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“This book defines Houston hip-hop!” – Bun B
“I love it!” – Sarah / colette
“This is a book mostly about America. Beste and Walker’s subjects and photos speak for themselves, and leafing through Houston Rap is like breaking into a neighborhood and eavesdropping into its conversation…It’s almost like Studs Terkel’s ‘Working,’ but about people in Houston who may or may not have been rappers and musicians: Their lives are in this book.” –Noisey / Vice
“As far as ‘Books’ is concerned you have put Houston on tha map!
ABOUT THE BOOK
People ain’t been educated on fightin’ back unless it’s some street shit, like fighting your neighbors or beating up… fighting your family members, killing your best friend. And nobody like… fightin’ the government, the city. “What you mean, fight the city? You mean like… Houston against me?” - Willie D, Geto Boys
Houston Rap is an immersion into the everyday life of the Houston hip-hop community. This hardcover 272 page book features the photography of Peter Beste who spent 9 years documenting the culture alongside writer Lance Scott Walker. The book is edited by Johan Kugelberg who also worked with Peter on his previous book True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice) which to date has sold through 4 editions.
The Houston, Texas neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Third Ward, and South Park have grown to be hallowed ground for modern hip hop culture, possessing self-contained celebrities, entrepreneurs, support networks, and a micro-economy of their own.
Houston Rap profiles noted artists such as Bun B of UGK, Z-Ro, Big Mike, K-Rino, Willie D of the 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.
“We edited the book as a 24 hour glimpse into the culture,” says Johan Kugelberg. “We take you from the projects to the studio to the strip club and back, all along with an on-going oral history narrative from the people of the culture.” “We see it as an immersion,” says Peter Beste. “The idea was always to provide an insight into the community of the arguably most powerful hip-hop scene in the world today.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
This is Peter Beste’s second major book of photography after his debut, True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice Books, 2008), which was also edited by Johan Kugelberg. Peter has exhibited his photography in the US, UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Denmark, Japan, France, Canada, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Italy. He has been featured in publications such as Visionaire, British Journal of Photography, Dazed & Confused, Vice, XXL, Vibe, Modern Painters, and Houston Chronicle.
Lance Scott Walker has written for Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Free Press Houston, 002, Dazed & Confused, Fader, Vice, and USA Today. Walker was a featured speaker and moderator at the Houston Hip Hop Conference at the University of Houston in 2012.
Johan Kugelberg is a veteran editor and curator with over 20 books and 50 exhibits under his belt. He has exhibited internationally and been published by Rizzoli, Four Corners, Zero Books, and Vice Books. Kugelberg created the Hip Hop History Archive at Cornell University, which contains over 16,000 cultural artifacts. He runs Boo-Hooray, an exhibit space and archival consultancy, and formed Sinecure Books with Eothen “Egon” Alapatt. Kugelberg also teaches at Yale, Cornell, and the University of Virginia.
“This is a book mostly about America…It’s almost like Studs Terkel’s ‘Working,’ but about people in Houston who may or may not have been rappers and musicians: Their lives are in this book.”
“A handsome collection of photos by Peter Beste and interviews by Lance Scott Walker that capture the city’s hip-hop history in full.”
“Sinecure Books’ Houston Rap is a photographic dive into the city’s close-knit, multitude-filled hip-hop scene…provides the incredibly influential but still somehow slept-on region the widescreen attention it deserves.”
“If this weather’s got you interested in curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book, you’re in luck. Sinecure Books has just put out a great one.”
“An antidote to coffee-table dilettantism.”
“These photos of the lives of Houston rappers are amazing.”
“An astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative”
“An assemblage of images and yarns that offer surprising insight through their raw candor and compassion. It is an honest look at the faces and places of true Houston hustle – not the showboating façade – where rappers are businessmen first and foremost. “