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  • 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 Publishing Group 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...

  • 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$ 17.58

    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...