We Broke Up, But Now I Want Him Back. 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 BROKE UP WITH HIM, NOW I WANT HIM BACK

Dear Willie D:

I just got out of a bad relationship with a guy who is a dog in every sense of the word; all he needs is a collar and leash. Not only was he unfaithful, he was a user. Anytime we went somewhere, he always expected me to pay. My boyfriend before him was the polar opposite: if we went out, he insisted on paying for lunch and dinner. He opened doors and was an all-around gentlemen.

He was also loyal to me. But when he allowed me to take him for granted, I guess I just got used to walking over him and lost respect for him. Soon I started being cordial with a guy at the gym where I work out. I will admit my attraction to him was mainly physical at first because he was in great shape and he knew it. He is above average-looking but his physique gave him a level of confidence that women find attractive.

Shortly after meeting him I broke it off with my boyfriend to pursue a relationship with him. But after just two months in I realized that I had made a big mistake and ended the relationship. I want my old boyfriend back but I'm ashamed to tell him. How do I build up the courage to ask him back?

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FPSF Adds Monster Houston Rap Supergroup

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Free Press Summer Fest is a little more than a month and a half away, but even though the already-packed festival lineup has been released, more names are getting added, including a Swishahouse trio that kick started the second Houston rap surge in 2005.

Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Mike Jones himself have been added to the bill in a supergroup informally dubbed "Welcome to Houston," along with Houston mainstays Devin ihe Dude, Z-Ro and Port Arthur's own Trill OG, Bun B.

"We wanted to do something special we haven't done before, that has never been done before: Bring some of our favorite hometown heroes on stage all at once for one historic performance," FPSF said in a press release.

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Mixtape Monday: Jodii B. Basik Smokes For All On HIGHtivities

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Here's a peculiar thing: normally, any day marked 4/20 would give way to a baker's dozen worth of rap treats. But the last major Houston rap release to originate from this particular date was Doughbeezy's Reggie Bush & Kool-Aid, and that was three years ago. Since then? Rappers and weed-loving musicians have sort of left the weed theme alone; especially considering that Sunday doubled as Easter, the idea of a 4/20 mixtape damn near seemed extinct.

Unless you're Jodi B. Basik, that is.

With or without the ever-expanding Numbers Committee behind him, Basik has carved out a respectable name strictly off track features of a wide array of Houston musicians and a wildly intriguing Twitter profile that offers about as much insight into his daily dealings with women as Tim Meadows's The Ladies Man. But at heart he's a musician, who bakes in an intriguing mix of crass and unapologetic sexuality, humor and potent mid-grade rapping when he feels like it.


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Devin the Dude at Warehouse Live, 4/18/2014

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April 18, 2014

Plenty of artists can be classified as "weed rappers": Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Red & Meth, B-Real, and Curren$y, just to name a few. But the OG of the weed-rap game is a gentleman nick-named "The Dude." Devin Copeland has been high on the rap life since the early '90s, speaking the truth about life, love, smoking and women ever since.

He is also commonly referred to as, and has certainly earned, the moniker "Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper." In other words, the man is a damn legend.


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Devin the Dude's 10 Best Weed Songs

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Devin the Dude at Warehouse Live, 2011
If the guy in front of you on Interstate 69 is driving a little slower than usual this weekend, feel free to blame it on 4/20, the international stoner holiday that gives smokers a ready-made excuse to wake up late and do what they were almost certainly going to do anyway on Easter Sunday. Try not to judge them too harshly -- somebody is going to have to eat all of those Peeps.

Even if you aren't a fan of blazing up, though (WTF?!), tonight you can at least celebrate the return of Devin the Dude, H-Town's reddest-eyed underground rap legend, to the stage at Warehouse Live. While the adoration of marijuana is hardly novel in hip-hop, the Dude stays higher than most, cramming his tunes full of more reefer references than your average stoner imagines he perceives in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

That probably sounds terrible and insipid, but Devin is such a talented and unique voice that he makes weed sound even better than it actually is. It's our belief, in fact, that the tactical deployment of his music will be the key to the eventual decriminalization of the delightful drug right here in Greg Abbott's Texas.

Don't believe us? Then indulge us. Hell, indulge yourself: Light up a blunt, kick off your shoes and celebrate this holiday weekend by enjoying the Dude's ten best odes to the herb. And just in case you're feeling a little anxious about the whole idea, please know that exhaling into a toilet-paper roll stuffed with dryer sheets totally works.


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He Wants Me to Send Him Nude Selfies. 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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WORKING ON NOT BEING SELFISH

Dear Willie D:

I consider myself a good person, but I'm selfish and I don't know how to break the mold. I haven't spoken to my sister in over a year because I wouldn't allow her to use my car to travel back and forth to work. She wrecked her car and didn't have insurance for the repairs. She got mad at me because as she put it, I have two cars and one is just sitting there not being used.

She called our mother and put her in between it, and our mother took her side and called me selfish. Now my mother and I are on not speaking. Why should I have to let her put miles on my car, and what happens if my primary car breaks down while she's driving my other car? Even worse, what happens if she wrecks my car? I feel bad for being this way because she doesn't have transportation to work.

I know it's not my responsibility, but why do I feel so guilty? Do you think I should let her use my car?


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BBVA Compass Stadium Finally Gets a Concert, and It's a Big One

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More than two years after opening, BBVA Compass Stadium will finally host its first concert in a little more than two months - and it's a big one.

Earlier this afternoon the stadium and 93.7 The Beat announced they would bring a who's who of hip-hop and R&B stars to the home of the Dynamo, Dash and TSU football in the first-ever "H-Town BEAT Down," a Juneteenth blowout on Friday, June 20. Scheduled to perform so far are Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Future, Trey Songz and the ubiquitous "special guests."


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Kyle Hubbard Exits the Rap Game, Head Held High

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"I talk to the pastor, I talk to the atheist/ Both of them said to me that life is what you make of it."
-- Kyle Hubbard


Life is a journey, one where choices sometimes make all the difference, and other times don't matter for shit. There are times where everything falls into place one minute, only to have that masterpiece crumble down to nothing the next. And it takes strength to pick yourself back up and try it again.

Some people never figure it out. They wander the Earth, aimless and without direction. We've all been there at one point or another. We feel lost. Alone.

Houston MC Kyle Hubbard has been there. According to him, he was a "fuck-up" in high school who lacked motivation and direction. He was a failure, and knows that he wasted too much time living that attitude.


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I Want to Ask a Girl to Prom. 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 TO KNOW HOW TO ASK A GIRL TO PROM

Dear Willie D:

There's this girl at my high school who I really like, and I was thinking about asking her to my prom. I don't think she has a boyfriend; at least I have never seen her with a guy. We have three classes together so we speak to each other, but we never really talk.

She is one of the prettiest girls at my school, so I'm a little intimidated by her. Please, please, please tell me what to say to get her to be my prom date.

Prom King:

So you want to prom-pose, huh? It depends on how big or small you want to go. If you want to go small simply say, "Hey, you want to go to prom with me?" If you want to go big you could do a scavenger hunt where you leave a series of notes on her desk or taped to her locker that leads to you. To make sure she's the slightest bit interested and you don't waste your time, I would suggest you leave the first note on her desk with something she knows belongs to you -- like a book with your name written on the inside of the front cover.


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After a Decade, Lost Screwed Up Click Album The Take Over Comes to Light

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The dream seemed dead.

John Hawkins, a man blessed with the voice of a preacher and the mind of a rap savant, known as Big H.A.W.K., was gone. The one major cog in the machine that was the Screwed Up Click after DJ Screw's tragic passing in 2000 had been taken from the Earth.

Two years after H.A.W.K., Big Moe followed him, a victim of his own gargantuan physical presence but also a noted addiction to codeine cough syrup. Back then, it seemed more than ever that the Click would perish into memory, emblazoned on T-shirts and through a litany of freestyles, grey tapes and recordings DJ Screw had left over the years. The SUC's individual members would no doubt rep the flag, but as a collective? A rarity, if anything.


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