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Keep the Faith: A Memoir: A Memoir

by Faith Evans

It's been over ten years since Big was killed. I grieved for him for a very long time. And then, as time passed, the icy wall of grief surrounding my heart began to thaw and I began to heal. I remarried, had...

The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Urban Underground

by Lyle Owerko & Spike Lee

On the heels of the graffiti renaissance comes a vibrant look at an old-school icon that figured prominently in the hip-hop, rock & roll, and punk movements of the 1970s and 80s. The Boombox Project features...


by Albert Johnson & Steven Savile

Prodigy, from the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, launches Infamous Books with a story of loyalty, vengeance, and greed.

Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production

by Josephine Metcalf & Will Turner

This collection of essays critically engages with factors relating to black urban life and cultural representation in the post-civil rights era, using Ice-T and his myriad roles as musician, actor, writer, celebrity,...

Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler

by Ethan Brown

Based on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip-hop insiders, this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap industry.


Ego Trip's

by Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, Jeff Mao & Gabe Alvarez et al.

Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists is more popular than racism!

Hip hop is huge, and it's time someone wrote it all down. And got it all right. With over 25 aggregate years of interviews, and virtually every hip hop...

Chicano Rap: Gender and Violence in the Postindustrial Barrio

by Pancho McFarland

Powered by a driving beat, clever lyrics, and assertive attitudes, rap music and hip hop culture have engrossed American youth since the mid-1980s. Although the first rappers were African Americans, rap and...

The Dirty Version

by Buddha Monk & Mickey Hess

A decade after his death at the age of thirty-five, Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard lives on in epic legend. Now, Dirty's friend since childhood, Buddha Monk—a collaborator onstage and in the studio with...

Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World

by Alain-Philippe Durand

Black, Blanc, Beur is about the emergence and growing notoriety of rap music and hip-hop culture in the French-speaking world (France, Quebec, and Western Africa). It provides an introduction to many forms of...

How to Rap 2: Advanced Flow and Delivery Techniques

by Paul Edwards & Gift Of Gab

In this sequel to How to Rap, techniques that have not previously been explained—such as triplets, flams, lazy tails, and breaking rhyme patterns—are thoroughly broken down and examined, arming readers with...

Hip Hop America

by Nelson George

Now with a new introduction by the author, Hip Hop America is the definitive account of the society-altering collision between black youth culture and the mass media.

Crossing Traditions: American Popular Music in Local and Global Contexts

by Babacar M'Baye & Alexander Charles Oliver Hall

In Crossing Traditions: American Popular Music in Local and Global Contexts, a wide range of scholarly contributions on the local and global significance of American popular music examines the connections between...

2pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap's Greatest Battle

by Jeff Weiss & Evan McGarvey

Hip hop icons and rap innovators, the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur continue to influence, define, and change the genre years after their deaths. Despite the controversies surrounding the murders of Tupac...

Rap to Live by: Positive Rap for Kids on Love, Friendship, Self-Esteem, School, Money, Sex, and Much More...

by Don Roberts

Rap is an art form and a language all its own. Combining rhyme with a beat, read out loud, it is a powerful method of communication that kids relate to in increasing numbers. Rap can also be used to convey a...

Signifying Rappers

by Mark Costello & David Foster Wallace

Finally back in print--David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture.

Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered...

Raising Hell

by Ronin Ro

The year is 1978. Saturday Night Fever is breaking box office records. All over America kids are racing home to watch Dance Fever, Michael Jackson is poised to become the next major pop star, and in Hollis,...


by Jay-Z

Expanded edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.


Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that...

It's Bigger Than Hip Hop

by M. K. Asante, Jr. & M.K. Asante, Jr.

In It's Bigger Than Hip Hop, M. K. Asante, Jr. looks at the rise of a generation that sees beyond the smoke and mirrors of corporate-manufactured hip hop and is building a movement that will change not only...

Far from Over: The Music and Life of Drake, the Unofficial Story

by Dalton Higgins

Spotlighting one of today’s most talked about and successful musicians, this unauthorized biography showcases the Grammy-nominated talent of hip-hop artist Aubrey Graham, aka Drake. The account reveals the...

Religion and Hip Hop

by Monica R. Miller

Religion and Hip Hop brings together the category of religion, Hip Hop cultural modalities and the demographic of youth. Bringing postmodern theory and critical approaches in the study of religion to bear on...