The Houston Seminar presents Under the Radar: Tracing Houston’s Music History: The Houston Hip Hop Collection

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DJ Screw
DJ Screw Photo courtesy of The Houston Seminar

Houston hip hop has a unique sound that has influenced contemporary artists such as Beyoncé, Drake, and Solange Knowles. That sound was developed primarily by the late DJ Screw, who created the innovative production technique of “chopped and screwed” for his underground cassettes in the 1990s.

Among the riches of the Houston Hip Hop Research Collection are original mixtapes created by DJ Screw (1971–2000), notebooks of rap lyrics by the late rapper HAWK, promotional photographs, fliers, T-shirts, and recordings. Julie Grob, the founder and curator of the collection, will present materials that capture the creativity and drive of the musicians, producers, visual artists, and entrepreneurs who built an independent music scene of global influence.

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University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77004


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