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Z-Ro

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Heavy Is the Head That Wears Z-Ro's The Crown

    When your eye catches Joseph McVey, they immediately pan towards his stature. It's cold, most of the times draped in blue and hidden behind a pair of Loc black sunglasses. You could jokingly say he hasn't shown anybody his eyes since his "I'm Alive" video, or whenever he was officially crowned a leg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    93.7 The Beat's "Welcome to H-Town" Concert at Arena Theatre, 2/28/2014

    Geto Boys, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Lil' Keke & Slim Thug Arena Theatre February 28, 2014 So there's a new radio station in town, KQBT 93.7 The Beat. ("Radar Love" can now be heard exclusively on 106.9 The Eagle.) These upstarts claim to be the home of H-Town's real hip-hop and R&B. That tagline remains fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Z-Ro: An Even Darker Version of Drake

    Drake catches plenty of slack for being "emotional." It's an odd thing. Some of hip-hop's brightest moments have come from a place of catharsis and authenticity. When considering the Drake discography, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the word Drake was actually Latin for "catharsis" and "authentic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Summer Break: The Best Houston Rap Songs of 2013, Part 2

    Remember back in mid-May where we broke down the Best Houston Rap Songs of the Year (So Far)? It was a small sample, only five, knowing good and damn well there was an avalanche of tracks just waiting to be either heard, jammed in a large setting preferably at high volume or mimicked and pantomimed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Z-Ro the Emo: His Most Passionate Songs, Part 2

    In the second installment of Z-ro's most emotional songs, we'll take a glance back at some more of his woes with women, money and friends. Who else do we know that can sing so beautifully about feelings and give mean looks that can shake your soul? No one knows the blues like Z-Ro, and his voice si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Z-Ro the Emo: His Most Passionate Songs, Part 1

    Before Drake or Kid Cudi, Houston had its very own passionate singer/rapper. The Mo City Don, Z-Ro, has been pouring his heart out on tracks since the '90s. Anybody could catch his melodic and heartbroken wrath, whether ladies, "friends" or enemies. Here's a look at 15 of Z-Ro's most heartfelt song ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 7, 2012

    Friday Night: Chamillionaire, Paul Wall & Z-Ro At Warehouse Live

    Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Z-Ro Warehouse Live May 5, 2012 If you've been staying up nights worrying that Houston's rap legacy will be lost on the city's current crop of teens and young adults, go ahead and sleep soundly tonight. The crowd for Friday night's concert featuring local all-stars Chamil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    The Space City Beat Battle & The Best H-Town Producers Ever

    Despite a venue conflict, the championship edition of the Space City Beat Battle will go on Saturday evening at the Mercury Room. If you've never been to one it's almost like watching a ritualistic rite of passage where cocksure arrogance and chest pounding reign supreme. Sample based producers who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Aftermath: ABN, Performing Together For The First Time Ever, at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Barry Sigman​11:04 p.m.: This is going to be a good show. Somehow, this is the first time of the universe that Trae and Z-Ro have performed as ABN, the group a lot of people were saying could've maybe been as nationally famous as the Geto Boys (the GB are, for certain, ABN's historic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    What Is The Best Bone Thugz-N-Harmony Song Ever?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. ​This Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Medicine Girl, Mug, Delo, hasHBrown, Floss, Young Sensation, Mic Skills ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Rap Round Table: Which Houston Rapper Needs His Own Television Show?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Pyrexx, Preemo, Chane, Z-Ro, Slim Thug's grunt, D-Risha, Medicine Girl, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011
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    March 29, 2011

    What Are The Best Houston Rap Songs So Far This Year?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Propain, Devi Dev (97.9 The Box), Brad Gil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    What Community Responsibilities Do Rappers Have?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday or thereabouts, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. "Don't nobody care about how much your watch cost" Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Z-Ro, Paul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Z-Ro Actually Smiles, Laughs - We Have Proof!

    Marco TorresZ-Ro at Arena Theatre, Jan. 22, 2011​This morning, one of Rocks Off's readers in Dallas sent us an email. In fact, that sentence was almost the headline of this blog - apparently we actually have readers up there, so maybe those North Texans Southern Oklahomans aren't as hopeless a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    H-Town, Meet Roel Osteen; You Already Know Him

    ​In this edition of The Mailbag - which, FYI, is currently the most popular semi-regular blog post dedicated to championing underground Houston rap on the planet - we've got music from a guy who isn't necessarily an underground artist, offer up ideas for nicknames for two acts and imply that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Saturday Night: Slim Thug, Z-Ro & J-Dawg At Arena Theatre

    Photos by Marco Torres​Slim Thug, Z-Ro, J-Dawg Arena Theatre January 22, 2011 Houstonians from the Northside, Southside and everywhere in between gathered at the Arena Theatre on Saturday night to celebrate two kings. January 17 was Martin Luther King Day, and the 19th was Southwest-side rapp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Trae, Z-Ro Turn Video Shoot Into ABN Reunion

    Photos by Marco Torres​Recently, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Z-Ro Is Now On Twitter - Both Of Him

    ​With the other guys, it made sense. Chamillionaire: The tech junkie? The basketball fan? The guy so confident in himself that he created a whole new unit of money measurement and then named himself after it? Of course he'd be on Twitter. Bun B: He was a little late jumping in, but the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Remember Z-Ro's Crack?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Z-Ro Crack (Rap-a-Lot, 2008) Crack was the first of Rother Vandross's drug-themed albums, foll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Top 10 Trae & Z-Ro Collaborations

    ​Trae and Z-Ro: The Hakeem Olajuwon/Clyde Drexler tandem of Houston hip-hop, if The Dream spoke with a deep voice and Drexler's face was frozen in a perpetual snarl. Arguably the best one-two punch Houston has ever witnessed, over the years these rapping cousins have connected on several slam- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Cory Mo's Star-Studded It's Been About Time Mixtape

    Photos via myspace.com/corymoCory Mo and Bun B in Europe​We've been writing about Houston rap for nearly three years now, and have yet to hear someone - ANYONE - say a bad thing about Cory Mo. Not once. That's remarkable. Given the sometimes irritable nature of Houston's rap scene, that's like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Remember Slim Thug's Boss of all Bosses?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Slim Thug Boss of All Bosses (Koch, 2009) Boss of all Bosses is Slim Thug's official sophomore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Z-Ro's Woes: Rapper's Latest Drug Charge Resolved

    Z-Ro: Good news and bad news​Back in February we broke the story of Joseph Wayne McVey's latest drug charge. Back then things were looking pretty grim for the 33-year-old rapper/singer known as Z-Ro and "the King of the Ghetto."Based on his prior drug history, the District Attorney had just refile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Z-Ro's Woes: Rapper's Latest Drug Charge Resolved

    ​Back in February we broke the story of Joseph Wayne McVey's latest drug charge. Back then things were looking pretty grim for the 33-year-old rapper/singer known as Z-Ro, or "the King of the Ghetto." Based on his prior drug history, the District Attorney had just refiled the pending codeine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Remember ABN's It Is What It Is?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Assholes By Nature It Is What It Is (Rap-A-Lot, 2008) ​A.B.N. is Z-Ro and Trae's unduly short-li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Beyonce's Naughty T-Shirt, Devin's Suite 420, Eric B Vs. Nicki Minaj, Rick Astley Chopped And Screwed...

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Kritikal Van Gogh, "Dog Eat Dog" Wire to Wire ​Beyonce had tongues wagging at this weekend's Coac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Take The "Which Houston Rapper Are You?" Quiz

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​A few weeks back, someone sent along a link to a Facebook application tit ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2010
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    February 18, 2010

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Guerilla Maab's Rise

    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. Guerilla Maab Rise (Resurrection Music Group, 1999) ​Guerilla Maab was a gangsta-rap quartet turned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    The Incredible Truth: The Best Southern Rap Albums (and Mixtapes) of 2009, Part 2

    5. Z-Ro Cocaine (Rap-A-Lot) ​With Z-Ro's long-awaited album Heroin delayed, Cocaine ended up as the appropriately named followup to 2008's Crack. Though Cocaine was originally intended to be a mixtape put out by little-known producer DJ Drama Queen, it more than holds its own as a proper album. Fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 8: Devin the Dude's Just Tryin' Ta Live

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums that have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Devin the Dude Just Tryin' Ta Live (Rap-a-Lot/Asylum, 2002) ​In t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 11: Z-Ro's Let the Truth Be Told

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Z-Ro Let the Truth Be Told (Asylum, 2005)​This is our second entry from Jos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 12: Street Military's Don't Give a Damn

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Street Military Don't Give a Damn (Wild Pitch, 1999)​Surprise. Kids, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 14: Trae's Restless

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Trae Restless (Asylum, 2006) ​Disclaimer: We dissected this album wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Five Spot: Whatever Happened to Z-Ro's New Album? Well, We'll Tell You...

    Welcome back to The 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.​Okay, let's get you all caught up. Back at the end of the summer, word spread that Z-Ro had been jumped out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 20: Z-Ro's The Life of Joseph W. McVey

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Z-Ro The Life of Joseph W. McVey (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum, 2004) ​Five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 24: Pimp C's Post-Prison Pimpalation

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Pimp C Pimpalation Asylum, 2006​As fun as it is for us music writers t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Five Spot: J-Dawg, Z-Ro's Lyrical Match (Seriously)

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com.​You know, prior to the three seconds of gunshots that unwound all the good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Archie Lee & Coota Bang, R.I.P. Michael, Lil Jon, Jae Millz, Drake, 50, Tupac, Chris Brown 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Down For My Block," Archie Lee and Coota Bang Wire To Wire Michael passed. Three thoughts: 1. Michael ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Five Spot: Slim Thug is Back

    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. Numerous emails from PR people over the last two or so months have informed us that but a scant four years after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Five Spot: Greeting 2009 Z-Ro Style

    Welcome back to The 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. Just because you probably missed it, we'd like to take a second to bring to your attention that 2008 is over ... More >>

  • Music

    November 6, 2008
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    August 29, 2008
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    August 15, 2008

    Five Spot: Five Reasons Not to Mess With Trae

    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. Monday, Mike Jones tried to test Trae's gangster at the 3rd Annual Ozone Awards. He must not have heard t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Ozone Awards, Destiny's Child, Soulja Boy, K-Fed and More

    Welcome to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. From here on out, we'll attempt to bring you new music, news and other tidbits related (at least somewhat) to rap and hip-hop. Look for it Mondays around noon. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingl ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    Z-Ro

    Let the Truth Be Told

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Z-Ro

    The Life of Joseph W. McVey (Rap-A-Lot)

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