Slim Thug and Paul Wall Advise Rice U on New Swishahouse Archive
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
October 17, 2012
Rice University continues its elevation of Hip Hop into the academic institution by housing its first music label in its special collections. Rice professor Anthony Pinn, who recently enlisted emcee Bun B to teach a Religion and Hip Hop Culture in America course at the university, led the effort to create the Swishahouse archive on campus.
The label founded in Houston is characterized as a pioneer of the “chopped and screwed” sound in the mid-1990s and launching the careers of such platinum artists as Slim Thug and Paul Wall, both who have agreed to join the project and pay tribute to Swishahouse’s originators Mike “5000″ Watts and OG Ron C. Scholars who are interested in seeing vintage pictures, posters, and community outreach ephemera for the Houston S.E.A.C.’s “Don’t Sleep On It” syphilis awareness campaign may find access to the materials in Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL), a part of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Paul Wall told RapFix on MTV, “We came from Michael Watts’ childhood home-turned-studio…to having myself, Mike Jones, Chamillionaire, and Slim Thug all go platinum. That shows Michael Watts and OG Ron C’s incredible ear for music to discover and develop four platinum acts.”
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