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Hip-Hop and Rap

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Breakdown

    In the last couple of years, the BET Hip-Hop Awards have proven to be the most ironic awards show on television. There's little to no merit in an artist actually taking home an award anymore, unless you get the I Am Hip Hop lifetime achievement honor. The most important accolade an artist can really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    What The Hell Is Trap Music?

    By Rebecca Haithcoat You may have heard the term "trap music." You may even realize that what people are calling "trap music" today, which sounds a whole lot like dubstep, is not necessarily what people were calling "trap music" a few years ago. So, what the hell is trap music? Not too long ago, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Dallas Music Producers Claim Ludacris Stole Their Business Name, Throw 'Bows in Court

    It was in 2001 that Christopher Bridges, a.k.a. Ludacris, released "Move Bitch," a song still considered his masterpiece. (The inimitable chorus: "Move bitch, get out the way/Get out the way bitch/Get out the way.") It was the third single from the album Word of Mouf, and it helped propel the corn-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Five Reasons Why 2 Chainz Should Make A Presidential Bid

    I don't know about you, but this election coverage is really starting to wear on me. Headline after headline, months and months of media saturation, all to try and convince me to wake up 25 minutes earlier on November 4 to hit an elementary school on the way to work. I'm so fed up with the overkill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Rick Ross - Zouk - 8/9/12

    Rick Ross Zouk Thursday, August 9 Celebrating the release of his God Forgives, I Don't album Thursday night, the big boss Ricky Ross made his way to mega-club Zouk in style, putting on a performance that rumbled the outermost walls of the venue as loud as his signature grunts rattle one's speakers ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2012
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    August 9, 2012

    Smoke DZA on The Smoker's Club Tour, George Kush and His Presidential Ambitions

    The Smoker's Club first formed in March of 2010 as a SXSW showcase at The Firehouse Lounge, which hosted Devin the Dude and a supporting cast of emerging hip-hop artists who all had reefer in common, including Jayrock, Big K.R.I.T, Curren$y and Smoke DZA. It wasn't yet the club it would become over ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012

    Kool Keith at Trees

    Thursday, July 26, at Trees

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    The DC9er Mixtape, Resurrected: DJ Sissy Ross

    OK, it's been a while, but the DC9er mixtape series is officially back in action. We're resurrecting the weekly DJ profile with a Q&A and mixtape from Dallas' '90s hip-hop enthusiast, DJ Sissy Ross. Check out her Q&A and original mix below.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Schoolboy Q - The Door - 6/30/12

    Schoolboy Q The Door Saturday, June 30 On a night defined by sweat and hype, Schoolboy Q showed that sometimes you can be too good. Taking the stage after a litany of local artists, Q stalked the stage and effortlessly shifted gears between songs, taking control of style after style, showing exactl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    El-P, Killer Mike - Granada Theater - 6/21/12

    El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot The Granada Theater Thursday, June 21 Listening to the recorded works of El-P, it's easy to get the feeling you're dealing with a robot who has somehow discovered the emotional razor wire that is living a human life. Last night, El-P pushed back t ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2012

    DeSoto SolJazz Festival at DeSoto Eagle Stadium

    Saturday, June 9, at DeSoto Eagle Stadium

  • Music

    June 7, 2012

    H2O Music Festival at the Cotton Bowl

    Saturday, June 9, at the Cotton Bowl

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    The Problem With... Gym Class Heroes' "The Fighter" Feat. Ryan Tedder

    See also: The Problem With Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine's "Stereo Hearts" The 2012 London Olympics are a month away, but I'm not as interested as I was for Beijing 2008. If London's opening ceremony has a TARDIS float, I'll be interested. To tie in to the Olympics, Gym Class Heroes -- the hip, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Drake - Gexa Energy Pavilion - 5/16/12

    Drake Gexa Energy Pavilion Wednesday, May 16 Q: How Many Writers Does It Take To Review a Drake Concert? In the span of Drake's set last night, I felt alternately excited, flummoxed and bored, which is sort of the trajectory of the first month or so of a doomed relationship, where you're waiting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Top 10 Modern Hip-Hop Ad-Libs

    Throughout hip-hop's history, rappers have sought to distinguish themselves through a variety of methods. While some have focused exclusively on lyrical content, others have focused on style and cadence. As of late, hip-hop has experienced a fundamental shift from an emphasis on substance to an emph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Catching Up With Dallas' Open Mic Emcee Jesse Porter: "When You Create Different Lanes, Everybody Eats."

    Over the course of the past year, Jesse Porter, with the help of CoffeeMusicHub, has been an instrumental part of the local hip-hop scene, providing a platform for talented up-and-comers to flex their skills and gain the notoriety they need. We covered the scene back in September, but these days the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    AV The Great: "The Hip-Hop Coming Out Of Southeast Denton Is Strong."

    You could call it a tale of two cities. Within Denton city limits lie two distinct communities separated by nothing more than railroad tracks and a sign. On one side, you have the Denton everyone thinks of: Dan's Silverleaf, great indie bands, and the Courthouse. On the other side, you have Southeas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    2 Chainz - Main Event Center - 4/6/12

    2 Chainz Main Event Center Friday, April 6 Friday night, precipitous persona 2 Chainz arrived in a white stretch Hummer limousine, packed full of women and choice entourage at the Main Event Center. With a wingspan rivaling most NBA power forwards, 2 Chainz's menacing frame appeared not a moment to ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2012

    Preview: 2 Chainz at Main Street Event Center

    Friday, April 6, at Main Street Event Center

  • Music

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    SXSW Coverage Ahead. Plus, We're Sponsoring 50 Cent, Big K.R.I.T. and More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012

    Preview: Big K.R.I.T. at Trees

    Saturday, February 25, at Trees

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T. Reps the New Southern Hip-Hop Underground

    Are people still using PlayStations? If the brand is looking for a charming accomplishment via their product, they need look no further than Big K.R.I.T. As a resourceful teenager, Justin Scott used PlayStation's MTV Music Generator to form his first beats, and that entrepreneurial spirit guided hi ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2012

    Yelawolf

    Saturday, February 18, at Trees

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    In Defense Of... Nicki Minaj's "Stupid Hoe"

    After a year of being the single most popular woman in hip-hop, Nicki Minaj is getting some competition from all sides in 2012. On her right are jealous industry perennials like Lil' Kim. On her left are blog-buzzed upstarts like Azealia Banks. This might actually turn out good. Competition breeds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    A.Dd Plans a Texas Takeover With the Red Bull Skooled Tour

    ​Local rap duo A.Dd continue their ascent, this time enlisting corporate support from Red Bull, who's sponsoring an early February tour that will see them hit six Texas cities in the span of seven days. This will be a coming-out party of sorts, with A.Dd playing shows with some of Texas' mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Wu-Tang Clan Fog Out House of Blues

    Wu-Tang Clan House of Blues Friday, January 13 Contrary to popular belief, a majority of Wu-Tang Clan crowded the House of Blues stage Friday night, opening with "Clan in da Front." While most rappers I review these days present their speech in fragments, groups like Wu-Tang Clan remind us how flow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    The Problem With... Will.i.am's "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)"

    After a merciful summer and fall without The Black Eyed Peas, the group announced they would take a hiatus. My first reaction was relief. However, my second reaction was wordless dread. This means Fergie and Will.i.am's egos are no longer contained by editorial buffers Apl.de.ap and Taboo. Will i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    10 Albums To Not Overlook In 2012

    In case you're already blinded by the golden aura of 2012's major releases -- The Shins, T.I., Soundgarden, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Sigur Ros -- we want to make sure you don't forget about some other sure-to-be-top-notch albums that will see release next year. They may not shine on the iT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Best Local Hip-Hop of 2011

    A.Dd When we heard Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy teamed up with super producer PicnicTyme and DJ Sober for When Pigs Fly, we couldn't help but be excited for A.Dd 's 2011. They confidently took the city by storm, and When Pigs Fly achieved local legend status thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Add t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    The Problem With ... Mac Miller's "Party on Fifth Ave"

    When a new, hyped-up rapper appears on the charts, I play a game in which I compare a rapper with others on the charts and judge whether they positively contribute to the hip hop. I call that game "What's! Their! Niche!!!" Today's contestant is ... Mac Miller from Pittsburgh! Come on dooown! Mac ... More >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2011
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    November 3, 2011

    Method Man, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA

    Wednesday, November 9, at Granada Theater

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    The Problem With.... Flo Rida's "Good Feeling"

    Flo Rida has only become more and more interchangeable and average since he transitioned from R&B party music like 2008's "Low" to poppish party music like 2009's "Right Round." At this point, he oughta change his name to Cam Ofloj. Or something similar.

  • Music

    October 6, 2011
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    September 29, 2011
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    September 22, 2011

    Atmosphere

    Friday, September 23, at the House of Blues

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Over The Weekend: Lil Wayne and Rick Ross at Gexa Energy Pavilion

    Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, LloydGexa Energy PavilionSeptember 10, 2011Better than: a Super Bowl halftime show. Mike MezeulLil Wayne at Gexa on Saturday night. For more photos, check out the slideshow.​ Lil Wayne is a shapeshifter -- and, at that, one who has alrea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Last Night: Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) at House of Blues

    Black Star, Playdough, Topic House of Blues September 7, 2011 Better than: being blown away by a firearm. Mike BrooksMos Def in Erykah Badu's "Window Seat" ride post-show.​ Although each has enjoyed a remarkable solo career as one of the most important names in hip-hop today, Mos Def and Talib K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Last Night: Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Talib Kweli at the Prophet Bar Jam Session

    Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The GritzProphet BarSeptember 7, 2011Better than: an after-school special.Mike BrooksErykah Badu, aka DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, kept things going for over an hour. For more photos, check out the slideshow.After-parties can be funny things considering that, by defin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    The Problem With.... Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci"

    In spite of what I think of some rappers, the truth is that most of them have something to contribute to the scene. Kanye brings good production chops and high class. Eminem has tight alliterative flows. And Drake... well, he's Canadian, which has to count for something, I imagine. To this end ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2011
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    August 18, 2011

    Dru B Shinin'

    The Cleanup

  • Music

    August 18, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Symbolyc One Explains How He Came Up With Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Excellence" Joint

    Symbolyc One's on fire.​In this week's paper, you'll find a heads up of sorts about what's really going on in Dallas hip-hop these days -- essentially it's no longer the rappers making waves so much as it's the producers. And that's not just fluff. As noted in the article, in the past couple of ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    In Defense of... Eminem, Royce Da 5'9" and Bruno Mars' "Ligthers"

    Two project albums from prestigious hip-hop duos have been released this summer. Jay-Z and Kanye West, of course, released Watch The Throne last week. But, back in June, there was another: Eminem and collaborator-turned-enemy-turned-friend-once-more Royce Da 5'9" released Hell: The Sequel under th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Over The Weekend: Trae tha Truth, JMack and Big Hud at Trees

    Trae Tha Truth, JMack, Big HudTreesAugust 13, 2011Better than: trying to act like Dallas has a hip-hop pedigree to compete with Houston.Trae Tha Truth​ There wasn't much of a build-up to Trae The Truth's entrance at Trees on Saturday night. After a particularly high-energy set from JMack and a fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Last Night: Mobb Deep, Raekwon, Ghostface and Vicious Cycle at House of Blues

    Rock The Bells Tour with Mobb Deep, Raekwon, Ghostface and Vicious Cycle Sunday, August 14 House of Blues Better than: an unrequited longing for Golden Age hip-hop. Mobb Deep​Sunday night was an unabashed nostalgia fest for the crowd at House of Blues, particularly for those whose school days, m ... More >>

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