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Straight Flexin' No Plexin'Houston’s role in hip-hop history stretches back more than forty years, to the day in 1981 when a student named Lester “Sir” Pace defied the bosses at Texas Southern University’s KTSU during a shift on the teen-friendly Kidz Jamm broadcast by playing hip-hop records on a program previously known for pop and R&B. From there, the ties between the city and the culture only grew: the founding of Rap-A-Lot Records, in 1986; DJ Screw’s pioneering of the slowed-down “chopped and screwed” mixes, in the early 1990s; and the Geto Boys selling a million copies of the record with “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by 1992, were early milestones in the city that became a tentpole in the world of hip-hop. Now, in 2024, the idea…

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