Trae (Rapper)

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    September 25, 2014

    The Five Greatest Duos In Houston Rap History

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    June 23, 2014

    A Bumpy, Baffling Beat Down at BBVA Compass Stadium

    From the moment I pulled into the parking lot across from BBVA Compass Stadium for the H-Town Beat Down Friday, it was pretty obvious that something was off. It was 7:05 p.m., the earliest and most on-time I'd been for a show in a very long time, and the show slated to start at 7 p.m. had in fact st ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Trae tha Truth at Warehouse Live, 4/26/2014

    Trae tha Truth Warehouse Live April 26, 2014 Trae tha Truth's fans have stuck with him through a lot over the years. From his breakups and makeups with cousin Z-Ro and his unofficial ban from the Houston airwaves to the tragic Trae Day shooting in 2009 and the rapper's own subsequent wounding three ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Straight Talk From Trae tha Truth: "I Decided to Make It Not About the Money"

    Earlier this week, Free Press Summer Festival organizers announced that six of the city's biggest rappers, from Bun B to Mike Jones, have been added to the fest for some kind of supergroup set. Not among them? Screwed Up Click veteran Trae tha Truth. And he'd like to know why, in six years, he hasn' ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Trae 101: Our 10 Best Pics of the King of the Streets

    If there's one thing that Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth knows, its "fan appreciation." Both at his concerts and in the community, Trae thanks his supporters at every opportunity, knowing that the fans are what push a good rapper towards greatness. Whether he's performing alongside his countless frie ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Snoop Dogg at House of Blues, 2/13/2014

    "So what we get drunk? So what we smoke weed? We're just having fun, We don't care who sees. So what we go out? That's how it's supposed to be... Living young and wild and free!" Snoop Dogg House of Blues February 13, 2014 Whether the poster says Doggy Dogg, Dogg, or Lion, the one named Snoop has ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Rip It Out

    The coming year in Houston recordings.

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    January 8, 2014

    Hard Feelings Mount Between Rival Houston Rap Stations

    This Shit Feel Like When We All First Heard Me On 104.9 For The First Time!!! #NoLie .... Now I Can Continue Makin The World Respect Texas— TraeThaTruth (@TRAEABN) January 7, 2014 A growing nastiness is brewing between Houston's longstanding rap-radio standard-bearer, KBXX 97.9 The Box, and ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Lupe Fiasco at Warehouse Live, 11/7/2013

    "Man it feels good, when it happens like that / Two days from going back to selling crack, yessir!" Lupe Fiasco Warehouse Live November 7, 2013 As we walked into Warehouse Live on a chilly November night, all I could see was a titanic beard onstage rapping into a mike. It took a few moments to rea ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Trae Tha Truth's Birthday Party at House of Blues, 7/2/2013

    Trae Tha Truth's Birthday Party House of Blues July 2, 2013 The last time Trae took the stage for his birthday at House of Blues, his special guests included Jadakiss, Waka Flocka, Yung Joc and Lupe Fiasco. And since Trae is good at making friends and convincing inviting them to his party, the chan ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Trae Tha Truth, Geto Boys, Freedom Over Texas, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 1 Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I wa ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Z-Ro the Emo: His Most Passionate Songs, Part 1

    Before Drake or Kid Cudi, Houston had its very own passionate singer/rapper. The Mo City Don, Z-Ro, has been pouring his heart out on tracks since the '90s. Anybody could catch his melodic and heartbroken wrath, whether ladies, "friends" or enemies. Here's a look at 15 of Z-Ro's most heartfelt song ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Five of the Messiest Rapper/Radio-Station Beefs

    Last week, Nicki Minaj decided to go to famous New York radio station Hot 97 to hash out and hopefully squash her year-long beef with Peter Rosenberg, a personality at the station. The dispute started over a comment Rosenberg had made at the station's annual Summer Jam concert last year, which cause ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Trial Connected to June 2012 Trae Tha Truth Shooting Underway

    A civil trial is underway in Harris County District Court, with county attorneys seeking an injuction that would forbid 16 alleged gang members --including a man who was later arrested and charged for the June 2012 shooting that killed three people and wounded popular Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth - ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    The Top 10 Houston Music Stories of 2012

    Looking back over the major music-related stories around Houston the past 11 and a half months, 2012 was light on the kind of headlines you'll usually see in a year-end "music scene" recap: Obituaries, arrests, venues closing down, malfeasance, bad behavior, that sort of thing. There was some of tha ... More >>

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    November 22, 2012
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    August 28, 2012

    Here's Some Very Aces New Music From Houston Rappers

    Botany Boys: Not new, still great. The amount of music that is coming out in Houston -- specifically the amount of GOOD music -- has grown to such an unignorable volume that it not only forces me to make up words like "unignorable," but also warps the editorial calendar. Originally, I was plannin ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting That Also Wounded Trae Tha Truth

    Trae Tha Truth Releases Statement on Wednesday's ABN Shooting HPD Releases ABN Shooting Report: Poppa C Was Target Reports: ABN's Dinky D, Poppa C Shot Dead Outside Strip Club: A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline Houston Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that killed three pe ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Trae The Truth Injured And Coy Thompson, 23, Erica Rochelle Dotson, 30, and Carlos Durell Dorsey, 31, Dead: Bayou Body Count Nos. 84-86

    A wild parking-lot shootout at a southwest side strip club left three people dead and popular rapper Trae the Truth injured, police say. Coy Thompson, 23, Erica Rochelle Dotson, 30, and Carlos Durell Dorsey, 31 were killed around 3:15 a.m. at the Diamond Club in the 9800 block of Westpark Drive. T ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    HPD Releases ABN Shooting Report: Poppa C Was Target

    The Houston Police Department released its report of the investigation into Wednesday morning's shooting outside two southwest Houston nightclubs that killed three people and wounded two others, including popular Houston rapper Trae tha Truth. According to the report, the shooting occurred around 3 ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Trae Tha Truth Releases Statement on Wednesday's ABN Shooting

    Moments ago, Houston rapper Trae tha Truth released a statement about the shootings at the southwest Houston cabaret Diamond Club (formerly Scores) where he was wounded in the parking lot after performing a Juneteenth concert at the nearby Club Blue. One other person was wounded and three people wer ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Reports: ABN's Dinky D, Poppa C Shot Dead Outside Strip Club

    See Rocks Off's timeline of other Houston rap-related shootings. According to several Twitter updates including by Bun B, two members of Houston rap crew Assholes by Nature, Dinky D and Poppa C, were shot and killed outside the Diamond Club on Westpark around 3 a.m. Wednesday. One other person was ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline

    Most people will tell you that Houston rappers are overall a peaceful bunch, but people do carry guns. No less a beloved figure than Pimp C was caught after he got into an altercation at the Foot Locker in Sharpstown Mall; supposedly a policeman saw a gun under Pimp's coat during the fight, followed ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 29, 2012

    Walking Through The Five Stages Of Grief With Ghostface Killah

    This weekend, my father and I had a falling-out. The specifics of the exchange will not advance the narrative in any meaningful way. You just need to know that he felt one way about something and I felt another way about that same thing, and we let each other know that neither agreed with the othe ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Trae Tha Truth Signs With T.I.'s Grand Hustle Label

    Wednesday, Trae Tha Truth, protagonist in one of rap's perpetually involved narratives, announced that he'd joined with multiple Grammy winner T.I., signing to T.I.'s imprint Grand Hustle. Trae alluded to making a "big announcement" on Twitter the day before, though many expected it'd relate to ei ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Five Spot: The World's Ending? Nah, Bro. Here's What's Going To Happen In 2012, Guaranteed.

    Well, the first week of 2012 is done, which, duh, means it's time for everyone to begin putting together their Best Of 2012 lists. We're working on ours already. Some doozies are included this time (75 Best Songs With Titles That Have The Letter "F" In Them; 31 Best Albums That Have Album Covers Tha ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    The 25 Best Rap Albums from Houston's Glorious 2011

    ​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 >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Aftermath: ABN, Performing Together For The First Time Ever, at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Barry Sigman​11:04 p.m.: This is going to be a good show. Somehow, this is the first time of the universe that Trae and Z-Ro have performed as ABN, the group a lot of people were saying could've maybe been as nationally famous as the Geto Boys (the GB are, for certain, ABN's historic ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    December 20, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: DJ Mr. Luke Picks The Most Intriguing Rap Storylines Of The Year

    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 >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Another Perspective

    My top ten local albums of 2011.

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    November 28, 2011

    Dominic Levar Brown a.k.a. Money Clip D, 34, Bayou Body Count No. 184 (UPDATED)

    Dominic Levar Brown, who as Money Clip D was a key assistant and friend to Houston rapper Trae, was shot and killed outside a southwest-side after-hours nightclub early Friday morning, police say. Brown, 34, was outside Breakers in the 9600 block of Bissonnet when he was shot about 5:30 a.m., HPD s ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Angel By Nature: Rest In Peace Clip D

    Check our post on Hair Balls with the Police Department's official report. The Houston rap community is mourning the loss of Dominic "Clip D" Brown who was shot and killed early Friday morning outside of Breakers after-hours club (9600 Bissonnet). Brown, 34, belonged to rapper Trae Tha Truth's ABN ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    6 Musicians and Their Charities

    ​The main knock on celebrity charity is that it's essentially a brand-building tool -- good for image and not much else. The tax savings don't hurt, either. But not all charitable connections are about image-burnishing and tax savings. (God, we sure hope not.) The number-crunchers at Forbes lo ... 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 18, 2011

    Last Night: Mac Miller at Warehouse Live

    Photographer were not allowed to shoot the Mac Miller show last night.​9:55 p.m.: Mac Miller concert. Let's just get them all out of the way now: Asher Roth, Eminem, Yelawolf, Machine Gun Kelly, Paul Wall, Rich Hill, Aesop Rock, Bubba Sparxxx, El-P, MC Serch, R.A. the Rugged Man... He's whit ... 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 >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Mourning Big H.A.W.K.'s Should've-Been Birthday

    Big H.A.W.K. should've been 42-years-old today. He should've been getting ready to release his newest album, Birds of Pray, the title a play on his name and his unwavering belief in Christ, the music a staunch spine of Houstonisms that Drake would've lovingly sampled in a few years secretly hopi ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Rap Boom Reload: Thanks and So Forth

    ​Every time somebody writes a cover story, there's an accompanying blog post that goes with it, giving some sort of back story or little anecdote or whatever. That's what this is. This week, there will be, including the sidebar, a 4,000-word story in the paper tying what happened with Housto ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Houston Rap's Offensive Starting Lineup

    ​Earlier this week, the defensive starters for the Houston rap football team were announced. They are a surly, nasty, potentially deadly bunch. They play hard and fast and with abandon. Today, the offensive starters are announced. Were we picking rappers from Houston from any time period (sa ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    The Houston Press Underground Rap Awards, Vol. 3

    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 >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Trae Tha Truth Opening Emergency Children's Shelter

    Trae tha Truth is a rapper. And a community leader. It's starting to get hard to decide which of those phrases should go first when you're talking about him. Earlier this year, he released Street King, arguably the most imposing musical project any Houstonian has put out this year. It was his firs ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Last Night: Red Bull EmSee Battle At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Larami SerranoPhranchyze (left) and Hoodstar Chantz square off in the finals.​Red Bull EmSee Freestyle Battle Warehouse Live September 8, 2011 10:52 p.m.: White people dancing to Beat King's "Hammer" is just about the greatest indirect advertisement for racial tolerance in all the w ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Ask A Teenage Rap Promoter: How Did That 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 ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Friday: Bun B, Lupe Fiasco & Lola Monroe Hail Trae Day

    Photos by Shea Serrano​Trae Day feat. Trae Tha Truth, Bun B, Lupe Fiasco, Lola Monroe, Jay'Ton, Pyrexx, etc. Delmar/Dyer Sports Complex July 22, 2011 5:01 p.m.:Pulling up to the fourth annual Trae Day. Good crowd already. Good. Some immediate questions: First, How long will it be before you ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Trae Tha Truth Pumped For Today's Trae Day

    ​Rejoice. Today is Trae Day, a city-sanctioned holiday that was established in 2008 and champions the efforts of rapper Trae tha Truth, a noted humanitarian, social activist and Asshole by Nature. Two years ago, Trae Day was marred when, following the festivities, gunshots were fired into a ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Trae Is Regal, Menacing On New Album Street King

    ​Unless you have some prior issue or grievance with Trae Tha Truth - like he punched you in the nose or headed a grassroots campaign attacking your company's character or whatevs - he's pretty much made it impossible to root against him. He works like a horse, is apparently loyal to a fault, ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Last Night: Trae Tha Truth At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​See Pimp C's mom, Lupe Fiasco and more take the stage with Trae Tha Truth in our slideshow. Trae Tha Truth Street King CD release feat. Jadakiss, Waka Flocka, Yung Joc, Yung Quis, Lupe Fiasco & Pimp C's mom House of Blues June 28, 2011 10:16 p.m.: So here we are again. ... More >>

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