These are the 25 best songs from Houston rap's glorious 2011. They've been pressed onto actual cassettes (not pictured above). We only made ten of them, because, fuck, it takes a long time. They are for sale ($600). And, as a way to honor the city's grey tape past while being entir ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresSee Pimp C's mom, Lupe Fiasco and more take the stage with Trae Tha Truth in our slideshow.
Trae Tha Truth Street King CD release
feat. Jadakiss, Waka Flocka, Yung Joc, Yung Quis, Lupe Fiasco & Pimp C's mom
House of Blues
June 28, 2011
10:16 p.m.: So here we are again. ... More >>
Trae Tha Truth has released his second mixtape of the year. It is called Undisputed and is a precursor to his forthcoming proper album, Street King.
The tape is 24 songs of Trae doing what it is that Trae does: Rapping and being intimidating and hinting at what's to come on future products a ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresLil KekeLil Keke's Birthday Bash
House of Blues
March 30, 2011
9:51 p.m.: Got the tickets. Waiting outside to meet a guy that was supposed to be here 30 minutes ago. There's a white guy here dressed like he had auditioned for Reservoir Dogs and didn't get a part and nev ... More >>
The Houston underground rap scene is Delo's for the taking... for now.Going in, everybody understood that, regarding underground rap in Houston, 2011 was going to be all sorts of reckless. There were just too many people doing interesting things for it not to be mayhem. And thus far, it's mos ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Hybrid Marketing & MediaBun B (left) and Tuesday's guest of honorKirko Bangz is, at the moment, the most commercially viable option within the New Houston Collective. Tuesday night, he released his DJ Drama cosigned mixtape, Procrastination Kills 3, and hosted a mixer at SF ... More >>
keepittrill.comRocks Off has been anticipating several mixtapes/albums that have been released or are about to be released this year: hasHBrown's Relationsh*t, Kirko Bangz's Procrastination Kills 3, Just Brittany's More Than Just a Pretty Face, whatever Tawn P is working on, and so on.
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Rocks Off mines away all week at this mysterious mountain of Internet just to find all the precious local music news we can.
This week's honorary soundtrack comes courtesy of HasHBrown, who dropped his Relationsh*t EP on Valentine's Day.
MCM is sad to say goodbye to Weird Party and, belated ... More >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
R.N.C. (Self-released, 2010)
There are different branches of the New Houston Collectiv ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresRecently, rumors about an impending reunion between Trae and Z-Ro began to populate the atmosphere. It seemed mostly like hogwash; though neither of them ever officially acknowledged a rift between the two, everyone pretty much understood that something had pushed the tw ... More >>
*Ed. Note: "New Houston Collective" is (as far as we know) a term coined by our own Shea Serrano to refer to the current wave of Houston rappers who have little interest in syrup, candy paint, wood grain, etc.
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a natio ... More >>
Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayOf all of the Rap Round Table columns that have gone up, none generated more emails than this past Monday's "Which Rappers Would You Fight?" segment. Some people were pissed, some people were entertained, but most everyone had the same basic question: Wh ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresBrandi Garcia and TraeTrae Day
July 22, 2010
3:36 p.m.: Some dark, menacing clouds are off in the horizon. After everything that's happened this past year - the ban, the last-minute venue cancellation, etc - is there any way that it won't rain today? It s ... More >>
[Note: These are the notes from Trae Day prior to that whole pesky "six people getting shot" thing. For more info on that, check out our reports here and here.]Photos by Henry Rizoh/ Click here for a slideshow
Aftermath and hip-hop blogger Rizoh from The Rap Up arrived nearly two hours after T ... 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 email@example.com. Thanks, homies.
Single of the Week: "We Here," Jay'Ton feat. Trae and Yung Quis
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Akon, who ... More >>