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Name: Fournier, Steve


Historical Note:

Steve Fournier moved to Houston as an adolescent in the late 1960s. Fournier began DJing professionally in the late 1970s, quickly becoming a fixture in the Houston night club scene. He DJed at several prominent Houston clubs, including Struts Disco, the Boneshaker, and the Rhinestone Wrangler. An avid rap music fan, Fournier was a driving force behind its increasing presence in the clubs, slipping more and more hip hop into his mixes and hosting live rap contests.  Fournier also founded the Rap Pool of America in 1985, which became the largest rap record pool in the country. It began with 30 DJs who paid him a monthly fee in return for the latest hip hop albums, and eventually grew to over 200 members. The Rap Pool of America ended in 1998, but Fournier continued working in the rap industry as a consultant to record companies and major labels until about 2002. Although he is now working in a field completely outside the music industry, Fournier still has a strong interest in hip hop and stays involved through occasional consulting and by speaking at music seminars and conferences.

Sources:

Faniel, Maco L.  “Hip-Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy.” The History Press. 2013.

Sources: Faniel, Maco L.  “Hip-Hop in Houston: The Origin and the Legacy.” The History Press. 2013.
Note Author: Stacey Lavender




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