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Break Beats in the Bronx: Rediscovering Hip-Hop's Early Years
Break Beats in the Bronx
Rediscovering Hip-Hop's Early Years
Paperback      ISBN: 1469632756

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 understanding of the music. In Break Beats in the Bronx, Ewoodzie portrays the creative process that brought about what we now know as hip-hop and shows that the art form was a result of serendipitous events, accidents, calculated successes, and failures that, almost magically, came together. In doing so, he questions the unexamined assumptions about hip-hop's beginnings, including why there are just four traditional elements--DJing, MCing, breaking, and graffiti writing--and not others, why the South Bronx and not any other borough or city is considered the cradle of the form, and which artists besides Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash founded the genre. Ewoodzie answers these and many other questions about hip-hop's beginnings. Unearthing new evidence, he shows what occurred during the crucial but surprisingly underexamined years between 1975 and 1979 and argues that it was during this period that the internal logic and conventions of the scene were formed.

Breaking the Code of Silence
Breaking the Code of Silence
Paperback      ISBN: 1436312655
Bring That Beat Back: How Sampling Built Hip-Hop
Bring That Beat Back
How Sampling Built Hip-Hop
Paperback      ISBN: 1517906288

How sampling remade hip-hop over forty years, from pioneering superstar Grandmaster Flash through crate-digging preservationist and innovator Madlib

Sampling--incorporating found sound and manipulating it into another form entirely--has done more than any musical movement in the twentieth century to maintain a continuum of popular music as a living document and, in the process, has become one of the most successful (and commercial) strains of postmodern art. Bring That Beat Back traces the development of this transformative pop-cultural practice from its origins in the turntable-manning, record-spinning hip-hop DJs of 1970s New York through forty years of musical innovation and reinvention.

Nate Patrin tells the story of how sampling built hip-hop through the lens of four pivotal artists: Grandmaster Flash as the popular face of the music's DJ-born beginnings; Prince Paul as an early champion of sampling's potential to elaborate on and rewrite music history; Dr. Dre as the superstar who personified the rise of a stylistically distinct regional sound while blurring the lines between sampling and composition; and Madlib as the underground experimentalist and record-collector antiquarian who constantly broke the rules of what the mainstream expected from hip-hop. From these four artists' histories, and the stories of the people who collaborated, competed, and evolved with them, Patrin crafts a deeply informed, eminently readable account of a facet of pop music as complex as it is commonly underestimated: the aesthetic and reconstructive power of one of the most revelatory forms of popular culture to emerge from postwar twentieth-century America. And you can nod your head to it.

Buena Vista in the Club: Rap, Reggaetón, and Revolution in Havana
Buena Vista in the Club
Rap, Reggaetón, and Revolution in Havana
Paperback      ISBN: 0822349590

In Buena Vista in the Club, Geoffrey Baker traces the trajectory of the Havana hip hop scene from the late 1980s to the present and analyzes its partial eclipse by reggaet n. While Cuban officials initially rejected rap as "the music of the enemy," leading figures in the hip hop scene soon convinced certain cultural institutions to accept and then promote rap as part of Cuba's national culture. Culminating in the creation of the state-run Cuban Rap Agency, this process of "nationalization" drew on the shared ideological roots of hip hop and the Cuban nation and the historical connections between Cubans and African Americans. At the same time, young Havana rappers used hip hop, the music of urban inequality par excellence, to critique the rapid changes occurring in Havana since the early 1990s, when the Soviet Union fell, its subsidy of Cuba ceased, and a tourism-based economy emerged. Baker considers the explosion of reggaet n in the early 2000s as a reflection of the "new materialism" that accompanied the influx of foreign consumer goods and cultural priorities into "sociocapitalist" Havana. Exploring the transnational dimensions of Cuba's urban music, he examines how foreigners supported and documented Havana's growing hip hop scene starting in the late 1990s and represented it in print and on film and CD. He argues that the discursive framing of Cuban rap played a crucial part in its success.

Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book
Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book
Paperback      ISBN: 1419710419

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 of its star players that hip-hop excels at." --Esquire

"When I'm listening to Drake, I sometimes feel blue. Now, thanks to Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, I can make Drake blue, too. And for that, I am eternally grateful." --Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork.com

"The hip-hop coloring book is the single most important thing to happen to color since Cam's pink Range Rover. Everyone should want a Serrano in their ba o." --Nate Erickson, GQ

"Like the old saying goes, the crayon is mightier than the sword. Bun B and Shea have assembled a perfect collection of today's brightest hip hop stars for fans of all ages to create, color and remix. The Rap Coloring and Activity Book is like your own personal mixtape that you can hang on your fridge and impress everyone with." --Mike Ayers, Rolling Stone

"Fans can now color inside the lines of hip-hop greats." --LA Times' Jacket Copy blog

"It's gotta be a first--for rap and for coloring." --Houston Chronicle

"For rap aficionados young and old." --GQ.com

"You may want to buy two copies--one to color, and one to keep fresh and new." --Buzzfeed

"The perfect coloring book for any hip-hop nerd." --Complex magazine

"If you have not already purchased a copy, put down this magazine immediately and go buy Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book." --Kindling Quarterly

"A playful celebration of rap
The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America
The Butterfly Effect
How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America
Hardcover      ISBN: 1982107588
This first cultural biography of rap superstar and "master of storytelling" (The New Yorker) Kendrick Lamar explores his meteoric rise to fame and his profound impact on a racially fraught America--perfect for fans of Zack O'Malley Greenburg's Empire State of Mind.

Kendrick Lamar is at the top of his game.

The thirteen-time Grammy Award--winning rapper is just in his early thirties, but he's already won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, produced and curated the soundtrack of the megahit film Black Panther, and has been named one of Time's 100 Influential People. But what's even more striking about the Compton-born lyricist and performer is how he's established himself as a formidable adversary of oppression and force for change. Through his confessional poetics, his politically charged anthems, and his radical performances, Lamar has become a beacon of light for countless people.

Written by veteran journalist and music critic Marcus J. Moore, this is the first biography of Kendrick Lamar. It's the definitive account of his coming-of-age as an artist, his resurrection of two languishing genres (bebop and jazz), his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bona fide King of Rap.

The Butterfly Effect is the extraordinary, triumphant story of a modern lyrical prophet and an American icon who has given hope to those buckling under the weight of systemic oppression, reminding everyone that through it all--"we gon' be alright."
The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop
The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop
Paperback      ISBN: 1107643864

It has been more than thirty-five years since the first commercial recordings of hip-hop music were made. This Companion, written by renowned scholars and industry professionals reflects the passion and scholarly activity occurring in the new generation of hip-hop studies. It covers a diverse range of case studies from Nerdcore hip-hop to instrumental hip-hop to the role of rappers in the Obama campaign and from countries including Senegal, Japan, Germany, Cuba, and the UK. Chapters provide an overview of the 'four elements' of hip-hop - MCing, DJing, break dancing (or breakin'), and graffiti - in addition to key topics such as religion, theatre, film, gender, and politics. Intended for students, scholars, and the most serious of 'hip-hop heads', this collection incorporates methods in studying hip-hop flow, as well as the music analysis of hip-hop and methods from linguistics, political science, gender and film studies to provide exciting new perspectives on this rapidly developing field.

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-hop Generation
Can't Stop Won't Stop
A History of the Hip-hop Generation
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 0091912210

'Can't Stop Won't Stop' traces the origins of hip-hop to the post-civil rights Bronx and Jamaica, drawing on interviews with performers, activists, gang members, DJs, and others to document how the movement has influenced politics and culture.

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
Can't Stop Won't Stop
A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
Paperback      ISBN: 0312425791

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.
Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America (in 36 Pieces)
Chamber Music
Wu-Tang and America (in 36 Pieces)
Hardcover      ISBN: 0571350003

"Each of these chambers contains wonders of history, destiny, and mythology. Chamber Music is hip hop as race and class politics, as music and as poetry on the move. Through Ashon's vibrant textured prose we watch in awe as these young men seize on whatever the culture has to offer, sampling leftovers and legacies, making themselves into ferocious artists" --Margo Jefferson, award-winning author of Negroland

"Stylistically loaded, reckless, funny, naked, thorough, thoughtful, mysterious, devastating, unrelenting, and compassionate. One of the most rewarding pieces of hip hop criticism ever written."--Jeff Chang, author of We Gon' Be All Right: Notes on Race and Resegregation and Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

Will Ashon tells, in 36 interlinked "chambers", the story of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and how it changed the world. As unexpected and complex as the album itself, Chamber Music ranges from provocative essays to semi-comic skits, from deep scholarly analysis to satirical celebration, seeking to contextualize, reveal and honor this singular work of art. Chamber Music is an explosive and revelatory new way of writing about music and culture.