May 27, 2022

A New Online Digital Collection from the University of Houston Libraries: “Peter Beste ‘Houston Rap’ Photographs”

From the U. of Houston Libraries:

The collection comprises digital versions of 105 photographic prints created by documentary photographer Peter Beste as part of the nine-year project that became the book Houston Rap. Hip hop artists depicted include Scarface and Willie D of Geto Boys, Choice, Bun B and Pimp C of UGK, Devin the Dude, Paul Wall, Lil’ Flip, Z-Ro, HAWK, Trae, K-Rino, and others.

Published in 2013 by Sinecure Press, Houston Rap was the joint creation of Beste and writer Lance Scott Walker. It documented Houston’s hip hop community, particularly rappers, DJs, and others from the Third Ward, Fifth Ward, and South Park neighborhoods.



The original materials are available in UH Libraries Special Collections in the Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker Houston Rap Collection, as part of the Houston Hip Hop Research Collection which documents the unique music and culture of Houston hip hop.

Direct to Peter Beste “Houston Rap” Photographs

See Also: Houston Hip Hop Recording Artists Collection, 1995-2012

See Also: University of Houston Libraries Introduces Houston Hip Hop Posters Digital Collection (July 23, 2018)

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