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Real Love, No Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige

by Danny Alexander

Mary J. Blige is an icon who represents the political consciousness of hip hop and the historical promise of soul. She is an everywoman, celebrated by Oprah Winfrey and beloved by pop music fans of all ages...


Hip-Hop Turntablism, Creativity and Collaboration

by Sophy Smith

Armed only with turntables, a mixer and a pile of records, hip-hop DJs and turntable musicians have changed the face of music. However, whilst hip-hop has long been recognised as an influential popular culture...


Cape Verde, Let's Go: Creole Rappers and Citizenship in Portugal

by Derek Pardue

How Cape Verdean rappers complicate ideas of Europeanness in contemporary Portugal


Hip Hop Board Book

by Martin Ander

Rap, Breakdance, Graffiti & DJ:ing - now for the very youngest! The Hip Hop Board Book is a different, colorful picture book about culture and everyday life with fun and clear pictures for small children. A...


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

by Shea Serrano & Ice-T

The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present. Shea Serrano...


The Hip Hop & Obama Reader

by Travis L. Gosa & Erik Nielson

Featuring a foreword by Tricia Rose and an Afterword by Cathy J. Cohen Barack Obama flipped the script on more than three decades of conventional wisdom when he openly embraced hip hop--often regarded as politically...


The Next Next Level: A Story of Rap, Friendship, and Almost Giving Up

by Leon Neyfakh

In the tradition of Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love, an unforgettable account of fame, fandom, and the problem of making art in the twenty-first century

In his multi-hyphenate ambitions, the musician...


Sounding Race in Rap Songs

by Loren Kajikawa

As one of the most influential and popular genres of the last three decades, rap has cultivated a mainstream audience and become a multimillion-dollar industry by promoting highly visible and often controversial...


Introducing George The Poet

by George the Poet

‘The title is Search Party – the idea being that we’re all out here looking for something, and my poems are my way of finding myself.’

A young black poet blending spoken word and rap; an inner city upbringing...


99 Problems: Superstars Have Bad Days, Too

by Ali Graham

Poor Superstar. All the money and fame in the world won’t prevent him from having a bad hair day. Or stepping in gum. Or not being able to fit into skinny jeans, or watching helplessly as a scoop of ice cream...


The Concise Guide to Hip-Hop Music

by Paul Edwards

In 1973, the music scene was forever changed by the emergence of hip-hop. Masterfully blending the rhythmic grooves of funk and soul with layered beats and chanted rhymes, artists such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster...


Heaven's Promise

by Paolo Hewitt & Irvine Welsh

Description London, 1988, and the winds of change are blowing through the city, kicking up a storm. A gal pregnant and a DJ running for cover. The birth of the e generation and a race riot erupting. The Sheriff...


RUNNING FROM THE PAST

by CLINTON TYESHIA

SAMANTHA'S life could be different but all of her role models are prostitutes, drug dealers, gang-bangers, and drug addicts. She does not look up to anyone but her mother, ANGEL, and her aunts are her first...


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...


The Dirty Version

by Buddha Monk & Mickey Hess

On the tenth anniversary of his death, The Dirty Version is the first biography of hip hop superstar and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, to be written by someone from his inner circle:...


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...


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,...


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.