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  • How to Rapby Paul Edwards; Kool G Rap

    Chicago Review Press 2009; US$ 10.99

    Examining the dynamics of hip-hop from every region and in every formmainstream and underground, current and classicthis compelling how-to discusses everything from content and flow to rhythm and delivery in relation to the art and craft of rap. Compiled from the most extensive research on rapping to date, this first-of-its-kind guide delivers countless... more...

  • Sounding Race in Rap Songsby Loren Kajikawa

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    As one of the most influential and popular genres of the last three decades, rap has cultivated a mainstream audience and become a multimillion-dollar industry by promoting highly visible and often controversial representations of blackness. Sounding Race in Rap Songs argues that rap music allows us not only to see but also to hear how mass-mediated... more...

  • Hey Ya!by Chris Nickson

    St. Martin's Press 2004; US$ 8.99

    A biography of the world renowned music group OutKast. more...

  • And It Don't Stopby Raquel Cepeda; Nelson George

    Faber & Faber 2004; US$ 30.99

    In September 1979, there was a cosmic shift that went unnoticed by the majority of mainstream America. This shift was triggered by the release of the Sugarhill Gang's single, Rapper's Delight . Not only did it usher rap music into the mainstream's consciousness, it brought us the word "hip-hop." And It Don't Stop , edited by the award winning journalist... more...

  • Close to the Edgeby Sujatha Fernandes

    Verso Books 2011; US$ 19.95

    ?Fernandes brilliantly captures the moment when a global generation curved toward a unifying language and culture and found something that was both much more and much less than what it was searching for. Close to the Edge is a beautifully told tale of the collective and the personal, the cultural and political?a classic of hip hop writing and a poignant... more...

  • Ego Trip's Book of Rap Listsby Sacha Jenkins; Elliott Wilson; Jeff Mao; Gabe Alvarez; Brent Rollins

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 26.99

    Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists is more popular than racism! Hip hop is huge, and it's time someone wrote it all down. And got it all right. With over 25 aggregate years of interviews, and virtually every hip hop single, remix and album ever recorded at their disposal, the highly respected Ego Trip staff are the ones to do it. The Book of Rap Lists... more...

  • The Concise Guide to Hip-Hop Musicby Paul Edwards

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 15.99

    In 1973, the music scene was forever changed by the emergence of hip-hop. Masterfully blending the rhythmic grooves of funk and soul with layered beats and chanted rhymes, artists such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash paved the way for an entire new genre and generation of musicians. In this comprehensive, accessible guide, Paul Edwards breaks... more...

  • Hip Hop and Hip-Hop Danceby Felicia M. Miyakawa; Joseph G. Schloss

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 3.99

    A history of the development of hip-hop music and dance. This ebook is a static version of an article from Grove Music Online, a continuously updated online resource, offering comprehensive coverage of the world?s music written by leading scholars. For more information, visit more...

  • The Boombox Projectby Lyle Owerko

    Abrams 2014; US$ 24.95

    On the heels of the graffiti renaissance comes a vibrant look at an old-school icon that figured prominently in the hip-hop, rock & roll, and punk movements of the 1970s and 80s. The Boombox Project features contemporary fine art portraits of an array of vintage boomboxes, as well as scores of documentary photographs of the people who brought... more...

  • The Dead Emcee Scrollsby Saul Williams

    MTV Books 2006; US$ 14.99

    In the underground labyrinths of New York City's subway system, beneath the third rail of a long forgotten line, Saul Williams discovered scrolls of aged yellowish-brown paper rolled tightly into a can of spray paint. His quest to decipher this mystical ancient text resulted in a primal understanding of the power hip-hop has to teach us about ourselves... more...