss

    Kiss of Death (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    N.E.R.D.

    Fly or Die (Virgin)

  • Music

    April 8, 2004

    Cee-Lo

    Cee-Lo Green... Is The Soul Machine (Arista)

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Family Feud

    Hip-hop turns 25, and the battle lines are drawn

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Kelis

    Tasty (StarTrak/Arista)

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Jaylib

    Champion Sound (Stones Throw)

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Fade to Black

    Jay-Z previews his latest opus, The Black Album

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    The Neptunes

    Clones (Star Trak/Arista)

  • Music

    August 28, 2003
  • Music

    July 31, 2003

    Invisible Man

    Kenna doesn't care if you see him. He just wants you to hear him.

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    Les Nubians

    Sunday, July 20

  • Music

    July 3, 2003

    Go with the Floetry

    Love floats this London duo's boat

  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Filling the Blue-Eyed-Soul Hole

    Justin Timberlake leads the charge of new melanin-challenged soul brothers

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Black Gold

    A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    K-Otix / The ARE

    The Black Album (Self-distributed) / K-Otix Entertainment Presents the ARE: Hustler's Theme (Self-distributed)

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Clipse

    Lord Willin' (Star Trak/Arista)

  • Music

    February 21, 2002

    It's a Bird, It's a Plane...

    ...It's Brian McKnight, who wants you to know that he isn't a Superhero

  • Music

    December 13, 2001

    Britney Spears

    Britney (Jive)

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