‘Houston Rap’ Book Explores City’s Rap Scene

By Jay Casteel  |  10/18/2013

Houston Rap by Lance Scott Walker and Peter Beste

A new book is on the way, offering a look into the rap scene of one of the genre's most influential cities: Houston, Texas.

In Houston Rap, being rolled out by indie publisher Sinecure Books, writer Lance Scott Walker and photographer Peter Beste provides a look at the city's hip-hop scene through images and interviews.

Both spent eight years documenting the culture, so they know it very well, earning praise of Texas rap legend Bun B, who penned the book's foreword. "This book defines Houston Hip Hop," the rapper says.

The 272-page book takes readers through the notorious neighborhoods of the Fifth Ward, Third Ward, and South Park; and profiles noted artists like Bun B, Z-Ro, Big Mike, K-Rino, Willie D (of the Geto Boys), Lil Troy, and Paul Wall, as well as late legends like DJ Screw, Pimp C, and Big Hawk. It also spotlights community leaders, producers, businessmen, and family members, all providing insight into a great American cultural narrative.

Houston Rap is due out November 25. Pre-orders come as a "Slipcased Exclusive," accompanied by a fold-out poster; 7-inch vinyl recording of DJ Screw's "Something Good [UGK]" and Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" on the flipside; and artwork by GONZO247. Pre-order at Amazon.com.