Photo: Jennifer Charles
Lance Scott Walker is a native of Galveston, Texas and has written for Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Red Bull Music Academy, Texas Monthly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Vice, Thrillist, Fader, The Wire [UK], Wondering Sound, Free Press Houston, 002/Local Houston, OutSmart, Texas Music, GOOD, Dazed And Confused, NewType USA, Orlando Weekly, Portland Mercury, San Diego Fahrenheit, USA Today, RollingStone.com, and Vinyl Me, Please. He is author of the books Houston Rap (Sinecure, 2013) and Houston Rap Tapes (Sinecure, 2014), both collaborations with photographer Peter Beste, and Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop (University of Texas Press, 2018), as well as the forthcoming DJ Screw: A Life In Slow Revolution (University of Texas Press, 2022). He was a contributor to Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City through Mutated Lenses (Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2021), and Jason Shelowitz's The Rap Quotes Coast to Coast (Dokument Press [Sweden], 2019). Walker has spoken at The University of Houston, Texas State University, Houston Museum of African American Culture, The City College of New York, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and The Contemporary Austin's Jones Center at the Texas Book Festival, and a selected archive of his oral histories is hosted in the Peter Beste and Lance Scott Walker Houston Rap Collection at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. He has been a featured speaker at South By Southwest and conferences for the Houston History Alliance and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. He has been interviewed in Washington Post, Los Angeles Review Of Books, Texas Standard, Vice, The Source, Houston Chronicle, XXL, Houston Press, Sabotage Times [UK], The Wire [UK], HHV (Germany), Rolling Stone, Texas Observer, Rap Genius, Morgenbladet [Norway], The Gap [Austria], DigBoston, Passion Of The Weiss, Wine And Bowties, and Tidal, and has appeared on NPR, Pacifica Radio, Red Bull Radio, NTS Radio London, BBC News, and on radio shows and podcasts around the world. Walker is the host of Houston Rap Tapes Radio and the live writers series Evil Hour Evening Reading. He runs Ojet Studios in New York.