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 wee ... More >>
Local artists make waves with D-Town Boogie, but the real test comes in 14 months
With Lil Wayne's latest single, Play-N-Skillz cements its reputation as a production team—and maybe Dallas' reputation as a source of hip-hop?
Dallas' Play-N-Skillz, a duo of half-Venezuelan, half-Argentinian brothers who both rap on their own songs and produce tracks for others, aren't exactly newcomers to the national hip-hop game--they produced and co-wrote Chamillionaire's huge hit "Ridin'", and they're the beatsmiths behind "Got Money ... More >>
Allow me to preface this review by saying every Roots performance I've been to has been the best show I've ever seen. Last night's Hip Hop Honors tour kept the trend, but delivered a special dose of showmanship, because the Roots crew wasn’t there to play its own songs. The group wasted no time j ... More >>
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