My first book review. I am so glad that it is a great book about Houston Hip-Hop.

This is D3 The Concrete, bringing you fashion from the street.

As many of you know, that read and interact with the content that I produce here, I am a streetwear columnist. To me, streetwear is a part of Hip-Hop culture and, by extension, I consider myself an active participant in the Hip-Hop culture (fortunately, I also perform, as a Hip-Hop MC, so I am doubly a participant in Hip-Hop, but that is a story for a different day).

So, when this opportunity to write a review for the book, Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop, I took it as my civic duty to do so.

Short answer, the book is great. Lots of beautifully shot pictures (curated and captured by Peter Beste), an eloquent foreword by fellow Fifth Ward native, Willie D of the Geto Boys, and colorful interviews with many different artists and cultural participants, such as Z-Ro and Bun-B, to Matt Sonzala and Craig Long (aka BBC).

Lance Scott Walker, the author of this book, is a historian with a capital H. What I enjoyed most about this book is that great lengths were taken to include participants at all levels of exposure, from mainstream to underground. It also made me feel great to know many of the subjects of the interviews on a semi-personal level.

Another thing, in the spirit of Hip-Hop, is that the author took a tour throughout the state of Texas and it was pretty cool, from what I could see on Instagram.

To conclude, I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a thorough education on the history of Houston Rap music, as well as its surrounding subject matters.

Buy the book directly from the author now at the following link here.