Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy

Hip Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy


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Rap-A-Lot Records, U.G.K. (Pimp C and Bun B), Paul Wall, Beyonce, Chamillionaire and Scarface are all names synonymous with contemporary hip-hop. And they have one thing in common: Houston. Long before the country came to know the chopped and screwed style of rap from the Bayou City in the late 1990s, hip-hop in Houston grew steadily and produced some of the most prolific independent artists in the industry. With early roots in jazz, blues, R&B and zydeco, Houston hip-hop evolved not only as a musical form but also as a cultural movement. Join Maco L. Faniel as he uncovers the early years of Houston hip-hop from the music to the culture it inspired.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609499785
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,262,942
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Maco L. Faniel is a native Houstonian, scholar, writer and social justice advocate. He is a doctoral student in History at Rutgers University and recently completed studies to receive an M.A. in History at Texas Southern University. Prior to his life in academia, Maco worked in diversity/social justice and pedagogy. Steve Fournier is one of the pioneers of Houston's hip-hop culture. He was a DJ, manager and promoter for several Houston clubs, including the Rhinestone Wrangler which was one of the places that Nelson George called a system of support for hip-hop culture. Julie Grob is the coordinator of digital projects for the University of Houston Special Collections. The University of Houston is the home of the DJ Screw Archive and the Houston Hip-Hop Archive.

Table of Contents

Foreword Steve Fournier 9

Acknowledgements 11

Introduction 17

1 From Good Lil' Hood Thing to a National Phenomenon: Hip-Hop's Early Development and Expansion 29

2 Houston, A Black Music City? 45

3 Hip-Hop Takes Root in Houston: The Formative Stages of Houston's Hip-Hop Culture (1979-86) 63

4 It's Time to Hustle: Houston Raps Back and Professionalizes Its Hip-Hop Culture (1986-91) 97

Afterword 131

Notes 141

Bibliography 157

Index 163

About the Author 175

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