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  • The Dirty Versionby Buddha Monk; Mickey Hess

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 19.99

    The Dirty Version by Buddha Monk has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher. more...

  • Other People's Propertyby Jason Tanz

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 11.99

    Over the last quarter-century hip-hop has grown from an esoteric form of African-American expression to become the dominant form of American popular culture. Today, Snoop Dogg shills for Chrysler and white kids wear Fubu, the black-owned label whose name stands for "For Us, By Us." This is not the first time that black music has been appreciated, adopted,... more...

  • From Pieces to Weightby 50 Cent; Kris Ex

    MTV Books 2005; US$ 16.00

    GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' That's what this book is about--the good times and the bad times. I wrote this book to explain the world I come from. To a lot of people, I may be too young to reflect on life. And they may be right. But I'd be wasting my blessings if I didn't use the attention I'm getting to shed light on the experiences that have caused... more...

  • It's No Secretby Carmen Bryan

    MTV Books 2006; US$ 14.00

    Carmen Bryan is no stranger to the rap world. Not only did she work at Def Jam and Capitol Records but she shares a daughter with hip-hop superstar Nas -- a relationship made extremely public through Nas's celebrity status, rap lyrics, and the ever-present media. Now, in It's No Secret , a strong, resilient Carmen bares all, telling her side of the... more...

  • All about the Beatby John McWhorter

    Penguin Group US 2008; US$ 20.00

    The bestselling commentator, hailed for his frank and fearless arguments on race, imparts a scathing look at the hypocrisy of hip-hop?and why its popularity proves that black America must overhaul its politics. One of the most outspoken voices in America?s cultural dialogues, John McWhorter can always be counted on to provide provocative viewpoints... more...

  • Through the Wireby Kanye West; Bill Plympton

    Atria Books 2009; US$ 22.00

    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...

  • 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...

  • Enter the Babylon Systemby Rodrigo Bascunan; Christian Pearce

    Random House of Canada 2010; US$ 19.00

    A docu-style investigation of our fascination with the gun, from the perspective of the hip-hop generation. The 2003 shooting death of Toronto community-centre worker Kempton Howard put the spotlight on hip hop?s fixation with guns. Media and police soon blamed rap music and its tales of gang life on bullet-ridden US streets for the rising use of... more...

  • In the Heart of the Beatby Alexs Pate

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 29.99

    In the Heart of the Beat argues for a fresh understanding of rap as an exemplary form of literary expression, rather than a profane and trendy musical genre. Pate focuses on works by several well-known artists to reveal in rap music, despite its penchant for vulgarity, a power and beauty that is the heart of great literature. more...

  • The Hip Hop Warsby Tricia Rose

    Basic Books 2008; US$ 16.99

    A pioneering expert in the study of hip-hop explains why the music matters?and why the battles surrounding it are so very fierce. more...