Photographer Peter Beste Gets Screwed Up With New Book Houston Rap

Tego Sigel

7 years ago

By Tego Sigel

Swang and I swang and I swang to the left.

Houston, Texas has always boasted one of the most influential, exciting and proud hip hop scenes in the world, and following more than 15 years of building their own style and culture, through legendary artists like UGK, DJ Screw, Z-Ro, Big Hawk, Scarface, The Geto Boys and Fat Pat; the second generation of  local artists gained national prominence in the mid-2000s, as Mike Jones, Lil Flip, Paul Wall and Slim Thug all scored international hit singles and albums, with a polished version of of the City’s unique and finely honed sound.

Tracing the Houston sound’s roots back to DJ Screw, whose brand of mixing, saw records slowed, chopped and repeated, in a style that lent itself to the city’s recreational drug of choice ‘Lean’. The culture of Screw has been widely adopted across hip hop and pop music and continues to influence some of the biggest artists on the planet.


In a new photography book by Peter Beste, titled Houston Rap, the city’s history and incredible spirit of industry and independence is explored through the hip hop scene’s cult and national heroes. With a forward from the godfather of the south Bun-B, the book looks at the mixtape scene, cultivated by car-boot entrepreneurs through to the stars of the Fifth Ward, Third Ward and South Park, the book also featured community leaders, producers, businessmen and family members who all help build the picture of a vibrant and fascinating scene.

Houston Rap editor Johan Kugelberg said of the process “We edited the book as a 24 hour glimpse into the culture,” continuing “We take you from the projects to the studio to the strip club and back, all along with an on-going oral history narrative from the people of the culture.”

Peter Beste himself offers “We see it as an immersion. The idea was always to provide an insight into the community of the arguably most powerful Hip Hop scene in the world today.”


Direct pre-orders of Houston Rap will receive a Slipcased Exclusive, accompanied by a fold-out poster and a 7” vinyl recording of DJ Screw’s Something Good [UGK] and Fat Pat’s Tops Drop on the flipside. This pre-order version is not available in stores. It is only available directly from

There is also a Deluxe Bundle available for sale directly from Sinecure Books which includes the Slipcased Exclusive version of the book with DJ Screw/Fat Pat 7” vinyl, a fold-out poster, Houston Rap Tapes (the accompanying publication of oral histories), a DVD of Ghetto Dreams (the Fat Pat documentary), a signed photographic print by Peter Beste, and a 2LP limited vinyl edition of DJ Screw’s All Screwed Up. The Bundle comes in a Sinecure Books tote bag and is limited to 800 copies. This Bundle is not available in stores! That awesome package is available exclusively from