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New Barbecue Spot Swarmed

New barbecue restaurant is swarmed — and a hip hop star gets in on it: Welcome to Ronnie Killen's world

By Eric Sandler

"Very busy." Ronnie Killen only needs those two words to describe the first weekend of full-time operations at Killen's Barbecue. In addition to serving about 1,500 pounds of meat ...


A higher purpose

Bun B and Houston Symphony imagine a world without hate at emotionally-charged concert

By Joel Luks

The applause that welcomed Houston Symphony associate conductor Robert Franz hadn't yet quieted down when he signaled the percussion section and jubilant trumpets in a masterful composition tha ...


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Hip hop legend teams up with the Houston Symphony: The most unlikely collaboration ever?

By Tyler Rudick

Houston hip hop legend Bun B is teaming up with the Houston Symphony for a rare collaboration at Jones Hall. The unlikely pairing will take center stage Nov. 14  at the Anti-Defamatio ...


Houston Hip Hop History

The real crazy history of Houston hip hop: City's rap scene finally gets the respect it deserves

By Tyler Rudick

Houston has its share of legendary hip hop figures — from the one-and-only DJ Screw to household names like Beyoncé. In his comprehensive new book Hip Hop in Houston: Origins, scho ...


The Hip Hop Life

Drug bust doesn't stop a Houston rapper — the concert goes on despite some TMZ moments

By Desiree Alvarez

It's not usually good news when you're caught on camera by TMZ. Just ask Houston rapper Riff Raff. He and two friends were captured on tape as police officers in North Carolina all ...


An Important Message

Bun B and the Mayor partner up again — and this time, there are winning videos

By Barbara Kuntz

Mayor Annise Parker and Houston rap legend Bun B are sending big high-fives to one high school — but not while driving. That’s the message in the Mayor’s Youth Council contest ...


Pix of the Day

Beyoncé's busy week begins in Houston and ends at Trayvon Martin rally in New York

By Clifford Pugh

Beyoncé Knowles is one busy woman. The superstar singer began her week in Houston, with a sold-out concert at the Toyota Center Monday night that her fans are still talking about. While in h ...


Bottoms up!

Bun B, beer pong and suds guzzling infuse Houston Beer Festival with riotous fun

By Desiree Alvarez

The third annual Houston Beer Festival was actually my first experience in the suds-saturated scene that rocked like a massive outdoor house party — that is, if the house was City H ...


Much Better Than Goop

Rap legend starts his own food blog: Finally, a celebrity website worth something

By Whitney Radley

Bun B has put his name on many a cause (think his "It Can Wait, Houston" PSA with Mayor Annise Parker and his involvement with the "Houston Is Hip" campaign), but his latest awa ...


High Rollers Only

Rap and foodies: Bun B and Uchi pairing is Free Press Summer Fest's hottest ticket

By Whitney Radley

If you're a holder of Free Press Summer Festival Fancy Pants or High Roller wristbands, and if you aren't waiting by your computer for the release of tickets to the exclusive breakfast, per ...


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