Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Mike Frost graphic designer collection of Houston Hip-Hop artwork, 1999-2009 MS 682

source Frost, Mike
Title: Mike Frost graphic designer collection of Houston Hip-Hop artwork
Dates: 1999-2009
Identification: MS 682
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet2 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

With over 15 years experience as both a Graphic Designer and Photographer, Mike Frost has defined the image and branding of rap/hip-hop albums in Texas an arguably the South. He started out designing event fliers in the Punk and electronic music communities of Houston in the mid 90s. Shortly after learning one of the first releases of Adobe’s Photoshop, many of his friends started pursuing their music careers. Most notable were; Mike Jones, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Devin the Dude, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, and Trae. With Mike, Cham, and Paul certifying platinum and Cham’s Grammy, Frost’s position as the go to man for graphic design, web development, and photography was solidified. He is currently Creative Director for Swisha House and his own boutique creative agency, SLFEMP. He created SLFEMP as a means to bring multifaceted and talented artists together to collaborate on album packaging, press, commercial, web development, and fine-art projects. His most recent Credits include: Slim Thug The Boss of all Bosses, Paul Wall The Fast Life, and photography and design for Microsoft’s Zune advertisements featuring Common. (excerpted from SLFEMP "About" page Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pg/SLFEMP713/about/, accessed March 17, 2017)

Content Description

Examples of graphic design work done by Mike Frost for hip-hop artists in the Houston area.


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center.

Index Terms

Rap (Music)
Artists -- Texas
Performing arts
Frost, Mike

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mike Frost graphic designer collection of Houston Hip-Hop artwork, 1999-2009, MS 682, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mike Frost, 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: T-shirts

Box Folder
1 1 1 Paul Wall East Life t-shirt, green cotton with white lettering

Series II: Magazines 2003-2007

Box Folder
1 2 Envy magazine / Houston life, March #26 featuring Paul Wall on cover (year unclear)
3 Rap Illustrated V.4 2004 featuring Z-RO on the cover
4 Rap Illustrated V.2 2003 featuring TRAE of the G-Maab on cover
5 Hustlenomics 3rd edition 2007 featuring SwishaHouse artists on the cover
6 Ozone Magazine 3rd annual Ozone Awards (date?)
7 Texas Music Winter 2006 Issue 25 featuring Mike Jones on the cover
Box Folder
2 1 Houston Press issue - Slim Thug on cover, April 2-8, 2009
1 Houston Press issue - Pimp C on cover Dec 13-19, 2007

Series III: Flyers, flats and one-sheets

Box Folder
1 8 Two 8.5x11" one sheets (Lone Star Ridaz)
9 2 one sheets for distributors (Baby Beesh: On Tha Cool; and Twin Beredaz)
10 Thirteen small flyers, including 2 microphone shaped SwishaHouse All Freestyles 4; Yuckmouth; Kickdoor Bandits; Z-RO; Kamakazeez; SwishaHouse Christmas Festival; Mista Da Masta; Big Tiger of da Swishahouse; SK Comin' All Day
Box Folder
2 2 Five 12x12" flats: Something to Lean To; On tha Cool; Lil O; Sir Daily and Doodie; Z-RO
2 6" x 18" Guerilla Maab = Res - Ur - Rect - Ed, featuring Dougie D, Trae and Z-RO; KMJ Records

Series IV: Posters

2 Poster: PSK-12 & Michael "5000" Watts - Something to Lean To - Chopped and Skrewed - Nightshift Muzik, Houston, TX
Poster: Michael Watts & Lil Mario presents - Lil Mario's Street Fame - Swisha House Records
Poster: Dope House Records / South Park Mexican - Reveille Park - Houston, TX
Poster: Screwston Vol. III - Stuck in Da Mud - Dope House Records - Houston, TX
Poster: Big Pic of Da Swishahouse - Certified
Fat Texas Records presents Texas Made: featuring Big Tee, 3-2 The Governor, J-Duce, Tony Montana, Lil' Sen "Gotti", Relentless Mafia, Villian Keys, Icey Hott & KB the Kidnappa
Poster: Lil' O - Food on tha Table; Game Face Ent. Houston, TX
Poster: 20-2-Life, Featuring C-Loc, Boo, PSK-13, Lil Keke, Mista Madd, Point Blank, The Cellmates / Inmate Records
Poster: Klas' One - The One and Only / Mixed chopped and screwed by Swisha House Michael "5000" Watts, Featuring Slim Thug, Papareu, Kamakazeez, Boonie Locc, Lil Mario, J-Dawg, A.D., 50-50, Doodie, Ghost Lansky, Agonylife, Yung Skrilla
Poster: Michael Watts Presents Mista Da Masta, Chooped Up Remix, Archie Lee of da Swishahouse
Poster: Lone Star Ridaz - 40 Days 40 nights
Poster: I-45 - Lost Between the Lines, Fuzzgun Records, 2000 ( 2 copies)
Poster: Z-RO, ca. 2004
Poster: double sided featuring Juan Gotti / No Set Trippin; Baby Beesh On Tha Cool; Twin Beredaz
Poster: SwishaHouse All Freestyles 4, featuring Michael Watts, Chamillionaire, Sabwarfare, Lester Roy, Blyndcyde, Slim Thug, Lil Mario, Bag Tiger, Al Bolden, Paul Wall, Lil Ron, J-Dawg, Big Pic, Lil Flip, 50/50, Ron C., A.D.
Poster: Freestyles Mixed Screwed and Chopped, DJ Marco Polo, Syrup Factory, Vol 2, Coming Fall 2001. Featuring Dooney, Lil Keke, Big Mor of Wreckshop, Slim Thug, 3-2 of the Screwed Up, Click, Icey Hott of Street Military, .50 Cal, D-Yates, Ghetto, Bandit, K-Fiend, J-Boy, Project 8, Joker, Coliaon, Candyman, Young J, Ace, LaLa & The Syrup, Factory Click
Poster: SwishaHouse Presents Big Tiger
Poster: Sixth Annual Carmona Custom Car Show and Concert, Memorial Day Sunday, May 27, 2001, Houston TX (double-sided)