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Trae Day

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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 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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    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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    August 9, 2011

    Bun B, Deer Tick Come Aboard BestFest Lineup

    Jason WolterDeer Tick at HOB's Bronze Peacock Room, October 2010​Rhode Island rockers Deer Tick do so wish they were from Houston. They have a deep-seated ZZ Top fetish that manifested itself in a cover of "Cheap Sunglasses" at SXSW a couple of years back, nearly causing a couple of members of ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    The Most Ridiculous Houston Rap Rumors Ever

    ​Earlier this week, Houston rapper Propain signed a deal with No Limit Records. Cool, except that he really didn't. See, and you likely didn't notice this because it's such a subversive part of the culture, but the environs of rap, themselves tedious and occasionally barbaric, are prime grou ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Which Houston Mayor Would Make the Best Rapper?

    Yesterday, the Rap Round Table at our sister blog Rocks Off pondered the interesting question "Which Houston rapper would make the best mayor?" You can go there for the discussion. Here, we will ponder which Houston mayor would make the best rapper. We have five nominees. 5. Diamond Jim McConn Smo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Trae Vs. The Box: No. 2 Local Music Story Of 2010

    Rocks Off is counting down the Top 5 local music stories of 2010 this week. We have already covered Lightnin' Hopkins, Meridian and Fitzgerald's. ​In 2008, eight people were shot at Trae Day, a day sanctioned by the City of Houston to honor rapper Trae tha Truth's philanthropic work with the ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Enough Is Enough: Trae And The Box Need To Bury The Hatchet Now

    Rizoh​Read about the actual Hip-Hop for HIV concert here. As Rocks Off was walking out towards the car after Saturday's Hip-Hop for HIV concert, a brawl erupted in the parking lot. Cops were running around trying to nab people, people were getting punched and kicked and chased, subsidiary fig ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010

    Remember Killa Cal-Wayne's About My Brother's Business?

    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. Killa Cal-Wayne About My Brother's Business (mixtape, 2010) ​As a rapper, Killa Cal-Wayne is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Confirmed: Trae And The Box Both Drop Lawsuits

    Marco TorresBrandi Garcia and Trae at last week's Trae Day​Saturday, reports began popping up that Trae tha Truth, recent celebrator of Trae Day/Houston Press cover man/upcoming HPMA special guest, had dropped his suit against Radio One and The Box. Though no one from Trae's side has been avai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Last Night: Trae Day At Northwest Mall

    Photos by Marco TorresBrandi Garcia and Trae​Trae Day Northwest Mall July 22, 2010 3:36 p.m.: Some dark, menacing clouds are off in the horizon. After everything that's happened this past year - the ban, the last-minute venue cancellation, etc - is there any way that it won't rain today? It s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    The 15 Most Annoying Ringtones You Can Get

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​It's not good enough for a phone to simply ring anymore. Your phone's ring must say something about you, become an expression of your unique individuality, or, failing that, let everyone around you know that you really, really like that OutKast song that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Trae Day Moved To Northwest Mall, Says Trae

    ​Well, there you have it, hot off of Twitter. Trae Day, which had been searching for a new venue since the International Ballroom backed out a couple of weeks ago, has found a new home at Northwest Mall (9600 Hempstead Hwy., aka U.S. 290) on the same day as originally scheduled, July 22. Trae' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Trae vs. The Box Feud Now Has Its Own Web Site

    ​Things have been quiet on the Trae vs. 97.9 The Box front for the past week or so. Rocks Off assumes that's because the rapper is looking for another site willing to host his annual Trae Day (still scheduled for later this month), and the radio station is trying to find some DJs who won't sli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Trae Day Venue Backs Out; Jonas Bros. Reschedule

    ​As we mentioned in last week's cover story, Houston rapper Trae tha Truth has been having his share of recent struggles. His luck appears to not have changed much. Just hours after the online commercial for the forthcoming Trae Day, July 22, hit the net, and a mere three weeks before the act ... More >>

  • Music

    June 24, 2010

    Out of the Box

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

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Behind The Cover: Trae Stars In His Own Old School

    ​Today's Trae cover story was nearly a year in the making. As noted, the whole Trae vs. The Box thing can be traced back to the 2009 Trae Day shooting. Rocks Off was actually at that event and happened to be none too far from where the bullets were fired. We wrote up a little piece about it, did ... 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

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

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    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 >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    Solid State: Houston's SXSW Class of '10

    Houston's SXSW Class of '10 is as diverse as the Bayou City.

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    December 21, 2009

    Turning The Screw: Our Five Favorite Rap Storylines of the Year

    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. For the past year, every Monday we've tallied the week's most relevant happenings in rap (rappenings?) and packaged them nic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Five Spot: Did Nnete Have Trae Banned From 97.9 The Boxx?

    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.​ What a fortnight it's been for Trae. First, his Restless album was named t ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Slim Thug & Lil Ray, Trae, Diddy, Necro, Master P, The Game, Beyonce/Lady GaGa, Drake, BET Music Awards, 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: Slim Thug feat. Lil Ray, "Salute Me" Note(s): Yes, this is a remake of the same-named song from Fabolou ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Five Spot: We Would Very Much Like Someone to Send Us an Advance of Swishahouse's New The Usual Suspects Comp

    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.​First, a bit of housekeeping: In this space last week, we wrote about the r ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Arrest In Trae Day Shootings, More Michael Jackson Exploitation, Who's Getting Slappy and Who's Getting Stabby

    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: Paul Wall feat. Baby Bash, "Lemon Drop." Wire To Wire This weekend, 19-year-old Albert Walker "A-Walk" ... More >>

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    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?

  • Music

    July 30, 2009

    The Katy Perry Experiment

    Can listening to the pop starlet's sugary tunes really make your head explode?

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    July 29, 2009

    Bouncin' Back: Songs for Survivors

    Last Wednesday evening's positivity-ruining shootings at TSU's "Trae Day" block party were a fine example of how ignorance and violence can crash even the most uplifting party, but also of something else: Sometimes we get lucky (or blessed, depending on your theological viewpoint). In three separat ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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    July 23, 2009

    The TSU Trae Day Shootings: A Near-Eyewitness Account

    Rocks Off just got off the phone with our man Shea Serrano, reporting from the Trae Day afterparty at Galleria-area nightclub the Roxy. He found an eyewitness - or at least someone who was close enough to the action Wednesday to have the living shit scared out of him - to Wednesday evening's shootin ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    (A Few) More Details in the TSU Trae Day Shootings

    Slowly, sketchily, we are finding out more about what happened surrounding the shootings at the conclusion of TSU's Trae Day concert and festival that sent several people to the hospital Wednesday evening. Happily, from what we have been able to piece together so far, no one seems to have been kille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    The TSU Shootings in Twitterese: "Stay Classy, Houston"

    Video by nosvideocrew Looks like things in the Trae Day shootings are about where they were last night. The Houston Police Department's homicide unit is involved - although no one was killed - but letting TSU detectives handle the investigation. Rocks Off's Shea Serrano spoke with an official at TS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    The TSU Shootings in Twitterese: "Stay Classy, Houston"

    Video by nosvideocrew Looks like things in the Trae Day shootings are about where they were last night. The Houston Police Department's homicide unit is involved -- although no one was killed -- but letting TSU detectives handle the investigation. Hair Ball's Shea Serrano spoke with an official at ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Slide Show: Trae Day at TSU Stadium

    Shea Serrano  Once upon a time, before it was a shooting gallery, national news and the talk of Twitter, the first annual Trae Day celebration was just a rap concert and family festival. Bun B, Rick Ross, a newly shorn Slim Thug and Houston mayoral candidate Peter Brown all came out to salute t ... More >>

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    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

    July 22, 2009

    It's Trae Day... and Everybody's Celebratin'

    To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the City of Houston's proclamation of "Trae Day," the chairman and CEO of Houston's Assholes by Nature is throwing a giant block party from 3-9 p.m. in the parking lot of TSU Stadium at Cleburne and Tierwester in the Third Ward (or, appropriately enough, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Breaking News: Gunplay at Trae Day

    Ninety-eight percent of Trae Day went exactly as advertised. There were moonwalks and video-game trailers for the kids, local merchants selling various CDs and DVDs, a few actual celebrities and a general feeling of community pride throughout. Then they started shooting. At approximately 8:30 p.m. - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Gunplay at Trae Day

    Trae Day, the one-year anniversary of the City of Houston's proclamation honoring the local rapper for his community-minded efforts, did not end in smiles and good feelings, but gunshots. Hair Balls is still finding out exactly what went on, but click here for what we do know.

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    July 20, 2009

    Turning the Screw: All-Houston Edition with GT Garza, Trae Day, Trouble Sum, Jay'Ton, Paul Wall, Z-Ro, Letoya vs. Slim Thug, Coast, Z-Ro, Juan Gotti 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: GT Garza, "52 Pick Up" (We've listened to a bunch of GT's stuff, but this remains to be the rawest thin ... More >>

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    July 30, 2008
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    July 22, 2008
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