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  • 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...

  • The Adventures of Grandmaster Flashby Grandmaster Flash; David Ritz

    Crown/Archetype 2008; US$ 22.95

    A no-holds-barred memoir from the primary architect of hip hop and one of the culture's most revered music icons?both the tale of his life and legacy and a testament to dogged determination. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five fomented the musical revolution known as hip hop. Theirs was a groundbreaking union between one DJ and five rapping MCs.... more...

  • Queens Reigns Supremeby Ethan Brown

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 12.95

    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... more...

  • Trikstaby Nik Cohn

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.95

    Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohn?s love of hip-hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him. On the surface he?s the least likely candidate for a rap impresario. But with his signature charm and... more...

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

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 23.99

    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$ 12.68

    **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...