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  • 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...

  • Life and Defby Russell Simmons

    Crown Publishing Group 2001; US$ 14.99

    Russell Simmons, the original and eternal hip-hop mogul, is one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern American business and culture. When no one outside of inner-city New York had even heard of hip-hop, Simmons saw the seeds of a global force that would change the way people talk, dress, listen to music, and choose the heroes they... more...

  • Hip Hoptionary TMby Alonzo Westbrook

    Crown Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.00

    The bumpin? book for hip-hop disciples (a.k.a. fiends), songwriters, all other writers, pop culture fans, linguists, and parents who are just trying to figure out what their kids are saying. The inventive sounds of hip-hop (which became America?s number two music genre in 2001, outselling country) have echoed far from their Bronx beginnings of twenty... more...

  • A Hip-Hop Storyby Heru Ptah

    MTV Books 2006; US$ 24.99

    The first novel to truly capture the fast and furious world of hip-hop -- one in which the line between art and life is blurred for two ambitious MCs whose battle to be #1 is fought with weapons and words. Rappers Flawless and Hannibal are two talented young men moving toward the same dream: to be the best, to take over the world, to see the big... more...

  • Raising Kanyeby Donda West; Karen Hunter; Kanye West

    Pocket Books 2007; US$ 16.95

    As the mother of hip-hop superstar Kanye West, Donda West has watched her son grow from a brilliant baby boy with all the intimations of fame and fortune to one of the hottest rappers on the music scene. And she has every right to be proud: she raised her son with strong moral values, teaching him right from wrong and helping him become the man he... more...

  • The Vixen Diariesby Karrine Steffans

    Grand Central Publishing 2007; US$ 9.99

    This titillating exposÚ chronicles the personal and professional adventures of this tabloid-laden socialite, dispelling some rumors, while confirming others. Diaries unveils the heavily shrouded Hollywood backrooms and its coveted secrets. Offering her ardent fans answers to burning questions and presenting lessons learned, this book will surely not... more...

  • Straight from the Sourceby Kim Osorio

    MTV Books 2008; US$ 18.99

    Kim Osorio had a front-row seat for the biggest beefs, battles, and blow-ups in hip-hop. As the first female editor-in-chief of The Source , she had come up. From her corner office, Kim got the goods on hip-hop's hottest names: Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Lil' Kim. She developed close -- sometimes intimate -- relationships with the artists she exposed... more...

  • Hip-Hop Revolution in the Fleshby Greg Thomas

    Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 105.00

    An extended study of the writings of Lil' Kim, the multi-platinum selling Hip Hop artist. Examines Lil' Kim's anti-sexist, gender-defiant and ultra-erotic verse alongside issues of race and the politics of imprisonment. This is the first study to apply the tools of literary criticism to Hip Hop's lyrical writings. more...

  • Whatever You Say I Amby Anthony Bozza

    Crown Publishing Group 2010; US$ 13.95

    does eminem matter? On assignment for his first cover story for Rolling Stone, the very first national cover story on Eminem, Anthony Bozza met a young blond kid, a rapper who would soon take the country by storm. But back in 1999, Eminem was just beginning to make waves among suburban white teenagers as his first single, ?My Name Is,? went into heavy... more...

  • Magic Cityby Trick Daddy; Peter Bailey

    MTV Books 2010; US$ 16.00

    ?A thug is someone who stands on his own. He lives by the decisions he makes and accepts the consequences. A thug is comfortable in his own skin. I wear mine like a glove.? áTrick Daddy was born a thug?just a stone?s throw from downtown Miami, yet a world away from its dazzling beauty and sparkling wealth. Where grinding poverty, deadly crime, and... more...