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Byron Crawford is the founder and editor of the pioneering hip-hop blog ByronCrawford.com: The Mindset of a Champion, and the author of the books The Mindset of a Champion: Your Favorite Rapper's Least Favorite Book, Infinite Crab Meats, and Nas Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homey. Writin' Dirty is a collection of the 100 best essays he wrote from 2006 to 2011, selected from over 1,000 total, i.e. the top 10%-this is a book both Mitt Romney and the black guy who operates his car elevator could appreciate.
In Hip Hop Ukraine, we enter a world of urban music and dance competitions, hip hop parties, and recording studio culture to explore unique sites of interracial encounters among African students, African immigrants, and local populations in eastern Ukraine. Adriana N. Helbig combines ethnographic research with music, media, and policy analysis to examine how localized forms of hip hop create social and political spaces where an interracial youth culture can speak to issues of human rights and racial equality. She maps the complex trajectories of musical influence African, Soviet, American to show how hip hop has become a site of social protest in post-socialist society and a vehicle for social change."
The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists is a new kind of dictionary-one that reflects the use of "rhythm rhymes" by rappers, poets, and songwriters of today. This is an eminently practical reference work for all wordsmiths looking to add musicality to their writing. Users of this dictionary can alphabetically look up words in the General Index to find collections of words that have the same rhythm as the original word and are readily useable in ways that are familiar to us in everything from vers libre poetry to the lyrics and music of Bob Dylan and hip hop groups. Professional writers and students have long used traditional rhyming dictionaries for inspiration by perusing lists of rhyming words; they may ask themselves, "I need a word that rhymes with blue," and are led to shoe, flu, or you. These rhyming words evoke through juxtaposition new images, thoughts, and actions that inspire creative directions and pleasing twists as verses and stanzas unfold. For the first time ever, this dictionary now allows writers and poets to ask the same question, but of word rhythm- "I need a word with the same rhythm as butterfly. . . . " Today's lyricists and poets know that there is so much more to the flow of their creations than just matching vowels. The Word Rhythm Dictionary organizes words by additional properties: phonetic similarity (alliteration and literary consonance), the number of syllables in words, and syllable stress patterns. Never has it been easier to locate words that feature similar sounds, matching meters, and rhythmic grooves, from traditional rhymes like "clashing" and "splashing," to near rhymes like "rollover" and "bulldozer," "unrefuted undisputed" to pure metrical matches, like "biology" and "photography." Additional appendixes allow readers to search according to poetic metrical feet and musical rhythm through a visual index of notated rhythms, allowing musicians and lyricists to track down words that match preexisting motives and melodies. This book could become the new fun addiction (or... addiction affliction...constriction conviction...conniption prescription...subscription conscription) for writers, musicians, lyricists, rappers, poets, and wordsmiths alike. Oh, and it's a lot of fun just to browse!
Are Strippers, Drugs, and Money keeping Hip Hop alive? Or, does Hip Hop continue to survive due to its ability to inspire, motivate, and passionately serve as a voice for its fans worldwide? Has Hip Hop been over commercialized? Has its message been lost in all the money it generates? Are there smaller genres of Hip Hop that still embody the true nature of the musical movement? Is Hip Hop truly an expression of freedom of speech for a generation? From NWA and censorship to Common and Fox News, for a number of decades Hip Hop has taken on more than its fair share of criticism. Yet, after 40 years since its creation, a plethora of questions still remain. In order to answer some of the most complex questions about Hip Hop, Dr. Niama T. Malachi orchestrated a dynamic study that would take her from the streets of Bronx, NY, where Hip Hop originated, to Hip Hop in its current most active form. She submerged herself in the Hip Hop culture by meeting with artists, video models, executives, pioneers, and members of the culture. She attended numerous video shoots, concerts, parties, cultural events, tours, and lectures; even once bravely taking on the role of a video model herself During the study, Dr. Malachi ingeniously employed social psychological theory to evaluate the state of Hip Hop and its impact on the Black Community. A Hip Hop State of Mind is a creatively crafted manuscript that details her astonishing journey through Hip Hop. It gives readers an in depth look at the honest nature of the Hip Hop culture, while illuminating ways that Hip Hop can be used as a catalyst for positive social change.
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On August 11 1973 the first Hip Hop party was held in the rec room of 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx, NY. On that day a young man named DJ Kool Herc would become a legend. Many other individuals were instrumental in making the DJ an artist and not just a person who played records. This book will teach children of all ages the origins of the DJ, one of the five elements of Hip Hop.
"Hip Hop" is more than Rap Music. There are five "elements" that make up Hip Hop culture: DJing, MCing, B-Boying, Graffiti writing, and Knowledge. This book is a special collection of the four books DJ, MC, B-Boy, and Graffiti (A Children's Guide to Hip Hop). This book will help children of all ages learn about how the different elements started and grew into the world-wide phenomenon that came to be known as Hip Hop.
The follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, 'The Hip-Hop 10, ' this edition delves deeper into the music that has defined and influenced a generation. What is the great video in hip-hop history? Who is the best storytelling MC? Who is the greatest female rapper? What if Jay-Z had signed a record contract instead of co-founding Roc-A-Fella Records? What if 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. had not been killed? All of those questions - and more - are examined in this book.
NaS Lost is the Nas book only Byron Crawford could write, and not just due to literacy issues in the hip-hop community. Billed as a tribute to the little homey, it is in fact a tribute, but not in the way that an article in XXL magazine is a tribute to a rapper. NaS Lost considers the artist's career in its totality, from its amazing highs to its crushing lows -- and some of everything in between. Discussed in NaS Lost: The 2001 beef with Jay-Z. What really led to this dispute? Nas and Jay-Z as Eskimo brothers. How the two of them became related in a sense. Nas' albums. Is it true what Jay-Z said, that Nas has a one hot album every 10 year average? Illmatic's five mic review in The Source. Was it really the best album of its era? The dreaded n-word. If KKKramer can say it, why can't Nas? Ghostwriting allegations. Can anything dream hampton says on Twitter be believed? The Virginia Tech controversy. What is the real cause of most school shootings? The hostage situation in Africa. Who was to blame there, Nas, the promoters, or the continent of Africa? Nas' marriage to Kelis. Bad idea, or worst idea of all time? Nas as a parent. Why is his teenage daughter posting her birth control on Instagram? Cultural tourism. Why is it that SPIN magazine likes a Chief Keef album more than Life Is Good?
Toward a Chican@ Hip Hop Anti-Colonialism makes visible the anti-colonial, alterNative politics in hip hop texts created by Chican@s and Xican@s (indigenous-identified people of Mexican descent in the United States). McFarland builds on indigenous knowledge, anarchism, and transnational feminism to identify the emancipating power of Chican@ and Xican@ hip hop, including how women and non-gender conforming (two-spirit) MCs open up inclusive alterNative spaces that challenge colonialism and capitalism.
The most entertaining, well thought out collaboration Hip-Hop Quotes for hip-hop enthusiasts that will not only keep you entertained but remind you of some of the best times in your life and in Hip-Hop Cop a copy today
Infinite Crab meats is an all you can eat buffet of probing, insightful hip-hop journalism. It's like Crab Legs Night at an actual Chinese buffet, except you don't have to wrestle with rednecks in order to make sure you get a plate. Have as much as you'd like. Pretend you're Rick Ross.
Discussed in Infinite Crab Meats: The author's beef with controversial, venture capital-funded rap lyrics website Rap Genius, as discussed in the New York Times Rick Ross' love of decadent seafood, and its health consequences The emergence of a cottage industry built around collecting pictures of teenage girls with extremely large breasts Allegations that Chief Keef was involved in the gang-related murder of fellow young Chicago rapper Lil JoJo The campaign to have XXL editor in chief Vanessa Satten fired for posting a controversial Too Short video Hot 97 refusing to play local New York artists, like Sean Price, and calling them "minor league rappers" Kreayshawn's occasional racist outburst on Twitter Sexual assault allegations against Indian-American hipster rap group Das Racist, and Indian sexual behavior more generally Brian B.Dot Miller's intense debate with SPIN magazine's Jordan Sargent on whether or not white people should be allowed to write about rap music
Some of the many things you'll learn: Why it's impossible to subsist on a steady diet of ramen noodles What Geek Squad really does with your computer The importance of occasionally looking up at a woman's face How much it would cost to fap to completion using the Internets at FedEx Office Why Totinos pizza rolls are superior to Totinos frozen pizza The origin of the term Black People Twitter At least two different ways to commit wire fraud The best way to talk a girl into letting you "drop a digit" on her Why a combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell is more of a Taco Bell than a Pizza Hut
The Mindset of a Champion follows the career of legendary blogger Byron Crawford a/k/a Bol, founder and editor of the eponymous hip-hop blog, from a dark, foul-smelling dorm room in the middle of nowhere, to his pioneering work in the field of online hip-hop journalism, in which he either coined or popularized several slang terms that are generally frowned upon, attempted to have Kanye West banned from the Grammys (years before the incident with Taylor Swift), and witnessed a vicious, passionate sexual attack perpetrated by an animal, which is described here in detail. From there, it's on to his career as one of the first - and best, he would say - professional hip-hop bloggers, at XXL magazine, where he was involved in a number of controversies, including beefs with rappers like Bun B and Lupe Fiasco, posts that mysteriously disappeared from the Internets almost as soon as they appeared, and threats of boycotts by Muslims and black feminists. Nary a feeling is spared as he reveals the hilarious true stories behind the rise and fall of his career as a semi-professional hip-hop journalist.
This book is a journey back though time focusing on Kings County's (Brooklyn) Contribution to Hip Hop, a culture created by inner-city youth enduring the hardships of poverty. An incredible expedition into gang fights, train yards, block parties and sewing needles. Defining the term B- Boy and pinpointing the origins of style while examining the work of the first turntablists... A compilation of interesting personalities, their memories of the Brooklyn scene and their love for Hip Hop.
Author Mark Beaumont met and interviewed Jay Z in 2009 and many quotes from that interview feature in this biography. Includes interviews with Kanye West, Chris Martin, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Damon Dash, Dr Dre, Rick Rubin and many others. Details his early life, his Father abandoning him, his accidental shooting of his brother and his delving into cocaine dealing. The launch of his Roc-A-Fella record label and his subsequent album releases including the platinum selling In My Life and Hard Knock Life. His alleged involvement in the stabbing of record executive Lance Riviera, the trial and his three year probation sentence. How he became the CEO of Def Jam Recordings (one of his first signings was Rihanna) His relationship and marriage to Beyonce Knowles. His entrepreneurial skills from launching his own Rocawear clothing and accessories line, his New York club 40/40 and his rumoured investments in real estate and football clubs. Brings the story right up to date to include his performance at Glastonbury in 2008, the Haiti aid single Stranded, his concerts with Eminem, his Watch The Throne EP release with Kanye West and his supporting U2 on their World Tour.
This book tells the story of hip hop and its controversial past
through a variety of sources. The first topic examined is why this
discussion is important. Simply stated, the controversies that
embroil the discussion of hip hop and its role in representing a
generation can no longer be ignored. Hip hop is destined to be a
permanent part of our cultural landscape. Even if it is eventually
replaced by something new or its popularity wanes, its story and
legacy will always hold valuable lessons.Like a hip hop rhythm
track is compiled of short samples of hooks and beats from other
records, this history is a compilation or anthology of writing
extracted from other books and periodicals. The result is that we
are privileged to hear about the subject from some of its most
respected voices, and from varied points of view. The chapters are
arranged more or less chronologically and give a relatively
comprehensive history of hip hop and its roots. The volume is also
valuable as a study in different writing styles, or as a
springboard to discussion and research about many socio-political
Why is the battle between good and evil a recurring theme in rap lyrics? What role does the devil play in hip hop? What exactly does it mean when rappers wear a diamond-encrusted "Jesus" around their necks? Why do rappers acknowledge God during award shows and frequently include prayers in their albums? Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God tackles a sensitive and controversial topic: the juxtaposition-and seeming hypocrisy-of references to God within hip hop culture and rap music. This book provides a focused examination of the intersection of God and religion with hip hop and rap music. Author Ebony A. Utley, PhD, references selected rap lyrics and videos that span three decades of mainstream hip hop culture in America, representing the East Coast, the West Coast, and the South in order to account for how and why rappers talk about God. Utley also describes the complex urban environments that birthed rap music and sources interviews, award acceptance speeches, magazine and website content, and liner notes to further explain how God became entrenched in hip hop.
Taboo, Grammy Award-winning performing artist and founding member
of the Black Eyed Peas, shares the inspiring story of his rise from
the mean streets of East L.A. to the heights of international fame.
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