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  • 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$ 37.99

    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...

  • Notorious C.O.P.by Derrick Parker; Matt Diehl

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 6.79

    Throughout his career, Derrick Parker worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in rap history, from the shooting at Club New York, where Derrick personally escorted Jennifer Lopez to police headquarters, to the first shooting of Tupac Shakur. Always straddling the fence between "po-po" and NYPD outsider, Derrick threatened police tradition... more...

  • In the Heart of the Beatby Alexs Pate

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 28.00

    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$ 12.59

    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$ 6.79

    "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...

  • Dizzee Rascalby Alex Kitts

    Orion 2011; US$ 12.99

    No-holds-barred account of one of Britain's most gifted and creative musical talents In 2003, at the age of 17, Dizzee Rascal became an overnight name to drop when his debut album, Boy In Da Corner, beat Coldplay, Radiohead and The Darkness to the Mercury Music Prize. Dizzee was born in Nigeria, but raised by his mum in Bow, east London after... more...

  • The Legends of Hip Hopby Justin Bua

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 23.99

    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...

  • 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...