The Rocks Off 200

Meet the Sharp-Tongued Hosts of Bayou City Reviews

Note: this article was written according to the format of our now-retired "Rocks Off 200" series. But it still works.

Who? In a lot of situations, being honest doesn't necessarily net you the most positive response. At least, not in the veins of Houston rap. When Ryan "Ryno" Mast, Craig "BayouCity Bizzle" Brooks and Warren "Double" Cormer sit in front of a camera in an isolated room, they're not there to come off as journalists reviewing new and old music from the city. To them, it's almost like a taped barbershop discussion.

The trio, who dub themselves Bayou City Reviews, have become infamous in the city not only for their review style but for also becoming an object of scorn. Not from other media members in Houston, rather the rappers themselves. One such story, according to BCR, involves Roosh Williams using plenty of ample stage time to send shots in their direction.

"BCR, in my humble opinion, is the long-awaited honesty that the Houston music scene has been yearning for, whether they realized it or not," Ryno says of the outfit. "We have no sides to choose or cliques to be a part of. Also, coming from the artist side of things myself, I know all about positive and negative criticisms."

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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