The shittiest thing about Houston Rap, the big, glossy picture book put out late last year by Sinecure Books, is that it isn't 11 million pages long. A ten-year labor of photographic love by documentarians Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker, the book is an absolute treasure trove of snapshots capturing H-Town rap culture that instantly became a primary portrait of the city's hip-hop scene. For hardcore music and history buffs, the only disappointing part of the book was reaching the end.
Photos courtesy of Peter Beste Pimp C and Bun B of UGK
The good news is that Walker has foreseen our frustrations. This week, Sinecure is releasing his 283-page companion piece called Houston Rap Tapes. The new book contains more than 40 interviews that Walker conducted over the past decade with Houston hip-hop movers and shakers large and small. The author will be signing copies at Sig's Lagoon today between 6-9 p.m.
Many small slices of the new book's interviews were woven into the photo narrative of Houston Rap. But Houston Rap Tapes offers up the long-form stories, conversations and musings Walker collected from the likes of K-Rino, Z-Ro, Lil' Troy and Paul Wall that offer a richer, deeper perspective on the city's rap culture and legacy.