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SZA is a Modern Day Philosopher in "CTRL" | @sza

My body would physically reject saying some of the lyrics in her songs, even though my body screams “YES!” every time I listen to SZA sing them. Her statements are personal, and I am left to wonder how SZA, at 26 years of age, has lived this many lives. SZA is among the new school of women who are saying whatever tf they want in songs. No longer are we shocked when we hear women talk about their sexual needs. No longer are we disgusted by hearing women sing or rap about playing men the ways in which men have historically bragged about playing women. Women like Kehlani, Rihanna…hell, even Selena Gomez are telling it like it is.
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Houston Artists Inspiring Houston Art: Donkee Boy and Chingo Bling

Houston art is not synonymous with graffiti. However, people often equate the two simply because of the ubiquity of quality graffiti in Houston. Donkee Boy breaks that mold by using more traditional paint, painting styles, and screenprinting. Donkee Boy’s latest contribution to the city’s landscape is a mural of Houston rapper Chingo Bling on the side of Raven Tower. The artist debuted the mural for Madness on Main, and I got to ask him a few questions about this piece, his other pieces, and how he contributes to Houston popular culture.
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Rocky Banks Releases Two Songs for Midweek Music | @therockybanks

Rapper Rocky Banks is releasing two new songs today, “Through the Phone” produced by Mufasa Enzor, and “Mini Me” produced by Louie Ji and Darius 1500. If the name Louie Ji looks familiar, you might be a Rae Sremmurd fan – the producer worked with the duo on their song “Look Alive” from their SremmLife2 album. Rocky says of the two new songs, “These songs were created in at point in my life where I felt the need for vengeance. Keep in mind that I always create projects that reflect my current mindset. The hearts change from yellow to black sometimes.”
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Intro the Woods: FlygerWoods, in His Own Words | @flygerwoods

FlygerWoods is probably one of the most unassuming rappers I’ve met. It’s always neat to finally see someone with whom you’ve been in contact over the interview – especially a musical artist – and not get a Dragonfly Jones-esque “It is a pleasure for you to meet me,” but it’s even neater to have that artist almost want to interview YOU, asking questions like he’s actually interested in other humans. In light of his recent smashing the stage at Madness on Main this past Sunday so much so that they almost had to drag him off that stage, I felt I needed to share with the world about FlygerWoods, in his own words, so everyone would get to witness what some of us more fortunate music-lovers have gotten to experience.
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Madness on Main: Introducing Jax Yohana | @madnessonmain @longlivejax

A newcomer to the scene – and really to Houston, as a whole – rapper Jax Yohana is eager to share his talents with Texas. The producer/rapper (who sounds quite a bit like Jay-Z to me) is partnering with DJ IV for the “Jax IV Project” in which the two combine their musical talents and rap over a mixture of genres that is aesthetically striking. The pair will perform together for the first time at Madness on Main this weekend. Before hearing the Project Sunday, here’s a bit of what you need to know...
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Madness on Main: Re-introducing DJ IV | @IVLeagueHard

DJ IV, or Ichikara Valdez, has been a behind-the-scenes staple in the Houston hip hop scene for years. The CEO of Killem Collective, a group of local creatives destined to blow up, grew up around hip hop as he hung out with his father. Music is in his roots, and he’s finally ready to go out and blossom in front of the scenes. His latest project was debuted at Dean’s Downtown on the patio. The aptly-named Paper Maché Muscle is a mixture of a super hard series of music.
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Madness on Main: Introducing Kiko Villamizar | @KVillamizrMusic

Kiko Villamizar’s music is a fusion of Afro-Colombian, reggae, and other Latin world beats. Having traveled back and forth from South America and the United States for most of his formative years, Kiko’s music finds its place as a sort of earthy jazz – what he would describe as a “celebration of Mother Earth.” The lyrics to his songs are lamentations of the injustices he has seen in his travels. Kiko just released his sophomore album, Aguas Frias, earlier this year.
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10 Ways To Improve Third Ward Beyond Renaming Dowling St.‬

Thanks, I guess, for this small gesture. I suppose you think that makes up for the condition of the neighborhood? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it does not. In my not-so-humble opinion, that name change is a giant waste of time and money. Too little too late. You should have used that money to fix the things that are wrong in that neighborhood, not give people a consolation prize for treating them like crap still...
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