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Hip-Hop!

In the last 30 years Hip Hop has grown from nothing to being one of the most popular music genres around. Today it's hard to find any modern music that hasn't been influenced by Hip Hop in some way. Read about how it all began and some of its most influential artists in these fantastic books.


Can't Stop, Won't Stop : A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
Can't Stop, Won't Stop : A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop has been a generation-defining global movement. In a post-civil rights era rapidly transformed by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop gave voiceless youths a chance to address these seismic changes, and became a job-making engine and the Esperanto of youth rebellion. Hip-hop crystallized a multiracial generation's worldview, and forever transformed politics and culture. But the epic story of how that happened has never been fully told . . . until now.


Total Chaos : The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop
Total Chaos : The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop

It's not just rap music. Hip-hop has transformed theater, dance, performance, poetry, literature, fashion, design, photography, painting, and film, to become one of the most far-reaching and transformative arts movements of the past two decades.American Book Award-winning journalist Jeff Chang, author of the acclaimed Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation , assembles some of the most innovative and provocative voices in hip-hop to assess the most important cultural movement of our time.


Hip Hop Divas
Hip Hop Divas

'Despite all the women-haters in rap, there's always been an army of women surviving and thriving in an environment that sometimes seems resentful of their very existence. Whether rhyming, deejaying, dancing, writing graffiti, throwing parties, or running record labels, women have been a part of hip hop since day one.' - from the foreword by Mimi Valdez. What's it like for a woman coming up in the rap game? Find out in the biographies featured here, bios on everyone from pioneers like Rozanne Shante to superstars Lil' Kim and Mary J. Blige to lesser known artists like Rah Digga and the Lady of Rage.


Ice : A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption
Ice : A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption

Read how Ice T went from creating Gangsta Rap in the 1980s to his current acting career on Law & Order: SVU in this captivating memoir of one of Hip-Hop's pioneers.


The Vibe History of Hip-Hop
The Vibe History of Hip-Hop

"A history? No. A story really. In this book hip hop is all. It's always there. Like hip hop, this book is about the intense kind of aspriation that comes from having little. About holding and rhyming into a microphone. Mixing and scratching. Guns pain blood. Desire desperation truth true love. Art and mystery and metaphor...This is that story." - from the preface by Danyel Smith. If you enjoy reading the hop hop magazines Vibe, The Source, or XXL, consider checking out this collection of articles, bios, photos and discographies. Start at the begining or just start browsing: if you love hip hop there's plenty for you here.


The Hip Hop Years : A History of Rap
The Hip Hop Years : A History of Rap

Would you like the chance to interview your favorite hip hop stars, maybe Ice Cube, The RZA, or The Roots? That's what these two journalists did. To create this history of rap, Alex Ogg and David Upshal, went straight to the source, the artists and industry players themselves. Their insights into subjects ranging form the birth of rap to the rivalry between the coasts create a compelling and readable history.


The Murder of Biggie Smalls
The Murder of Biggie Smalls

Was Biggie's murder a tragic consequence of the bad blood between the coasts? Could Puffy have been the target? While these and the other possibilities that Cathy Scott explores are intriguing, Notorious B.I.G. fans may find greater pleasure just reading about his childhood, his relationships with his mother, Puffy, and Tupac, and his rise to the top of the rap world.


How to Draw Hip-Hop
How to Draw Hip-Hop

Hip-hop is more than baggy jeans and explicit song lyrics. It's a cultural force that influences everything we see and everything we hear. Now two masters of hip-hop have joined forces to create one remarkable book: How to Draw Hip-Hop . Damion Scott, a noted hip-hop artist, and Kris Ex, an internationally recognized music journalist, explain drawing basics and construction of the hip-hop look; ways to capture the style and spirit of the B-boy and B-girl; and how to draw hip-hop gear, environments, characters, and graffiti.


The Rose That Grew From Concrete
The Rose That Grew From Concrete

'There is no better way to get inside the head and heart of an artist than to examine his artistic expressions. I hope these poems allow those who are fascinated by Tupac to see his sensitivity, insight, revolutionary mind, fears, passion, and sense of humor.' - from the introduction by Leila Steinberg. Whether or not you're a Tupac fan, whether or not you would normally read a book of poetry, you will not walk away untouched by this book of beautiful poems written by a young Tupac Shakur.


Westside : Young Men and Hip-Hop in L.A.
Westside : Young Men and Hip-Hop in L.A.

For every rap star driving a luxury car and sipping champagne in a video on MTV, there are hundreds of aspiring MC's, hustling to get on, and to get by. William Shaw brings us the stories of seven young men, revealing their dreams and ambitions, as well as the incredible hurdles they face, 'struggling to make it in South Central, Los Angeles, world capital of gangsta rap and West Coast hip hop.'