Originating in Houston, Texas, “slabs” are a popular type of custom car. Some of their defining characteristics are elbow-rimmed wheels, candy paint, and massive stereo systems. Slabs are perhaps most well-known for being a major part of the city’s hip-hop culture.
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‘Slabs’ And ‘Swangas’ — The Cars Built On Houston Hip-Hop
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