"Peter Beste represents the next generation of documentary photographers. His images reflect passion, creativity, and technique. When I first saw his Norwegian Black Metal photographs I was totally blown away. It takes a special kind of photographer to go deep into uncharted lands and capture compelling images without fear. Peter is that person, and I am confident that he will continue to expose us to new and intriguing worlds as his career takes off."

- Jamel Shabazz



"What makes True Norwegian Black Metal, a collection of essays and the work of American photographer Peter Beste intriguing is that it resists tabloid urges and lets the images and artists speak for themselves."




“This book defines Houston hip-hop!”
– Bun B

“This is a book mostly about America. Beste and Walker’s subjects and photos speak for themselves, and leafing through Houston Rap is like breaking into a neighborhood and eavesdropping into its conversation…It’s almost like Studs Terkel’s ‘Working,’ but about people in Houston who may or may not have been rappers and musicians: Their lives are in this book.”
–Noisey / Vice

“A handsome collection of photos by Peter Beste and interviews by Lance Scott Walker that capture the city’s hip-hop history in full.”
–The New York Times

“Sinecure Books’ Houston Rap is a photographic dive into the city’s close-knit, multitude-filled hip-hop scene…provides the incredibly influential but still somehow slept-on region the widescreen attention it deserves.”

“If this weather’s got you interested in curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book, you’re in luck. Sinecure Books has just put out a great one.”
–Houston Press

“An antidote to coffee-table dilettantism.”

“These photos of the lives of Houston rappers are amazing.”
— Vice UK

Texas Monthly

“An astonishing and important insight into a great American cultural narrative”


“An assemblage of images and yarns that offer surprising insight through their raw candor and compassion. It is an honest look at the faces and places of true Houston hustle – not the showboating façade – where rappers are businessmen first and foremost. “

“As far as ‘Books’ is concerned you have put Houston on tha map!
It’s like Church’s Chicken… YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!!!” – Dope E.


Going Deep Underground with Houston Rap
Nathan Smith (Houston Press - December 17, 2013)

12 Rare Photos of Houston's Vital Rap Scene
Shea Seranno (Rolling Stone - December 12, 2013)

A Portrait of Drugs, Death and DIY hiphop
(BBC News - December 11, 2013)

'Houston Rap' Author And Photographer Discuss New Book
Brett Koshkin (XXL — December 9, 2013)

Houston Rap
Zack Bastian (Suburban Decay — December 9, 2013)

That's A Rap: nine-year Houston hip-hop research project culminates in pimpin' new book...
Rob Wilkes (We Heart (UK) — December 5, 2013)

Houston Rap: The Disappearing Neighborhoods That Shaped a Scene
Nathan Smith (Houston Press — December 4, 2013)

How Two White New Yorkers Created the Ultimate Portrait of Houston Rap
Nathan Smith (Village Voice — December 4, 2013)

Peter Beste & Lance Scott Walker: Houston Rap
Philipp Kunze (HHV-Mag (GER) — December 3, 2013)

Cover Story: Houston rap in photographs (pictured below)
Leor Galil (Chicago Reader — December 3, 2013)

Interview: Photographer Peter Beste Goes Beyond The Music
Ali Holdridge (Respect — December 2, 2013)

They're Already Boxed, Now Just Wrap: Holiday Gift Guide – Boxed Sets of Music
Jon Caramanica (New York Times — November 29, 2013)

Photographer Peter Beste Gets Screwed Up With New Book Houston Rap
Tego Sigel (RWD (UK)— November 27, 2013)

Houston's rich hip-hop culture subject of book
Andrew Dansby (Houston Chronicle — November 26, 2013)

Holiday Gift Guide 2013
Carrie Battan (Pitchfork — November 26, 2013)

Interview: Peter Beste On What Houston Rap Looks Like
Jordan Lebeau (FRANK151 — November 25, 2013)

Stream Five Hours Of H-Town Hip-Hop Curated by 'Houston Rap' Author Lance Scott Walker
Brandon Soderberg (Spin — November 22, 2013)

These Photos Of The Lives Of Houston Rappers Are Amazing
Bruno Bayley (Vice UK — November 21, 2013)

Peter Beste's best photograph: Tiger Wood of the hood
Kate Abbott (The Guardian (UK)— November 20, 2013)

Awesome Photos of Houston's Rap Scene
Andy Beta (Texas Monthly — November 19, 2013)

The Houston Rap Book Has Some Of The Greatest Rap Photography You'll Ever See
Snake (Vice/Noisey — November 7, 2013)

Exclusive Interview: Photographer & Writer Of Houston Rap, The Book That Will Redefine Houston For You
Bryan Hahn (The Source — November 6, 2013)

Read a Book: Descend into Houston's Hip-Hop Underworld w/ 'Houston Rap'
Sama'an Ashrawi (OkayPlayer — October 22, 2013)