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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.
Sweeping in its scope, "The Legends of Hip Hop" is an intimate look at the visionaries, the movers and the shakers, and the pioneers who have helped shape the world of hip hop.
Groundbreaking artist Justin Bua profiles and paints fifty key figures, including everyone from Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash to President Obama and Jay-Z, providing a portrait of each legend in a style reminiscent of the great masters. The artwork is accompanied by an engaging autobiographical narrative that contextualizes the impact each icon has had on Bua's personal life and on the hip-hop culture at large. With a foreword by Chuck D, this landmark volume is more than a celebration of hip hop; it is the definitive word on the subject as told by Bua, one of hip hop's leading artists and a legend in his own right.
With a new preface by the author. Ten years after his murder, Tupac Shakur is even more loved, contested, and celebrated than he was in life. His posthumously released albums, poetry, and motion pictures have catapulted him into the upper echelon of American cultural icons. In "Holler If You Hear Me," "hip-hop intellectual" Michael Eric Dyson, acclaimed author of the bestselling "Is Bill Cosby Right?," offers a wholly original way of looking at Tupac that will thrill those who already love the artist and enlighten those who want to understand him.
In the land of samba, there is another vibrant culture capturing the attention of urban youth. This compelling account argues that hip hop, while certainly a product of globalized flows of information and technology, is by no means homogenous. Using more than five years of anthropological fieldwork in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, Pardue represents "culture" as generative and thus meaningful as a set of practices. When interpreted in this manner, local hip hoppers become closer to what they claim to be - subjects rather than objects of history and everyday life. In his ethnography, the first in English to look at Brazilian hip hop, Pardue highlights the analytical categories of race, class, gender, and territory.
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. still move millions of copies, and OutKast has the bestselling rap album of all time.In "Dirty South," author Ben Westhoff investigates the southern rap phenomenon, watching rappers "make it rain" in a Houston strip club and partying with the 2 Live Crew's Luke Campbell. Westhoff visits the gritty neighborhoods where T.I. and Lil Wayne grew up, kicks it with Big Boi in Atlanta, and speaks with artists like DJ Smurf and Ms. Peachez, dance-craze originators accused of setting back the black race fifty years. Acting both as investigative journalist and irreverent critic, Westhoff probes the celebrated-but-dark history of Houston label Rap-A-Lot Records, details the lethal rivalry between Atlanta MCs Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, and gets venerable rapper Scarface to open up about his time in a mental institution. "Dirty South" features exclusive interviews with the genre's most colorful players.Westhoff has written a journalistic tour de force, the definitive account of the most vital musical culture of our time.
A selection of written rhymes from a youth poet influenced by hip hop and school life.
"The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip through Hip Hop's 36 ChamberS" chronicles the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan from an underground supergroup to a globally recognized musical conglomerate. Enhanced by the author's one-on-one interviews with group members, the book covers the entire Wu-Tang Clan catalog of studio albums, as well as albums that were produced or heavily influenced by producer/rapper RZA.
Wu-Tang Clan's albums are analyzed and discussed in terms of their artistry as well as in terms of their critical, cultural, and commercial impact. By delving into the motivation behind the creation of pivotal songs and albums and mining their dense metaphor and wordplay, the book provides an understanding of what made a team of nine friends and relatives from Staten Island with a love of Kung Fu movies into not just a music group, but a powerful cultural movement.
Posing is the art of self-expression. It comprises appearance, fashion, accessories and the art of arranging the body or face in a good pose. Cause we got Style is a collection of European hip hop pose photos from the 80s andearly 90s. Information about the new American youth culture was still hard to come by, and young boys and girls in Europe had to work out their own ways.Together with graffiti, breakdance, rapping and djing, clothes and attitude were the means of expression. You had to be innovative and use what was available, add details and make your own accessories in order to stand out and look fresh Most of the photos in Cause We Got Style are snapshots taken by kids on their way to a concert, next to a freshly painted graffiti piece, in the street or in a boy's bedroom. The result is as charming as it is revealing. This is a glimpse into a very private photo album, dusted off after years of lying around in a closet. The photos often make us smile. The people are young and on the run for fun. Cause We Got Style is a historic document. It shows photos of unknown teenagers as well as now well-known artists like Goldie, Mode 2, Can 2 and Bando.
"Hypnotic Music Secrets" is written by Grammy award-winning engineer/producer Khaliq Glover also known as Khaliq-O-Vision based on his vast experience of working with the world's top recording artists. Some of his clients include Michael Jackson, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Marcus Miller, Jeffrey Osborne, and more. See how a young kid went from Pittsburgh's St. Clair Village Projects, and other poor neighborhoods, and was able to make his way to California and end up working side-by-side with the music industry's top elite recording artists. Khaliq explains why music is irresistible to everyone from around the world, no matter what language they speak, or what culture they come from. In this book you will learn some of the secrets used by the world's top recording artist to make their music irresistible. SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WILL LEARN... * The elements that make a song a hit * What advertising and the music industry have in common * Tips from interviews with recording legends * Lessons learned from Michael Jackson doing "We Are The World" * Why hip-hop is hypnotic * Why the vocal is always King (or Queen) * How subliminal suggestion is used in hit music * Resources to help further your music career
Back in the day, the hardcore gangsta rap of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg was something parents didn't want their kids to listen to. But now, the same men have kids of their own and traded in the thug life for family life.Relive the West Coast rap scene and learn more about the men who made it happen.Read about how Ice Cube went from "Doughboy" in Boyz in da Hood to a family man in "Are We There Yet." Check out Dr. Dre's transition from "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" to selling soft drinks. See how Snoop Dogg left his "Murder was the Case" days behind him and became a regular in family movies and reality show star.Learn how the pioneers of rap transitioned from wild boys into marketing gurus through turning their rap into multi-genre careers.Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Project Webster continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge.
The music business can be an intimidating thing for young people to
try to understand. This is one of the first books written
specifically for today's youth to give them a better appreciation
of the music industry. Readers will be surprised to find out that
most people who work in the music business can't sing or play a
note of music! These behind-the-scenes music careers are the ones
that last the longest, and this book will show you why. "That's a
Rap" also explores the history of hip-hop, teaches about social
responsibility in music and introduces the P.L.E.D.G.E. Principle
to young readers who are considering music industry careers. Get
ready to open up your mind!
Diamonds in the Raw will take you on a trip through Washington DC's
inner-city streets in search of talented musicians struggling to
survive in a game in which the odds are stacked against them. The
story is about the talented artists from the DMV (District,
Maryland and Virginia).
This book fills the gap in existing literature by exploring other forms of political discourses in non-Western rap music. Theoretically, it challenges and explores resistance, arguing towards the need for different epistemological frameworks in which to look at narratives of cultural resistance in the Arabic-speaking world. Empirically, it provides an in-depth look at the politics of rap culture in Morocco. Rap Beyond Resistance bridges the humanities and social sciences in order to de-Westernize cultural studies, presenting the political narratives of the Moroccan rap scene beyond secular liberal meanings of resistance. By exploring what is political, this book brings light to a vibrant and varied rap scene diverse in its political discourses-with an emphasis on patriotism and postcolonial national identity-and uncovers different ways in which young artists are being political beyond `radical lyrics'.
(Berklee Guide). Learn to play the turntable like your favorite DJs and create your own style This essential guidebook and companion 2-record set teach you to play the turntable as a musical instrument. Use this first-ever turntable method to effectively master techniques and tricks. Includes step-by-step instructions on: setting up your equipment, scratching, beat matching, mixing, transforming, crabbing, crossfader technique, cutting and stabs. Book includes: photographs and musical exercises, tips on how the pros set up their gear for scratch mixing, and a history of DJing and hip-hop culture, plus interviews with top DJs such as: DJ Swamp (Beck), MixMaster Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ QBert (Invisibl Skratch Picklz), DJ Kuttin Kandi (5th Platoon/Anomolies), DJ A-Trak (Teenage DMC/ITF World Champion), and DJ Craze (three-time DMC World Champion). The companion records (two 7 EPs) provide scorching grooves, phat beats, and wicked scratch material for DJs/turntablists of any level.
Everyone wants to know the truth about their favorite celebrities' heart's desire. Within the masculine culture of Hip Hop and Hollywood, there is a well-known gay subculture that industry insiders are keenly aware of but choose to hide. Terrance Dean worked his way up for more than ten years in the entertainment industry from intern to executive, and has lived the life of glitz and bling along with Hollywood and Hip Hop's most glamorous. With a family full of secrets and working in an industry founded on maleness -- where one's job, friendships, and reputation all depend on remaining on the down low and in hiding -- Dean writes a revealing account of the journey of coming out from hiding.
Full of startling anecdotes and incredible true stories, "Hiding in Hip Hop" is not a traditional tell-all. A personal and poignant memoir, it is also one of the most provocative and honest looks at stardom and sexuality.
"A strong and timely book for the new day in hip-hop. Don't miss it!"--Cornel West
For many African Americans of a certain demographic the sixties and seventies were the golden age of political movements. The Civil Rights movement segued into the Black Power movement which begat the Black Arts movement. Fast forward to 1979 and the release of Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." With the onset of the Reagan years, we begin to see the unraveling of many of the advances fought for in the previous decades. Much of this occurred in the absence of credible, long-term leadership in the black community. Young blacks disillusioned with politics and feeling society no longer cared or looked out for their concerns started rapping with each other about their plight, becoming their own leaders on the battlefield of culture and birthing Hip-Hop in the process. In "Som""e""body Scr""e""am," Marcus Reeves explores hip-hop music and its politics. Looking at ten artists that have impacted rap--from Run-DMC (Black Pop in a B-Boy Stance) to Eminem (Vanilla Nice)--and puts their music and celebrity in a larger socio-political context. In doing so, he tells the story of hip hop's rise from New York-based musical form to commercial music revolution to unifying expression for a post-black power generation.
He has recorded with the biggest stars in the music business. He wrote many of the hits that made Sean 'Puffy' Combs one of the richest men alive. On the surface, the multi-million dollar empire that Puff built looks like the stuff of dreams. But after working with Puff for a decade, Curry discovered that Bad Boy Entertainment is not, as Puff promised, a place where dreams come true. No, rather it is a shell game comprised of contracts designed to rob artists of their time, dreams and publishing rights. "Dancing With the Devil" reveals startling new details about key events in the fast paced, controversial (and sometimes deadly) world of Hip-Hop. In revealing the dark side of the industry, Curry hopes to provide a road map for reforms necessary to prevent artists ending up in poverty, in prison or in the grave.
Hip Hop Headphones is a crash course in Hip Hop culture. Featuring definitions, lectures, academic essays, and other scholarly discussions and resources, Hip Hop Headphones documents the scholarship of Dr. James B. Peterson, founder of Hip Hop Scholars-an organization devoted to developing the educational potential of Hip Hop. Defining Hip Hop from multi-disciplinary perspectives that embrace the elemental forms of Hip Hop Culture (b-boying, dj-ing, rapping, and graffiti art), Hip Hop Headphones is the definitive guide to how Hip Hop culture can be used in the classroom to engage and inspire students.
This book explores the two major reasons for hip-hop culture's proliferation throughout the world: 1) the global centrality of African American popular culture and the transnational pop culture industry of record companies and entertainment conglomerates; and 2) "connective marginalities" that are extant social inequalities forming the foundation for an "underground" network of hip-hop communities. Both of these levels of hip-hop's global circulation are based in the youth culture's Africanist aesthetic, which is an extension of previous black artistic expressions such as verbal word play, polyrhythmic dance improvisations, radical juxtapositions of musical structures, and the folkloric trickster figure. Additionally, the text explores computer technology and the internet in this age of information that also serves hip-hop culture's globalization.
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