So...who wants new music? MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Travi$ Scott, Days Before Rodeo A year ago, Travi$ Scott emerged from Houston obscurity, Tumblr fanfare and the tutelage of Kanye West, T.I. and others to release his Owl Pharaoh EP. For much of the tape, Scott felt like he was doing more of a solid ... More >>
A story made the rounds last week here locally in Houston about a 32-year-old Houston man who was suing a stripper for thousands of dollars that he reportedly loaned her. Apparently, there was a miscommunication between the two as to whether the cash should have been defined as a handout or defined ... More >>
When sports figures go from a career of anonymity or ineptitude to sudden stardom, a lot of people in my business go looking for reasons. Why has Eli Manning been largely average (and kind of dopey) for his entire career and yet strung together two of the most courageous postseasons in NFL history ... More >>
Martina McBride Reflects On ThePoetry Of "Independence Day"
Paula Deen has gotten herself into some down home, southern deep shit. Last week it was exposed that she is okay with using the derogatory n-word and that was just one of the offensive things she said in a deposition. Last Friday she issued a struggle apology video that no one wanted to give a chanc ... More >>
The less antisocial among you know that talking about music is one of the best icebreakers there is. To get to know our staff a little better, Rocks Off will periodically be asking them to share a few songs that helped to shape their musical tastes - and character. We start with our youngest member, ... More >>
VH1 honored the Dirty South for the 2010 edition of Hip-Hop Honors. We flew out there and sat in on the taping this past weekend. Or we Tivo'd it while we put our kids to bed and then watched it afterwards. One of those is true. Willie D 8:00 p.m.: Oh, good. Darrell from The Office is hosting to ... 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 email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., "Attack of Hollywood" Wire To Wire The new UGK is really good. Buy it ... 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: K-Rino, "Past, Present, Future" Wire To Wire In case you forgot about him, here's the link to Houst ... 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 email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week "Poppin'," Famous feat. Trouble Sum Wire To Wire Solange Knowles can single-handedly lower deer popula ... More >>
Promotional Cacophony at Miami's Ozone Awards
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Okay, they're not exactly dueling. Actually they're not dueling at all, we just liked the title. Two Houston area DJs, DJ Mo Phatt and DJ Josh Dupont, gave us their top ten list and we thought we'd pass them on to you. Compare, contrast, discuss. DJ Mo Phatt 1. "Errday" - J-Nicks 2. "Co ... More >>
Sheila Jackson Lee's verbosity leads to a jackpot
Mississippi: The Album (Street Records Corporation/Universal)
Long before DJ Screw, Darryl Scott was Houston's mixmaster, spinning records that eventually spun him into the ground. A reformed Scott has a new rap these days - the word of God.