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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Can't Stop Won't Stopby Jeff Chang

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 14.97

    Hip-hop is now a global multi-billion pound industry. It has spawned superstars all across the world. There have been tie-in clothing lines, TV stations, film companies, cosmetics lines. It even has its own sports, its own art style, its own dialect. It is an all-encompassing lifestyle. But where did hip-hop culture begin? Who created... more...

  • Dizzee Rascalby Alex Kitts

    Orion 2011; US$ 28.60

    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 the death of his father when he was two years old. Dizzee was thrown out of four schools in... more...

  • Dizzee Rascalby Alex Kitts

    Orion 2011; Not Available

    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 the death of his father when he was two years old. Dizzee was thrown out of four schools in... more...

  • It's No Secretby Carmen Bryan

    MTV Books 2006; Not Available

    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...

  • The Legends of Hip Hopby Justin Bua

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 27.99

    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...

  • It's No Secretby Carmen Bryan

    MTV Books 2006; Not Available

    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...