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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • F--k Ivy and Everything Elseby Mark McNairy

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 23.99

    The renowned designer?s views on dressing and behaving well: Ivy League meets street, sartorial rules are made and broken in this must-have style guide for traditionalists and hipsters alike, filled with Mark McNairy?s humorous, sometimes snarky, spot-on observations. With a Foreword by Nick Wooster. Supported by a powerful cult following of dedicated,... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kanye West Owes Me $300by Jensen Karp

    Crown/Archetype 2016; US$ 26.00 US$ 19.50

    After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend?and then almost became a star.   When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey?one... more...

  • The Legends of Hip Hopby Justin Bua

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 15.99

    Sweeping in its scope, The Legends of Hip Hop is an intimate look at the visionaries, the movers and the shakers, and the pioneers who have helped shape the world of hip hop. Groundbreaking artist Justin Bua profiles and paints fifty key figures, including everyone from Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash to President Obama and Jay-Z, providing... 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...