Underground Hip-Hop

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    The Pharcyde & K-OTIX at Fitzgerald's, 10/24/2013

    The Pharcyde, K-OTIX Fitzgerald's October 24, 2013 Hip-hop has evolved over the years of its existence more than any type of music in the same time period. Since the late '70s and early '80s, has moved from the simplistic beats and rhymes of Slick Rick and Sugar Hill Gang to the more provocative LL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album

    In today's society of more, more, more, it's becoming a bit of a rarity, especially with all those reunion albums that keep coming out, but sometimes legends have been made from just one big hit. Ever so often one album comes along that is so monumental, we all fall in love with it, and then the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Slum Village at Fox Hollow, 5/29/2013

    Slum Village, Non Stop Rebels, Noon, All Day, Boi Dru Fox Hollow May 29, 2013 "Baby will you call me... the moment... you get there. Don't forget about me baby!"-- Aretha Franklin Judging from the crowd response at Fox Hollow last night, fans have not forgotten about the Detroit rap crew Slum Vill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    The Five Best Songs That Sample the Beatles

    Pop and R&B superstar Frank Ocean has recently opened up to MTV News that he's been on a Beatles and Beach Boys binge when seeking inspiration for his upcoming second full-length record. While it's not exactly surprising to hear of a young artist gorging himself on Beatles classics for ideas, it is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella, Weekend One

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off proudly presents to our readers coverage of Coachella's first weekend courtesy of our sister papers LA Weekly and OC Weekly. Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad-ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    HSPVA's Robert Glasper: Jazz's Newest Hip-Hop Star

    If you're looking for homegrown musical success stories of 2012, you could do a lot worse than Robert Glasper. True, technically he lives in New York, where he became such an in-demand session player he called his 2009 album Double Booked, but now the Missouri City native and HSPVA grad is on the ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Friday Night: Aesop Rock at Fitzgerald's

    Aesop Rock, Edison, Dark Time Sunshine Fitzgerald's August 10, 2012 It was a characteristically hot August night in the H on Friday, but I'd wager that no place was hotter than the upstairs room at Fitzgerald's. The club was crowded with sweating hip-hop heads anticipating hot rhymes, hot beats and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Friday Night: El-P & Killer Mike at Warehouse Live

    El-P, Killer Mike Warehouse Live June 22, 2012 A small but lively crowd packed into the studio at Warehouse Live on Friday night for performances by two polarly opposite yet complementary artists, who together have created two of the most adventurous and innovative rap productions to be released th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    New Doc The Art Of Rap Spills Hip-Hop's Secrets

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Bun B, Murs Guest On Fat Tony's New Double Dragon LP

    Double Dragon, rapper Fat Tony's sophomore album hits the streets on June 1, with help from Tecla, Bun B, Murs, and others. The disc will be released on the brand-new imprint Young One Records, based out of Brooklyn. The youthful Young One label is an off-shoot of Partisan Records, home to Deer Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Press Underground Rap Awards: Vol. 1

    So, 2012 is 33 percent of the way done. And (thankfully) the antiheroes of Houston's Underground Rap World have been just as busy trying to make music being made in the rest of the country entirely obsolete as they were in 2011. Seems fitting then: Let's run through the first installment of the Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Rap Round Table: The Best Female Rapper Of All Time Is...

    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: Zavey, hasHBrown, Scooby, Medicine Girl, Nicki Minaj, Renzo, Rob Gullatte, more. Not Invited: Hologram Tupac This Week's Promp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Hail Doughbeezius: The Southeast Beast Preps For His Magicianship With "Grind"

    "I am not one of these rappers that be rappin' just for shine, for these skeezers on these pics on inDmix. Bottom line: I gotta grind." --Doughbeezy Twelve months is all it took. At the beginning of last year, Doughbeezy, a 5'7" high bald fade with a rapper underneath, was an unknown. UNKNOWN. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Y'all Musta Forgot: CQ and t.h.e. MisFit Crazy-8's The Sunday Soapbox

    ​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 (Self-released, 2011) CQ & t.h.e. MisFit Crazy-8 Note: Heretofore, whenever t.h.e. MisFit Cra ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011
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    March 20, 2011

    SXSW Last Night: LL Cool J Knocks Out Red Bull Thre3style

    Marco Torres​The largest party of this year's SXSW included eight world-renowned DJ's, one legendary hip-hop group, a rap pioneer, and more than 10,000 screaming fans who took over a entire city block of Austin's Warehouse District Saturday night. Fueled by Red Bull and love of the turntable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Top 10 Mentally Unstable Rap Songs​As you may have already heard, Gucci Mane was recently admitted into a mental-health facility on a "special plea of mental incompetency" in order to delay his probation revocation trial. He has since been released, and got an ice-cream-cone face tattoo in time for his trial this ... More >>

  • Music

    November 11, 2010


    Gang Starr's DJ Premier still mourns partner Guru.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    The Top Five Hidden Rap Tracks

    ​Life bursts at the seams with mysteries we'll never fully understand, like the Texans' decision to pass on Vince Young, Kesha's entire existence and the strange concept of hidden songs. Some of them are superior to the ones that make an album's final cut and track listing. Why hide a song th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    "What Up": Drake And Bun B Summon The Spirit Of Pimp C

    ​ If you woke up this morning wishing for a Pimp C/Drake collaboration, then consider this your lucky day. You should also go ahead and play the mega-lottery while you're at it. Why, yes, the paths of Chad Butler and Aubrey Graham have finally crossed on "What Up," the lead cut from Pimp's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    The HPMA Results' Implications For Local Hip-Hop

    Marco TorresFat Tony accepts his third consecutive Best Underground Hip-Hop award at Wednesday's HPMAs.​"Dubious." That was the text that we received when they announced the winner for the Best Latin Hip-Hop category Wednesday night at the Houston Press Music Awards, or as President Obama ha ... More >>

  • Music

    January 7, 2010

    Up on His Hustle

    How Lucky Luciano went from pimping strippers to stacking six figures.

  • Music

    September 17, 2009
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    April 30, 2009

    Got Live If You Want It

    Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Dustin Prestige, Kid Cudi, King Tut, Rick Ross/50 Cent, Ludacris, Lil' Kim, T.I./Chris Brown, Fat Pat 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 Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Dope," Dustin Prestige Wire To Wire Kid Cudi was tasered at an NBA All-Star Game party in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Tyler from Balaclavas

    HPMA Must-See's: The Wiggins, Born Liars, Indian Jewelry, Ceeplus Your Votes (that aren't your band): Born Liars should win something The Wiggins for Best Experimental Nosaprise for Best Underground Hip Hop "Most Played" Tunes Your iPod: I don't have one. Most played record on your turntable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Ben from Basses Loaded, Tha Fucking Transmissions

    HPMA Must-See's: The Tons Tons (which I saw), Indian Jewelry, Young Mammals, The Blaggards Your Votes: Me for most of these. I'm the Best Keyboard Latin Traditional Player. Not plump. Fat Tony for Best Underground Hip-Hop "Most Played" Tunes in Your Stereo: Yeasayer Candy Statton

  • Music

    October 25, 2007
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    September 13, 2007
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    August 16, 2007

    Tim Fite

    Singer/songwriter jumps from rock to country to hip-hop

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Live Shots: Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle

    All photos by Valerie Alberto I am in need of a lozenge this morning thanks to the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle last night at Venue (719 Main). Audience response determined the winner of a single-elimination battle among 12 of Houston’s best and brightest producers. The top two producers fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2007

    Rotation: Popular Demand

    Black Milk Popular Demand Fat Beats Detroit rappers/producers are entering an age of acclaim. Now that late Motown rapper/producer extraordinaire J Dilla is getting posthumous props all over the globe, the rap world seems hungry for anything with an authentic Detroit sound. It's a fine time for f ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Peanut Butter Wolf

    Saturday, December 17, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5601 Main, 713-639-7300.

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid

    Saturday, November 26, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300.

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    No Grae Area

    Hip-hop's most ferocious female MC spits it like it is

  • Music

    October 27, 2005


    The Mouse & The Mask

  • Music

    June 16, 2005

    Catchin' Rayz

    C-Rayz Walz digs the underground

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    Fresh Produce

    With underground hip-hop or mass-appeal club records, RJD2 is a stickler for details

  • Music

    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

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best New Magazine

    Rap Illustrated

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
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    December 5, 2002


    Saturday, December 7

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    November 7, 2002


    November 9

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    June 20, 2002
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    April 4, 2002

    Anti-Pop Consortium

    Wednesday, April 10

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    October 12, 2000

    Big Moe

    City of Syrup (Wreckshop)

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    December 23, 1999
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    May 4, 1995
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