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  • Raising Kanyeby Donda West; Karen Hunter; Kanye West

    Pocket Books 2007; US$ 11.99

    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...

  • Straight from the Sourceby Kim Osorio

    MTV Books 2008; US$ 11.99

    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...

  • Queens Reigns Supremeby Ethan Brown

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 12.95

    Based on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip-hop insiders, this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap industry. For years, rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero-worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes... more...

  • Hip-Hop Revolution in the Fleshby Greg Thomas

    Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 110.00

    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/Archetype 2010; US$ 14.99

    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...

  • How Long Will They Mourn Me?by Candace Sandy; Dawn Marie Daniels

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 7.99

    “Buried as a g while tha whole world remembers me” –Tupac Shakur, from “Until the End of Time” Tupac Shakur was larger than life. A gifted rapper, actor, and poet, he was fearless, prolific, and controversial–and often said that he never expected to live past the age of thirty. He was right. On September 13, 1996, he died of gunshot wounds at age... more...

  • Magic Cityby Trick Daddy; Peter Bailey

    MTV Books 2010; US$ 3.99

    “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.”  Trick 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...

  • It's Bigger Than Hip Hopby M. K. Jr. Asante

    St. Martin's Press 2008; US$ 12.59

    In It's Bigger Than Hip Hop , M. K. Asante, Jr. looks at the rise of a generation that sees beyond the smoke and mirrors of corporate-manufactured hip hop and is building a movement that will change not only the face of pop culture, but the world. Asante, a young firebrand poet, professor, filmmaker, and activist who represents this movement, uses... more...

  • War Childby Emmanuel Jal; Megan Lloyd Davies

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 11.89

    In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a seven year old Sudanese boy, living in a small village with his parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. But as Sudan's civil war moved closer—with the Islamic government seizing tribal lands for water, oil, and other resources—Jal's family moved again and again, seeking peace. Then, on one terrible day, Jal was separated... more...

  • BMFby Mara Shalhoup

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 12.59

    In the early 1990s, Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother, Terry "Southwest T," rose up from the slums of Detroit to build one of the largest cocaine empires in American history: the Black Mafia Family. After a decade in the drug game, the Flenorys had it all—a fleet of Maybachs, Bentleys and Ferraris, a 500-man workforce operating in six... more...