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Angry Blonde (Paperback, New edition): Eminem Angry Blonde (Paperback, New edition)
Eminem 2
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Today's hottest rapper' the enigmatic Eminem' delivers a provocative collection of his uncensored lyrics, complete with personal commentary on each controversial song.

Angry Blonde is the only official Eminem book on the market, done with the complete authorisation and support of the rap superstar.

Eminem is a multi-platinum recording artist whose albums The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP have sold nearly nine million copies combined.

Eminem's most recent release, The Marshall Mathers LP, made music history as the fastest-selling album from a solo act in Billboard history' it sold 1.76 million copies in its first week and has netted 6 million copies to date.

● Entertainment Weekly called The Marshall Mathers LP "The first great pop record of the 21st Century."

Eminem is everywhere. His face has graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Spin, among other magazines; he has a Pay-Per-View special slated for Christmas 2000; and he will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards this September.

Eminem's personal life is also garnering him a lot of media attention: he's currently being sued for defamation of character by his mother and faces two separate assault charges.

Along with his controversial lyrics and Eminem's own commentary on them, Angry Blonde will feature never-before-published photos.

Hip Hop Files - Photographs 1979-1984 (Paperback, New Revised): Martha Cooper Hip Hop Files - Photographs 1979-1984 (Paperback, New Revised)
Martha Cooper
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Martha Cooper has the reputation of beeing the first and foremost photographer of emering Hip Hop culture in New York City. Her book, HIP HOP FILES - Photographs 1979-1984, makes a significant part of her extensive and unique archive accessible for the first time. The book documents the beginning of the phenomenon, now known as Hip Hop. The publication of many of her photos in the early 80s, disseminated the culture both at home and abroad. Along with the photos are quotes and statements from the people appearing in them. The book celebrates its 10th birthday in 2014 and was published in three different languages: german, english and french. The book includes a thoughtful introduction by ZEPHYR as well as essays by CHARLIE AHEARN; PATTI ASTOR and POPMASTER FABEL, participants in the early Hip Hop scene.

The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back - Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (Paperback): Andreana Clay The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back - Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics (Paperback)
Andreana Clay
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From youth violence, to the impact of high stakes educational testing, to editorial hand wringing over the moral failures of hip-hop culture, young people of color are often portrayed as gang affiliated, "troubled," and ultimately, dangerous. The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back examines how youth activism has emerged to address the persistent inequalities that affect urban youth of color. Andreana Clay provides a detailed account of the strategies that youth activists use to frame their social justice agendas and organize in their local communities.

Based on two years of fieldwork with youth affiliated with two non-profit organizations in Oakland, California, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back shows how youth integrate the history of social movement activism of the 1960s, popular culture strategies like hip-hop and spoken word, as well as their experiences in the contemporary urban landscape, to mobilize their peers. Ultimately, Clay's comparison of the two youth organizations and their participants expands our understandings of youth culture, social movements, popular culture, and race and ethnic relations.

Signifying Rappers (Paperback): Mark Costello, David Foster Wallace Signifying Rappers (Paperback)
Mark Costello, David Foster Wallace
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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 that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. "Signifying Rappers" issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised?
Back in print at last, "Signifying Rappers" is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends. With a new foreword by Mark Costello on his experience writing with David Foster Wallace, this rerelease cannot be missed.

How to Rap 2 - Advanced Flow and Delivery Techniques (Paperback): Paul Edwards, Gift of Gab How to Rap 2 - Advanced Flow and Delivery Techniques (Paperback)
Paul Edwards, Gift of Gab
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This sequel to How to Rap breaks down and examines techniques that have not previously been explained -- such as triplets, flams, lazy tails, and breaking rhyme patterns. Based on interviews with hip-hop's most innovative artists and groups, including Tech N9ne, Crooked I, Pharcyde, Das EFX, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Big Daddy Kane, this book takes you through the intricacies of rhythm, rhyme, and vocal delivery, delving into the art form in unprecedented detail. It is a must-read for MCs looking to take their craft to the next level, as well as anyone fascinated by rapping and its complexity.

Read, Write, Rhyme Institute - Educators, Entertainers, and Entrepreneurs Engaging in Hip-Hop Discourse (Hardcover, New... Read, Write, Rhyme Institute - Educators, Entertainers, and Entrepreneurs Engaging in Hip-Hop Discourse (Hardcover, New edition)
Crystal LaVoulle
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Read, Write, Rhyme Institute describes how individuals participating in the Read, Write, Rhyme Institute examine today's youth, hip-hop, and social responsibility. The institute provides a forum to engage in hip-hop Discourse (with a capital D) that includes a worldview and ways of doing, being, and knowing that are used in rap music, graffiti, spoken word poetry, and daily conversation. This book seeks to capitalize on the diversity within the hip-hop community by including successful individuals that grew up not only listening to hip-hop but also living it. Participants include educators, entertainers, and entrepreneurs.

Dark Story of Eminem, The (Paperback, Updated ed.): Nick Hasted Dark Story of Eminem, The (Paperback, Updated ed.)
Nick Hasted 1
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Nick Hasted's ground-breaking book traces Marshall Mathers' rise to fame from schools and workplaces of his native Detroit to global superstardom.
The author lays bare Eminem's relationships with his mother, his teenage soul-mate Kim Scott, producer Dr. Dre and the Bass Brothers who guided and inspired him from the age of 14.
This new edition comes right up to date, charting Eminem's period of seclusion following the death of fellow rapper and close friend Proof, who was shot dead in 2006, covering Eminem's battle with addiction to painkillers and finally analyzing the huge success of the two albums spawned by these events, Relapse and Recovery.

The Wu-tang Manual - The Wu-Tang Clan no rights - plexus edition 07/05 (Paperback, New edition): Wu-Tang Clan The Wu-tang Manual - The Wu-Tang Clan no rights - plexus edition 07/05 (Paperback, New edition)
Wu-Tang Clan
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The enigmatic State Island hip-hop collective offers a definitive introduction to the mysteries and complexities of the Wu-Tang Universe, revealing the intricate web of personalities and alter egos, warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual and philosophical concepts that define th

Pimps Up, Ho's Down - Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women (Paperback): T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting Pimps Up, Ho's Down - Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women (Paperback)
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
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aSharpley-Whiting's book does not suffer from the sort of cowardice one too often hears from black academics who genuflect to hip hop in order to stay current with the tastes of the students who provide them with whatever power they have on college campuses. Sharpley-Whiting calls them as she sees them and wisely quotes the offensive material when necessary. Her book is high level in its research and its thought, and those looking for adult ideas about the subject should look it up.a
--Stanley Crouch, "New York Daily News"

aSharpley-Whiting gets at the heart of the paradox . . . and puts the discussion on the turntable.a
--"Washington Post"

aSharpley-Whiting unmasks thought provoking socio-political commentaries concerning sexual obsession in rap music and its affects on the black female sense of self.a--"Allhiphop.com"

aOffers an insightful look into the strip clubs, groupie culture, and other aspects of hip hop that have given a voice to the disenfranchised while raising troubling questions about what those voices are saying and doing.a--"Vanderbilt Magazine"

aOffers damning evidence about hip hopas underlying racial and social prejudices, examining the politics of gender and providing a feministas perspective and insights into black music;s underlying message.a--"The Midwest Book Review"

aSharpley-Whittingas uncommon perspective is one that deserves to be examined more often.a

aFor B-girls who embrace both the brashness of Lila Kim and the pro-feminism of Lauryn Hill, Pimps Up, Hoas Down is an intellectual look at the intricate, diverse attitudes of young black women within the hip hop community.Sharpley-Whiting combines thought-provoking text with interviews that range from the aricha (see Trina) to the aregulara (everyday women), giving a voice to todayas complex and contradictory females within hip hop.a
--"The Source Magazine"

aThrough provocatively titled chapters such as aSex, Power, and Punannya and aStrip Tails: Booty Clappina, P-poppina, Shake Dancing, a Sharpley-Whiting provides a sobering analysis of womenas participation in the hyper-sexualized black American, urban youth culture known as hip hop. . . . This book delivers a riveting portrayal of hip hop, from the thumping rap music that serves as a soundtrack for Americaas strip clubs to the predatory groupies who relentlessly pursue rap stars.a
--"Ms. Magazine"

aProbing. . . . A canny study. . . . Sharpley-Whiting brings both street smarts and sophisticated cultural analysis to her subject.a
--"Philadelphia Inquirer"

aClear and well written. . . . It serves as a decent jumping-off point to discussions of young black women in our current society. . . . Sharpley-Whiting has opened up the dialog, offering a source for research in a burgeoning area of study.a
--"Library Journal"

aSharpley-Whiting provides interesting anecdotes about the ways in which women are portrayed (and often used) within hip hop. . . . [Her] insightful analyses [include] a particularly interesting discussion of the intersections of race, class, and capitalism in strip clubs.a
--"Bust Magazine"

Pimps Up, Hoas Down is an in-depth look at hip hopas effect on young black women. Sharpley-Whiting discusses topics such as light-skinned black (or ethnically ambiguous) females getting more love in hip hop videos, unreportedsexual abuse within black communities -- even the fact that most hip hop groupies do not consider themselves groupies. She successfully ties these trends into the mainstream hip hop culture of today. Pimps Up, Hoas Down provides an intellectual look at how hip hop views and affects the young black women of this generation, most who are oblivious to what is actually going on. Sharpley-Whitingas uncommon perspective is one that deserves to be examined more often.a

aOffers a bracing, brilliant, and provocative take on how hip hop has affected young black women. Sharpley-Whiting manages the difficult task of being critical of destructive elements of hip hop culture without being dismissive of its edifying dimensions. This lucidly penned manifesto in defense of the intellectual spaces between hip hop and feminism will undoubtedly inspire heated debate and fruitful conversation about gender, black identity, and conflict between the generations."
--Michael Eric Dyson, author of "Know What I Mean?"

aIn Pimps Up, Hoas Down, Sharpley-Whitingas razor-sharp analysis turns an illuminating spotlight on the dark, complicated intersection where feminism and hip hop meet.a
--Joan Morgan, author of "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost"

"Pimps Up, Ho's Down provides a vital critical assessment of the sexual exploitation of women and girls all too prevalent in hip hop culture and in our larger society. This intelligent and sensitively written study is mandatory reading for those of us who must stop the violence."
--Darlene Clark Hine, co-author of "A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America"

aIn this bold critique of popular cultureas stereotypicalrepresentations of hip hop, Tracy Sharpley-Whiting never wavers from her end goal of empowering the hip hop generation. Pimps Up, Hoas Down takes this discussion beyond the ivory tower and into the lives of everyday people.a
--Bakari Kitwana, author of "The Hip-Hop Generation"

"This compelling, well-researched-and alarming-account of how hip hop culture has impacted the lives and shaped the identities of young black women should be read by women and men of every generation."
--Paula Giddings, author of "When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America"

aTracy Sharpley-Whitingas groundbreaking book makes central the harsh sexist and racist realities that hip hop generation Black women face on a daily basis.a
--Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Producer/Director of "NO! (The Rape Documentary)"

Pimps Up, Ho's Down pulls at the threads of the intricately knotted issues surrounding young black women and hip hop culture. What unravels for Tracy D. Sharpley-Whiting is a new, and problematic, politics of gender. In this fascinating and forceful book, Sharpley-Whiting, a feminist writer who is a member of the hip hop generation, interrogates the complexities of young black women's engagement with a culture that is masculinist, misogynistic, and frequently mystifying.

Beyond their portrayal in rap lyrics, the display of black women in music videos, television, film, fashion, and on the Internet is indispensable to the mass media engineered appeal of hip hop culture, the author argues. And the commercial trafficking in the images and behaviors associated with hip hop has made them appear normal, acceptable, and entertaining-both in the U.S. and around the world.

Sharpley-Whiting questions the impacts of hip hop's increasing alliance with the sex industry, the rise of groupie culture in the hip hop world, the impact of hip hop's compulsory heterosexual culture on young black women, and the permeation of the hip hop ethos into young black women's conceptions of love and romance.

The author knows her subject from the inside. Coming of age in the midst of hip hop's evolution in the late 1980s, she mixed her graduate studies with work as a runway and print model in the 1990s. Her book features interviews with exotic dancers, black hip hop groupies, and hip hop generation members Jacklyn "Diva" Bush, rapper Trina, and filmmaker Aishah Simmons, along with the voices of many "everyday" young women.

Pimps Up, Ho's Down turns down the volume and amplifies the substance of discussions about hip hop culture and to provide a space for young black women to be heard.

Diary of a Madman - The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap (Paperback): Brad "Scarface" Jordan, Benjamin... Diary of a Madman - The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap (Paperback)
Brad "Scarface" Jordan, Benjamin Meadows Ingram
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One of Rolling Stone's Best Music Books of 2015 From Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance. Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose hits include "On My Block," "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" and "Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta" (made famous in the cult film Office Space). The former president of Def Jam South, he's collaborated with everyone from Kanye West, Ice Cube and Nas, and had many solo hits such as "Guess Who's Back" feat. Jay-Z and "Smile" feat. Tupac. But before that, he was a kid from Houston in love with rock-and-roll, listening to AC/DC and KISS. In Diary of a Madman, Scarface shares how his world changed when he heard Run DMC for the first time; how he dropped out of school in the ninth grade and started selling crack; and how he began rapping as the new form of music made its way out of New York and across the country. It is the account of his rise to the heights of the rap world, as well as his battles with his own demons and depression. Passionately exploring and explaining the roots and influences of rap culture, Diary of a Madman is the story of hip-hop-the music, the business, the streets, and life on the south side Houston, Texas.

Hip-Hop in Africa - Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers (Paperback): Msia Kibona Clark Hip-Hop in Africa - Prophets of the City and Dustyfoot Philosophers (Paperback)
Msia Kibona Clark; Foreword by Quentin Williams; Afterword by Akosua Adomako Ampofo
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Throughout Africa, artists use hip-hop both to describe their lives and to create shared spaces for uncensored social commentary, feminist challenges to patriarchy, and resistance against state institutions, while at the same time engaging with the global hip-hop community. In Hip-Hop in Africa, Msia Kibona Clark examines some of Africa's biggest hip-hop scenes and shows how hip-hop helps us understand specifically African narratives of social, political, and economic realities. Clark looks at the use of hip-hop in protest, both as a means of articulating social problems and as a tool for mobilizing listeners around those problems. She also details the spread of hip-hop culture in Africa following its emergence in the United States, assessing the impact of urbanization and demographics on the spread of hip-hop culture. Hip-Hop in Africa is a tribute to a genre and its artists as well as a timely examination that pushes the study of music and diaspora in critical new directions. Accessibly written by one of the foremost experts on African hip-hop, this book will easily find its place in the classroom.

Big Shots (Hardcover): Phillip Leeds, Pharrell Williams Big Shots (Hardcover)
Phillip Leeds, Pharrell Williams
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Just as Andy Warhol: Red Books defined a generation of artists, Big Shots offers a collection of photos that captures the energy of the world of hip-hop and the greater worlds of music and fashion alike. Started as snaps of friends and visitors, this unprecedented volume shot by Phillip Leeds, former tour manager of Kelis and N.E.R.D., is a compilation of previously unpublished work documenting some of the biggest names in hip-hop and fashion. His collection of Polaroid portraits has effectively grown to capture an important moment in music and fashion. With more than 250 Polaroids of artists and figures including Mos Def, Jay Z, Tyler the Creator, Quest-love, and Rita Ora, Big Shots gives readers a unique and oftentimes impromptu look into an era of music and fashion shared through the ever-nostalgic format of the Polaroid.

The Gospel Of Hip Hop - The First Instrument (Hardcover): KRS-One The Gospel Of Hip Hop - The First Instrument (Hardcover)
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"The Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument," the first book from the "I Am Hip Hop," is the philosophical masterwork of KRS ONE. Set in the format of the Christian Bible, this 800-plus-page opus is a life-guide manual for members of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with faith and practical knowledge for a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Hip Hop as a life path. Known as "The Teacha," KRS ONE developed his unique outlook as a homeless teen in Brooklyn, New York, engaging his philosophy of self-creation to become one of the most respected emcees in Hip Hop history. Respected as Hip Hop's true steward, KRS ONE painstakingly details the development of the culture and the ways in which we, as "Hiphoppas," can and should preserve its future.
"The Teacha" also discusses the origination of Hip Hop Kulture and relays specific instances in history wherein one can discover the same spirit and ideas that are at the core of Hip Hop's current manifestation. He explains Hip Hop down to the actual meaning and linguistic history of the words "hip" and "hop," and describes the ways in which "Hiphoppas" can change their current circumstances to create a future that incorporates Health, Love, Awareness, and Wealth (H-LAW).
Committed to fervently promoting self-reliance, dedicated study, peace, unity, and truth, The "Teacha" has drawn both criticism and worship from within and from outside of Hip Hop Kulture. In this beautifully written, inspiring book, KRS ONE shines the light of truth, from his own empirical research over a 14-year period, into the fascinating world of Hip Hop.

Check The Technique: Volume 2 - More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Paperback): Brian Coleman, Adam Mansbach Check The Technique: Volume 2 - More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Paperback)
Brian Coleman, Adam Mansbach
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The New H.N.I.C. - The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop (Paperback): Todd Boyd The New H.N.I.C. - The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop (Paperback)
Todd Boyd
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When Lauryn Hill stepped forward to accept her fifth Grammy Award in 1999, she paused as she collected the last trophy, and seeming somewhat startled said, "This is crazy, `cause this is hip hop music.'" Hill's astonishment at receiving mainstream acclaim for music once deemed insignificant testifies to the explosion of this truly revolutionary art form. Hip hop music and the culture that surrounds it-film, fashion, sports, and a whole way of being-has become the defining ethos for a generation. Its influence has spread from the state's capital to the nation's capital, from the Pineapple to the Big Apple, from `Frisco to Maine, and then on to Spain. But moving far beyond the music, hip hop has emerged as a social and cultural movement, displacing the ideas of the Civil Rights era. Todd Boyd maintains that a new generation, having grown up in the aftermath of both Civil Rights and Black Power, rejects these old school models and is instead asserting its own values and ideas. Hip hop is distinguished in this regard because it never attempted to go mainstream, but instead the mainstream came to hip hop. The New H.N.I.C., like hip hop itself, attempts to keep it real, and challenges conventional wisdom on a range of issues, from debates over use of the "N-word," the comedy of Chris Rock, and the "get money" ethos of hip hop moguls like Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Russell Simmons, to hip hop's impact on a diverse array of figures from Bill Clinton and Eminem to Jennifer Lopez. Maintaining that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is less important today than DMX's It's Dark and Hell is Hot, Boyd argues that Civil Rights as a cultural force is dead, confined to a series of media images frozen in another time. Hip hop, on the other hand, represents the vanguard, and is the best way to grasp both our present and future.

1989 - Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (Paperback): Joshua Clover 1989 - Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (Paperback)
Joshua Clover
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In a tour de force of lyrical theory, Joshua Clover boldly reimagines how we understand both pop music and its social context in a vibrant exploration of a year famously described as 'the end of history'. Amid the historic overturnings of 1989, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, pop music also experienced striking changes. Vividly conjuring cultural sensations and events, Clover tracks the emergence of seemingly disconnected phenomena - from grunge to acid house to gangsta rap - asking if 'perhaps pop had been biding its time until 1989 came along to make sense of its sensibility'. His analysis deftly moves among varied artists and genres including Public Enemy, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, De La Soul, The KLF, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, U2, Jesus Jones, the Scorpions, George Michael, Madonna, Roxette, and others. This elegantly written work, deliberately mirroring history as dialectical and ongoing, summons forth a new understanding of how 'history had come out to meet pop as something more than a fairytale, or something less. A truth, a way of being'.

Empire State Of Mind (revised) (Paperback, Revised ed.): Zack O'Malley Greenburg Empire State Of Mind (revised) (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Zack O'Malley Greenburg
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As much as Martha Stewart or Oprah - and perhaps more than any musician - Jay Z has turned himself into a lifestyle. You can wake up to the local radio station playing his newest hit, spritz yourself with his latest cologne, slip on a pair of his Rocawear jeans, lace up your Reebok S. Carter sneakers, watch baseball star Robinson Cano smack a couple of hits in an afternoon game, and grab dinner at The Spotted Pig. On the way to Jay Z's 40/40 Club for a D'Usse cognac nightcap, sign up for streaming service Tidal and hear his latest collaboration with Beyonce. He'll profit at every turn of your day. Empire State of Mind reveals the story behind Jay Z's rise as told by the people who lived it with him, from classmates at Brooklyn's George Westinghouse High School and the childhood friend who got him into the drug trade, to the DJ who persuaded him to stop dealing and focus on the music. Now with new interviews with industry insiders like Russell Simmons, Alicia Keys, and J. Cole - more than one hundred in total - this book explains just how Jay Z propelled himself from the bleak streets of Brooklyn to the heights of the business world. 'I'm not a businessman - I'm a business, man.' Jay Z 'Fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our era.' Steve Forbes 'Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream. Empire State of Mind is a pure product of Greenburg's care and insight, an exploration of hip-hop's most enigmatic mogul.' Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback- The History of the Business of Hip-Hop 'Greenburg follows the money and key pieces of the Jay Z puzzle in this insightful, savvy read. This book is like a GPS leading us through the modern urban realityof how Jay Z's empire was built.' Fab 5 Freddy, artist, hip-hop pioneer, and former host of Yo! MTV Raps 'A superb guide for your career, even if you are looking to be an investment banker or grocery store manager instead of a hip-hop legend.' CNN.com

Know What I Mean? - Reflections on Hip-Hop (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition): Michael Dyson Know What I Mean? - Reflections on Hip-Hop (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition)
Michael Dyson
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Whether along race, class, or generational lines, hip-hop music has been a source of controversy since the beats got too big and the voices too loud for the block parties that spawned them. America has condemned and commended this music and the culture that inspires it. Dubbed "the Hip-Hop Intellectual" by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music in the academy and beyond, Michael Eric Dyson tackles the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture.

"Know What I Mean?" addresses the creative expression of degraded youth; the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits; the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success; and the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hops.

Go Ahead in the Rain - Notes to a Tribe Called Quest (MP3 format, CD): Hanif Abdurraqib Go Ahead in the Rain - Notes to a Tribe Called Quest (MP3 format, CD)
Hanif Abdurraqib; Read by Ron Butler
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I Got Something to Say - Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Matthew Oware I Got Something to Say - Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Matthew Oware
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What do millennial rappers in the United States say in their music? This timely and compelling book answers this question by decoding the lyrics of over 700 songs from contemporary rap artists. Using innovative research techniques, Matthew Oware reveals how emcees perpetuate and challenge gendered and racialized constructions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality. Male and female artists litter their rhymes with misogynistic and violent imagery. However, men also express a full range of emotions, from arrogance to vulnerability, conveying a more complex manhood than previously acknowledged. Women emphatically state their desires while embracing a more feminist approach. Even LGBTQ artists stake their claim and express their sexuality without fear. Finally, in the age of Black Lives Matter and the presidency of Donald J. Trump, emcees forcefully politicize their music. Although complicated and contradictory in many ways, rap remains a powerful medium for social commentary.

Hip Hop Stylography - Street Style and Culture (Hardcover): Adrianna Piazza Hip Hop Stylography - Street Style and Culture (Hardcover)
Adrianna Piazza
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More than a musical genre, more than a mode of dress or dance, hip hop is a way of life. Born in the Seventies, on the multicultural streets of New York, hip hop is the result of numerous cultural influences, reworked through continuous experimentation, processes of globalisation, and media and commercial exposure. Rich in photographs, graphics and illustrations, this book celebrates the multiform imagery of hip hop culture, explaining the underlying meaning of hip hop slang, the origin of the look and the unmistakeable rhythm. It traces its evolution from the street to the catwalk, from videoclips to TV series, from New York block parties to controversial celebrities and stardom. A tribute to the historical and cultural value of the movement, Hip Hop: From Street Culture to Global Trend will be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for all lovers of music, fashion and graphics. Enter hip hop's extraordinary world.

The Anthology of Rap (Paperback): Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois The Anthology of Rap (Paperback)
Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois; Foreword by Henry Louis Gates; Afterword by Chuck D, Common 1
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From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the Billboard charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential musical and cultural forces of our time. In The Anthology of Rap, editors Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois explore rap as a literary form, demonstrating that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes. This pioneering anthology brings together more than three hundred rap and hip-hop lyrics written over thirty years, from the "old school" to the "golden age" to the present day. Rather than aim for encyclopedic coverage, Bradley and DuBois render through examples the richness and diversity of rap's poetic tradition. They feature both classic lyrics that helped define the genre, including Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message" and Eric B. & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend," as well as lesser-known gems like Blackalicious's "Alphabet Aerobics" and Jean Grae's "Hater's Anthem." Both a fan's guide and a resource for the uninitiated, The Anthology of Rap showcases the inventiveness and vitality of rap's lyrical art. The volume also features an overview of rap poetics and the forces that shaped each period in rap's historical development, as well as a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and afterwords by Chuck D and Common. Enter the Anthology to experience the full range of rap's artistry and discover a rich poetic tradition hiding in plain sight.

DJ Shadow Entroducing (Paperback): Eliot Wilder DJ Shadow Entroducing (Paperback)
Eliot Wilder
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What resonated about "Endtroducing" when it was released in 1996, and what makes it still resonate today, is the way in which it loosens itself from the mooring of the known and sails off into an uncharted territory that seems to exist both in and out of time. Josh Davis is not only a master sampler and turntablist supreme, he is also a serious archaeologist with a world-thirsty passion (what "Cut Chemist" refers to as Josh's "spidey sense") for seeking out, uncovering and then ripping apart the discarded graces of some other generation - that "pile of broken dreams" - and weaving them back together into a tapestry of chronic bleakness and beauty. Over the course of several long conversations with Josh Davis (DJ Shadow), we learn about his early years in California, the friends and mentors who helped him along the way, his relationship with Mo'Wax and James Lavelle, and the genesis and creation of his widely acknowledged masterpiece, "Endtroducing."

In Search of Soul - Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion (Hardcover): Alejandro Nava In Search of Soul - Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion (Hardcover)
Alejandro Nava
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In Search of Soul explores the meaning of "soul" in sacred and profane incarnations, from its biblical origins to its central place in the rich traditions of black and Latin history. Surveying the work of writers, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers and theologians, Alejandro Nava shows how their understandings of the "soul" revolve around narratives of justice, liberation, and spiritual redemption. He contends that biblical traditions and hip-hop emerged out of experiences of dispossession and oppression. Whether born in the ghettos of America or of the Roman Empire, hip-hop and Christianity have endured by giving voice to the persecuted. This book offers a view of soul in living color, as a breathing, suffering, dreaming thing.

To the Break of Dawn - A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (Paperback): William Jelani Cobb To the Break of Dawn - A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (Paperback)
William Jelani Cobb
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View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.

aTo the Break of Dawn marks a crucial turning point in hip-hop writing. . . . By opening the discourse on hip-hopas aesthetic, Cobb spearheads a new sub-genre, and perhaps a return or revolution in hip-hop aesthetics.a
--"Black Issues Book Review"

a[P]eels back the many digitized layers of hip-hop to explore the evolution of the MC, from African folkloric traditions to the global (and often hypercommercial) phenomenon it is today.

SEE ALSO: "Pimps Up, Hoas Down: Hip Hopas Hold on Young Black Women" by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.

aTo the Break of Dawn is smart, funny, conversational -- a book to touch off serious study of the modern MC.a
--"The Austin Chronicle"

aUpon finishing To The Break of Dawn any objective fan will acknowledge that Cobb has done a commendable job in chronicling rapas evolution and explaining its multiple influences and impact.a
--"City Paper"

aTo the Break of Dawn dissects the evolution of hip hop lyricism from its most primitive beginnings to its current manifestation as a global phenomenon. Author Jelani Cobb examines issues of race, geography, genre and bravado in this overview of hip hopas lyrical art. Covering words from B.I.G., Cube, Obie Trice and Pimp C, Cobb offers an intellectual and up-to-date report on hip hopas most powerful elementa
--"The Source Magazine"

aWhat makes William Jelani Cobb's To the Break of Dawn so refreshing is that it centers on what hip-hop is, rather than on what it does. Eschewing the common practice of treating rap lyrics as just another way to talk about race, politics or the self, Cobb treats them as art. His aim is ambitious: toarticulate hip-hop's aesthetic principles while tracing its roots back to the aancestral poetic and musical traditionsa of black oral culture, from Sunday sermons to gut-bucket blues. To the Break of Dawn celebrates lyrical invention, the artists and even the particular rhymes that make hip-hop great. For the uninitiated, it is Hip-Hop 101, offering a rich overview of rap's verbal artistry. For the aficionado, it alternately affirms and challenges deeply held beliefs of what is valuable in hip-hop.a
--"Washington Post Book World"

aThis book makes an important contribution to hip-hop history. . . . Cobbas writing style is engaging, and the book benefits from the legitimacy provided by the authoras background: he is a former MC who grew up with the culture.a

aOn literally every page [Cobb] displays a tremendous command of language and history as he aexamines the aesthetic, stylistic, and thematic evolution of hip hop from its inception in the South Bronx to the present era.a But make no mistake: this groundbreaking work is an artfully constructed and vividly written look at athe artistic evolution of rap music and its relationship to earlier forms of black expression.a Much of the book's pleasure also comes from Cobb's ability to afreestylea serious and humorous insights-from how artists such as Tupac and Nas sometimes astepped outside the conventions of hip-hop to pen sympathetic narratives about the sexual exploitation of young women, a to how LL Cool J's pioneering aI Need a Beata sounded alike he'd raided every entry in an SAT book.a aa
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

aVital stuff for hip hop fans eager to know more about their favorite culturalidiomas development and underpinnings.a

aAt a time when academics are just beginning to recognize hip hop as a legitimate form, William Jelani Cobb, a child of rap himself, brings an unparalleled level of understanding to the music. His historically informed yet hip-to-the-tip viewpoint roots readers in the art form rather than the hype.a
--Chuck D

aWith poetic passion and surgical precision, William Jelani Cobb's engaging exploration of the hip hop aesthetic lovingly demonstrates that, when it comes to beats and rhymes, the beauty of the (bass) god resides in the details.a
--Joan Morgan, author of "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost"

aFinally, a hip hop study that captures the verve and swagger that marked the work of our critical forebears Albert Murray and Amiri Baraka. In his brilliant new tome, William Jelani Cobb bridges the gap between the majesty of the blues and the gully regality of hip hop.a
--Mark Anthony Neal, author of "New Black Man"

"Wow! "To the Break of Dawn" is a crucial contribution to hip hop history. I'm thrilled that William Jelani Cobb has documented hip hop's relationship to the blues. If you want to truly understand how hip hop was born, read this booka
--MC Lyte

"aTo the Break of Dawn" tells the serious story of hip hop's artistic roots, and in the process revels in the great MCs who stand at the crossroads of music and literature. In a crowded field of hip hop scholars, pundits, and journalists, "To the Break of Dawn" puts William Jelani Cobb way out in front.a
--Ta-Nehisi Coates

aUpon finishing To the Break of Dawn, any objective fan will acknowledge that Cobb has done a commendable job in chronicling rapasevolution and explaining its multiple influences and impact. Hereas a fresh look at a music that continues to electrify, confound, alienate, and fascinate.a
--"Nashville City Paper"

"He'll idle with some prelim scratches to let the crowd know what's coming next. And if his boy got skills enough, if the verbal game is tight enough, that right there will be the kinetic moment, that blessed split-second when beat meets rhyme."

With roots that stretch from West Africa through the black pulpit, hip-hop emerged in the streets of the South Bronx in the 1970s and has spread to the farthest corners of the earth. To the Break of Dawn uniquely examines this freestyle verbal artistry on its own terms. A kid from Queens who spent his youth at the epicenter of this new art form, music critic William Jelani Cobb takes readers inside the beats, the lyrics, and the flow of hip-hop, separating mere corporate rappers from the creative MCs that forged the art in the crucible of the street jam.

The four pillars of hip hop--break dancing, graffiti art, deejaying, and rapping--find their origins in traditions as diverse as the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira and Caribbean immigrants' turnstile artistry. Tracing hip-hop's relationship to ancestral forms of expression, Cobb explores the cultural and literary elements that are at its core. From KRS-One and Notorious B.I.G. to Tupac Shakur and Lauryn Hill, he profiles MCs who were pivotal to the rise of the genre, verbal artists whose lineage runs back to the black preacher and the bluesman.

Unlike books that focus on hip-hop as a social movement or a commercial phenomenon, To the Break of Dawn tracks the music's aesthetic, stylistic, and thematic evolution from its inception to today's distinctly regional sub-divisions and styles. Written with an insider's ear, the book illuminates hip-hop's innovations in a freestyle form that speaks to both aficionados and newcomers to the art.

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