Screwston, Texas

Mix Bag: An Exclusive With Aztek, A Night At The Electric Company And More Mixtapes Galore

Man, what a weekend. We sat down and chopped it up with them Southeast Houston hip-hop veterans Sen and Lil Villain, and Kansas-raised artist Uno. They gave us a rundown of an entirely un-talked about dimension of Houston's hip-hop history. More on that in Wednesday's "Behind the Lyrics," if, and only if, we can get through the four hours of tape we recorded. If not, trust us that it's coming soon.

We swear that Villain and Sen were relatives of ours in another life because it was a very comfortable vibe the entire interview and we felt like we had met them before, or maybe it was that fact that we were drinking straight liquor because we had no mixers in our refrigerator. Regardless, it was a real fun time and we're grateful for all the appreciation they showed towards this section of Rocks Off. They even gave us an opportunity to do a drop for a DVD they are producing, and we totally fucked that up, because despite the fact that our lifelong dream is to rap in a music video and we've practiced in front of the mirror for 20 years or so, we bombed.

On to less embarrassing, extremely exciting news... we finally got a hold of Aztek Escobar and had one of the best interviews of our journalism career. As you know, Aztek is not only known for being a really good rapper, but he was the first artist signed to Jay-Z's Roc La Familia music label back in 2005. He graciously granted the Houston Press his first interview in three years. He's been virtually silent on the subject with lots of various speculations on discussion boards and on hip-hop sites on his departure from Roc, but Aztek set the record straight in our interview.

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Contributor Rolando Rodriguez is the co-founder of Trill Multicultural.