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  • Notorious C.O.P.by Derrick Parker; Matt Diehl

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 7.39

    Throughout his career, Derrick Parker worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in rap history, from the shooting at Club New York, where Derrick personally escorted Jennifer Lopez to police headquarters, to the first shooting of Tupac Shakur. Always straddling the fence between "po-po" and NYPD outsider, Derrick threatened police tradition... more...

  • The Story of The Streetsby Mike Skinner

    Transworld 2012; US$ 14.09

    **WINNER OF THE NME BEST BOOK AWARD** 'This book is going to try and get as close as possible to the full story of what informed the noise of The Streets. Obviously that's something I should be fairly well-qualified to know about, and I'm going to be as honest as the publisher's lawyers will allow.' With the 2001 release of The Streets' debut... more...

  • How to Rapby Paul Edwards

    Ebury Publishing 2012; US$ 18.32

    A first of its kind collection, How to Rap is an insightful and intelligent breakdown of the elements of rap for anyone wanting to learn the art form or understand the principles behind it. Author Paul Edwards examines the dynamics of hip hop from every region and in every form - mainstream, underground, current and classic - looking in particular... more...

  • Signifying Rappersby David Foster Wallace

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 12.68

    Signifying Rappers is a fun and quirky discovery for any fan of David Foster Wallace or Hip-hop. Signifying Rappers is an old-school classic from David Foster Wallace and his friend and room-mate Mark Costello, first published in 1990, long out of print, and previously unavailable outside the USA. A paean to the golden age of Hip-Hop and the... more...

  • Rebel Musicby Hisham Aidi

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 16.95

    This fascinating, timely, and important book on the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the world looks at how hip-hop, jazz, and reggae, along with Andalusian and Gnawa music, have become a means of building community and expressing protest in the face of the West?s policies in the War on Terror. Hisham Aidi... more...

  • Urban God Talkby Andre E. Johnson; James W. Perkinson; Michael D. Royster; Weldon Merrial McWilliams IV; Angela M. Nelson; Darrell Wesley; VaNatta S. Ford; Sharon Lauricalla; Tim Huffman; Amira De La Garza; Dawn-Marie Gibson; Mickie Mwanzia Koster; Erika D. Gault; Harry Nii Koney Odamtten; Shanesha R.F. Brooks Tatum

    Lexington Books 2013; US$ 39.99

    Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality , edited by Andre Johnson, is a collection of essays that examine the religious and spiritual in hip hop. The contributors argue that the prevailing narrative that hip hop offers nothing in the way of religion and spirituality is false. more...

  • Diary of a Madmanby Brad "Scarface" Jordan; Benjamin Meadows Ingram

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 11.99

    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... more...

  • Far From Overby Dalton Higgins

    ECW Press 2012; US$ 12.95

    The first biography of superstar rapper Drake At a time when album sales were plummeting, Drake?s 2010 debut album, Thank Me Later, went platinum, hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and spawned numerous Top 10 hits including "Over," "Best I Ever Had," and "Find Your Love." His sophomore release, Take Care, also... more...

  • The Dirty Versionby Buddha Monk; Mickey Hess

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 17.99

    On the tenth anniversary of his death, The Dirty Version is the first biography of hip hop superstar and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol? Dirty Bastard, to be written by someone from his inner circle: his right-hand man and best friend, Buddha Monk. Ol? Dirty Bastard rocketed to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan, the raucous and renegade group... more...

  • The Book of Lukeby Luther Campbell

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 11.99

    Born in Miami's notorious Liberty City, Luther Campbell witnessed poverty, despair, and crime firsthand. His uncle Ricky did not want him trapped by the "invisible chains" of systemic racism, so Ricky schooled him on the necessity of a black man running his own life, controlling his livelihood, and owning property. Embracing these lessons, Campbell... more...