Here's a cool bit of news for your holiday enjoyment. Today CMJ singles out Houston rapper Nosaprise in its "Sonicbids Spotlight" segment, and takes the first steps toward discovering there's a lot more to Space City hip-hop these days than just chopped and screwed.
"His rhymes are reminiscent of early Wu-Tang and have an incredible flow often lost in today's fashionable production-heavy rap," Kate Shapiro writes of Nosa's Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades EP.
Tit for tat, though. Rocks Off learned something too - we didn't know Nosa is related to Fela Kuti. The late Afrobeat legend and Broadway musical inspiration is the rapper's great-uncle.
"I'm related to Fela through my mom's side of the family, but my dad used to travel around Africa with him when he was young," Nosa says in the article. "Pops played Fela all the time growing up, what I loved was that Fela took bits of afro rhythms and jazz and created something totally new."
Nosa leaves next week for his "Robert Horry tour," named after Z-Ro's "Mo City Don Freestyle" line "I'm H-Town to Cali just like Robert Horry." Although there's no local kickoff show - "because I'm hella busy," he says - Nosa does promise a homecoming gig after the three-week run, though he doesn't know where or when yet.
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In the CMJ piece, he goes on to discuss his love of straightedge punk rock. Read it for yourself.