The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed

The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed

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Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981

Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981

The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium the comic book From exciting young talent and self proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker

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Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop

Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop

Rap music from New York and Los Angeles once ruled the charts, but nowadays the southern sound thoroughly dominates the radio, Billboard, and MTV Coastal artists like Wu Tang Clan, Nas, and Ice T call southern rap garbage, but they re probably just jealous, as artists like Lil Wayne and T.I.

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My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy

My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy

From one of the greatest rappers of all time, a memoir about a life almost lost and a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop s Golden Era In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep s Prodigy tells his much anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope down the

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Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

MO META BLUESThe World According to QuestloveMo Meta Blues is a punch drunk memoir in which Everyone s Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world He digs deep into

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One Day It'll All Make Sense

One Day It'll All Make Sense

Common has earned a reputation in the hip hop world as a conscious artist by embracing themes of love and struggle in his songs, and by sharing his own search for knowledge with his listeners His journey toward understanding expressed in his music and now in his roles in film and television is

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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back to school party at a park in the South Bronx Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks the musical interludes between

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The Psychological Covert War on Hip Hop: The Illuminati's takeover of Hip Hop

The Psychological Covert War on Hip Hop: The Illuminati's takeover of Hip Hop

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The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama

The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama

From Two Live Crew s controversial comedy to Ice Cube s gangsta styling and the battle rhymes of a streetcorner cypher, rap has always drawn on deep traditions of African American poetic word play, In Talking Bout Your Mama, author Elijah Wald explores one of the most potent sources of rap the

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The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy

The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy

The business marketing genius at the forefront of today s entertainment marketing revolution helps corporate America get hip to today s new consumer the tan generation by learning from hip hop and youth culture He is the conduit between corporate America and rap and the streets he speaks both

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Game Over: My Love for Hip Hop

Game Over: My Love for Hip Hop

Winter Ramos, one of the drama filled faces of Love and Hip Hop New York, Season 3 delivers a brazen and unabashed memoir of her life in the world of hip hop In Game Over, Winter puts all of her emotions on the page leaving no experience, emotional abuse, or former lover uncovered From her days as

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Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood

My life s been a great story In the ultimate war Should I ill or do right Make peace or go raw Ice T, Exodus He s a hip hop icon credited with single handedly creating gangsta rap in the 1980s Television viewers know him as Detective Odafin Fin Tutuola on the top rated TV drama Law

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Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation

Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation

From Ahmir Questlove Thompson of the award winning hip hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, and

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J Dilla's Donuts

J Dilla's Donuts

From a Los Angeles hospital bed, equipped with little than a laptop and a stack of records, James J Dilla Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform The songs on Donuts are not hip hop music as hip hop music is typically defined they

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