Hip-hop music – as we know it today – wouldn't exist without Houston's influence. And that influence is charted in a new book called, "Hip-Hop in Houston: the Origin and the Legacy."
Author Maco Faniel looks back at the local artists who shaped the music on a regional and national level, from the Geto Boys to DJ Screw and beyond.
Faniel says hip-hop – like any other form of music – provides insight into the lives of those who created and consumed it.
"Hip-hop, blues, jazz, rock and roll: all of these music forms derive out of a particular social and political context," Faniel told FOX 26 News. "And if you want to understand that music, you have to understand the social and political context which it was made from."
Hip-hop is finally getting academic respect, as well. These days, you'll find hip-hop archives not just at historically black institutions, but also at Rice University and the University of Houston.