I'm Ashamed to Put a Picture on Facebook. 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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ARE MY IN-LAWS STILL MY IN-LAWS AFTER DIVORCE?

Dear Willie D:

I divorced my wife last year and now have custody of my three girls. Neither the girls nor I have seen their mother in over eight months. She's out living her life with her new man. The other day my oldest daughter, who is 11, asked me could she go to visit her mother's sister for the weekend. Her aunt has always treated her extra-nice, but she's the same aunt who told my ex-wife that she should leave me because I was no good.

I told my daughter no, because I no longer want my kids to be associated with my ex's side of the family. She started crying and I felt bad, but I just don't think it's a good idea to have my children around people who don't like me. Do you think I'm wrong?


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Slim Thug Now Officially Owns Throwback Thursdays

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Want to know the weirdest thing about growing up? Trying to go back and finish something you started as a kid.

There probably isn't anything more annoying and weird than watching your friends who are now parents take pictures of their kids on their first days of school. Doesn't matter the grade level, you're just going to get plastered with images of smiling faces and outfits.

Meanwhile, stepping into a college class and sitting next to an 18-year-old in the same squirmy position you were in at 18 feels like the ultimate "look in the mirror" moment you may ever have in life. In other words, I'm just as old, and no amount of Blue Ivy dancing at the VMAs will change that.


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I'm Hypnotized by My Ex's Booty. 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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EDUCATION

Dear Willie D:

I very much enjoyed your segment on TV One's Unsung. You are an inspiration to the younger generation. Unsung covered most of your life, but covered very little of your educational achievements. Which high school did you attend, and what year did you graduate?

Educated Fan:

I attended Forest Brook in Houston, which was later consolidated with M.B. Smiley, and named North Forest High School. I got kicked out of the whole school district two months before graduation for fighting, and never went back.

I was supposed to graduate in '86. Every time I think about how close I came to the finish line and didn't cross it, I'm reminded of Fred's infamous running insult of his son Lamont in the television series Sanford & Son: You big dummy!


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New Houston Rap: Travi$ Scott Rides in Another Rodeo

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So...who wants new music?


MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Travi$ Scott, Days Before Rodeo

A year ago, Travi$ Scott emerged from Houston obscurity, Tumblr fanfare and the tutelage of Kanye West, T.I. and others to release his Owl Pharaoh EP. For much of the tape, Scott felt like he was doing more of a solid yet distorted impersonation of his influences rather than being himself. He raps in a mumble, the loudest things about him are a stage persona where he's been known to rap from the ceiling and his production -- abrasive, earth-shattering and heavily reliant on 808 drums, timely snares and distortion, his weapons of mass audio destruction.

Where Owl Pharaoh faltered was just that: Scott wanted so badly to carve out a loud, outsider feel to his creativity, as if we weren't going to understand him no matter how many times he yelped "straight up!" or attempted to beat us over the head with punched-in drum programming and frenetic pacing. You couldn't fit Scott in anywhere, despite creating an anthem like "Upper Echelon" that damn near blew a hole in Warehouse Live when he performed it earlier this year.

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The Rocks Off 200: DJ B*Ryte, From VA to H-Town With Love

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

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Who? Megan Bowie can flip her look on a dime. When she's not working in local television, she's DJ B*Ryte, a mixer who's found her home on multiple stages across the globe, but more recently on KBXX 97.9 The Box. She has a knack for bringing grooves together without being "sloppy" (in the words of OG Ron C) and has crafted plenty a late-night mix for listeners, not to mention break tracks from local artists and national mixtape cuts that usually take months to even arrive to some listeners.

Her arrival to Houston just five months ago didn't come without its fair share of detours. Bowie learned her craft at age 16 after entering college at Virginia's Hampton University.

"I had never been to a party or club before," she says, reflecting on the moment when she knew. "And when you're in college, you can use your college ID to get into everything -- regardless of how old you are because they assume you are at least 18. I remember going to my first party and looking at the DJ and watching the crowd.

"It was like, Okay, this one person is responsible for hundreds and hundreds, sometimes thousands of people's happiness. You have the ability to either make or break their night."

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Pimp C's Story Coming Soon to Bookstores

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L-R: UGK's Bun B and Pimp C at the 2006 OZONE Awards
The life of Pimp C is coming back -- in hardcover format.

Julia Beverly, the former editor-in-chief of OZONE Magazine and noted documentarian of Southern hip-hop culture at large, is planning to release an biography on the late UGK rapper, who died in 2007. Currently untitled, the book comes with the blessing of Pimp's mother, the late Weslyn "Mama C" Monroe and is set to detail his life, career and untimely death with vivid accuracy.


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New Houston Rap/R&B: Peek Inside Jack Freeman's Spotless Mind

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Last week's Houston Press Music Awards marked an intriguing moment in local rap music. That night, Doughbeezy won Song of the Year, besting plenty of acts who have tugged at Houston's ear at the Continental Club, Warehouse Live, Fitzgerald's, or any other venue where beer is served at a premium and an amplifier can be found nearby. It was also the night that for some strange reason or another, Devin The Dude was crowned Best Solo Rapper, even if he stood in a field where, in terms of legacy, he was a giant among upstarts.

Z-Ro, who has never applied to the school of Machiavellian tactics, instead presenting plenty of blustering lyrics poised to cave your face in if you do him wrong, took home Video of the Year. Space-funk oddities The Outfit, TX, who bend corners from here to Dallas on a frequent basis, won Best Rap Group.

Some things felt the same -- people being really, really happy for Doughbeezy; perpetual underdogs like Twenty Eleven, Undergravity and Dirty N' Nasty proud of their accomplishments minus victory -- but a lot felt different, considering that some of the acts even listed either hadn't recorded a full-length project the entirety of 2014. (Note: the HPMA eligibility period was July 2013-June 2014.)


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My Man Doesn't Know How to Make Love. 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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LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Dear Willie D:

So I graduated from college, and moved from Houston to California. It's been the best decision so far. I just feel extremely lonely here. I want friends. HELP!

Lonely Newcomer:

A good way to make friends in a new city is to start at your place of employment. Then branch out by joining clubs and organizations that interest you. If you like working out, join a gym. If you are a religious person, locate a place of worship and become a member. If you like helping people, volunteer your free time at a nonprofit.

Don't rush into anything, though. California, specifically the greater Los Angeles area, is ground zero for weirdos.


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Quartet of Rising H-Town Rappers Shines at Warehouse Live

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Feat. OneHunnidt, De'Wayne Jackson, Stoppa & Doeman
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August 8, 2014

This past weekend, the world experienced something called a "Super Moon." Apparently, that means that a full/new moon coincides with the closest approach to our planet on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest possible size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. This doesn't happen too often, although when it does, the results are spectacular.

At this time, whether due to celestial alignment or other factors, the status of the Houston rap scene is also on the rise. The four individuals who performed at Warehouse Live last Friday night are as bright and brilliant as the moon in the sky, and they seem to be on a trajectory to continue to shine for an extended period of time, regardless of what the moon or the Earth or the haters are doing. It's their time; we are just living through it.

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All Young Rapper Sevon Wants Is "Everything," and That's Okay

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It's never fun to be the new guy in the room.

That's what Seven "Sevon" Davis is currently experiencing. He's a soul-patched 20-year-old with large round eyes and a wide smile. His hair rests in a manicured stasis not exceeding maybe four inches off the top of his head. His voice is thin, nowhere near big enough to hold a baritone but registers a bit above a common whisper. He speaks assuredly, but not with a ton of bombast. Why on God's green earth is a relative kid having to sit backstage while Devin Tha Dude, fresh off another blunt rolled and chilled brew, performs?

Because that kid opened for him.


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