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Tupac Shakur

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    June 13, 2014

    The 15 Most Messed-Up O.J. Simpson Lyrics

    This week America is celebrating -- although that might not be precise terminology for such a dubious occasion -- the 20th anniversary of the Nicole Brown Simpson murders, in which the ex-wife of NFL Hall of Famer/actor O.J. Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death in the overnigh ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    Why Can't We Let Dead Musicians Be Dead?

    Recently you may have seen Michael Jackson on television, despite the fact that Michael Jackson has been dead for five years now. Through the use of hologram technology, his corpse has essentially been dug up and plastered on our TV screens, with herky-jerky movements and backing music crafted posth ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    The 10 Best Summer Songs of the '90s

    Let's play a game. Anyone know "Never Have We Ever?" Good. We'll go first. Never have we ever found ourselves saying the words, "But there were so many good Will Smith songs!" Well, until this blog, that is. Apparently there are an abundance of epic summery songs by the '90s version of Will Smi ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Chris Gray's 10 Favorite Houston Records of 2013

    10. Born Liars, Show Some Couth Show Some Couth has yet to make its way to iTunes, no doubt because those Apple prudes are still trying to figure out what to do with its filthy cover. The garagers' first (and loudest) album since 2010's Fast Songs Is All We Know, Couth is rude, lewd and anything but ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Top 10 Rap-Related Items On Etsy

    Rap music is forever turning out to be a fun influence on things we'd least expect. When your grandmother starts using terms like "turn up," you realize that there is no getting away from it. Even the creative and artsy folk over at Etsy.com combine their passion for crafts with their admiration of ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Five Great Violent Hip-Hop Songs (for Lupe Fiasco)

    Lupe Fiasco used to be a talented, socially conscious rapper known for putting out really good hip-hop albums. Since he hasn't done one of those in a while, he's more well known these days for criticizing President Obama and espousing conspiracy theories about 9/11. Recently he was back in the news ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    C.I.T.Y.'s Top 6 Geographically-Based Rap Songs

    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? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012
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    August 13, 2012

    Friday Night: Meek Mill at House of Blues

    Meek Mill House of Blues August 10, 2012 The aesthetic behind Meek Mill and a large gathering is easy to define, even for someone who has only taken in one Meek song courtesy of the radio or being fed by Rick Ross -- high-energy, an unmistakable high-pitched yelp that churns out one-liners and some ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Fist-Fighting With Hip-Hop Headlines: Drake, Iggy Azalea, Etc.

    You are a human and you have eyeballs and you also have the Internet, so you've likely read some things. That's sort of what this is, except sort of not too. We went through a ton of headlines of hip-hop "stories" from the past week, picked out the most egregious one, pasted them below, then added ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    It Is What It Is. Or Is It?

    This CAMH show features plenty of good work, but it's not all worth the effort.

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 7, 2012

    10 Things That Have Happened To Rock Stars' Ashes

    Recently, I explored some of the strange things that musicians have been buried with. In the course of researching that article, I came across a lot of tales about the cremated remains of rock stars. Some very odd things have occurred with famous ashes, so being the resident morbid person on staff, ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    A Texican In New Orleans: Lessons Learned From Jazz Fest

    This past weekend was the last for this year's edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which started way back on April 27. The festival runs over two weekends, usually Thursday through Sunday. Obviously since it is a uniquely Nawlins institution going back to 1970, it's not a festival t ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Michael Artis: Director Would Shoot Video For Hologram Tupac

    Each week, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com. A little horn-tooting: Last year, th ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    The Best & Worst-Case Scenarios For The Future Of Musical Holograms

    Like most night owls, I spent early Monday morning watching YouTube clips of a holographic Tupac Shakur playing Coachella with his friends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg nearly 16 years after his death. It was at once creepy and crass, but altogether interesting no matter how you sliced it, and not just bec ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Summoning The Dead: Which Six Artists Would You Bring Back To Life?

    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 >>

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    February 3, 2012

    20 Albums To Leave Your Children Plus Five To Grow On...

    It started as a simple question: What albums would you leave your unborn children, if you knew you were on borrowed time and may not be around to show them the way. At first I asked for albums for sons, but then it grew broader, not out of needing to pacify the PC-thug in me, but to make sure everyo ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    St. Ides & Hip-Hop: Would Today's Rappers Endorse Malt Liquor?

    ​The early '90s was a time when some of the best hip-hop music ever was being made, and the beverage of choice was malt liquor. Before rappers glorified Cristal, Ciroc and even their own branded alcohol, there were many hip-hop-inspired malt liquor ads. St. Ides in particular enlisted several ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    All Eyez On Me: Rating The Best/Worst Rock & Rap Sex Tapes (NSFW)

    This week, we found out that a sex tape featuring Tupac Shakur exists, made in 1991 just five years before his fatal shooting in Las Vegas. Shakur's estate is the only entity that can release an item with the late rapper's likeness involved, and his mother Afeni Shakur is unlikely to allow a video o ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    10 Rappers In The Guinness Book Of World Records*

    *At one point or another Marco TorresComing in at No. 10...​The Guinness Book of World Records has always been a fascinating and somewhat random thing to be a part of. Some people strive to be in the book to get noticed, while others get in the book completely by accident for good and bad th ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    The Five Best - And Two Worst - Rapper Actors

    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 introducingliston@gmai ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    The 10 Most Horrible Music-Biz Bosses

    ​The movie Horrible Bosses comes out today, and while the heinous supervisors in question all work in areas unrelated to entertainment, this shouldn't be taken to mean the music industry is free of bad managers and executives. Rocks Off knows if anything, the music biz has had more than its fa ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    The 25 Most Influential Music Videos Of All Time

    ​It's hard to fathom a time before music videos, and it's even sadder to remember when channels like MTV and VH1 were wall-to-wall music videos. In between there was a golden age, when with every clip that you watched could spark a revolution in you, or at least change your fashion sense. It's ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    New UGK/Big K.R.I.T. Song Holds Fast To That Wood

    smokingsection.uproxx.com​It's not quite up to Tupac-level proportions yet, but UGK keeps pouring out that prime Southern rap unencumbered by Pimp C's untimely December 2007 demise. The latest track, leaked by the Smoking Section this morning, is the expertly sculpted ode to steering wheels " ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    10 Great Instances Of Rappers Honoring Other Rappers

    ​People often forget that hip-hoppers are humans, too. They breathe, sleep, eat, and salivate at the sight of buttermilk donuts just like us. And, every now and then, they'll geek over other rappers, just like us. It would have been so much easier to compile a list of rappers dissing other ra ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Friday Night: Snoop Dogg At House Of Blues

    Larami Culbertson​Snoop Dogg House of Blues March 18, 2011 11:08 p.m.: Just walked in. Snoop just stepped onstage a second ago. This place is packed. The ticket lady said that there were already over 1,400 people inside, likely with a couple hundred more to follow soon. Should be fun. 11:10 ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Lindsay Lohan: Five Celebrity Courtroom Meltdowns Better Than Hers

    ​Turns out the Mean Girl wasn't so mean after all. Former child star and current cautionary tale Lindsay Lohan broke down in court after receiving a 90-day jail sentence for probation violation: "Are you serious?" she sobbed to her attorney as she furiously plucked Kleenex out of a tissue bo ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Busted! 20 Musician Mugshots

    ​ Getting arrested and booked isn't the end of the world, by any means. Well unless you just killed a shit-ton of people at a bowling alley or something, it really is. But if you are a rocker or a celebrity who committed a minor offense, it's just a funny footnote in your public life you can look ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Big Mello's Bone Hard Zaggin'

    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. Big Mello Bone Hard Zaggin' (Rap-A-Lot/Priority, 1992) Big Mello, "Love Don't Love Nobody"​Big Mell ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 24, 2009

    The Kids Are All Right: Hip-Hop Finally Comes of Age, Part 1

    ​While year-end, catch-all wrap-ups are common to every musical genre, in no other style of music do they turn into the hand-wringing, "state of the game" examinations that hip-hop seems to provoke. We worry because we care, of course. But at some point, like a thirty-something parent, those of us ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Six More Mysterious Musical Deaths We'd Like to See Reopened

    That's Brian Jones, who is still dead, in the lower right corner.​Original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool 40 years ago. It was declared "death by misadventure," a cause of death that probably didn't come as a shock to those who had been aware ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    A Third Ward Pawnshop iPod and the Mysterious Fate of Previous Owner "Scooby"

    Whoever he is (was?), Scooby's iPod wasn't short on R. Kelly.​So a couple of weeks ago, after three or four years of increasingly faltering service, Rocks Off's 30 GB iPod finally died. Completely. Out of sheer broke-assedness, we had held on to it for longer than most. By the end, its quirks and ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Five Spot: Scarface Is Dead, But Not Really

    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. The rumblings of an Internet rumor are beginning to be heard and, as much we are all about perpetuating untr ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    November 6, 2008

    What History Tells Us: Five Black Presidents

    And although it seems heaven sent We ain't ready, to see a black President 2Pac never lived to see himself proven wrong, but we do have an African-American Commander-in-Chief. The media will be going on for months about the historic nature of this election, the ramifications for America's future, a ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    September 9, 2008

    Variations on "Hotel California"

    Yes, it's probably one of the most overplayed songs in both the Arrow's and K-Hits' libraries, but the Eagles' "Hotel California" deserves to be. Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Don Felder (who was fired from the Eagles in 2001), the title song to the band's 1976 album captures the creeping dr ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008
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    May 31, 2007

    Rock and Roll Autobiographies

    Stars' tell-all stories

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    March 29, 2007

    The Music Critics Dictionary

    Translating critic-speak

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    December 28, 2006

    Phat Promises for 2007

    New Year's resolutions of the stars

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    October 12, 2006
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    July 21, 2005

    Scenes from a Picnic

    Willie, Dylan, Kinky and the Ghost of Bob Willis descends on Fort Worth. Wack is there too.

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    November 4, 2004

    Die, Jeff Buckley, Die!

    It's time to put a bullet through the head of this zombie

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    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

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