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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • In Search of Soulby Alejandro Nava

    University of California Press 2017; US$ 29.95

    In Search of Soul explores the meaning of “soul” in sacred and profane incarnations, from its biblical origins to its central place in the rich traditions of black and Latin history. Surveying the work of writers, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers and theologians, Alejandro Nava shows how their understandings of the “soul” revolve around narratives... 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...

  • Break Beats in the Bronxby Joseph C. Ewoodzie Jr.

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 19.99

    The origin story of hip-hop—one that involves Kool Herc DJing a house party on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx—has become received wisdom. But Joseph C. Ewoodzie Jr. argues that the full story remains to be told. In vibrant prose, he combines never-before-used archival material with searching questions about the symbolic boundaries that have divided our... more...

  • Killing Poetryby Javon Johnson

    Rutgers University Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    Killing Poetry examines the performance of race as it relates to gender, sexuality, and class in the spoken word communities of Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Javon Johnson, a renowned slam poet himself, focuses on how slam poets navigate the diverse poetry scenes in which they perform, as part of the larger world they encounter as Black Americans. ... more...

  • Unpopular Cultureby Guvna B

    SPCK 2017; US$ 7.49

    Money is the key to happiness. Work hard, play hard. Look out for number one. Popular culture is full of phrases like these, telling us the best way to live, the right things to buy, the right body shape to have, the right people to hang out with. These messages are everywhere we look, 24 hours a day. But what if there was another way to live? ... more...

  • Hip Hop at Europe's Edgeby Adriana N. Helbig; Milosz Miszczynski

    Indiana University Press 2017; US$ 29.99

    Responding to the development of a lively hip hop culture in Central and Eastern European countries, this interdisciplinary study demonstrates how a universal model of hip hop serves as a contextually situated platform of cultural exchange and becomes locally inflected. After the Soviet Union fell, hip hop became popular in urban environments in the... more...

  • Hip-Hop Authenticity and the London Sceneby Laura Speers

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    This book explores the highly-valued, and often highly-charged, ideal of authenticity in hip-hop — what it is, why it is important, and how it affects the day-to-day life of rap artists. By analyzing the practices, identities, and struggles that shape the lives of rappers in the London scene, the study exposes the strategies and tactics that hip-hop... more...

  • The Game Don't Changeby Mazaradi Fox

    Akashic Books 2016; US$ 4.99

    The posthumous novel from legendary Queens rapper Mazaradi Fox, who was once a member of 50 Cent's G-Unit crew. more...