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Tupac Shakur

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    June 2, 2014

    Mixtape Monday: Post-FPSF Edition

    Last week, naturally, Memorial Day and all the BBQ destruction that came with it sort of derailed our weekly look at Houston's rap scene, but never fear. This week we've got De'Wayne Jackson and Donnie Houston, RetroKash, and Yves to deal with for the week. You might add this to some of your FPSF po ... 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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    May 1, 2013

    Gangsta Rap Wings and Surfers on Acid at Goro & Gun

    Everyone's been talking about ramen lately -- especially the ramen at Goro & Gun. What I want to talk about are its wings. "We're gonna drive Buffalo Wild Wings out of business," chef David Kaufman joked as a bowl of ODB wings hit the bar, the chicken glazed with local honey and topped with a few s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    SXSW's 2013 Panels: EDM, Nashville, and Tony Bennett's Headphones

    Since 2010 or so, while I am at SXSW in Austin I have started to make the panels during the day a priority for my time at the conference. The trick is waking up by 10 a.m. most days. They are usually filled with industry celebs I can geek out on (like singer-songwriter Paul Williams) and almost al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Somebody Please Stop Tupac's Mom

    At this point, you would think we'd all be used to Tupac Shakur's memory being exploited. After all, the late rapper has had more albums released since he died than within his lifetime. That being said, I guess I'm just not as jaded as I'd like to appear. My heart still beats, and it begs for someon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: December 7-9

    Come See My Dead Person Walters, December 8 The gypsy-punks in Come See My Dead Person have come out of hibernation to release an eponymous new 13-song set of songs. The manic pickin', the boisterous drinking anthems, and strange old-world stank are here in spades, with the proverbial fur really f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    10 Iconic Final Concerts Plus The End Of Beatlemania

    The Beatles' concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park 46 years ago today was the end of an era for the band. Except for a famously unannounced appearance on top the Apple building two and a half years later, it would be the final live performance that the Fab Four would ever play together. It w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Musical "Holograms" We Don't Want To See Anytime Soon (OK, Yes We Do)

    A lot has been made about the Tupac "hologram" at Coachella. First off, it's not really a hologram as much as it is CGI "magic" and it's nothing new, seeing that they have been doing it Japan for a few years now. But they do lots of things in Japan. It's even to get swept up in the madness because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Before We Cared: 10 Bit Players Who Became Superstars

    On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    One Year After Woman Gets Masters In The Beatles, We Hunt Down Most Bizarre College Music Courses

    A year ago today, Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy of Ontario became the first person in the world to earn a master's degree in The Beatles. I'm not quite sure what she's doing now, but I do know she could probably kick anyone's ass in Beatles trivia. This little anniversary of her graduation got me think ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Rap Round Table: If You Could Only Listen To One Musician For All Of Time, Who Would It Be?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Killa Kyleon, Zavey, kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Mac, Doughbeezy, A.D.D., Medicine Girl, more. Not Invited: The guy at our sons' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Six Examples of Really Bad Mixtape Cover Art

    ​When Das Racist came to Fitzgerald's this past October, we got to chat with the subject of this Frida Kahlo knockoff painting: Lakutis. While standing on the upstairs balcony before they went on stage, the group's hypeman's hypeman told us that MishkaNYC was putting out his very first mixtape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: Discussing the Six Worse Rap Collaborations 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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. &# ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    What's The Best Rap Song About A Girlfriend, Wife Or Side Chick?

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​For shame. Generally, the way Rap Round Table works is Rocks Off sends out a question of varying importance each week to rappers for them to discuss. About two years of doing this column has taught us that the best way to get responses is to do it on T ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Rappers Onstage: Who's Dramatic Enough For Broadway?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Have something you've always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Photo illustration by John Seabor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Five Posthumous Rap Albums Up For Debate

    ​Recently, and with a certain amount of controversy, Rap-A-Lot made available a bundle of previously unreleased songs disguised as a new Pimp C album. Posthumous records are unsafe footing. It's entirely capable that they can be built into capable, glorious, heartbreaking goodbyes; in 2009, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Tupac's "Dear Mama": Best Rap Song About Moms Ever?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Delo, Mac, hasHBrown, Roosh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Tupac Shakur: Who Should Play Him In Upcoming Movie?

    ​Think you've got what it takes to portray the embodiment of rap music? Let's be honest: You probably don't, but you can still throw your bandana in the ring and audition online for the starring role in an upcoming Tupac biopic. There's no guarantee that the role will take your rap career any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    1991: Best Music Year Ever?

    Rocks Off Sr.'s choice for 1991's best album.​1991 was one of the biggest years in modern music. It was when metal went pop, radio country ruled, grunge went mainstream, and rap began its climb to chart dominance, even if it was spearheaded by a white candy rapper from Dallas. There were man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Top 10 Musical Wikileaks We'd Like To See

    Bigger than Bowie and Bing, we tell you.​Ever since WikiLeaks began the publication of what is claimed to be over a quarter-million United States embassy cables last week, we've been pondering what secrets, phenomenon and other ephemera could be lingering out there in the music world, awaiting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    The Top 10 Female-Friendly Rap Songs

    streethop.comLadies Love Cool James: LL Cool J on The View​Chris Rock once said that women don't pay attention to rap lyrics. Truth be told, most casual hip-hop fans - male and female - rarely pay attention to lyrics. As long as the beat is catchy, they'll drop down and get their eagle on all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Is Tupac Really One Of The Top Five MCs Ever?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Trae, Mr. Lee, V-Zilla, Fat Tony, Candi Redd, Yung ... More >>

  • Music

    July 29, 2010

    Come as You Are

    Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous ­occupant.

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    The Murderabilia Controversy: Does Tupac Count?

    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

    May 13, 2010

    "Rap Song Or Murder Ballad" Revealed

    ​ Rocks Off is really enjoying these little quizzes we've concocted, because it gives us a chance to revisit some of our favorite rap tunes and bask in the comforting knowledge that, whatever their time, place and circumstance of origin, songs about killing are pretty much all the same. We only wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Smoot On Shamed Texans LB Brian Cushing

    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

    February 19, 2010

    Felony: It Would Be a Crime Not to Listen

    Every Friday, Rocks Off will beam hip-hop artists into our demented, imaginary, incredibly witty, fantasy world of pretend scenarios. We predict it'll soon be known as a feared interrogation of hip-hop artists, revealing their innermost thoughts and desires. In reality, it's just a fucking cool Q&am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 7: Fat Pat's Ghetto Dreams

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. Fat Pat Ghetto Dreams (Wreckshop Records, 1998) ​During the course of resear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    The Top Rock-Star Death Conspiracies: Elvis, Michael, Kurt, Tupac and More

    It seems that the stranger and weirder our world gets by the day, humanity struggles to find reasons behind all this calamity and tragedy. We try our best to find conclusions to why bad things happen, and when we can't fully fathom that the awful truth is just that, instead try to blame the influen ... 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

    August 13, 2009

    Maybe Miley Would Be Better Off Dead Like Selena, Kurt and These Others...

    In case you missed it - and if you value your immortal soul, we're sure you did - Hannah Montana star/future tell-all memoir author Miley Cyrus unveiled a newer, more "mature" look last weekend at the only venue appropriate for such things: the Teen Choice Awards. Nothing says "successful transitio ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    El Franco Lee II: "Visual Harassment"

    Houston's resident urban mannerist takes a hard look at life in black America

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Ask a Rapper: Savvi of H.I.S.D.

    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 things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston@gmail.com.www. ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Cool Brains! Inprint Reading Series: Jacqueline Woodson

    The Newbery Award-winning writer looks at life after Tupac Shakur

  • Film

    January 15, 2009

    Biggie, Small

    Notorious B.I.G., made B.L.A.N.D.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Houston, Texas, America, Meet Huntzville...and Watch the Eff Out

    Hard to believe it's been 20 years since gangsta rap went overground with N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton. Through Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg to Tupac and Eminem, it launched most of hip-hop's biggest stars for a good decade, but these days even artists like T.I. and Lil Wayne have sacrificed serious str ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    Top 10 Most Hated Rappers

    Who made the shit list

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    September 26, 2007
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    August 11, 2005
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    January 29, 2004
  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    The Gospel According to Pac

    An argument for a new holy day: Pacmas

  • Film

    November 20, 2003

    'Pac, Man

    The officially sanctioned Tupac Shakur biopic emerges, and it's quite money

  • Music

    January 2, 2003

    Mag Hags

    What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2000

    Boogie Nights

    The Groove Collective

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    July 23, 1998
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    July 9, 1998

    Riding the Rap

    A new book chronicles the bloody rise and fall of Death Row Records

  • Film

    February 6, 1997

    Dead Man Acting

    Hollywood never realized that Tupac Shakur was always better than his movies

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    January 2, 1997
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    October 31, 1996
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