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Building An Empire: “Why DJ Mr. Rogers Deserves To Flex”

“Coming from Dallas we was fans of Watts and Screw so tough. We had never heard nothing like that and we just always listened to it. Then I came to PV and I got to see the culture and how much that music meant to the people out here. At that time that’s all we listened to. I wasn’t a producer first, I wasn’t a club DJ first; I learned how to chop and screw before anything else. That was the first thing I learned how to record,” – DJ…

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DJ YOUNG SAMM – “JACK OF ALL TRADES”

There is an old adage that goes, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” For Sam Mercer, more commonly known as “DJ Young Samm,” this is a mantra that he has built his career upon. Crafting himself into a musical “Jack of All Trades” within the industry, he holds a dizzying array of capabilities including; rapper, producer, director, and graphic artist. Hailing from the infamous “Trinity Gardens” area of the North side of Houston, Texas, Samm was first formally introduced to music at the tender of age of…

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Le$: “No Days Off”

If there is indeed a distinction between old school Hip Hop and the music composed by today’s generation; Le$ is truly the bridge between the two. Fusing classic lyricism and a new age appeal, in any conversation about the hottest emcees in Houston right now, you damn well better mention his name. Originally from New Orleans, Les’s pursuit of higher education landed him firmly in Texas at the prestigious University of Houston, in pursuit of a Psychology degree no less. Although it seemed as if his career path had already…

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Ronald C. Green: “Call Of Duty”

Given enough time everything evolves; even politics. Holding the distinction of being the 4th largest city in the country, Houston is a haven for diversity; and current City Controller Ronald Green seems to have a knack for catering to the needs of its residents.In a nation with shifting ideologies, a loosening of former social norms, and a rapidly changing ethnic composition; to be a politician in today’s world, one must be able to accept and connect with a variety of people in order to truly serve them. A native Houstonian,…

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Propain: “Dangerous Minded”

There are some artists that move your body, their songs instantly becoming your favorite when it comes on the radio or when played in a crowded club. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some artists that move your spirit, their songs stirring your intellect via clever wordplay and intricate storytelling. There are few artists that can drive their body of music well between both lanes…yet for Chris Dudley, better known as “Propain,” it’s something that comes naturally. With some of the best music originating from the worst…

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SF2: SUZIE & TERESA – “Real Results”

While there are some women within the city content with the trappings of popularity, there are others who have garnered respect via hard work and impeccably good business. The application of these traits has been the driving force behind the success of SF2, Houston’s hub for a uniquely diverse collection of clothing, shoes, and head gear. With two stores flourishing inside of the city, SF2 has quietly carved out a niche in the community. Yet it’s co-owners Suzie and Teresa that have truly endeared themselves to the city.  Though not…

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The Dante Higgins Story

As we go through life music resides in the background; providing a full soundtrack of songs for our most painful moments, making us dance during joyous ones.  Some of its orchestrators, the artists, give us full access to their own lives, while others stand humbly behind their music, preferring that we learn about them through lyrics alone. For Dante Higgins, who even snubbed a stage moniker in favor of his given name, less is more. Yet in learning the inspiration behind his potent and increasingly revered lyrics, the air of…

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OneHunnidt: “Too Real To Be Fake”

  As Grammy nominated artist Drake’s track “Miss Me” wanes down, the words “Forever in our hearts. J.J., love you boy,” are the last ones we hear. For Houston, a city that Drake has entrenched ties with, it is the phrase that resonates the most. A poignant reminder of yet another admired soul gone far too soon. Far more than just the lyrics to a popular song, but an ode to a life cut off in the vigor of manhood. A son, a brother, a father. Gone.   For Sean Celestine,…

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Killa Kyleon: Natural Born Killa

While some music elitist are quick to downplay the contributions of the south, writing Texas off as having nothing more to offer outside of “a screw tape and a white cup full of lean;” for those who may have forgotten, Texas gave the game such legends asScarface, The Geto Boys, and UGK. All of whom added to the rich tapestry of Hip Hop, while making sure a star shined high above the Great State of Texas. Presently, one finds a musical generation comprised of both new and established artists, still…

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Doughbeezy: Shown & Proven

In a city inundated with rappers, promoters, DJ’s, models, and anything else pertaining to entertainment; it is easy to be dismissed as yet another voice in the crowd; screaming loudly for acknowledgement but getting drowned out in the fray. Yet there are some with a talent so recognizable, that even the most boisterous of critics are silenced by it, as proven by rising spitter Doughbeezy. Though born in Cleveland, by the age of 13 Beezy would be calling Houston home; and eventually Houston would have something to call him as…

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