University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the DJ Steve Fournier Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator Fournier, Steve
Collection Title DJ Steve Fournier Papers
Dates 1986-1994
Identification 2013-008
Physical Description 1.00 Linear Feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/, Phone: 713-743-9750

Biographical Information:

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.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, photographs, publications, and memorabilia relating to Steve Fournier and his work as a DJ, Rap Pool of America founder, and hip hop promoter in Houston in the 1980s and 1990s. The collection is divided into five series: Rap Performer Contracts, Rap Pool of America Documents, Photographs, Memorabilia, and Publications. Of particular note is the Rap Performer Contracts series which contains performance contracts for several prominent rappers, including Eazy-E, Sir Mix-A-Lot, N.W.A., Public Enemy, and Ice-T.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Contracts
Memorabilia
Photographs
Personal Name:
Fournier, Steve
Topical Term:
Disc jockeys -- Texas -- Houston
Hip-hop -- Texas -- Houston
Rap (Music) -- Texas -- Houston
Rap musicians -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

DJ Steve Fournier Papers. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Steve Fournier, September 26, 2013


Detailed List of Contents

Rap Performer Contracts

Scope and Contents
This series contains contracts in which rappers agree to perform at Houston clubs. They are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Rap Performer Contracts June 1988–June 1989
1 Eazy-E and N.W.A. June 1988
1 D.L.R. June 1988
1 De La Soul August 1988
1 Sir Mix-A-Lot August 1988
1 Ice-T September 1988
1 Big Daddy Kane September 1988
1 Stetsasonic October 1988
1 Biz Markie October 1988
1 Public Enemy December 1988
1 Boogie Down Productions January 1989
1 Too Short June 1989



Rap Pool of America Documents

Box Folder
1 2 Rap Pool of America Documents 1990, undated
2 The Rap Pool of America Official Rap Top 30 February 1990
2 The Rap Pool of America Official Rap Top 50 October 1990
2 General information letter for applicants undated



Photographs

Box Folder
1 3 Photographs approximately 1980s, undated
3 Steve Fournier photograph approximately 1980s
3 2nd Tyme Around promotional photograph undated



Memorabilia

Scope and Contents
This series contains several different types of memorabilia collected by Steve Fournier and is divided into these sub-series: Badges, Concert Tickets, and Business Cards.
Badges
Box
2 New Music Seminar badge July 1987
New Music Seminar badge July 1988
South by Southwest badge 1991
Club Infinity badge April 1991
Club Infinity badge June 1991
Club Infinity badge undated
South by Southwest badge March 1988
Concert Tickets
Box
2 Fall Rap Fest September 26, 1986
Eazy-E and N.W.A. June 16, 1988
Sir Mix-A-Lot and De La Soul August 18, 1988
Bobby Jimmy & The Critters October 28, 1988
Da Lench Mob December 4, 1992
5th Ward Boyz October 14, 1994
Business Cards
Box
2 Troy Birklett, Short Stop Records
Stephen M. J. Fournier, The Rap Pool of America
Greg Head, 97.9 KBXX-FM
Luscious Ice, 97.9 KBXX-FM
Edward Russell, Rap-A-Lot Records
Ousmane Sam, The Source
Marshall Williams, 98.5 KHYS-FM
Ronald Williams, Cash Money Records



Publications

Box Folder
1 4 Publications January 1991, May 1994
4 Houston Chronicle article, “City DJ takes on the music as a mission” January 20, 1991
4 H-Town Rapp Magazine May 1994