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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...

  • Quicklet on The Best Tupac Songs: Lyrics and Analysisby Acamea Deadwiler

    Hyperink 2012; US$ 2.99

    Tupac Amaru Shakur was not just a rapper; he was a modern-day poet. He even released a very well-written book of poetry, The Rose that Grew From Concrete. He was so much more than an entertainer, so much more than a rhyme spitter. The emotion and heart felt behind Tupac's lyrics is what endeared him to fans. The artist seemed to rap from his very... 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...

  • Signifying Rappersby David Foster Wallace

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 14.38

    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...

  • The Story of The Streetsby Mike Skinner

    Transworld 2012; US$ 14.38

    **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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 99 Problemsby Ali Graham

    Workman Publishing Company 2015; US$ 9.95

    Poor Superstar. All the money and fame in the world won?t prevent him from having a bad hair day. Or stepping in gum. Or not being able to fit into skinny jeans, or watching helplessly as a scoop of ice cream falls from its cone. Or so an unnamed Superstar?s life is ingeniously imagined in this very funny book. Inspired by but not based on Jay Z?s... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hopby Justin A. Williams

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 24.00

    This Companion covers the hip-hop elements, methods of studying hip-hop, and case studies from Nerdcore to Turkish-German and Japanese hip-hop. more...

  • Desi Rapby Ajay Nair; Murali Balaji

    Lexington Books 2008; US$ 32.99

    Desi Rap explores the connection between South Asian Americans and hip-hop as both a sociopolitical/cultural movement and performative identity. This groundbreaking collection of essays is the first book of its kind to interrogate ideas about ownership of culture while asserting the distinctness of South Asian American identity that has come through... more...