Point Blank, “Straighten It Out”

From an interview with Point Blank by Lance Scott Walker in the new Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap Tapes:

Were you with those guys early enough to where they were still doing battle raps? This was still in high school, with those guys?

“Yeah, K-Rino was in high school. Like I said, I was in Sterling. You know, I saw K-Rino from afar. If you wanted to do some music, you had to know who K-Rino was…when I didn’t know him, when I wasn’t friends with him, I knew who he was, but I wasn’t introduced to him. But when I was going to that school [Sterling], everybody respected K-Rino. I used to go to the bathrooms when they went in the bathrooms. K-Rino used to wreck shit. He used to be at the talent shows, and I used to be at all that shit, but you know, nobody knew who I was at the time. I was an underdog on the rise.”

DJ DMD, “Mr. 25/8”

From an interview with DJ DMD by Lance Scott Walker in the new Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap Tapes:

“I was a nerd, single mama. I didn’t get involved with the street cats until I was into music in my 20s. So I grew up knowing that — believing that I could do anything I wanted to do. I went to college. I was a magna cum laude graduate…it wasn’t about me bein’ enraptured with the street life, per se. Not me. But a lot of the cats got involved — some of the hot rappers were actually dope boys who just wanted to get out of the street life using their skills. But problem is, once you start experiencing some success in the music business, they couldn’t leave the street mentality alone. And I believe that’s still going on a little bit today. They don’t know how to separate, ‘I’m an artist now–I’m all about music now…’ and ‘I’m involved with the street life, I’ve gotta do this…’ Man, you can’t–you gotta be one or the other. You gonna be a music man or you gonna be a dope man? One of the two, but you can’t be both or you gonna split yourself up.”

 

Justice Allah, “Feel Real Good”

Justice Allah, member of the group 144 ELiTE, discusses the problem of drank in HOUSTON RAP TAPES:

“People think codeine is safe. They think that, you know, this is safe, and it’s a fruity, fun type of drug, but they don’t understand what happens to they bodies once codeine is processed through the liver and everything…it’s highly addictive. People are not just doing it for fun. It starts out as a certain thing, but then it ends up bein’ something that you have to go through withdrawals and everything to try to get off of it….it’s definitely not a joke, and you’d think after all these years, and after all the major Houston rap artists and other people that have died from it, somebody would finally stand up and finally say, ‘Hey, man, this stuff here is a drug!’ It’s not just a fruity drink that you po’ing it up in sodas and stuff.”

“Letter to the Law,” K-Rino

From an interview with K-Rino by Lance Scott Walker in the new Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap Tapes:

“Houston is a cool city because number one: I like the weather. I like to play basketball, so it’s the only place I know where I can shoot hoop year-round…it’s an independent city. A lot of people do they own thing out here. We’re not predominantly followers. We pretty much do our own thing in Houston. A few people tryin’ to claim gangs and all that but that ain’t too prevalent out here to my knowledge. But it’s a cool city, man, and with the music scene bein’ like it is now, there’s a bigger spotlight on the city now because the world’s attention is on Houston now.

“I’ll go visit a lot of places but I wouldn’t trade just livin’ in Houston for nowhere.”

“Keep On Keepin’ On,” (Freestyle) DJ Screw Feat. Lil’ Keke, Shorty Mac, & ACT

From an interview with Shorty Mac by Lance Scott Walker in the new Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap Tapes:

So many people had that guy’s back, where would you go afterwards, if you messed with Screw?

“I remember 3 ‘N the Mornin’ dropped…back then I had a slab, and I came to Houston, and we was goin’ to I think the album release party or something. We pulled up in this neighborhood and I think about 30 dudes walked up to the car. [Screw] said, ‘Hey man, this my kinfolk Shorty Mac. He from Austin.’ Them dudes looked at me and told him, ‘Okay, he good. Ain’t nobody gonna mess with him ’round here.’..That dude[Screw] had power like…I don’t know. I can’t even put a name on it, but I just start seein’ different stuff, how the reaction of people…the people and different people comin’ round. And I mean, you seein’ gangstas cry and I say, ‘Man this dude was very effective on people’s lives, man!’ And not even that–this dude changed a lot of people’s lives.”

 

“Don’t Stop,” K-Rino (Starring Z-Ro)

From an interview with K-Rino by Lance Scott Walker in the new Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap Tapes:

Were other kids rapping when you first came out?

“I’ll put it like this: When I first started coming into the scene out here, it was around ’85, ’86, but the deal was that everybody was trying to be so much like Run-D.M.C., Fat Boys…whoever was hot at the time. And they’d have talent shows. Every school had a talent show, every school had a rap contest and you would see the same cats in these contests everywhere you go…me and my boys, we used to go get in the contests just like everybody else, man, and it was just a competition…we didn’t have keyboards and drum machines then. We was from the days where we used to have to walk up to the DJ booth and say, ‘Hey man I want to rap off that Ice-T.’ We had to rap off other people instrumentals, you know what I’m sayin’? So it was fun, man, because it was in its purest form because we was just doing it for the love.”

“Straighten It Out,” Point Blank

From an interview with Point Blank by Lance Scott Walker, in the new Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap Tapes:

“Does it take a lot to get the young guys to understand that?”

“…I got kids, and I take time to be teachin’ my kids, but if there’s somebody that I feel worth the knowledge I got to give ’em and worth the game I got to give ’em and show them to open their eyes to, then I’ll give ’em that time if they askin’ for it and they wanna do it. But a lot of people just want the fun. They want all the fun and shit what come with the situation, and this shit is hard work. This shit ain’t easy, runnin’ around gettin’ motherfuckers to buy your music and all that shit. It ain’t like they goin’ in the store to get your music. They buy it because they see you out, representin’, bein’ a real individual. I got city to city, state to state, town to town whether they know I’m comin’ or not. I done been way to Australia. Seven cities out the trunk, all in Australia.”

“Wanna Be A Baller” L’il Troy

From an interview with L’il Troy by Lance Scott Walker, in the new Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap Tapes:

“So what were people driving back then? What were you driving?”

“I had a little Sable. A two-door coupe and a Sable, white with a blue top, blue inside, blue elbows…back in the day we used to take the springs off our cars during the MacGregor Park days, and we’d come down here just bouncin’ up and down ’cause we took the springs off. We just come through bouncin’ up and down and we had them LOC glasses on and put it on 97 Rock…We wore ’em for the glare, and we was cool!”

Cl’Che featuring K-Rino, Rapper K, Murder One, Justice Allah, and Mayadia

From an interview with Cl’Che by Lance Scott Walker, in the new title just out from Sinecure, Houston Rap Tapes:

“What influenced you when you were younger…did you have somebody or something that hit you early on, that made you really want this?”

“I think it’s something that’s in you, and then you be learnin’ what’s in you, so it wasn’t nothin’ like I was livin’, and from practice I learned how to do it. I learned from something that was already within me, how to use it. And back then, I didn’t have anyone that was in the music industry in my family that could help me, so it wasn’t that. God kind of directed me on my own.”

 

Movie! Entertainment! Palmer Rockey!

“Everyone I spoke to seemed to have bad memories and experiences with this movie. Piecing together the info I came to the following conclusion: Palmer was from out of town, most likely the Los Angeles area. He came to Dallas to make the movie he had always dreamed about, but had virtually no money to do so. He was described to me by various people as a gigolo, con artist and all around smooth talker. It was rumored that he wined and dined some of Dallas’s high society women to get financial support for his project, and whenever he got his hands on some cash, he would shoot another part of the movie. Unfortunately, this resulted in having different actors playing the same part, as once they worked with Mr. Rockey they seldom returned.”

— Rich Haupt, Enjoy the Experience, “Palmer Rockey”