I Don't Like Him the Way He Likes Me. 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 DON'T LIKE HIM THE WAY HE LIKES ME

Dear Willie D:

I'm a 17-year-old runaway who has been living with a 26-year-old man for three months now. I just got tired all of the rules at home. My parents know I'm living with a guy, but they think he's closer to my age. We have sex from time to time, and we do things together, but I don't consider him my boyfriend. I have told him that I only want to be friends, but he treats me like I'm his girl.

He introduces me to his friends as his girlfriend, and whenever I talk to other guys on the phone he goes into a rage. I'm only staying with him because he literally begged me to, and he said that I didn't have to pay any bills. When I ran away from home it was his idea. Yes, I knew he wanted more than a platonic relationship, but he convinced me that we could just be friends. Now he acts like we're in a relationship.


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Trae Day 2014 In Photos

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Photos by Marco Torres
Six years ago, in the sweltering summer of 2008, the City of Houston bestowed a proclamation upon one of its citizens, a certain Frazier Othel Thompson. Rap fans know the man much better now as Trae Tha Truth, Houston's own "King of the Streets." The following year, the city was rewarded with "Trae Day," a free family block party and concert that has become an annual extravaganza of music, carnival rides, health screenings, school supplies and giveaways.

So much has happened since the first "Trae Day," both in the city and in Trae's personal life and rap career. A dispute with 97.9 The Box and subsequent ban from the station's airwaves only fueled Trae's urge to work, first aligning himself with Lil Wayne's camp and then signing with Grand Hustle, the umbrella label run by the self-proclaimed "King of The South," Atlanta's own T.I. Trae also suffered the loss of his brother "Money" Clip D and ABN associates Dinky D and Poppa C to gun violence. A bullet even managed to find his shoulder, although he would make a full recovery from the shooting.

Despite all of the adversity, Trae Day lives on as one of Houston's most anticipated annual events, and Tuesday's 2014 edition at NRG Park was full with memorable moments. Here is a short racap of yesterday's festivities as seen through my camera lens:

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New Houston Rap: In Memory of M.U.G.

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Normally the Houston rap column would start off with an anecdote about my life, or something that happened to me that inspired me to write something poignant and funny and stuff, but this time that would be misleading.

This past Sunday afternoon word got out that M.U.G., a bowling ball of hardened street rhymes and heat-seeking rap purpose, was gone. Dead. There's been speculation about exactly how he died, but from the moment the Instagram posts and tweets began rolling out, I knew something was different.

If you knew him, M.U.G. was quiet and rarely raised his voice unless embattled in a discussion about music or knee-deep into a verse onstage. He seemed like the second coming of J Dawg, the two of them perfectly matched in Boss Hogg Outlaw harmony. His last tape, 2012's astute and relatively smart Money and Pain, was lauded and placed in its proper context as one of that year's best projects.


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Gas Up the Chainsaw: Ganxsta NIP Is Back

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Ganxsta NIP at Numbers, 2012
When picturing Houston hip-hop, most fans are apt to conjure images of hedonistic success: candy paint, gold grills and a cup full of purple stuff. And why not? The good times roll on a set of wire-spoke rims down here. But from its very earliest days, the city's sound of the streets has contained its fair share of darker themes as well: Drugs. Misogyny. Murder. In the '80s and early '90s, especially, it wasn't all good in the 'hood.

Nowadays, most local MCs are content to rap around the edges of this heart of hip-hop darkness, careful not to stare into it too deeply. But in that same darkness there still dwells a man known as Ganxsta NIP.

His 1992 Rap-A-Lot debut, The South Park Psycho, pushed past the violent and gritty lyricism of MCs like Ice-T into a whole new territory of fucked up. Rhymes about chainsaws, cannibalism, dismemberment and necrophilia cast Ganxsta NIP as the villain in an auditory slasher movie. This wasn't hardcore rap; this was horrorcore. And like any good horror-movie villain, Ganxsta NIP always returns for another taste of blood.


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Boston George Traps a Hit With Traffic

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"Do You."

That was the crux of a recent Twitter back-and-forth between DJ Mr. Rogers, easily one of the best DJs Houston has to offer, and Slim Thug, a Houston mainstay whether he's rapping or just speaking his unfiltered mind.

"Do You" is not really a brand-new concept, it's something people ask of their rappers every single time they touch the mike, even moreso when it comes to rappers in a certain region. It's a two-sided argument of course in regards to success, to either follow current trends of what's hot versus what works.


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My Next-Door Neighbors Are Peeping Toms. 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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WHY DO SMOKERS STAND RIGHT OUTSIDE OF DOORWAYS TO SMOKE?

Dear Willie D:

I have a healthy contempt for smokers who have no regard for the rest of society. If I was a smoker you would never catch me smoking cigarettes right outside of the doorway or in the direct path of nonsmokers. I mean seriously, if you want to kill yourself go right ahead, but don't take the rest of us out with you.

Smoking is hazardous to your health. As such, if a smoker causes a non-smoker to come into contact with smoke fumes they should be charged with assault, the same as any other person who causes bodily harm to an innocent person. Why do smokers have to stand right outside of doorways to smoke?


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An Easy Guide to The Box's 97.9 The Concert

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Secret shows in Houston don't always stay that way. It's also not a secret that 97.9 The Box has been making quite certain its focus on local rappers is heard vociferously.

Last year, the first edition of 97.9 The Concert featured a number of who's who in the local rap community. Propain, he of the 2013 Mixtape of the Year and all-around Houston star down to the twang, headlined along with BeatKing. The second, taking place Thursday at presumed location House of Blues, has the distinction of being just as diverse with a few new wrinkles added in. (Follow #BoxPopUpShop for ticket locations.)

There are numerous artists on the bill, some recognizable, some you may possibly be hard-pressed to pick out of a police lineup. That's where I come in.


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The Mid-2014 Houston Rap Awards

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Houston rap has never been in a far more comfortable, and possibly profitable, place. Think about it: the city has two radio stations that both support local artists left and right, and the once-banished Trae Tha Truth is once more openly celebrated on the airwaves. At the same time, long-rising underground stars such as Doughbeezy and DeLorean have made their first dents upon radio.

Propain and BeatKing have had the two most ubiquitous singles. Hell, Mr. Scarface rose from the ashes and decided a new album was in order. The Latino contingent is stronger than ever, and the depth of talent just below the rappers already mentioned here is deep.

I like comparing Houston rap and the WWE -- not just because of the city's insanely rich history with the sport, but because it's so linear. The superstars of yesteryear, such as Slim Thug, Bun B and (to a small extent) Z-Ro, are still viable, but the youth are now ready to handle the mantle of being the flag-bearers. With that in mind, here are the mid-2014 awards for Houston's rap scene, all tied to the men who brawl in the squared circle every Monday and Friday, plus one Sunday a month on pay-per-view.


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My Ex Is a Cheating Man-Whore. 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 NEED HELP WITH KISSING A GIRL FOR THE FIRST TIME

Dear Willie D:

There's this girl I like that goes to school with me. Her dad and my dad just became friends so I'm starting to see her more often now and even talk to her on the phone. There is a party this weekend with all of my schoolmates and she will be there. I plan on kissing her, but I don't know where to start. I don't want to mess it up. We're both 15. How should I go about kissing her?

First Kiss:

The first smooch is like sealing a relationship with a kiss. If you do it right, you're good. If you do it wrong, things could go bad real fast. Don't work yourself up with too much planning. Planting the perfect kiss in real life seldom turns out the way it does in the movies. Just relax and let it flow naturally. Try to pull her away from her friends so you can enjoy her company alone.


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The Super Houston Mixtape Tuesday Column

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We're at the midpoint of the year of our Houston Rap Lord two thousand-fourteen. In that short span, we've seen BeatKing topple buildings and get Nicki Minaj's attention, Doughbeezy's slow fury wreak havoc all over the country, two radio stations viciously vie for listeners, DeLorean arming himself for radio play, Propain basking in the victory that Ridin' Slab secured him nearly a year ago. His understudy Doeman, meanwhile, became one of Houston's fastest-rising Latino rappers; same for Dat Boi T and Young G, not to mention GT Garza. The Houston Press Music Awards got more rap love than ever, it seems, and...OneHunnidt's tape is still not out yet. Bummer.

A full review of the past half-year in Houston rap is forthcoming; the city's crowning achievement, though, is simply not combusting during Drake's extended stay. But before that, we must dig into an absolute metric ton of new music and videos by Houston artists. May as well do this alphabetically and go on down.


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