BeatKing, Gangsta Boo Renew Houston/Memphis Bond

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Since the inception of the New Houston Rap column, BeatKing has appeared more times than any other rapper. This may partly be due to his girth on the scene, how he fashions himself as a rapper who rarely wastes time when recording, and how nuanced he is in executing certain concepts in his head.

Case in point: much of his latest material has been propped up as "gangster stripper music," an amalgamation of Texas' hard-hitting, 808-mashing, call-and-response club scene and the steely-eyed, rowdy pimp talk that filtered through many a '90s Three 6 Mafia album. There's bits of California slang tossed in there for good measure, but BeatKing's baritone is so heavy that ultimately it's a Southern creation through and through.


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The 10 Best Texans-Steelers Rapper Tweets

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The only Texan who showed for the game: Danielle Bradbery
The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on game day night to comment on the home team's gridiron action.

And, as in years past, Rocks Off read their tweets more thoroughly and efficiently than Ryan Fitzpatrick reads defenses. Note: Due to unfortunate circumstances occurring within the last three minutes of the second quarter, this week's edition is a special "first half only" edition of Rappers Tweets. Pretty sure there wasn't a second half to this game anyhow.


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Premium Goods Offers Premium Sounds at 10-Year Bash

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Bun B onstage with The Suffers
Saturday evening, 8th Wonder Brewery in EaDo hosted a party for one of Houston's most important cultural institutions: the sneaker and apparel boutique Premium Goods (2416 Times Blvd.) was celebrating its 10-year anniversary of existence, and invited a few friends to assist in the festivities. Rocks Off photographer Marco Torres was on hand to capture the highlights.


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Five Important Reasons Never to Date a Rapper

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No matter how fine you are, you are not twins.
Rappers are awesome. They have the freshest clothes, they have the dankest weed, and they're fucking great at making words rhyme to a beat. Everybody wants a piece of their favorite rapper -- just check out those 139 people on stage with him. What are they doing up there? Nothing, really. They're just hanging out with a rapper. And somehow, we're jealous.

But relationships that start out with a lot of laughs and a cloud of bluntsmoke often end in tears. For too long, we've seen the best booties of our generation destroyed by sadness, hysterically crying after the MCs they believed would always be down for them turned punk, seemingly, on a dime. Hanging out with your favorite rapper is one thing. Going out with him is quite another.

Now, the reasons for dating a rapper are innumerable and obvious: They've got star charisma, they've got money, and if they're really, really in love with you, they'll write you a song -- or at least get your name tattooed on their necks. You can try to win him over, lock him down, become the Kim to his Kanye. But understand you'll have to beat the odds.


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The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review

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About two years ago, I decided to listen to 97.9 The Box over the course of a weekend. This was before the station implemented a not-secret but widely understood policy of supporting locals. It was hypersexualized. It was gross. It dealt with more Rick Ross detailing his sexual prowess than I ever wanted to imagine.

That was July 2012; a lot has changed since then. Houston, once an arena dominated by one rap-radio titan, now has three stations. iHeartMedia's 93.7 The Beat is now up against The Box, which is owned by Radio One, which stunted last week by shuttering its News92 format in favor of B92 -- an all-Beyoncé station -- before dropping an even bigger bomb: classic hip-hop radio.

Boom 92 arrived at 5 p.m. Monday by playing the Geto Boys, Houston's version of Public Enemy. To those in the know, it was more than esoteric. A random discussion with a friend and Rakim(!), of all people, earlier this year brought up the need of a classic hip-hop station. And now, it arrived.


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I'm Ready to Lose My Virginity. Help!

Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D!

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I'M 15 AND READY TO LOSE MY V-CARD

Dear Willie D:

I'm crushing on a guy who lives near my cousin who I met a month ago. He is 17 and I'm 15. He is fun, and attractive. I can tell he likes me because he's always calling and texting me, asking how I'm doing. My cousin says he's a player, but I don't see him like that. I know all about safe sex, and how to avoid getting pregnant.

I have been holding out for the right guy, and I know I'm taking a chance with him, but I'm ready to have sex because I'm always horny. I like him but if he didn't want to see me again it would hurt, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. If I make sure he wears a condom, what's the worst thing that can happen besides him not wanting to see me again?


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God Hasn't Forgetten About Hollywood FLOSS

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MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Hollywood FLOSS, God's Forgotten Angel
I doubt God has forgotten about Hollywood FLOSS. Well, he may have forgotten about his beloved Lakers last season, but that's beside the point. FLOSS represents one of those rap acts who could release a flurry of mixtapes, projects, untitled EPs and bootleg tapes with scratches in the material that doesn't follow any true chronological order, and he'd still have a slew of fans behind him.

God's Forgotten Angel isn't stuck to a unique concept like FLOSS' Xperiment series, where he asked bloggers to pick out their favorites, nor is it trapped in a motif like debut hard-copy album House of Dreams. If it truly wanted to stick to a concept, it should have been FLOSS and maybe Rob Jay or hasHBrown (both appear here separately) joining together and acting like Loki and Azrael from Dogma, trying their damnedest to rap their way back to heaven.

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The 10 Best Texans-Colts Rapper Tweets

The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on game day to comment on the home team's gridiron action.

And, as in years past, Rocks Off read their tweets more thoroughly and efficiently than Ryan Fitzpatrick reads defenses. Here are the highlights from the most frustrating loss of the year, a 33-28 defeat at the hands of Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.


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Lee-Lonn Pens a Lustful Love Letter on Deprived EP

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MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Lee-Lonn, Deprived
In order for you to believe Lee-Lonn Walker isn't a charming dude who could take your girl and mine (and probably your best friend's), you'd have to also believe he doesn't exist. Crazy, no? That's him, though. He doesn't have the physically imposing stature of a contemporary like Jack Freeman, but does have one disarming charm that is undefeated -- a falsetto that doesn't ever quit.

Walker is no longer the precocious teenager who used to pop up at talent shows at the University of Houston, or seem like a choirboy who sung with his chest puffed up and his mind clear. No, he's an evolving presence, constantly seeing the world and making certain to leave his mark wherever he goes. The intriguing part is how it's translated into his music and how his instrument of choice -- that falsetto that aims to register more than a few swooning moments with his female audience -- has evolved with him.

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I'm in Love With Myself. Help!

Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D!

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SHOULD I CHARGE MY KIDS' GROWN FRIENDS TO LIVE WITH ME?

Dear Willie D:

I have two adult children [a son and daughter] who live with me along with their three friends. One of the friends has a 2-year-old daughter. I pay all the bills. I'm retired, so I would like to spend my leisure time at home, but since my house is always crowded and noisy I spend most of my days at my sister's house, running errands so I don't have to be subjected to the chaos.

I don't mind my kids living with me rent-free, but I think their friends should be helping out financially. When I told my daughter that her friends need to start paying bills if they're going to live with us, she said they don't have any money. But the reason they don't have any money is because they don't work and refuse to seek employment.

The first time my daughter brought up the rent issue her friend said they were like family, and that they shouldn't have to pay bills because she doesn't have to. I feel bad for asking them to pay rent, but I think they should help out, don't you?


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