Houston Rap Tapes

Book Signing: Saturday, October 13th, 2018, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Houston Rap Tapes
An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop
by Lance Scott Walker
2018, University of Texas Press, Soft cover, $29.95

The neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Fourth Ward, Third Ward, and the Southside of Houston gave birth to a unique branch of rap, and a vibrant music scene that has produced globally recognized artists including Geto Boys, DJ Screw, Pimp C and Bun B of UGK, Fat Pat, Big Moe, Z-Ro, Lil’ Troy, and Paul Wall.

Lance Scott Walker and photographer Peter Beste spent a decade documenting Houston’s scene, interviewing and photographing the rappers, DJs, producers, promoters, and record label owners who give rap music from the Bayou City its distinctive character. Their collaboration produced the books Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes.

This second edition of Houston Rap Tapes amplifies the city’s hip-hop history through new interviews with Scarface, Slim Thug, Lez Moné, B L A C K I E, Lil’ Keke, and Sire Jukebox of the original Ghetto Boys. Walker groups the interviews into sections that track the different eras and movements in Houston rap, with new photographs and album art revealing the evolution of the scene from the 1970s to today’s hip-hop generation. The interviews range from the specifics of making music to the passions, regrets, memories, and hopes that give it life.

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