You may have missed it, but no one would blame if you did because you're not alone. In March, legendary indie hip-hop group Cannibal Ox announced they were making a comeback in a big way, launching a new album, their very own record label, and a Kickstarter campaign to fund it all. The last time Ca ... More >>
If you have ever attended an old-school or underground rap concert in Houston, chances are that Hector Del Valle has been the mastermind behind the show. By keeping his ear to the streets and booking artists on the cusp of blowing up, or choosing former greats who can still pack a venue given the ch ... More >>
After running a Skelethon, band can't slow down.
"Mad Old Men" rejuvenates underground rap.
Rap wasn't always like Lil Jon's yelling his famous "What!?" and "Okay!", or repeating your name over and over throughout the song like Houston's own Lil Flip. Nowadays most see rap as lyrics telling a woman how to position herself or look for a man, rhymes about money and talk of toking up. But th ... More >>
Hip-hop is a genre full of guys who put out a new album or mixtape seemingly every single month. They just can't stop, even when they're incarcerated in some cases (see: Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, and TI). It's as if rapping really is as much of a competition as they make it out to be and they're in a r ... More >>
Photos by Jae TovarMurs, Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz Fitzgerald's October 2, 2011 Murs, Tabi Bonney and Ski Beatz dropped into Fitzgerald's Sunday for an intimate show in the Heights, Murs and Bonney's second time at Fitz this year. Bonney entered the stage at 10 p.m., wearing white skinny jeans ... More >>
We are 75 percent of the way through with 2011, and somehow it is still unclear: a) Which underground rapper is having the best year; b) Which is the best underground rap song of the year; c) Which underground rapper has had the best verse of the year; d) Which underground rapper will land atop the ... More >>
Each Wednesday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. What we have here is the ... More >>
The masterminds behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force have relocated the fast-food crew to Seattle and changed not only the name, but also the structure of the show after deciding that they were unhappy with the pilot. They even made a new theme song, recruiting Queen of the Stone Age Josh Homme and ... More >>
Photos by RizohThursday's unanimous winner Phranchyze advances to the national Red Bull EmSee finals in Detroit.Outside on Westheimer, a small crowd of young music lovers has gathered in front of Numbers. Before Rocks Off even makes our way into the building, we're immediately greeted by soul ... More >>
Chris Manak's metamorphosis into label boss, benefactor and video-mixing party DJ Peanut Butter Wolf.
Power-walking tracks to remember the beatsmith by
Who's behind the mask?
Rock the Bells goes down Wednesday, August 8, at Reliant Arena, 1 Reliant Park, 832-667-1400.
My favorite rapper's favorite rapper
Indie-rap fireplug El-P returns...bombastically bleak as ever
I'll Sleep When You're Dead
The Audience's Listening
One hundred percent beef
This sweet party is Dee place to be
There's more to Z-Trip than the mash-up phenomenon he helped make famous
Saturday, August 13, at HUSH, 15625 Katy Freeway, 713-330-HUSH.
Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming, and dig this year's buried black-music treasures
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures
The Grind Date (Sanctuary)
DJs Z-Trip and P deliver one of the first album-length mash-ups
Okayplayer -- the Roots' home on the Net -- is more than just a Web site. For some hip-hop heads, it's a way of life.
Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)
How come there's no Pharcyde or De La Soul on the dial?
A lucky seven underground hip-hop releases to slip into Christmas stockings this year
Champion Sound (Stones Throw)
Saturday, November 22
The Engine Room
A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep
Slum Village plays catch-up to the White Stripes and Eminem
Saturday, October 19
Saturday, October 12
Jurassic 5 will help you remember hip-hop the way it oughta be
Fantastic Damage (Definitive Jux)