The 10 Flyest Female Rappers of All Time

From Lil’ Kim to Cardi B, these are some of the flyest female rappers in hip-hop that aren’t just rap stars but style stars, too. Hip-hop has always had an ongoing dialogue with fashion. Since its creation, the genre has had a symbiotic relationship with style, beginning with the B-boy and DJ era. With the advent of rappers, hip-hop only continued to grow as a source for fashion inspiration, and women have — and continue — to play an important part in that. In celebration of the 49th anniversar

Despite Rising Gas Prices Houston’s Slab Culture Continues to Ride on

High gas prices have hit Americans’ pockets everywhere, but slabs — and their owners — have held on in Houston. On any given Sunday in Houston’s historic MacGregor Park, a Saturday night at Carrington’s Sports Bar & Grill, or simply riding down Houston’s Martin Luther King Boulevard, you’ll see a slab line that stretches multiple blocks. Miles of brightly-hued cars, blaring car speakers, and unmistakable elbow wire wheels (commonly referred to as “elbows” or “swangas”) that hog the entire lane

Bun B Is Ready to Be an Executive

Today, we’re watching Houston legend Bun B receive his flowers, both as a musician and entrepreneur. At 49, the entertainer is on a high — last month, he made his debut at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, was named grand marshal of the Art Car Parade, launched his smash burger concept Trill Burgers and, to close out March, he headlined Rock the Bells’ Road Less Traveled concert. Rock the Bells is rapper LL Cool J’s flagship brand centered around hip-hop and the legends that propelled the gen

Houston's Tobe Nwigwe reveals he has a son on the way in Ebony exclusive

Houston's Tobe Nwigwe has had an impressive run this year — and we're only halfway through. The rapper has managed to release new music with "The Pandemic Project" and performed on the national stage with Jimmy Kimmel. GETTING ACTIVE: Tobe Nwigwe and his team go crazy for his music video 'FYE FYE' Now, the Nigerian-American artist is on the digital cover of the African-American mainstay magazine Ebony, flashing a mint green grill. In an Instagram post, Nwigwe described the experience as "Min

Le$' New Album E30 Is an Amalgam of His Southern Experience

Few artists have had the opportunity to work with heavy-hitting music camps like Curren$y’s Jet Life, or Slim Thug’s Boss Hogg Outlawz. The experiences Houston rapper Le$ soaked up while riding with these independent imprints would give him what he needed to spearhead something on his own, DIOS. Le$ found agency in his music, which later informed his successful entrepreneurial efforts, like his current clothing and apparel venture. With his name pronounced “Les," or “L. E. Dolla,” the rapper f

Mo Amer on the Humor and Heart Behind His Houston-Set Netflix Series

Houston is a melting pot for multiculturalism—we’ve even been named the most diverse city in the nation. People from all walks of life choose to make Space City their home, helping to grow our population and simultaneously creating niche communities that become their home away from home. Many of those who immigrate to Houston had lives that likely looked drastically different before making the decision to leave their home country for the U.S. Oftentimes, the journey to American citizenship is a

KenTheMan Shows Fans a New Side of Her New EP, What’s My Name

Known for her sultry, yet gritty sound, Ken carved out her own lane of pussy rap and wants everyone to know exactly who she is on What’s My Name. Ken’s wit, coupled with her provocative lyrics could be easily equated to new-age Foxy Brown. Brown, a fellow pussy rap icon of the 90s, embodied a sexual prowess, which is reimagined in the burgeoning Houston artist. She’s part of a renaissance in the music industry for women in rap, with eyes on Space City as it continues to be the place where this

Getting to Know Houston Rapper BBY Kodie

While he aspires to be “Houston’s response to Drake,” as he told Complex in a 2020 interview about the Toronto rapper who made it big in the Bayou City, BBY Kodie is following the path created by the likes of Kanye West, the late Virgil Abloh, and Westside Gunn. Like them, he’s channeling his vision and creativity to push far past music, and intertwining the worlds of rap, contemporary art, and fashion. Like a lot of people these days, the “Started This” emcee never received any technical train

Houston singer Peyton's new 'Let It Flow' is an ode to self-love in the South

While H-Town is more widely known for hip-hop, the city is opening up space for two other genres: Soul and R&B. BROWN SOUL: Houston rapper Doeman Dyna is changing the way we think about Latin hip hop Trailblazing the path here in Houston is singer and songwriter Peyton Booker, who simply goes by Peyton, with the release of her latest song and video "Let It Flow." The song, a single from her debut album "PSA," explores themes of self-love and mental health, and letting go of things that no lon

Mental Health is the Motive for Rising Star Monaleo

Being a rapper never crossed Monaleo’s mind. Growing up singing in the church choir, she learned to play both the piano and the flute, but never set her sights on rapping. “I was always musically inclined for sure, but I had no idea that I would be a rapper,” Monaleo explains heartily. “That was the craziest, most far-fetched thing I could’ve ever conjured in my head.” Fortunately, a classic tale of heartbreak would transform 20-year-old Leondra Gay into Monaleo—a fiery emcee ready and willing

Maxo Kream Offers an Autobiography on New Album Weight of the World

Born Emekwanem Ogugua Biosah Jr. and raised in Southwest Alief (notoriously referred to as S.W.A.T), the Nigerian-American rapper returns with his third studio album, Weight of the World, where listeners can hear about the duality of his life. The project is inspired by the loss of his brother Mmadu “Money Du” Biosah, and the celebration of becoming a new father. Growing up, Maxo lived abundantly. Life at home was that of the typical child一playing football and going outside with friends after s

The Best Music From Houston Artists This Year | 2021

2021 was a lunar launch of a year for Houston artists: Megan Thee Stallion took home multiple Grammy’s and collaborated with K-Pop sensation BTS; Travis Scott reconnected with Drake for “Fair Trade,” Lizzo put a stop to all these “Rumors” with Cardi B; Tobe Nwigwe and Maxo Kream effortlessly put on for Alief with their latest efforts—At The Crib Arrangements and Weight of The World; Slim Thug gave his Sugar Daddy Slim character a proper album; Paul Wall reminded us (and we’re definitely not disa

Stomp Down Is Houston's Newest Music Label With A Stacked Roster

Toby Oniyitan, CEO, and Ezra Averill, President of Stomp Down Entertainment sit at the helm of the new era of sound in Houston. Together, both create a localized effort to bring an acclaimed sound back to the Bayou City. After launching the successful careers of rappers Maxo Kream and Tay-K in Los Angeles, in April 2020, the pair decided to come back to their roots in Texas; outlining a vision to build Houston’s musical infrastructure. In an attempt to position Houston to stand alongside other m

HBO's House of Ho Season 2 Promises More Family Drama—and More Hos

House of Ho is back on HBO Max on August 25. Image: Warner Media When HBO Max premiered House of Ho in December 2020, the show was unavoidably dubbed a real-life version of the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians. But House of Ho is much more than that; it’s the true story of a wealthy, intergenerational Vietnamese family set right here in Houston, a city boasting the second-largest Vietnamese population in the nation. We at Houstonia couldn’t get enough of the Hos, and neither could HBO Max—the

Bun B’s Trill Burgers Featured on Good Morning America

BUN B’S TRILL BURGERS MAY HAVE STARTED OFF as just a few small pop-ups in Houston, but it has now become a nationally known burger brand. A collaboration between Bun B; Nick Scurfield, and Andy Nguyen of Afters Ice Cream and Dough and Arrow, just got some national screen time this week (more on that later). As Houstonians, we couldn’t be more proud. The OG Trill Burger, made with 44 Farms beef, Trill Sauce and pickles on a Martin’s Potato Rolls bun, has been seen everywhere. In recent months, t

Meet Top Chef Houston Contestant Chef Evelyn García

The Houston native represents Bayou City on the latest season of Bravo’s Top Chef. What goes on in the brilliant mind of Chef Evelyn García? We’ve seen García cool, calm, and collected every week on Bravo’s Top Chef, all while going up against some of the best kitchen masters in the world. The Emmy-winning series has raised the stakes, putting even more on the line each season. Champions win cash prizes of up to $250,000 and get the chance to be featured in major publications worldwide. For its

Opinion: HBCUs Continue to Beget Greatness and Megan Thee Stallion is Proof

HBCUs have laid the foundation for many successful careers, so much so that celebrities and high-profile figures will send their children to these schools across the nation. Prominent HBCU graduates are some of the most distinguished people in history, with Black leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison. Today, these universities are still producing influential scholars and leaders, with notable names like Reverend Raphael War

Trae tha Truth flies to Minneapolis to support Floyd and Wright families

Houston activist and rapper Trae tha Truth is supporting the family of George Floyd in person amid the ongoing Derek Chauvin trial. The rapper shared on Instagram that he was headed back to Minneapolis, a city dealing with continuing unrest amid Chauvin's trial. HOMETOWN HERO: That time Trae tha Truth rented an entire gas station to help Houstonians "Back To Tha Frontlines...... #GeorgeFloyd #DuaneWright Minneapolis ...... No Justice... It's just us... Time 2 Slide....." he wrote. The rapper

Houston's Lil' Flip has his musical legacy down. Now, it's about generational wealth.

In 2004, Cloverland native Lil' Flip released his single “Sunshine,” which would reach the top three on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs Rhythmic and Hot 100 charts. From there, Flip began to create a legacy for himself as a legendary freestyler and entrepreneur. Seventeen years later, Flip is still making power moves. Flexing his “I Can Do That” muscle, the rapper has many projects ahead in the foreseeable future — but they aren’t all music-related. While the Houston e
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