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

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

Photos courtesy of Kyle Hubbard
"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!

Photo courtesy of Peter Beste

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

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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Mixtape Monday: BeatKing, KDOGG & Mr. 16

BeatKing; 2nd Home
The more I wonder about BeatKing, the more he continues to surprise me. Last week we got one of the harbingers of Texas club music with DJ Chose's Surveillance tape, which felt more like a clever mix of Texas' club sound with the revolving-goofball mystique that is Migos and Future's trap fun in Atlanta. This week, BeatKing travels to calls, his own second home if you will and easily the other epicenter for all things Texas ratchet. 2nd Home is skimpy at only ten tracks complete with two DJ skits but it's BeatKing using all of his collective talents in the smallest space available.

At his core, BeatKing can craft club tracks in his sleep, those rounded-out stretches of audio where nothing really matters except having complete fun and indulging. The Club God knows which piece of musical land he lords over and rarely attempts to cross over into other lands. You won't find BeatKing pulling a red wedding on people in some kind of Game of Thrones takeover; he'll just sit at the throne of the club ruling with an iron fist -- and the Dallas-ready 2nd Home tape proves it.

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Houston's Biggest Rap Stars Help Local Pastor Take the Gospel to the Hood

Vaughaligan Walwyn, Rev. Rapper
There are a lot of pastors in Houston. Very, very few of them can rap. And only one of them is releasing an album this week featuring guest verses by Scarface, Bun B, Z-Ro, Paul Wall and Propain.

That would be Vaughaligan Walwyn, a married father of four and the pastor of Legacy Church, a 300-member congregation that meets at the Christian Temple Church on the city's southeast side. Walwyn grew up five minutes away from the place, stopping by on Tuesday nights to play basketball.

As he grew into a young man, however, it wasn't the church that called out to Walwyn. It was the music of the streets.

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His Teacher Called My Son a Loser. 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!

Photo courtesy of Peter Beste

Dear Willie D:

My 9-year-old son's teacher called him a loser. It all started when the class was divided into groups to work on a science project and my son's classmate asked the teacher a question. Not satisfied with the answer, my son basically challenged the teacher's knowledge of the procedure to use in determining whether a car toy can measure magnet strength and that's when the students say she told him, "Shut up loser!"

Granted, my son can be a royal pain in the butt sometimes when his baby Einstein-like genius is on display, he's still a kid with feelings. He called me crying because he was so embarrassed.

The teacher was suspended, but I want her job. If she said something as cruel as that to my kid, imagine how many more she's done something similar to. She doesn't deserve to work around kids. How do you feel about me pursuing this further?

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J-Dawg and Propain at Warehouse Live, 3/30/2014

Photos by Nathan Smith
J-Dawg, Propain
Warehouse Live
March 30, 2014

Dallas can be a nice place to visit sometimes, especially in the springtime. The air is a little fresher up north, and the allergens a little less intense. After a few days spent relaxing and grilling outdoors with a few friends and family in Big D, though, I found myself missing the smog and the street construction just a tad. For someone raised on Houston's creole blend of cultures and poisons, the street flavor of Dallas will probably always be found thin and lacking by comparison.

Luckily enough for a rap fan coming off the long trip down I-45, Warehouse Live provided the perfect palate cleanser on Sunday night: a double-dose of Houston hip-hop featuring two contrasting yet complimentary performance styles. Boss Hogg Outlawz capo J-Dawg and New Houston mixtape star Propain might be separated by a few years and face tattoos, but they're both now increasingly storied fixtures in the Texas rap scene. And more importantly, they both sound like only Houston can.

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Mixtape Monday: Kirko Bangz's Progression IV, etc.

Kirko Bangz, Progression IV
A Kirko Bangz mixtape released in the tail end of March exists only to serve two real purposes. One is to keep your little sister at bay while Bangz's Bigger Than Me project continues to be tightened up until its scheduled June release; second, to toss out a handful of new and sort-of old Kirko records for the sake of not overloading your senses with a number of songs that will no doubt own both radio stations for an extended period of time. In short, he's the gaudy prince of Houston rap's Persia, and we're all servants.

But the fourth of these Progression mixtapes (a special edition of the PK4 mixtape that arrived a year ago) is more Kirko freewheeling over industry beats than legitimately rapping with something to prove. That's how you get "Love Rihanna," a ludicrous cut where Drake's "Girls Love Beyoncé" gets remixed into a flat-out twangy ode to doing anything to win Drake's new girlfriend, and "Don't Matter to Me," where Bangz falls for a chick who's pretty much been with every Houston rapper (Doughbeezy, Slim Thug and Propain get name-checked) but much like Justin Bieber's original, he'll still wear his heart out for her.

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My Doctor Is Out of Control. 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!

Photo courtesy of Peter Beste

Dear Willie D:

I am a single mother of two teenagers and one preteen. I sometimes find myself at a point where I don't think I can make it anymore when it comes down to providing for my family. Both of my daughters lost their fathers to violence a few years back, and my son's father is in his life but I receive no child support. My family and I are not as close as a family should be.

I often wonder if I should get a second job, but with three kids at home -- one who is only 11 and at the age where he needs me home more to give him the attention that kids need at that age -- I don't know. What's your best advice to me on how to get through this single-mother struggle?

Struggling Solo:

The first thing you should do when money is tight is cut back on your lifestyle. Look around and eliminate anything costing you money that you don't need: cable TV, cigarettes, alcohol, cleaning services, credit cards, Starbucks, name-brand clothes and anything else you can think of. Take your lunch to work, don't eat out, and if you drive an expensive car downsize to something less expensive but reliable. Get the son's father to help out voluntarily or put the courts in his life.

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