Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Z-Ro, C-Stone, Kyle Hubbard, D-Risha, Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy), A.D.D., Marcus Manchild, One Hunnidt, Chuckway, Preemo, Medicine Girl, Fat Tony, more.
Not Invited: The Grinch.
This Week's Prompt: So, what rap-related things are you hoping to receive for Christmas this year?
Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy): New Mac for the studio. Protools 9. New mic. And some more Beats by Dre headphones.
One Hunnidt: I hope to continue to see more diversity in artistry. I hate the current stigma artists entertain about making certain songs/choices because they "have to." Maybe if we all dismissed that notion, the trend would dissolve.
Marcus Manchild: Better headphones. [laughs]
A.D.D.: I hope Santa can have my album mixed and headed towards mastering for Christmas.
D-Risha: For "Ebonics" to be on [the Houston Press] 25 Best Songs because I honestly feel it deserves it by the success of the original and remix.
Chuckway: Hope we're booked.
Preemo: Continued inspiration and blessings.
O.N.E.: Need the review of [my new] mixtape.
Medicine Girl: My fave gift ever was the Hip-Hoptionary, so I'd like an updated edition this year.
Chane: I'm hoping to have my visual done for my song "Off Like A Rocket: and that my promo plans for it become successful.
Z-Ro: For all Houston rap artists to come together. No more beef.
C-Stone: I'm getting a new grill from TV Johnny too. I guess that would be rap-related... and a new watch. I need some plug-ins.
Kyle Hubbard: All I want is my song "It's Making Sense" to get a spot on [the Houston Press]'s coveted Top 25 Rap Songs of the Year list, mostly because it deserves it.
Brad Gilmore: Twelve bad bitches (only joking, kind of). I actually want to have, like, a personal microphone. Lord knows Houston venues don't have the best ones; sometimes they don't have them at all. Also, a physical copy of Macho Man Randy Savage's rap album. That is all. Also, I second Kyle Hubbard's gift. He actually deserves it.
Fat Tony: Respect.
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Young Sensation: More people listen to my music and hear me out.
DJ Young Samm: An iPad or a new iPhone 4 so I can tweet my song while I'm DJing again.
Roderick Vonn: To get this mixtape done and get people excited about the album. [laughs] And to Charlie Sheen on 'em.
Mac: I just wanna get some money.