Read a Book: Descend into Houston's Hip-Hop Underworld w/ 'Houston Rap'
Author Lance Scott Walker has teamed up with Sinecure Books and OG photographer Peter Beste to release Houston Rap, a history of, you guessed it, Houston’s storied hip-hop culture. Walker and Beste spent eight years exploring the city and its rappity rap underworld, which–some might argue–has produced the most influential style in 21st century. Some of the most popular musicians and clothing lines have borrowed from said culture; Drake and A$AP Rocky have both made their best case to become honorary Houstonians, and even Forever XXI is trying to cash in on the word “trill.”
The book profiles a slew of Houston’s famous and infamous rap legends, such as Bun B, Z-Ro, Big Mike, K-Rino, Willie D, Lil’ Troy, and Paul Wall, and reflects on the dearly departed: DJ Screw, Pimp C, and Big Hawk. Bun B himself even pops up to pen the book’s foreword. Houston Rap‘s deluxe pre-order package is a sweet deal for the Houston rap geeks out there; it includes: A DJ Screw / Fat Pat 7″ vinyl record, DJ Screw’s All Screwed Up 2LP vinyl, Beste’s incredibly candid photobook, Houston Rap Tapes, Fat Pat’s Ghetto Dreams DVD, and a nifty Sinecure tote bag to stash all your goodies.The book is due out November 25th, but pre-orders will ship 10 days early.