University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Carlos "DJ Styles" Garza Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Carlos "DJ Styles" Garza
Collection Title Carlos "DJ Styles" Garza Papers
Dates 1985-2011
Identification 06/2013-009
Physical Description 2.00 linear feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Carlos Garza was born in Mexico and moved to Houston with his family in the 1970s. As a teenager in Bellaire, he fell in love with hip hop music and culture. In the mid-1980s Carlos began break dancing under the name DJ Pace Master. He and a few friends formed the Dynamic Crew, a break dancing group which performed at parties and participated in contests. After a year of break dancing, he decided to switch to DJing and began performing under the name DJ Styles. In 1986, Carlos began working at Soundwaves and, due to his love of the genre, was put in charge of ordering all of the hip hop music. This role allowed him to develop relationships with major hip hop record labels, which came in handy when he started working as a hip hop music producer. Garza has worked as a producer for hip hop artists such as the Odd Squad, Devin the Dude, and the Coughee Brothaz, and continues producing, mixing, and mastering hip hop music to this day.


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

Scope and Contents

This collection includes personal records, fliers, posters, photographs, business records, audiocassettes, and memorabilia belonging to Carlos “DJ Styles” Garza, and relating to his work as a b-boy, DJ, and hip-hop music producer in Houston from the mid-1980s to 2011. This collection is divided into six series: Personal Papers, Business Records, Promotional Materials, Publications, Memorabilia, and Audiocassettes.  Items within each series are arranged chronologically wherever dates are available.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Odd Squad (Musical group)
Genre/Form of Material:
Business records
Drawings (visual works)
Fliers (printed matter)
Personal Name:
Devin the Dude, 1969-
Garza, Carlos "DJ Styles"
Topical Term:
Disc jockeys -- Texas -- Houston
Hip-hop -- Texas -- Houston
Rap (Music) -- Texas -- Houston
Rap musicians -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Carlos “DJ Styles” Garza Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Additional materials were donated by Carlos Garza on 02/24/2014

Detailed List of Contents

Personal Papers

Dates and Addresses
Box Folder
1 1 Datebook February 1986-March 1988
2 Datebook August 2004-December 2007
3 Address Book undated
4 Contacts List undated
Drawings and Artwork
Scope and Contents
This sub-series contains drawings by Carlos Garza and by two of his friends, Frosty Ice and Gino.
Box Folder
1 5 Carlos Garza Drawings 1986
Carlos 'DJ Styles' Garza notepad of drawings
Yolanda drawing by Carlos 'DJ Styles' Garza
6 Drawings by Gino approximately 1986 – 1987
Class of 87 drawing by Gino
Crime Stoppers drawing by Gino, Image 1
Duck cartoon head and drawing of Carlos Pace Master by Gino
Incredible Journey and the Dynamic Crew drawing by Gino
The Dynamic Crew flier with drawings by Gino on the back
Crime Stoppers drawing by Gino, Image 2
OVS_Box Folder
1 1 Artwork by Frosty Ice 1988
DJ Pace Master artwork by Frosty Ice
Personal Photos
Box Folder
1 7 Personal photos undated
OVS_Box Folder
1 2 Personal photos undated
Carlos 'DJ Styles' Garza turntables photograph
Operation Brightside Summer Youth Employment Program
Scope and Contents
This sub-series contains records relating to the Operation Brightside Summer Youth Employment Program, which was a program co-sponsored by the Houston Area Urban League and Anheuser-Busch Inc.
Box Folder
1 8 Operation Brightside News August 1985

Business Records

Scope and Contents
This series contains business records relating to Carlos Garza’s work as a hip hop music producer for performers like the Odd Squad, Devin the Dude, and the Coughee Brothaz.
Box Folder
1 9 Odd Squad approximately 1993 – 1996
High Volume Music press release
Odd Squad bio
The Craft press release
Psyko Ward, Nine Circles of Rek flier
10 Royalty Statements 1994 – 2004
11 Checks 1993 – 2004
12 Receipts December 1998
13 Harry Fox Agency Info Packet 2001
14 Certificate to operate under the name “The Craft” February 2003

Promotional Materials

Scope and Contents
This sub-series contains fliers collected by Carlos Garza. The first folder holds fliers specifically for Garza’s breakdancing group, the Dynamic Crew, while the second folder holds fliers for various musical artists.
Box Folder
1 15 Dynamic Crew Fliers approximately 1986 – 1987
H & H Production & Dynamic Crew presents Houston's Biggest 'Rap Contest' flier
Pace Master drawing
Rainbow Rollerskate presents 'Out of School' Concert flier
The Dynamic Crew presents Party! at Tommy's Grand Champion Gameroom flier
The Dynamic Crew presents Sheer X Ta C 4U flier
H & H Production & Dynamic Crew presents Houston's Biggest 'Rap Contest' flier, with handwritten flier on the back
H + H Productions presents the 'Big' Dance at 'The Rock' flier
Party at the New Orleans Apartments Clubhouse flier
Royal D.J. Force flier
The Dynamic Crew presents Sheer X Ta C flier, with stylized word sketches on the back
The Dynamic Crew presents The Kingsmen Club flier
16 Fliers – Various Artists approximately 1987 – 1999
Mr. Scarface flier
Promotional Photographs
Box Folder
1 17 Promotional Photos undated
Odd Squad promotional photo
Promotional folders
Box Folder
1 18 The Odd Squad approximately 1990 – 1994
Odd Squad promotional package
19 Camillion approximately 2003
Camillion promotional material
20 Mike B. 2005
Mike B. promotional material
Drawer OVS_Folder
F.3 7 Odd Squad Poster undated
Promo Cards
Box Folder
1 21 Various Hip Hop Artists approximately 2005 – 2011
Posters and Poster Flats
OVS_Box Folder
1 3 Devin the Dude Poster Flat and Sticker 1998
4 Coughee Brothaz Poster April 2011
Coughee Brothaz poster


Box Folder
1 22 Billboard Charts July 1992, March 1994
23 Hip Hop Magazines 1994 – 1996
24 Assault Guns Most Often Used in Crimes Handout undated
OVS_Box Folder
1 5 Billboard Charts February 1995 – March 1994
6 Newspaper Articles September 1993, March 1994


Box Folder
1 25 Business Cards from Book 1 undated
26 Business Cards from Book 2 undated
27 Business Cards from Binder undated
OVS_Box Item
2 1 Pins and buttons undated
OVS_Box Item
3 1 Four African medallions sold at Soundwaves undated
2 Two stacks of ticket stubs from various movies, concerts, and events approximately 1987 – 2009
3 Two AstroWorld name tags undated
4 Two armbands from concerts 1992, 1995
5 Blacksheep Skins Condom undated
6 Two keychains undated
OVS_Box Item
4 1 Yellow hair pick undated
2 Stack of badges from concerts and events approximately 1989 – 2005
3 Fossil watch sleeve and receipt undated


Scope and Contents
This series contains fifteen audiocassettes collected by Carlos Garza. They are arranged alphabetically by artist within the box.
Box Item
2 1 Audiocassettes approximately 1988 – 1999