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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...


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

by Josephine Metcalf & Will Turner

Over the past three decades, African Americans have faced a number of new challenges brought about by changes in the political, economic and social structure of America. Furthermore, this vastly changed social...


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...


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...


H.N.I.C.

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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World

by Eric S. Charry

Hip Hop Africa explores a new generation of Africans who are not only consumers of global musical currents, but also active and creative participants. Eric Charry and an international group of contributors look...


Let the World Listen Right

by Ali Colleen Neff

In the Mississippi Delta, creativity, community, and a rich expressive culture persist despite widespread poverty. Over five years of extensive work in the region, author Ali Colleen Neff collected a wealth...


The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide

by Emmett Price

In this collection of provocative essays, leading thinkers, preachers, and scholars from around the country challenge both the Black church and the hip-hop generation to realize their shared responsibilities...


The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

by Dan Charnas

The Big Payback takes readers from the first $15 made by a "rapping DJ" in 1970s New York to the multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007. On this four-decade-long...


Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities

by Christopher Dennis

Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transnational Music, and Ethnic Identities, by Christopher Dennis, reveals how, through a mode of transculturation, Afro-Colombian youth are transforming U.S. hip-hop into...


Representing Black Music Culture: Then, Now, and When Again?

by William Banfield

In this collection of essays, interviews, and profiles, William Banfield reflects on his life as an musician and educator, weaving together pieces of cultural criticism that pay homage to artists who have created...


Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation

by Sujatha Fernandes

“Fernandes brilliantly captures the moment when a global generation curved toward a unifying language and culture and found something that was both much more and much less than what it was searching for. Close...


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

by Ben Westhoff

Acting as both investigative journalist and irreverent critic, Ben Westhoff journeys across the southern United States in a small Hyundai to document the phenomenon of southern hip-hop. The exclusive interviews...


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.

For...


The Big Payback

by Dan Charnas

The Big Payback takes us from the first $15 made by a "rapping DJ" in 1970s New York to the recent multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007. On this four-decade-long...