GT Garza, 31, is a pillar in the city’s hip-hop community, and his latest album, The iLLest, cements his status. The 11-track record debuted in March at No. 29 on iTunes, marking the first time Garza and his record label La Maquina has broken the top 40. He credits his sound to his upbringing in Southwest Houston: “I heard the chopped and screwed scene first, before I really heard Houston music at a regular speed,” he says. “I wanted to see ... what I could provide to the culture.” On the highly biographical iLLest, Garza raps stories he hopes are relatable, like how his mom worked hard to put food on the table, and how he went from sleeping on couches to owning his own home. “They’re about how I overcame obstacles through dedication and ambition.”
Even in a pandemic, the arts culture of Houston never stops — from movie screenings in the wee hours of the morning, to public art installations that light up the night. Seven photographers capture the everyday wonders of art in the most resilient city in America, over the course of 24 hours on Saturday, Oct. 3.
With his Astroworld album and subsequent music fest, Travis Scott shined an international spotlight on H-Town's hip-hop scene. Now, Scott seeks to draw attention to Houston's potential as a fashion capital, with the launch of a special collaboration with The New School's Parsons School of the Design. According to an article on Vogue.com, Scott's Cactus Jack Foundation has partnered with Parsons and the nonprofit My Brother's Keeper to deliver online fashion-design courses and a "web-based incubator for emerging talent" to Houston high schoolers.