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Trae (Rapper)

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 24, 2010

    Out of the Box

    Banned from KBXX 97.9, Trae tha Truth takes his case courtside.

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Rap Goes To College: 5 More Possible Hip-Hop Professors

    ​Rice University just got a lot more... trill. Never thought you'd hear those words in the same sentence? Yeah, us too. But as hiphopdx.com reports, you just might be seeing a lot more "Diamonds and Wood" and "Front, Back & Side to Side" in the Rice University parking lot. That's because B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Post-Apocalyptic Videos, Rap Cartoons And Plenty Of Punk History

    Catastrophic Skies (extended cut) from Chase Rees on Vimeo. • Pale, the mainstream-y dark rock band from Houston, has a new video out for their song "Catostrophic Skies," featuring a high-concept post-apocalyptic motorcycle gang. It's kinda goofy. But hell, look at those production values. • L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    MTV Nominates Trae As "Hottest Breakthrough MC Of 2010"

    It appears that Trae's ongoing difficulties with 97.9 The Box - again, you might want to check back here tomorrow; we'd sure appreciate it - are beginning to resonate outside the 713 and 281. Earlier today, MTV.com announced the local rapper and community activist known as "Tha Truth" is a finalis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    DJ Brandi Garcia Fired From The Box

    ​The Trae vs. The Box saga continues. Late Monday night a source close to the situation sent word to Rocks Off that Brandi Garcia, DJ at The Box for the past decade, had been terminated. Victor Vital, Radio One's defense attorney for the Trae lawsuit, confirmed the firing Tuesday afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Remember ABN's It Is What It Is?

    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. Assholes By Nature It Is What It Is (Rap-A-Lot, 2008) ​A.B.N. is Z-Ro and Trae's unduly short-li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Trae Supporters Call For Boycott Of 97.9 The Box

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Photos by Erik Quinn Trae (left) and K-Rino​ Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Big Ram Ranks The Best Houston Rappers Ever

    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

    May 21, 2010

    Drake Gets Plenty Of Love From His Unofficial Hometown

    Photos by Marco Torres​ 8:11 p.m.: Aftermath ends up having to park three floors down in the underground Bayou Place parking lot. We elect to take the stairs up to the street. We do this in part because it seems really lazy to take an elevator up three floors, but mostly because underground ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Judge Denies Trae's Injunction Request Against The Box

    ​Simply put, the task before Trae seems illogical. No hip-hop artist has ever walked into a courtroom and essentially forced a radio station to play their music. Then again, no other hip-hop artist has a day named after him in his own city. Interestingly, it was the unfortunate events that occurre ... More >>

  • Music

    May 13, 2010

    Love, Shelby

    Shelby Lynne smolders on Tears, Lies, and ­Alibis.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Bun B Counts His Money; Kenny Chesney Chopped And Screwed

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. ​"Get Well Soon, Bun" Single of the Week: "Countin' Money," Bun B feat. Yo Gotti Wire to Wire That Trae vs. The Box situat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Trae's Attorney: The Box "Going Beyond Legal Bounds"

    Chris Gray​ Trae the Truth and his attorney officially announced this morning they are filing suit against local radio station 97.9 the Box, its parent company Radio One and several station staffers for "business disparagement, conspiracy and tortious interference" they say has resulted from the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Rocks Off Requests Trae On The Box

    ​At this morning's press conference announcing Trae the Truth's civil lawsuit against 97.9 The Box and its parent company Radio One (see previous entry), community activist Deric Muhammad asked the media present to call the station and request Trae's music. Rocks Off asked our rap writer Shea Serr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Trae Filing Suit Against 97.9 The Box Parent Company, Staff

    ​Publicists for Trae the Truth sent out a press release this afternoon with the news that the Houston rapper will hold a press conference tomorrow morning to announce he is filing a civil suit against 97.9 The Box parent company Radio One, as well as several staff members of the station, alleging ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Ex-Box DJ Klean Cutt Talks About Kracker Nuttz's Firing

    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? E-mail it to introducingliston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Screwed Up Click Reunion: "If You Take A Bath Every Day, Make Some Noise!"

    Photos by Shea Serrano Don't Worry About Mine: Big Pokey (left, onstage) gets him some at the Southside Smoke Shop.​2:58 p.m.: So this thing was supposed to start at 2 p.m., right? And we purposely got here an hour late so as to miss a significant portion of the standing around portion of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Justin Bieber Chopped & Screwed

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. H.I.S.D. "Lando" Music Video (PeaceUvMine.com) from PeaceUvMine on Vimeo. Single of the Week: "Lando," HISD Wire to Wire Sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    97.9 The Box Declines Comment On Trae Situation

    ​After a couple of days of phone and email tag, Rocks Off was finally able to get in touch with Terri Thomas, program director of 97.9 The Box, regarding the highly rated urban station's reputed ban on everything associated with local rapper Trae tha Truth - songs, mixtapes, in-studio appearances, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Matt Sonzala's Open Letter To 97.9 The Box: "You Are In The Wrong Here"

    ​ Former Houston Press music listings editor and local hip-hop promoter Matt Sonzala sent Rocks Off and other media outlets an open letter to Houston radio station 97.9 The Box Thursday night. In it, he criticizes the station for its alleged ban of Trae the Truth. The ban, Sonzala says, extends no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Trae's MTV2 "Jam Of The Week," Devin the Dude's 4/20 Tips, New Scarface Track List, Lil' Wayne As Prison Guard?, 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Inkredible," Trae feat. Weezy and Ricky Ross Congrats go out to Trae and the rest of the ABN camp. "In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    "Hood Politician" Delo Chooses A Cabinet Of H-Town 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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston@ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    The Best Slap-Fights, Verbal Or Otherwise, In Houston Rap History

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​Last week, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall kicked off their 20-city "In Love Wit My Money" reunion tour in d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Turning The Screw: Big Pokey, Bun, Trae, Jeezy, Z-Ro, Ice Cube, Waka Flocka, Dame Grease, Jay-Z & Jack White, Lil Flip, 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. "Hey, Remember That?" Single of the Week: "Who Dat Mad," Big Pokey, Big Steve and Big E Wire to Wire Bun B interviewed with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Five Spot: Linking Jay-Z To Houston, And Not Through Beyonce

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Jay-Z is in town Monday. This is huge. Jay is the most commercially, mainstr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Guerilla Maab's Rise

    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. Guerilla Maab Rise (Resurrection Music Group, 1999) ​Guerilla Maab was a gangsta-rap quartet turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Aftermath: Hour After Hour at the Sprite Step Off With Lupe Fiasco, Brooke Valentine, Letoya Luckett, Trae and Sheila Jackson Lee

    Photos by Marco Torres/ See our slideshow here​ 8:20 p.m.: Somehow, without checking in as media or anything, we've found our way backstage. That was a bit too easy; like, "Make You Feel A Little Uncomfortable About The Security Level At This Event" uneasy. 8:24: Yipes. Congresswoman Sheila Jackso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Aftermath: Bun B's "Houston 4 Haiti" Relief Concert at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marco Torres / Click here for a slideshow Vince Young and friends​5:55 p.m.: One of the things I like most about Warehouse Live is how professional and courteous the door staff is. My favorite is how they do that thing where you walk up to them and smile and say, "Hey, how are you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Five Spot: Trae's Brother Jay'Ton's Got It by Tha Ton Mixtape

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. ​ Since just about the oblivions, Jay'Ton, little brother to Trae, has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    When It Comes to Latino Rap, Trae Is Part of La Familia

    A couple of years ago, our brother was attending San Antonio Community College. One evening, he told us a story about a young cutie he was trying to spit game to at the end of his day. "So I walk her to her car after class," he recounts. "And sitting there is the new Trae CD." "Are you serious?" I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    We've Got Flatline. Clear! Houston Can Jump-Start the Heart of a Music Career

    Flatline feat. Trae, "Fuckin With Texas" @ Yahoo! Video Back in 2007, we came across a hip-hop video on YouTube that featured Trae, so naturally, we eagerly clicked on it. The track starts off with a sick Bun B sample. "You fuckin with Texas, you fuckin' with the best/ I ain't hard to find/ I'm in T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    The Incredible Truth: The Best Southern Rap Albums (and Mixtapes) of 2009, Part 1

    ​Yeah, it stirred the Yankees to the World Series championship, but was there a more boring album this year than Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3? Perhaps it was a geographic thing; with a few exceptions like Raekwon and Kid Cudi, most of 2009's exciting, innovative rap records came from Southern artists. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Five Spot: Congratulations to Trae and His Family on the Birth of His New Son

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com.​In June 2007, we became papa to twin boys. It was wild. And they were so, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 14: Trae's Restless

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Trae Restless (Asylum, 2006) ​Disclaimer: We dissected this album wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Five Spot: J-Dawg, Z-Ro's Lyrical Match (Seriously)

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com.​You know, prior to the three seconds of gunshots that unwound all the good ... More >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009

    The Dynasty

    Is Club Roxy the most hater-proof nightclub in Houston?

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Trae tha Truth on the Trae Day Shootings and More

    Photos by Henry Rizoh  As you no doubt have heard, this past Wednesday's Trae Day, a celebratory day established last year by the city of Houston recognizing rapper Trae tha Truth's work with at-risk youth, was sullied by post-festivities gunshots. Rocks Off was able to steal a few minutes out ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Five Spot: Big M.O.E. of the S.U.C.

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com.We were flipping through the Trae playlist in our iPod yesterday, and "Swang" came on. "Swang," if you'll remember ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Five Spot: Lil Jared Is Doper Than Most Kid Rappers

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. As set forth in the official "Give Any Song From the Offspring of a Local Icon at Least Three Weeks of Listeni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Trae's Cartoon Is a Big Hit on the Web

      Go ahead and add "Cartoon rappers smacking the shit out of each other" to the ever-growing list of popular Internet entertainments, then file that under "Things that come as absolutely no surprise at all." Since premiering on worldstarhiphop.com a few days ago, the first installment of H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Nosaprise, (More) Trae vs. Mike Jones, Slim Thug & Devin the Dude, Jin, The Game, Kanye, GZA and More

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week Nosaprise (above), “All In The Family” Wire to Wire Trae > Mike Jones Slim Thug and D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008
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    July 21, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Ozone Awards, Destiny's Child, Soulja Boy, K-Fed and More

    Welcome to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. From here on out, we'll attempt to bring you new music, news and other tidbits related (at least somewhat) to rap and hip-hop. Look for it Mondays around noon. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingl ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2008

    Trae

    Houston's "King of the Streets" doesn't mince words

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Happy 25th, Thriller

    If you didn’t already have enough reasons to feel old, tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, released December 1, 1982. Thriller still holds or shares several of the music business’s most prestigious records: It’s the best-selling album of all time at more than 104 ... More >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    Trae

    Life Goes On

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2007

    The Screwston Soundtrack

    Since I moved over to the near Southwest side, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the South Loop. When I drive to shows downtown, I ease on up to town on 288, and I have a little ritual: Every time I’m on the tall interchange from 610 to 288, I dial up Trae and Hawk’s “Swang” on my iPod. ... More >>

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    Trae Cool

    An underground legend teams up with Rap-A-Lot in a bid to break nationwide

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