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  • It's No Secretby Carmen Bryan

    MTV Books 2006; US$ 17.99

    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...

  • 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...

  • On the Recordby Luke Crisell; Phil White; Rob Principe; Moby

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 18.99

    In the three decades since Kool Herc first put the same record on two side-by-side turntables, DJs have moved out of city parks, house and block parties, and the darkened booths of nightclubs, and onto center stage, performing before admiring crowds of thousands. They have not only given rise to hip-hop and house?DJs have influenced fashion, film,... more...

  • Eminemby Martin Huxley

    St. Martin's Press 2000; US$ 8.99

    "God sent me to piss the world off," Eminem boasts on his breakthrough hit "My Name Is." A grandiose claim to be sure, but it's hard to imagine another rapper generating as much controversy and outrage as this bleach-blonde Detroit MC outlaw while still selling millions of records and becoming a hero to pop fans and hardcore hip-hop purists alike.... more...

  • Who Shot Ya?by Ernie Paniccioli; Kevin Powell

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 14.21

    Nearly thirty years ago, Ernie Paniccioli, considered by many to be the James Van Der Zee of the hiphop generation, began photographing graffiti art throughout New York City as well as the young people creating it. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli literally recorded the beginning salvos of hiphop, today the most dominant youth culture... 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...

  • It Ain't Hard To Tellby Nas

    Ebury Publishing 2017; US$ 26.78

    The long-awaited memoir from legendary rapper Nas, one of the most famous - and enigmatic - stars of the hip-hop generation. With the release of his 1994 debut album, Illmatic , Nas was immediately lauded as rap royalty. After over two decades he remains one of the most admired, successful, and misunderstood figures in the business. In It Ain?t... more...