Houston Rap Tapes Radio (Hosted By Lance Scott Walker) – A Motherload Of Houston Rap From All Eras And More

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Lance Scott Walker is the author of the awesome Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes; he is also the compiler of the most ginormous rap mix I’ve ever come across, which was naturally also Houston-oriented. Last week he sent me a link to his new(ish) radio show broadcast on Houston’s Optimo Radio, where he is now dropping his extensive knowledge of the subject in smaller 1hr parcels.
 
There have been 10 broadcasts so far, each of them available for streaming via soundcloud HERE. There does not seem to be a set specific topic per episode, but some do lean heavily on certain time periods or themes. E.g.: the 06-25-14 episode is all 80s; the 07-16-14 episode is all 90s; meanwhile the 08-20-14 episode mixes in a lot of non-rap material, combining canonical rappers like Devin and Geto Boys with a live P-Funk jam and a slowed Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers duet and more. Forays into other genres pepper the rest of the broadcasts as well, and those additions make for welcome asides that put Houston rap into the context of a larger musical history.
 
The episode below was the most recent posted. It’s the first one I heard and it covers a variety of sounds, which makes for a nice introduction to the series. The tracklist and credits for it are also below.
 

 
Houston Rap Tapes Radio
September 3, 2014
 
Hosted by Lance Scott Walker
Cover photo: Romeo Poet and Steve Fournier (courtesy of Romeo Poet)
 
Yung Surreal ft. Spiktakula & Big Gerb “Sorrow” JGtheengineer mix (2014)
Big Six ft. Kuwait “Ten Ta Get In” (2000)
Southern Funk Playas (Romeo Poet) “Brotha From Tha Project” (1997)
Day 4 Day G’s “So True” (1999)
Scratch Acid “Owner’s Lament” (1984)
Bam “Eyez Open” (1995)
Crime Boss ft. Big Dave, Pimp Money “OSC” (1998)
G-Rapp The General “Grind” (1998)
Lester Williams “Dowling Street Hop” (1949)
The ARE ft. D of K-Otix “A New Day (A New Hustle)” (2003)
Al-D “Long Live 83rd” Pollie Pop mix (1995/2011)
Mr. Mike “Don’t Nobody Really Care” (1999)
DJ Screw ft. Al-D, Lil’ Keke, Shorty Mac “Mind At Ease” (1997)
 

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