The Rap Year Book Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Rap Year Book


  • Author : Shea Serrano
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2015-10-13
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 583
  • ISBN 10 : 9781613128190

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The Rap Year Book Excerpt :

A New York Times–bestselling, in-depth exploration of the most pivotal moments in rap music from 1979 to 2014. Here’s what The Rap Year Book does: It takes readers from 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present, with Shea Serrano hilariously discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important rap song year by year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music—from artists’ backgrounds to issues of race, the rise of hip-hop, and the struggles among its major players—both personal and professional. Covering East Coast and West Coast, famous rapper feuds, chart toppers, and show stoppers, The Rap Year Book is an in-depth look at the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation. Picked by Billboard as One of the 100 Greatest Music Books of All-Time Pitchfork Book Club’s first selection

Movies  And Other Things  Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Movies And Other Things


  • Author : Shea Serrano
  • Publisher : Twelve
  • Release Date : 2019-10-08
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538730201

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INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER BARNES & NOBLE BESTSELLER AMAZON BESTSELLER "Paging through Serrano's Movies (and Other Things) is like taking a long drive at night with a friend; there's that warmth and familiarity where the chat is more important than the fastest route from Point A to Point B...It's like a textbook gone right; your attention couldn't wander if it tried." -- Elisabeth Egan, New York Times Book Review Shea Serrano is back, and his new book, Movies (And Other Things), combines the fury of a John Wick shootout, the sly brilliance of Regina George holding court at a cafeteria table, and the sheer power of a Denzel monologue, all into one. Movies (And Other Things) is a book about, quite frankly, movies (and other things). One of the chapters, for example, answers which race Kevin Costner was able to white savior the best, because did you know that he white saviors Mexicans in McFarland, USA, and white saviors Native Americans in Dances with Wolves, and white saviors Black people in Black or White, and white saviors the Cleveland Browns in Draft Day? Another of the chapters, for a second example, answers what other high school movie characters would be in Regina George's circle of friends if we opened up the Mean Girls universe to include other movies (Johnny Lawrence is temporarily in, Claire from The Breakfast Club is in, Ferris Bueller is out, Isis from Bring It On is out...). Another of the chapters, for a third example, creates a special version of the Academy Awards specifically for rom-coms, the most underrated movie genre of all. And another of the chapters, for a final example, is actually a triple chapter that serves as an NBA-style draft of the very best and most memorable moments in gangster movies. Many, many things happen in Movies (And Other Things), some of which funny, others of which are sad, a few of which are insightful, and all of which are handled with the type of care and dedication to the small

Hip Hop  And Other Things  Book

Hip Hop And Other Things


  • Author : Shea Serrano
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2021-10-26
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 543
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538730218

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Hip Hop And Other Things Excerpt :

HIP-HOP (AND OTHER THINGS) is about, as it were, rap, but also some other things. It's a smart, fun, funny, insightful book that spends the entirety of its time celebrating what has become the most dominant form of music these past two and a half decades. Tupac is in there. Jay Z is in there. Missy Elliott is in there. Drake is in there. Pretty much all of the big names are in there, as are a bunch of the smaller names, too. There's art from acclaimed illustrator Arturo Torres, there are infographics and footnotes; there's all kinds of stuff in there. Some of the chapters are serious, and some of the chapters are silly, and some of the chapters are a combination of both things. All of them, though, are treated with the care and respect that they deserve. HIP-HOP (AND OTHER THINGS) is the third book in the (And Other Things) series. The first two—Basketball (And Other Things) and Movies (And Other Things)—were both #1 New York Times bestsellers.

Bun B s Rapper Coloring and Activity Book Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Bun B s Rapper Coloring and Activity Book


  • Author : Shea Serrano
  • Publisher : Harry N. Abrams
  • Release Date : 2013-09-17
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 48
  • ISBN 10 : 1419710419

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Rapper Bun B lends his street cred and occasionally his face to the creative, hilarious, and just flat-out fun imaginings of Shea Serrano in Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book. Described by the Washington Post as “what every hip-hop head wishes they had as a child,” this imaginative work started as a series of printable rap-related coloring and activity images. The 48-page, fully interactive book of coloring pages, unbelievably clever activities, and smart plays on rap culture brings these stars and their music right into your living room.Featured rappers include: Bun B Queen Latifah Drake Talib Kweli Ice-T Common Wiz Khalifa Ludacris LL COOL J Big Boi Childish Gambino Questlove B.o.B Mac Miller And many, many more! Praise for Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book: “A star-studded cast of some of the biggest names in rap, all in one book.” —Fast Company’s Co.Create blog “It’s 48 pages long, and that’s the exact same number of pages the Bible has, and that’s not an accident. That’s a little thing called God’s will.” —Vice.com “The book is funny, smart, and as kid-tested, mother-approved as some of these guys get.” —Vulture.com “Hilarious…razor sharp.” —XXL “If you've spent any kind of time on the Internet, chances are something Shea Serrano has written, drawn, or created has made you smile . . . The book’s a load of fun, and is sure to please rap nerds and crayon-wielding tykes alike.” —Village Voice “There’s art, humor and education, fun for young and old.” —Paste magazine “This is one of the few Tumblr-to-book projects that doesn’t make me want to punch my computer in disgust. If the phrase ‘see if you can build a Budden’ doesn’t make you chuckle, then you should stay away from hip-hop or jokes.” —Christopher R. Weingarten, SPIN “Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book is gangsta!” —Mass Appeal.com "48 pages of MC worship mixed with a generous measure of the kind of casual dissing

The History of Hip Hop Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

The History of Hip Hop


  • Author : Eric Reese
  • Publisher : Eric Reese
  • Release Date : 2018-07-28
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 110
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

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The History of Hip Hop Excerpt :

Hip Hop is the way of life that's defining the world's youth today! What's the Hip Hop Truth for the Art and Pulse of America? This cultural brilliance of sound presented a voice and unique mind through the rough streets of America's largest conurbations going as far back as the 1920s. Sprung from the spirits of poverty, this inner city culture quickly uncovered an amazing bunch of young fresh black American forces of nature eager to express their unique self street accounts and contributed to a spirited new style of soul of black Americana across major cities in the USA. Nowadays, Hip Hop has reached the doorsteps of Africa, Australia, Asia, Jamaica, Canada and just about everywhere on the planet. To picture how far rap music has come, I discuss the following: - Difference between Hip-Hop and Rap - The earliest influences which birthed Hip Hop - Definition of Hip Hop culture - Role of Underground Rap Music - Cultural Theories around Hip Hop - Greatest Hip Hop moments - Catalog of Hip Hop Genres - Worldwide Hip Hop movements - And much more... As this music legacy continues to expand its sway, know for sure it's here to stay. The History of Hip Hop book series (Books 1 -3) gives you the very insights of an indisputable force of urban lyricists and Djs guaranteeing to keep producing incredible music talents and exciting new classics for ages to come. Hip Hop lives on! No need to hesitate. Click Buy Now and get schooled in the legacy of the world's most cultural evolution!

The Motherlode Book

The Motherlode


  • Author : Clover Hope
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683358053

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The Motherlode Excerpt :

An illustrated highlight reel of more than 100 women in rap who have helped shape the genre and eschewed gender norms in the process The Motherlode highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Lizzo—as well as everyone who came before, after, and in between. Some of these women were respected but not widely celebrated. Some are impossible not to know. Some of these women have stood on their own; others were forced into templates, compelled to stand beside men in big rap crews. Some have been trapped in a strange critical space between respected MC and object. They are characters, caricatures, lyricists, at times both feminine and explicit. This book profiles each of these women, their musical and career breakthroughs, and the ways in which they each helped change the culture of rap.

Ego Trip s Book of Rap Lists Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Ego Trip s Book of Rap Lists


  • Author : Sacha Jenkins
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release Date : 2014-03-25
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466866973

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Ego Trip s Book of Rap Lists Excerpt :

Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists is more popular than racism! Hip hop is huge, and it's time someone wrote it all down. And got it all right. With over 25 aggregate years of interviews, and virtually every hip hop single, remix and album ever recorded at their disposal, the highly respected Ego Trip staff are the ones to do it. The Book of Rap Lists runs the gamut of hip hop information. This is an exhaustive, indispensable and completely irreverent bible of true hip hip knowledge.

Can t Stop Won t Stop Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Can t Stop Won t Stop


  • Author : Jeff Chang
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2007-04-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429902694

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Can t Stop Won t Stop Excerpt :

Can't Stop Won't Stop is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created. Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium.

Book of Rhymes Book

Book of Rhymes


  • Author : Adam Bradley
  • Publisher : Civitas Books
  • Release Date : 2017-06-27
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465094417

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Book of Rhymes Excerpt :

If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical content has obscured hip hop's revolution of poetic craft and experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter audible, allowing an MC's wordplay to move a club-full of eager listeners.Examining rap history's most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes explores America's least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.

When the Beat Was Born Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

When the Beat Was Born


  • Author : Laban Carrick Hill
  • Publisher : Roaring Brook Press
  • Release Date : 2013-08-27
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466844797

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When the Beat Was Born Excerpt :

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks—the musical interludes between verses—longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

Contact High Book

Contact High


  • Author : Vikki Tobak
  • Publisher : Clarkson Potter
  • Release Date : 2018-10-16
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525573883

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Contact High Excerpt :

ONE OF AMAZON'S BEST ART & PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS 0F 2018 AN NPR AND PITCHFORK BEST MUSIC BOOK OF 2018 PICK ONE OF TIME'S 25 BEST PHOTOBOOKS OF 2018 NEW YORK TIMES, ASSOCIATED PRESS, WALLSTREET JOURNAL, ROLLING STONE, AND CHICAGO SUN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE PICK The perfect gift for music and photography fans, an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diaries—their contact sheets. Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and essays from industry legends, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop takes readers on a chronological journey from old-school to alternative hip-hop and from analog to digital photography. The ultimate companion for music and photography enthusiasts, Contact High is the definitive history of hip-hop’s early days, celebrating the artists that shaped the iconic album covers, t-shirts and posters beloved by hip-hop fans today. With essays from BILL ADLER, RHEA L. COMBS, FAB 5 FREDDY, MICHAEL GONZALES, YOUNG GURU, DJ PREMIER, and RZA

How to Rap 2 Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

How to Rap 2


  • Author : Paul Edwards
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press
  • Release Date : 2013-09-01
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781613744048

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How to Rap 2 Excerpt :

Praise for How to Rap: "Filled with real tools and overflowing with inspiration, this comprehensive how-to manual examines the art and craft of rap. . . . Both newcomers to rap and more experienced listeners and artists can gain insights in the time-honored tradition of learning from the past, as told straight from the artists’ mouths. . . . Highly recommended." --Library Journal Featuring an array of rap techniques never before explained or cataloged--such as flams, triplets, lazy tails, and vibrato--HOW TO RAP 2 is a must-read for MCs looking to take their craft to the next level, as well as anyone fascinated by rapping and its complexity. Filled with exclusive insights from hip-hop's most innovative artists, such as Tech N9ne, Crooked I, The Pharcyde, Das EFX, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Big Daddy Kane, this book takes you through the intricacies of rhythm, rhyme, and vocal delivery, delving into the art form in unprecedented detail. Paul Edwards is a writer and researcher of hip-hop. He is regarded as a leading expert on hip-hop and rap, and has been referred to as "the Aristotle of hip-hop poetics" by internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet Dana Gioia. He is the author of How to Rap. Gift of Gab, of the group Blackalicious, is noted as one of the most dexterous and versatile MCs of all time.

Original Gangstas Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Original Gangstas


  • Author : Ben Westhoff
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316344869

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Original Gangstas Excerpt :

"Raw, authoritative, and unflinching ... An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era." -- Kirkus, starred review A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur. Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up producer, and a high school kid, N.W.A gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever -- Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Dre soon joined forces with Suge Knight to create the combustible Death Row Records, which in turn transformed Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur into superstars. Ben Westhoff explores how this group of artists shifted the balance of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. He shows how N.W.A.'s shocking success lead to rivalries between members, record labels, and eventually a war between East Coast and West Coast factions. In the process, hip-hop burst into mainstream America at a time of immense social change, and became the most dominant musical movement of the last thirty years. At gangsta rap's peak, two of its biggest names -- Tupac and Biggie Smalls -- were murdered, leaving the surviving artists to forge peace before the genre annihilated itself. Featuring extensive investigative reporting, interviews with the principal players, and dozens of never-before-told stories, Original Gangstas is a groundbreaking addition to the history of popular music.

Hip Hop Raised Me Book

Hip Hop Raised Me


  • Author : D. J. Semtex
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-10-01
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 0500518947

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Hip Hop Raised Me Excerpt :

The definitive volume capturing the essence, experience and energy that is hip hop and its massive and enduring impact over the last forty years

The Anthology of Rap Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Anthology of Rap


  • Author : Adam Bradley
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-11-02
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300163063

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The Anthology of Rap Excerpt :

From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the "Billboard" charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential cultural forces of our time. This pioneering anthology brings together more than 300 lyrics written over 30 years, from the "old school" to the present day.