Houston Rap Tapes
(Sinecure Books — February 28, 2014)

Photographs by Peter Beste
Edited by Johan Kugelberg and Michael P. Daley
Introduction by Willie D

Houston Rap Tapes is the companion to Houston Rap, Peter Beste's intimate photobook on this important hip-hop culture. Houston Rap Tapes complements Beste's photography in a series of oral histories conducted by writer Lance Scott Walker.

This book features exclusive interviews with legendary producers and MCs like Bun B, Willie D, Paul Wall, Z-Ro, Big Mike, DJ DMD, K-Rino, Salih Williams, and Lil' Troy, alongside creation myths told by old school masters like MC Wickett Crickett and Rick Royal.

The life stories of the Houston rap scene are also represented here by an assortment of radio and club personalities, impresarios, ex-pimps, former drug dealers, and members of the community.

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Houston Rap
(Sinecure Books — November 25, 2013)

Photographs by Peter Beste
Text by Lance Scott Walker
Edited by Johan Kugelberg
Introduction by Bun B

The Houston, Texas neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Third Ward, and South Park have grown to be hallowed ground for modern rap culture, possessing self-contained celebrities, entrepreneurs, support networks, and a micro-economy of their own.

Photographer Peter Beste (True Norwegian Black Metal) and writer Lance Scott Walker spent eight years documenting the most influential style in 21st century hip-hop and the vibrant inner city culture from which it stems.

Houston Rap, edited by Johan Kugelberg, profiles noted artists such as Bun B of UGK, Z-Ro, Big Mike, K-Rino, Willie D of Geto Boys, Lil' Troy, and Paul Wall, alongside reflections on the lives of departed legends such as DJ Screw, Pimp C, and Big Hawk.

The book also features community leaders, rappers, producers, businessmen, and family members, all providing an astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative.

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