hip hop

Straight Outta Dallas

Oct 19, 2015 By H. Drew Blackburn

Two decades after a tragic car accident, The D.O.C., a West Coast rap pioneer and Dallas native, made a triumphant return to the stage in his hometown.

The Slow Life and Fast Death of DJ Screw

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

He was one of the most influential cultural figures in Texas—–a generous godfather to a generation of rappers, an entrepreneur of Houston's mean streets, the master of a scene fueled by codeine cough syrup and hip-hop beats. When he overdosed in November at the age of 29, it was easy to dismiss him as yet another musician who succumbed to his own success. But his story is more complicated than that.

Money in the Making

Jan 20, 2013 By Joe Nick Patoski

Houston’s new movers and shakers don’t hang with the Wyatts or Sakowitzes. They’re Eightball, Scarface, Lil’ Keke, and the other power players of the city’s rap music scene.

Home Girl

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Most people from Dallas who make it big in the music business get out of town as soon as they can. “That’s what celebrities do,” Erykah Badu says. “I never wanted to be a celebrity.”

It’s a Family Affair

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

For all her talent and poise, Beyoncé didn't become the biggest star in the world without help. And she got plenty of it from the people who know her best.