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  • 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...

  • The Tao of Wuby The RZA

    Penguin Group US 2009; US$ 15.00

    The RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, imparts the lessons he's learned on his journey from the Staten Island projects to international superstardom. A devout student of knowledge in every form in which he's found it, he distills here the wisdom he's acquired into seven "pillars," each based on a formative event in his life-from the moment he first... more...

  • Through the Wireby Kanye West; Bill Plympton

    Atria Books 2009; Not Available

    This is a rare partnership between two geniuses at the top of their crafts -- Kanye West, who was named "the smartest man in hip-hop" by Time magazine, and Bill Plympton, an Academy Award-nominated animator, cartoonist, and illustrator. Through the Wire is a graphic memoir that illustrates the lyrics of twelve Kanye West songs to tell his... more...

  • Straight from the Sourceby Kim Osorio

    MTV Books 2008; Not Available

    Kim Osorio had a front-row seat for the biggest beefs, battles, and blow-ups in hip-hop. As the first female editor-in-chief of The Source , she had come up. From her corner office, Kim got the goods on hip-hop's hottest names: Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Lil' Kim. She developed close -- sometimes intimate -- relationships with the artists she exposed... 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$ 89.99

    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. From its beginning, hip hop has had a profound spirituality... more...

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

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 20.99

    For fans of Jay Z?s Decoded and DMX?s E.A.R.L., an eloquent, passionate, and entertaining memoir from the legendary godfather of Southern rap and front man of the Geto Boys about growing up in Houston, the roots and influences of Southern hip-hop, and how he rose to the top of the burgeoning rap scene. Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose... more...

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

    HarperCollins 2015; Not Available

    For fans of Jay Z?s Decoded and DMX?s E.A.R.L., an eloquent, passionate, and entertaining memoir from the legendary godfather of Southern rap and front man of the Geto Boys about growing up in Houston, the roots and influences of Southern hip-hop, and how he rose to the top of the burgeoning rap scene. Scarface is the celebrated rapper whose... 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...