By Jonah Bromwich You enter the room and they're already there. Some of the names you recognize: Randa the Rhyma (45 wins), Gig@ntic (48 wins), and Novice Raps (53 wins). You've checked the boards obsessively, but you've only ever been here before anonymously, as a guest. This is your first appeara ... More >>
Hey, we know those dudes! Unless you've been living under a rock, this is old news: Rio Room is kind of killing it these days. Forget the fact that Playboy named it one of the best clubs in the states last month; the Travis Street hotspot has played host to the likes of Erykah Badu (twice!), Ques ... More >>
Steve VisneauPlay-N-SkillzJuan and Oscar Salinas, the Grammy-winning production duo and brothers behind the Play-N-Skillz moniker, have a lot going on these days: a lawsuit against Lil Wayne; a recently released mixtape and single (with Bun B) to promote; a new mixtape on the way; a celebratory M ... More >>
Speaking of local hip-hop bigwigs trying to make the most of Super Bowl weekend, two-time Grammy-winning Dallas production duo Play-N-Skillz released to iTunes yesterday its new single, a song scheduled to come on the brothers Juan and Oscar Salinas' upcoming EP release, Alter Egos. Here's the th ... More >>
Bun BA few weeks back, on the same weekend when Dallas-based super-producers Play-N-Skillz were hosting auditions for their in-development MTV reality show, the Brothers Salinas also welcomed a Texas hip-hop legend and long-time collaborator to town. Turns out Juan and Oscar Salinas, who produced ... More >>
Steve VisneauP-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-play-N-Skillz!I was lucky enough to spend some QT with Dallas hip-hop super-producers (not to mention two-time Grammy winners) Play-N-Skillz last week on the set of Tum Tum's new music video for his Salinas brothers-produced track "Smoke Something" off his excellent n ... More >>
Steven VisneauPlay-N-SkillzPlay-N-Skillz and Def Jam's All-Star Weekend Finale PartyPM LoungeFebruary 14, 2009For Grammy-winning hip-hop producers Play-N-Skillz, Sunday night--the last night of a jam-packed, celebrity- and part-filled weekend--saw the brothers Salinas hosting not one, but two par ... More >>
Given the amount of hoopla surrounding the red-hot local production duo of Play-N-Skillz lately--the abundant MTV coverage, the Grammys pre-party, etc.--the brothers Salinas (Juan and Oscar) had plenty of confidence heading into Sunday night's Grammy Awards--maybe too much, considering how, last we ... More >>
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