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12 Rare Photos of Houston's Vital Rap Scene

Check out these exclusive shots from a new book that chronicles the Texas city's hip-hop output
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Houston Rap

In 2004, photographer Peter Beste, most known for his book, True Norwegian Black Metal, started taking pictures of Houston’s rap culture. A year later, Lance Scott Walker began interviewing the people in, and behind, Beste’s photographs. The result is a new 272-page book called Houston Rap, which captures the gritty charm of the predominant subculture in Texas. It profiles the bigger known musicians, such as Bun B of UGK and Willie D of the Geto Boys, but more than that, it tracks an impactful swatch of time that is slowly being scrubbed into obscurity. "In addition to paying homage to many of these artists who have been traditionally overlooked," Beste says, "I think it's important to have a visual record of these historical neighborhoods like Fifth Ward, Fourth Ward, and others which are changing at incredible speeds by outside money with little regard for their residents or history. In short, I felt compelled to make this book to document a rich and important time and place in American history." Here, Walker takes us on a 12-stop tour of the most memorable moments of Houston Rap— SHEA SERRANO

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