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Wu-Tang Clan

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    July 2, 2014

    Five Sample-Using Songs That Deserve Grammys Now

    Recently the Grammy Awards announced changes to the annual music awards' criteria and categories, the most notable being now permitting songs that utilize samples in the songwriting categories, specifically Song of the Year. This is huge news for many electronic artists and rappers, obviously. But ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Goooooooal!! A Mostly Musical Guide to Enjoying the World Cup

    When did World Cup soccer start mattering to U.S. fans? I know many of us have doled out orange slices and cursed at volunteer officials at youth league games, but interest in the pro soccer pitch is apparently now at fever pitch. The global football tournament begins this afternoon and won't end u ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    The Best Music of Free Press Summer Fest 2014

    ABOVE & BEYOND Sunday, Saturn Stage No group in electronic music knows how to play to a listener's emotional core than Above & Beyond. It was almost jarring how beautiful their set sounded after two days of heat and rain and evacuations and mud and lack of sleep and the other crazy things one deals ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    2013 Statistics Show the High Crime Neighborhoods of Houston

    When there's more people, there's more crime. Seems like the way bureaucrats like to explain away these problems without talking about measures that could increase taxes, nothing about investment in communities, increasing police presence, or other possible solutions for areas on the brink. With 20 ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Football Music: Looking Back on NFL Jams

    Super Bowl XLVIII is this weekend and though it's probably still stinging for many Texans fans that their Super Bowl dreams went up in smoke sometime around week three of the regular season, most of them will still be tuning in to see the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks go head to head. In the ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Hip-Hop's Seven Best Breakup Songs

    Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being overly macho. That's true in large part, but that doesn't mean plenty of rappers aren't intensely sensitive. Putting aside how easily they get their feelings hurt and jump into beefs, there's the socially conscious crowd, the baby-making-music crowd, and even a whole ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Eminem's New Track Goes "Old School," We Give You The Best Old School Jams To Celebrate

    The real Slim Shady is finally standing up, it seems. So Eminem, who's pretty fuckin' rad all around, just announced that he was dropping his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and followed that up with, well, dropping a new single, "Berzerk." So yay! "Berzerk," for its part, is this kind of cr ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    Six Artists Practically Unrecognizable On Their First Records

    The things you did when you were young are often extremely embarrassing as you get older. The old joke used to be about people's high school yearbook photos, and a cursory search on the Internet will show you the embarrassing evidence of these when it comes to famous celebrities. Nowadays, you can f ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    2013: The Year Post-Punk Broke Again

    Almost halfway through the year, we've seen a lot of huge music news already. David Bowie came back and put out a new record, Neutral Milk Hotel reunited, and Daft Punk put out their first proper record in eight years. It's definitely been a big year already, and it promises to continue with the upc ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Takes It Back to the '90s

    Coachella, the Only Music Festival That Matters (or so we're told), announced its 2013 lineup late Thursday night, no holograms or Rolling Stones included. Instead, two beloved '90s UK acts whose popularity in the U.S. is spotty at best, Blur and the Stone Roses, headline the first night of the tw ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Walking Through The Five Stages Of Grief With Ghostface Killah

    This weekend, my father and I had a falling-out. The specifics of the exchange will not advance the narrative in any meaningful way. You just need to know that he felt one way about something and I felt another way about that same thing, and we let each other know that neither agreed with the othe ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    To Ke$ha, With Love: A Plea For Sanity At Age 25

    Dear Ke$ha: Happy birthday. If 18 and 21 are the "good" birthdays, and 30 and 40 are the "bad" birthdays, what do we make of turning 25? I like to look at the positive side of things: You're old enough to have grown up responsibilities, but young enough to still party hard and get away with it. Fo ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Last Night: Yelawolf At Warehouse Live

    Yelawolf Warehouse Live February 16, 2012 My ears salute the kid who told Yelawolf he wasn't hip-hop. Must have been a high-school bully, one of those corny jocks with well defined biceps. We'll call him D'Angelo. D'Angelo probably teased Yelawolf, smacked him around in the bathroom, lol'd when he ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Hip-Hop, Interrupted: 7 Rappers That Should Be More Active

    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 >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    August 15, 2011

    Saturday Night: Ghostface, Raekwon & Mobb Deep At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco TorresRaekwon (left) and Ghostface Killah​Rock the Bells Tour feat. Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Mobb Deep, Cappadonna, Supernatural & Fat Tony House of Blues August 12, 2011 Near the end of Ghostface and Raekwon's hourlong set Saturday night, Ghost stood near the stage like he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    iLL LiaD Faces Addiction, Dark Side On Salvation

    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. Cly ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    The Seven Most Memorable Rap Beatdowns

    Wreckx-n-Effect went New Jack Swing on A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip in 1993.​When pop stars and Hollywood types need to settle a score, they take it to the courtroom. Hip-hop, however, operates by a different code: If you act up, you will get smacked up. Rocks Off was reminded of this when a m ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    SXSW 2011: Videos and Photos Galore

    What the @#$% happened last night? A City Pages SXSW recap of 3/17 from MPLS.TV on Vimeo. Want to experience SXSW 2011 but have a short attention span? Then check out the above video compiled by our sister paper City Pages which features several big-name performers plus highlight footage from the V ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Wild Flag, Wu-Tang, Erykah Badu and Yelawolf: Liveblogging the Village Voice Media SXSW Showdown

    Marc BrubakerTimes New Viking gets the party started.​The doors didn't open exactly at 5 p.m., but that didn't stop the Austin Music Hall from filling quickly just before Austin-by-way-of-Houston locals Ume took the stage, the first band in the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Wu-Tang, Fishbone, Trae Top Village Voice/Frank 151 SXSW Party

    Marco TorresMethod Man returns to Texas to smoke our SXSW party this year.​We finally have the full lineup for the 2011 Village Voice Media/Frank 151 SXSW party, and it's a doozy. Heading up the bill are Staten Island Shao-Lin spitters the Wu Tang clan, still coasting on their late 2010 reunio ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    L.A. Rapper Gets Signed, Eats A Roach

    ​The members of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All - or Odd Future, if you're into the whole brevity thing - have been on the online radar since last summer, and have already managed to make the Coachella cut and late-night talk-show circuits in 2011. At the outset, however, the most recogniz ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Promoter Mike Kelley: "Numbers Is Houston's CBGB"

    Marco TorresWu-Tang Clan's GZA and Ghostface Killah at Numbers, December 2010​Numbers' credentials as a concert venue are undeniable - everyone from Siouxsie and the Banshees to Green Day to Type O Negative has played there. It's hard to argue, though, that the past decade hasn't been a rough ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    ​Looks like it was a relatively slow week for inspections, with only a handful of places racking up serious (and entertaining) violations. Seeing a sushi restaurant, of all places, get a stamp of disapproval from the health department is a little disconcerting. Taiko Japanese Grill & Sushi (5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Wu-Tang, Meridian, Numbers, Etc. Put In Perspective

    Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Bands Named After Movies, Characters & Other Film Stuff

    ​Ever wonder which of your favorite bands are named after movies? So have we. So we went out and did a little bit of research. BANDS NAMED AFTER ACTUAL MOVIES My Bloody Valentine: The seminal shoegaze act took their name from a low-budget 1981 horror movie about a guy who really, really hat ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010
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    October 1, 2010

    The Five Most Bogus Rapper Apologies

    ​It's the unwritten rule in rap: never apologize. Offering apology in hip-hop is a sign of weakness and rappers simply can't appear weak, no matter what. Sorry, that's just the way it is. Yet, every now and then we'll see a rapper apologize for stepping out of line. Earlier this week, Paul Wa ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Accessories Houston Rappers Don't Leave Home Without

    fashionbombdaily.comSlick Rick: The ruler's back at Reliant Arena, November 6​Rappers have always been obsessed with accessories. It's mandated in rap contracts, right next to girl songs and Bun B collaborations. The tradition dates back to hip-hop's early days. Before Kanye popularized shutte ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Raekwon The Chef Can't Cook Up A Delicious Performance

    Photos by Marco Torres​Rap is a cultural celebration of telling, through music, what it is real today, right now; not what was real two years ago as happened on June 19, 1865 when word finally reached Galveston that President Lincoln had freed the slaves... two years previous. At midnight on ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Coma White: A Sampling of Songs About the JFK Assassination

    Craig HlavatyDealey Plaza in downtown Dallas​ Warning: Some of these videos contain very graphic images. Anyone who knows Rocks Off, even in passing, knows of his fierce JFK assassination obsession. The theories, the scientific data, the literature and the various opinions shooting through the Int ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Modern-Day Jedis - or Wannabe Jedis - In Pop Music

    ​"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Empire." - Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it? Almost like there somebody had put together a detailed, well thought-out s ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    He Said She Said: Hot, Sweaty, Angry Workout Songs

    ​When it comes to exercise, men and women don't have many different reasons for doing it. Mainly, both genders want to look better naked if perchance they find themselves without clothes on around a stranger they want to sleep with. Life expectancy, general health, and mental well-being are all se ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Kyle Hubbard

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Somehow, Kyle Hubbard h ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    To Do: Tha Fucking Transmissions, Glass Candy and Farah at the MFAH

    If the posters and flyers for Starbucks and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s latest Mixed Media Event have you thinking “WTF, TFT?” let us help you out: Tha Fucking Transmissions. The local hip hoppers had to acronym-ize their name in order to keep things kosher for the MFAH’s PR team. It ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008
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    January 24, 2008

    Pharoahe Monch

    A hip-hopper takes on politics, culture and a pack of brats

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    August 31, 2007
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    June 8, 2006

    Scott Faingold Listens to Everything

    And comes up with a random smattering of tortured musings

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    May 26, 2005

    Pell-Mel

    Anything goes at this DJ show at the Proletariat

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    June 19, 2003

    Various

    DJ Drank's Greatest Malt Liquor Hits (Hip Hop History)

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    January 11, 2001

    Shelf Life

    Long after Britney Oops her way to obscurity, these releases will continue to sing

  • Music

    October 26, 2000

    Lil' Bow Wow

    Beware of Dog (So So Def/Columbia)

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    October 28, 1999

    Men in Black

    Method Man and Redman have a Blackout, tour with Family Values

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    January 21, 1999
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    July 2, 1998
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    January 29, 1998
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    July 31, 1997
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