Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop

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8.0 X 10.0 X 1.0 inches | 2.25 pounds

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About the Author

Lance Scott Walker has written for the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Red Bull Music Academy, Vice, Wondering Sound, Local Houston, and Free Press Houston. He is the host of Houston Rap Tapes Radio and the founder of the live writers series Evil Hour Evening Reading.


"One of the best specific explorations of hip-hop you'll ever find."--San Antonio Current (10/12/2018)
"Houston...is changing. Books like Houston Rap Tapes help put on record the history and creativity that have long bubbled in the city's core neighborhoods."-- (10/16/2018)
"Lance Scott Walker...is a historian with a capital H. What I enjoyed most about this book is that great lengths were taken to include participants at all levels of exposure, from mainstream to underground."-- (10/29/2018)
"The oral histories, drawing on interviews conducted from 2005 to 2017, highlight the connections between the artists and the community they built."--Publishers Weekly (09/10/2018)
"I want this Houston hip-hop oral history book...because it details an essential rap locale via interviews with H-Town titans including Scarface and Slim Thug."--Pitchfork Holiday Wish List (11/23/2018)
"[Walker's] documentation may be more crucial now than ever."--Houston Chronicle (10/09/2018)
"For Houston, this book is iconic because local voices break down the models that they embedded in early 'Hustletown' culture that are still alive to this day as underground Texas rappers attempt to adapt to the streaming era."--Passion of the Weiss (01/17/2019)
"Houston Rap Tapes is a book that any self-respecting hip-hop head should read. Through copious amounts of research, care, and empathy, Walker allows the city of Houston to tell its story the way it deems fit."-- (03/25/2019)
"An authoritative history of one of America's most innovative and radical music scenes...[Lance Scott Walker] offers a dream realized for fans of Houston's explosive rap scene."--Texas Books in Review (06/19/2019)
"[Houston Rap Tapes] is a guide on how to appropriately archive and document regional rap over a generational timeline. It's gold."-- (02/03/2020)