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  • Know What I Mean?by Michael Eric Dyson

    Basic Books 2007; US$ 20.00

    Whether along race, class, or generational lines, hip-hop music has been a source of controversy since the beats got too big and the voices too loud for the block parties that spawned them. America has condemned and commended this music and the culture that inspires it. Dubbed the Hip-Hop Intellectual” by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations... more...

  • Rawby Lamont "U-God" Hawkins

    Picador 2018; US$ 19.60

    The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of it's founding members, Lamont "U-God" Hawkins. The Wu-Tang Clan is American hip-hop royalty. Rolling Stone called them the “best rap group ever” and their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is considered one of the greatest hip... more...

  • F*ck, That's Deliciousby Action Bronson; Rachel Wharton; Gabriele Stabile

    Abrams 2017; US$ 20.21

    This ain’t no cookbook. This ain’t no memoir. This is Action Bronson’s devotional, a book about the overwhelming power of delicious—no, f*cking amazing—food. Bronson is this era’s Homer, and  F*ck, That’s Delicious  is a modern-day  Odyssey , replete with orgiastic recipes, world travel, siren songs, and weed.   Illustrated, packed with images,... more...

  • Posthuman Rapby Justin Adams Burton

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 34.99

    Building on the work of Sylvia Wynter, Alexander Weheliye, Lester Spence, LH Stallings, and a broad swath of queer and critical race theory, Posthuman Rap listens for the ways contemporary rap maps an existence outside the traditional boundaries of what it means to be human. more...

  • The Dead Emcee Scrollsby Saul Williams

    MTV Books 2006; US$ 9.99

    In the underground labyrinths of New York City's subway system, beneath the third rail of a long forgotten line, Saul Williams discovered scrolls of aged yellowish-brown paper rolled tightly into a can of spray paint. His quest to decipher this mystical ancient text resulted in a primal understanding of the power hip-hop has to teach us about ourselves... more...

  • The Autobiography of Gucci Maneby Gucci Mane; Neil Martinez-Belkin

    Simon & Schuster 2017; US$ 12.99

    The highly anticipated memoir from Gucci Mane, “one of hip-hop’s most prolific and admired artists” ( The New York Times ). For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal... more...

  • Trikstaby Nik Cohn

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 13.95

    Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohn’s love of hip-hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him. On the surface he’s the least likely candidate for a rap impresario. But with his signature charm and... more...

  • Desi Rapby Ajay Nair; Murali Balaji

    Lexington Books 2008; US$ 40.00

    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...