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Beats Rhymes & Life - What We Love and Hate about Hip-Hop (Paperback): Kenji Jasper Beats Rhymes & Life - What We Love and Hate about Hip-Hop (Paperback)
Kenji Jasper; Ytasha Womack; Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson
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Our generation made hip-hop. But hip-hop also made us. Why are suburban kids referring to their subdivision as "block"? Why has the pimp become a figure of male power? Why has dodging the feds become an act of honor long after one has made millions as a legitimate artist? What happens when fantasy does more harm than reality?--"From the Introduction"
Hip-hop culture has been in the mainstream for years. Suburban teens take their fashion cues from Diddy and expect to have Three 6 Mafia play their sweet-sixteen parties. From the "Boogie Down Bronx" to the heartland, hip-hop's influence is major. But has the movement taken a wrong turn? In "Beats Rhymes and Life," hot journalists Kenji Jasper and Ytasha Womack have focused on what they consider to be the most prominent symbols of the genre: the fan, the turntable, the ice, the dance floor, the shell casing, the buzz, the tag, the whip, the ass, the stiletto, the (pimp's) cane, the coffin, the cross, and the corner. Each is the focus of an essay by a journalist who skillfully dissects what their chosen symbol means to them and to the hip-hop community.The collection also features many original interviews with some of rap's biggest stars talking candidly about how they connect to the culture and their fans. With a foreword by the renowned scholar Michael Eric Dyson, "Beats Rhymes and Life" is an innovative and daring look at the state of the hip-hop nation.

Dr. Dre in the Studio - From "Compton", "Death Row", "Snoop Dogg", "Eminem", "50 Cent", "The Game" and "Mad Money" - The Life,... Dr. Dre in the Studio - From "Compton", "Death Row", "Snoop Dogg", "Eminem", "50 Cent", "The Game" and "Mad Money" - The Life, Times and Aftermath of the Notorious Record Producer...Dr. Dre (Paperback)
Jake Brown
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Dr. Dre: 'In The Studio' details Dr. Dre s life, times and history, in a way no other book has. Dr. Dre: 'In the Studio' describes how he was molded into one of the world s greatest Hip Hop Producers beginning when he was three years old absorbing the music during his mother s house parties. As a deejay, Dre mixed and spun his way to the top, using Grandmaster Flash as his catalyst; and then embarked on his destiny as the most in demand and greatest record producer of rap music in the world. Author Jake Brown brilliantly captures the history of this music legend. The excitement and notoriety of Dr. Dre never lingers as the reader learns all about Dr. Dre s relationships; from Death Row Records to Aftermmath Entertainment, with the World Class Wrecking Crew, N.W.A., D.O.C., Suge Knight, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game and much more. Dr. Dre: 'In the Studio' focuses on the hip hop production godfather's studio craft. Exploring in great detail the writing and production of Dr. Dre's catalog of smash hit, multi-platinum, albums and singles.

Dr. Dre - A Biography (Hardcover): John Borgmeyer, Holly Lang Dr. Dre - A Biography (Hardcover)
John Borgmeyer, Holly Lang
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It is almost impossible to listen to a current hip-hop song that does not bear Dr. Dre's influence. With innovations in style that started with the hip-hop group N.W.A., and, later, as a solo rapper and producer, Dre's influence and lasting impact on hip-hop music and culture is undeniable. He pioneered a new style of music that in the early 1990s would come to be known as "gangsta" rap, and his proteges - Snoop and Eminem - are both considered some of the top rappers to have emerged since rap was born on the streets of New York three decades ago. This biography traces Dre's rise to fame, a story that parallels the rise of hip-hop as one of the most dominant cultural forces in America. Dre came of age at the time when hip-hop culture (rapping, breakdancing, Deejaying, and Graffiti art) began an underground trend in urban America. Chapters take the reader from Dre's childhood in Los Angeles through his friendships, early influences, and the birth of his music career. Also discussed is the tragic tale of Death Row Records, which culminates in the high-profile murders of rap artists Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. and serves as a lesson on what can go wrong when people in the rap business believe their own "gangsta" hype. Dre's ability to survive in the rough-and-tumble rap industry is a testament to the power of artistic vision and the payoff of sheer persistence. Students interested in the history of hip hop music and culture will find this biography essential reading. A timeline highlights significant events in Dre's life and career. A bibliography provides biographical sources, reviews, interviews, critical articles, and related Web site information.

New York Rocker - My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Others, 1974-1981 (Paperback, Thunder's... New York Rocker - My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Others, 1974-1981 (Paperback, Thunder's Mouth)
Gary Valentine
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By 1970, the hippie dream of the 60s was dead -- the soundtrack of the revolution had become a multimillion-dollar industry. Glitter tried to save music's soul, but was too commercial to be cutting edge for long. Then, in 1974, a rescue movement arrived. Three chords, black jeans, a pair of shades, and a whole lot of attitude made music that matched the facts of life on its home ground, mid-70sNew York City's East Village. The initiators of punk, Richard Hell, Tom Verlaine, and Patti Smith had one foot in nineteenth-century French symbolist poetry and the other in the raw sound of their predecessors such as the Velvet Underground. This first-hand account of a little-documented era features luminaries such as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Divine, Devo, and the New York Dolls, and tells of the gigs at CBGB hitting the news as Warhol and his glittering crew descended. What began as a unique blend of fin-de-siecle ennui and razor-sharp rock became anarchic frenzy and safety pins, overrun by gutter decadence and stupid-chic. With Malcolm McLaren hijacking the scene's momentum, the Blank Generation plunged into excess and eventual ruin, its survivors making the leap into mainstream.

Make It Happen - The Hip Hop Generation's Guide to a Success (Paperback, 1st Atria Books trade pbk. ed): Kevin Liles Make It Happen - The Hip Hop Generation's Guide to a Success (Paperback, 1st Atria Books trade pbk. ed)
Kevin Liles
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The Def Jam legend shares his secrets. Under the leadership of Kevin Liles - the highest ranking and youngest African-American executive in the record industry - Def Jam Music grew from a fledgling million-dollar boutique label into a multi-million-dollar brand that transcends demographics and is recognized around the glove. Liles has worked with the biggest names in hip-hop, including Jay-Z, Diddy, Method Man, and Ja Rule. And now he's sharing the wealth, the wealth of knowledge and expertise he's gleaned from fifteen years in business. Full of eye-opening real-world anecdotes from Lile's life, the "Ten Rules" plan advises readers on: how to find something that you want badly enough to make you work harder than you ever imagined possible; how to strategize and look ahead; how to embrace the hard-knock life and learn from failure, and more.

Hip Hop Matters (Paperback): S. Craig Watkins Hip Hop Matters (Paperback)
S. Craig Watkins
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Avoiding the easy definitions and caricatures that tend to celebrate or condemn the "hip hop generation," Hip Hop Matters focuses on fierce and far-reaching battles being waged in politics, pop culture, and academe to assert control over the movement. At stake, Watkins argues, is the impact hip hop has on the lives of the young people who live and breathe the culture. He presents incisive analysis of the corporate takeover of hip hop and the rampant misogyny that undermines the movement's progressive claims. Ultimately, we see how hip hop struggles reverberate in the larger world: global media consolidation; racial and demographic flux; generational cleavages; the reinvention of the pop music industry; and the ongoing struggle to enrich the lives of ordinary youth.
"Watkins wisely chooses to focus on what has not been said . . . [and] tells his version of hip-hop's history in lyrical prose, often mirroring the rhythms and wordplay of the music he's discussing. This is undoubtedly a book for fans, but it is also an intriguing look at how hip-hop has become part of a universal cultural conversation." --Publishers Weekly
"Offering a fast-moving and well-researched book, Watkins successfully unearths some of the disturbing and encouraging implications of hip-hop culture." --Library Journal
"Quite an exposition of all things hip-hop." --Mike Tribby, Booklist
S. Craig Watkins is associate professor of radio-TV-film, sociology, and African American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Death Rap - Tupac Shakur - A Life (Paperback): Jim McCarthy, Barnaby Legg Death Rap - Tupac Shakur - A Life (Paperback)
Jim McCarthy, Barnaby Legg; Illustrated by "Flameboy" 2
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From the creators of Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic and Eminem: In My Skin comes an explosive new graphic novel, tracing the events leading up to the death of one of modern music's most charismatic performers. Tupac: One Nation Under a Gun chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of the notorious hip-hop superstar Tupac Shakur, the figurehead of a musical movement that came to define black culture in America and beyond. Exploring the recesses of a racist, damaged country, the book takes the reader on a self-destructive ride through the violence and corruption and greed of Los Angeles. The marriage of Barnaby Legg and Jim McCarthy's incendiary writing with Flameboy's potent, gritty visuals produces a new perspective on the controversial events surrounding the rise of Death Row Records, the brutality of street gang warfare and murder. From the hazy skies of Los Angeles to the back streets of New York, this tells the story of a unique talent cut down at just 25 years of age.

Gunshots in My Cook-Up: Bits and Bites from a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life (Paperback): Selwyn Seyfu Hinds Gunshots in My Cook-Up: Bits and Bites from a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life (Paperback)
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
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Selwyn Seyfu Hinds -- award-winning former editor-in-chief of "The Source" -- presents an extraordinary memoir/history of hip-hop as seen through the eyes of one fan-turned-luminary. The moment nine-year-old Hinds heard "Rapper's Delight" in Guyana, he embarked upon an amazing, if sometimes contentious, relationship with hip-hop -- one that would continue through his migration to Brooklyn as a teenager and on through adult life. Here, he takes readers to a murky nightclub in the violent streets of late-eighties Brooklyn; to an Ivy League campus caught up in political rap during the early nineties; to a curbside in Los Angeles where Notorious B.I.G. has just been shot; to the achingly poor streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as a sea of black humanity surges to touch a hip-hop native son....

Interspersing recollections of life in the hip-hop trenches with profiles of figures like Lauryn Hill, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Dr. Dre, Wyclef Jean, and more, Hinds traces the heights and depths of his hip-hop love affair. Like the Guyanese rice dish "cook-up," "Gunshots in My Cook-Up" ingeniously pulls wide-ranging elements into an irresistibly cohesive dish.

Classic Material - The Hip-Hop Album Guide (Paperback): Oliver Wang Classic Material - The Hip-Hop Album Guide (Paperback)
Oliver Wang
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With over 40 unique reviews covering 60 landmark hip-hop albums, Classic Material proves that there is no lack of intelligent commentary and criticism on rap music. Written by an impressive team of North America's most talented journalists, the book tackles over 20 years of hip-hop recordings.

New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (Paperback, First): Raquel Z. Rivera New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (Paperback, First)
Raquel Z. Rivera
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New York Puerto Ricans have been an integral part of hip hop culture since the very beginning: from 1970s pioneers like Rock Steady Crew's Jo-Jo, to recent rap mega-stars Big Punisher and Angie Martinez. Yet, Puerto Rican participation and contributions to hip hop is frequently downplayed, if not completely ignored. When their presence has been acknowledged, it is usually misinterpreted as a defection from Puerto Rican culture and identity into the African American camp. But, Rivera argues, nothing could be further from the truth. Through hip hop, Puerto Ricans have simply stretched the boundaries of Puerto Ricanness and latinidad.

New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (Hardcover, Revised): Raquel Z. Rivera New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (Hardcover, Revised)
Raquel Z. Rivera
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New York Puerto Ricans have been an integral part of hip hop culture since the very beginning: from 1970s pioneers like Rock Steady Crew's Jo-Jo, to recent rap mega-stars Big Punisher and Angie Martinez. Yet, Puerto Rican participation and contributions to hip hop is frequently downplayed, if not completely ignored. When their presence has been acknowledged, it is usually misinterpreted as a defection from Puerto Rican culture and identity into the African American camp. But, Rivera argues, nothing could be further from the truth. Through hip hop, Puerto Ricans have simply stretched the boundaries of Puerto Ricanness and latinidad.

Nu Metal - The Next Generation of Rock and Punk (Paperback): Joel McIver Nu Metal - The Next Generation of Rock and Punk (Paperback)
Joel McIver; Foreword by Casey Chaos
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This comprehensive A-Z listing has over 100 rap-rock, rap-metal and funk-metal bands, plus a host of other hard-hitting acts from the hip-hop and hardcore punk branches of metal. All of nu-metal life is here, from leaders of the scene such as Limp Bizkit, Korn, Slipnot, Deftones, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Soulfly, Tool, Amen, At the Drive-In, and System of a Down, through the pioneers of the movement such as Primus, Faith No More, Rage Against the Machine, and Biohazard, all the way up to the newest cutting-edge bands such as One Minute Silence, A Perfect Circle, Coal Chamber, Orgy, Alien Ant Farm, Godsmack, and Videodrome. There's also a full history of events that led to the formation of nu-meta, putting the pieces of the puzzle together with the story of grunge and early rap rockers such as the Beastie Boys.

UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City - The Aesthetics and Ethics of London's Rap Scenes (Paperback): Richard Bramwell UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City - The Aesthetics and Ethics of London's Rap Scenes (Paperback)
Richard Bramwell
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Young people in London have contributed to the production of a distinctively British rap culture. This book moves beyond accounts of Hip-Hop's marginality and shows, with an examination of the production, dissemination and use of rap in London, how this cultural form plays an important role in the everyday lives of young Londoners and the formation of identities. Through in-depth interviews with a range of leading and emerging rap artists, close analysis of rap music tracks, and over two years of ethnographic research of London's UK Hip-Hop and Grime scenes, the author examines how black and white urban youths use rap to come together to explore their creative abilities. By combining these methodological approaches in the development of a critical participant observation, the book reveals how the collaborative work of these urban youths produced these politically significant subcultures, through which they resist unfair and illegitimate policing practices and attempt to develop their economic autonomy in a city marred by immense social and economic inequalities.

Resounding Afro Asia - Interracial Music and the Politics of Collaboration (Paperback): Tamara Roberts Resounding Afro Asia - Interracial Music and the Politics of Collaboration (Paperback)
Tamara Roberts
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Though cultural hybridity is celebrated as a hallmark of U.S. American music and identity, hybrid music is all too often marked and marketed under a single racial label.Tamara Roberts' book Resounding Afro Asia examines music projects that foreground racial mixture in players, audiences, and sound in the face of the hypocrisy of the culture industry. Resounding Afro Asia traces a genealogy of black/Asian engagements through four contemporary case studies from Chicago, New York, and California: Funkadesi (Indian/funk/reggae), Yoko Noge (Japanese folk/blues), Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble (jazz/various Asian and African traditions), and Red Baraat (Indian brass band and New Orleans second line). Roberts investigates Afro Asian musical settings as part of a genealogy of cross-racial culture and politics. These musical settings are sites of sono-racial collaboration: musical engagements in which participants pointedly use race to form and perform interracial politics. When musicians collaborate, they generate and perform racially marked sounds that do not conform to their racial identities, thus splintering the expectations of cultural determinism. The dynamic social, aesthetic, and sonic practices construct a forum for the negotiation of racial and cultural difference and the formation of inter-minority solidarities. Through improvisation and composition, artists can articulate new identities and subjectivities in conversation with each other. Resounding Afro Asia offers a glimpse into how artists live multiracial lives in which they inhabit yet exceed multicultural frameworks built on racial essentialism and segregation. It joins a growing body of literature that seeks to write Asian American artists back into U.S. popular music history and will surely appeal to students of music, ethnomusicology, race theory, and politics, as well as those curious about the relationship between race and popular music.

Juggalo (Paperback): Steve Miller Juggalo (Paperback)
Steve Miller
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Juggalo: Insane Clown Posse and the World They Made is a vivid journey into the heart of a misunderstood subculture. Through firsthand reporting, including interviews with Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of the Insane Clown Posse, their friends and family, and numerous devoted fans, Juggalo explores the lives of the proud outsiders who are frequently labeled as a threat or dismissed as a joke. Author and journalist Steve Miller follows ICP across America, hanging out with Juggalos before and after shows, at the legendary annual Gathering of the Juggalos, and at work and home to share their stories. In addition, Juggalo dives deep into the FBI's misguided assault on Juggalo culture and the misidentification of this devoted group of horrorcore fans as a gang. Juggalo is also the chronicle of two hard-luck kids from Detroit who created an empire and became the unwitting stars of a uniquely American grassroots success story. Without the help of radio airplay and with little love from the music industry establishment, ICP went platinum and fostered one of America's most durable subcultures. Juggalo is required reading for the hardcore fan and pop culture buff alike, a scrupulously researched account of a subculture unlike any other--one that so shook the establishment it launched a federal investigation--as well as a window into the world of the Juggalos and the singular mythology of their underworld apocalypse.

Bass Builder's Hip-Hop Bass (Paperback): Josquin Des Pres Bass Builder's Hip-Hop Bass (Paperback)
Josquin Des Pres
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(Bass Builders). This excellent book in our Bass Builders series features 101 authentic hip-hop bass lines spanning 25 years of urban music and covering East Coast, West Coast and Down South styles. The accompanying CD includes 98 full-demo tracks performed by acclaimed bassist and author Josquin des Pres and the book includes standard notation and tab.

Public Enemy #1 (Paperback): David L. Shabazz Public Enemy #1 (Paperback)
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Fight the Power - Rap, Race, and Reality (Paperback): Chuck D Fight the Power - Rap, Race, and Reality (Paperback)
Chuck D
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Like the hard-hitting sounds of a Public Enemy jam, the words of the band's lead singer, Chuck D, excite the mind and senses. In his first book, Chuck D pours out commentary that takes on Hollywood, race, the music industry, the murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., drugs, and the three E's--education, economics and enforcement. Likening the challenge to "scaling a slick mountain on roller skates," Chuck D lets no one off the hook, putting celebrities and street kids alike on notice that the future is up for grabs...and the only way to be part of it, to be players not victims, is to work together.
As an insider's view on Hip-Hop culture slides into intimate revelations about his own life, as lyrics from his songs bump shoulders with top ten lists like "The Greatest Rappers of All Time," Chuck D has his say with verve and electrifying energy, with anger, love and truth. A book that brings light into darkness, Fight the Power speaks for a generation. It is a powerful and prophetic message that America, both Black and White, urgently needs to hear.
Nightline with Chuck as the featured guest.
His rejection of celebrity and his constant community activism have made him a hero. For the past five years he's been touring colleges and universities, delivering three hour lectures on everything from the music industry's corruption of young talent, the history of black music from Blues to Rap, his own controversial lyrics, problems in the black community, self-empowerment, contemporary culture and current political leaders to Public Enemy's rise to international stardom. All while maintaining his solo and Public Enemy's recording careers.
"Fight the Power examines a multitudeof complex social, racial and artistic issues. In his unmistakable voice, Chuck discusses the role of heroes and role models in the black community, Hollywood's negative images of blacks, the effect of gangsta rap, its images on the country's youth and the war between east and west coast rappers that may have spawned the murder of Tupac Shakur, the role of athletes and entertainers in eroding and strengthening values, and other vital contemporary concerns. Candid, thoughtful, and in your face, "Fight the Power, the first substantial book by a rapper, offers readers a look into the culture of hip hop and the future of Black culture. -->

Holler If You Hear Me - Searching for Tupac Shakur (Paperback): Michael Dyson Holler If You Hear Me - Searching for Tupac Shakur (Paperback)
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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.

Honest: My Story So Far - The Official Autobiography (Paperback): Tulisa Contostavlos Honest: My Story So Far - The Official Autobiography (Paperback)
Tulisa Contostavlos 1
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Tulisa Contostavlos is one of the most talented and high-profile recording artists working in the UK today. She has three platinum N-Dubz albums, four MOBO awards, a groundbreaking drama series, two documentaries, a MIND award and an X Factor judge's win under her belt. Not bad for a girl who's not yet twenty-five. But this is not just a tale of glittering success. Tulisa grew up on a tough London estate and left school with no qualifications as she struggled to cope with deep-seated emotional problems while caring for her mother alone. She has seen first hand what drugs, alcohol, gang culture and violent relationships can do to young people, but she has come through it all to become the confident, inspiring artist she is today. After mentoring Little Mix to the winning spot of the X Factor on her first year as judge, and releasing her debut solo album The Female Boss, Tulisa has sealed her position as the most exciting young talent in British music. In her typical up-front style, here she shares with us a staggeringly frank and honest account of her life. In her own words, this is her story.

The Signifying Monkey - A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism (Paperback, Reissued Edition): Henry Louis Gates The Signifying Monkey - A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism (Paperback, Reissued Edition)
Henry Louis Gates
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s original, groundbreaking study explores the relationship between the African and African-American vernacular traditions and black literature, elaborating a new critical approach located within this tradition that allows the black voice to speak for itself. Examining the ancient poetry and myths found in African, Latin American, and Caribbean culture, and particularly the Yoruba trickster figure of Esu-Elegbara and the Signifying Monkey whose myths help articulate the black tradition's theory of its literature, Gates uncovers a unique system of interpretation and a powerful vernacular tradition that black slaves brought with them to the New World. His critical approach relies heavily on the Signifying Monkey--perhaps the most popular figure in African-American folklore--and signification and Signifyin(g). Exploring signification in black American life and literature by analyzing the transmission and revision of various signifying figures, Gates provides an extended analysis of what he calls the "Talking Book," a central trope in early slave narratives that virtually defines the tradition of black American letters. Gates uses this critical framework to examine several major works of African-American literature--including Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo--revealing how these works signify on the black tradition and on each other. The second volume in an enterprising trilogy on African-American literature, The Signifying Monkey--which expands the arguments of Figures in Black--makes an important contribution to literary theory, African-American literature, folklore, and literary history.

Bring the Noise (Paperback): Simon Reynolds Bring the Noise (Paperback)
Simon Reynolds
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"Bring the Noise" weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture, juxtaposing the voices of many of rock and hip hop's most provocative artists--Morrissey, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, P.J. Harvey, Radiohead--with Reynolds's own passionate analysis. With all the energy and insight you would expect from the author of "Rip It Up and Start Again," "Bring the Noise" tracks the alternately fraught and fertile relationship between white bohemia and black street music. The selections transmit the immediacy of their moment while offering a running commentary on the broader enduring questions of race and resistance, multiculturalism, and division. From grunge to grime, from Madchester to the Dirty South, "Bring the Noise" chronicles hip hop and alternative rock's competing claims to be the cutting edge of innovation and the voice of opposition in an era of conservative backlash. Alert to both the vivid detail and the big picture, Simon Reynolds has shaped a compelling narrative that cuts across a thrillingly turbulent two-decade period of pop music.

The Musical Artistry of Rap (Paperback): Martin Connor The Musical Artistry of Rap (Paperback)
Martin Connor
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For a long time, rappers and other artists in the world of Hip Hop have led dual lives: loved and adored by public audiences globally, but largely passed over, if not ignored, by those who might seek to academically understand how and how such music works in the first place. Although rappers' skills are appreciated by millions of fans worldwide, the methods that are used to understand those same talents have not kept pace with the staggering genius of these artists themselves. A thorough explanation of the music genre of rap that updates traditional musical principles in a natural and fitting way is exactly what's needed to correct these differences between public and scholarly opinion. In here introducing such reinventions of well-established tools, like a rethinking of music notation's true purpose, the author poses challenging questions to the public understanding of rap music with an analytical foundation that's firmly built on a corpus of 135 songs from a group of over 50 artists like Eminem, Kanye West, and Jean Grae. Building off of Martin Connor's decade of experience in both the journalism and scholarly arena, the answers that Connor arrives at are likely to be the motivating factors behind any ongoing discourse that tries to explain and describe rap, if not the shaper of such conversations.

Geto Boys' The Geto Boys (Paperback): Rolf Potts Geto Boys' The Geto Boys (Paperback)
Rolf Potts
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At the outset of summer in 1990, a Houston gangsta rap group called the Geto Boys was poised to debut its self-titled third album under the guidance of hip-hop guru Rick Rubin. What might have been a low-profile remix release from a little-known corner of the rap universe began to make headlines when the album's distributor refused to work with the group, citing its violent and depraved lyrics. When The Geto Boys was finally released, chain stores refused to stock it, concert promoters canceled the group's performances, and veteran rock critic Robert Christgau declared the group "sick motherfuckers." One quarter of a century later the album is considered a hardcore classic, having left an immutable influence on gangsta rap, horrorcore, and the rise of Southern hip-hop. Charting the rise of the Geto Boys from the earliest days of Houston's rap scene, Rolf Potts documents a moment in music history when hip-hop was beginning to replace rock as the transgressive sound of American youth. In creating an album that was both sonically innovative and unprecedentedly vulgar, the Geto Boys were accomplishing something that went beyond music. To paraphrase a sentiment from Don DeLillo, this group of young men from Houston's Fifth Ward ghetto had figured out the "language of being noticed" - which is, in the end, the only language America understands.

Queens Reigns Supreme - Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler (Paperback, Annotated edition): Ethan Brown Queens Reigns Supreme - Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler (Paperback, Annotated edition)
Ethan Brown
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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 years, rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero-worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes and flashy lifestyles. Now, for the first time ever, this gripping narrative digs beneath the hip-hop fables to re-create the rise and fall of hustlers like Lorenzo "Fat Cat" Nichols, Gerald "Prince" Miller, Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, and Thomas "Tony Montana" Mickens. Spanning twenty-five years, from the violence of the crack era to Run DMC to the infamous murder of NYPD rookie Edward Byrne to Tupac Shakur to 50 Cent's battles against Ja Rule and Murder Inc., to the killing of Jam Master Jay, "Queens Reigns Supreme" is the first inside look at the infamous southeast Queens crews and their connections to gangster culture in hip hop today.

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