Written by veteran music writer and hip-hop scholar Lance Scott Walker, the book is a kind of primary source companion to Houston Rap, a collaboration between Walker and photographer Peter Beste that focused primarily on Beste's phenomenal photographic documentation of the scene.
- Maxwell Schiano
- Lance Scott Walker
It's remarkable, really, how thorough and perceptive each of these guys is in their own right, and even more special how well each's work supplements the other's.
This month The University of Texas Press has released a definitive version of the book, entitled Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop. This edition, some 80 pages longer than the first, features even more of Walker's interview work — with the likes of Scarface, Slim Thug, Lez Moné, B L A C K I E, Lil’ Keke, Sire Jukebox (of the original Ghetto Boys) and more — and new photographs from Beste to boot.
It is a Texas hip-hop nerd's best friend and, to my mind, one of the best scene-specific explorations of hip-hop you'll ever find.
To celebrate the release of the book, Walker will be stopping in to Friends of Sound next Saturday for a book launch talk and Q&A session.
"Houston Rap Tapes" Book Launch w/ Author Lance Scott Walker
Free, 6-9pm, Sat, Oct. 20, Friends of Sound Records, 700 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 971-8044, friendsofsound.com.
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