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Angry Blonde
by Eminem
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Bad Boy: The Influence of Sean ''Puffy'' Combs on the Music Industry
by Ronin Ro, Ro Ronin

Beastie Boys
by Richard Luck

Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World
Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World
by Alain-Philippe Durand
Paperback from Scarecrow Press

Rap music was born in America in the early 1980s. Over the last decade it has not only grew in popularity within the United States, with rap music soaring to the top of the music charts, but it also influenced other cultures around the world. Black, Blanc, Beur is about the emergence and growing notoriety of rap music and hip-hop culture in the French-speaking world (France, Quebec, and Western Africa). It provides an introduction to many forms of expression of hip-hop cultures (rap music, hip-hop dance, and graffiti/tagging). Since its arrival in France, rap music experienced immediate and ever-growing success, going from an underground sound to becoming the second largest market in the world after the United States. Just as American rap crossed borders, French rap influenced artists in the rest of the Francophone world. In addition to a foreword by Adam Krims, a noted rap authority, this volume has contributions by some of the most renowned hip-hop scholars on both sides of the Atlantic and addresses hip-hop from the perspective of various disciplines: African studies, anthropology, cultural studies, ethnology, French and Francophone studies, history, linguistics, musicology, psy...
Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Music/Culture)
by Tricia Rose

Drummer's Guide to Hip Hop, House, New Jack Swing, Hip House and Soca House
by Bill Elder
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Hip Hoptionary: The Dictionary of Hip Hop Terminology
by Alonzo Westbrook

The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Music/Culture)
by Murray Forman

Droppin' Science: Critical Essays on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture (Critical Perspectives on the Past)
by William Eric Perkins (Editor), William E. Peerkins (Editor)

E.A.R.L. : The Autobiography of DMX
by DMX, Smokey D. Fontaine
Hardcover from HarperEntertainment
Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists
by by Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, Chairman Mao, Gabriel Alvarez, Chairman Mao, Brent Rollins, Theodore Alosius Bawno
Paperback: 352 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.87 x 9.11 x 7.51 
Publisher: Griffin Trade Paperback; (November 10, )
ISBN: 0312242980 

Hip Hop America
by Nelson George
Although it's been part of the cultural soundscape for over 25 years, hip-hop has been the focus of very few books. And when those books do pop up, they tend to be either overtly scholarly, as if the writer in question has just landed on some alien planet, or a bit too much like a fanzine. If there's anyone qualified to write a solid, informative, and entertaining tome on the culture, politics, and business of hip-hop, it's Nelson George. A veteran journalist, George is one of the smartest and most observant chroniclers of African American pop culture. Much as he broke down and illuminated R&B with his acclaimed book The Death of Rhythm and Blues, George now tackles hip-hop with the clarity of a reporter and the enthusiasm of a fan--which is fitting, because George is both. A Brooklyn native, he began writing about rap back in the late 1970s, when the beats and the lifestyle were not only foreign to most white folks, they were still underground in the black communities. Hip Hop America is filled with George's memories of the scene's nascent years, and it tells the story of rap both as an art form and a cultural and economic force--from the old Bronx nightclub the Fever to the age of Puffy. Highlighting both the major players and some of the forces behind the scenes, George gives rap a historical perspective without coming off as too intellectual. All of which makes Hip Hop America a worthwhile addition to any fan's collection. --Amy Linden -
Paperback: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.49 x 8.06 x 5.10 
Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper);  
ISBN: 0140280227

Hip Hop Divas
by Vibe Magazine
(Library Binding)

The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture
by Bakari Kitwana
Book Description: The Hip Hop Generation is an eloquent testament for black youth culture at the turn of the century. The only in-depth study of the first generation to grow up in post-segregation America, it combines culture and politics into a pivotal work in American studies. Bakari Kitwana, one of black America's sharpest young critics, offers a sobering look at this generation's disproportionate social and political troubles, and celebrates the activism and politics that may herald the beginning of a new phase of African-American empowerment. 
Paperback from BasicCivitas Books

The Killing of Tupac Shakur
by Cathy Scott
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Looking for the Perfect Beat: The Art and Culture of the DJ 
by Kurt B. Reighley

The Murder of Biggie Smalls
by Cathy Scott

Puff Daddy & the Family: No Way Out

Puff Daddy
by Ariel (Editor)

Pass the Mic: Beastie Boys 1991-1996
by Marcopoulos. Ari (Photographer), et al

Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism 5)
by Adam Krims

Revelations : There's a Light After the Lime
by Pastor Mason Betha
Book Description:
Imagine having it all: money, celebrity, success. Imagine leaving it all behind -- to answer a higher calling. 

Sparked by his work with Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment, Mason "Mase" Betha's meteoric rise to fame is one of rap's great success stories. In addition to performing on such hit singles as 112's "Only You," Puffy's "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money, Mo Problems," and Mariah Carey's "Honey," Mase sky-rocketed as a solo artist whose languid vocal style set him apart. His debut album, Harlem World, went platinum and his next album, Double Up, was eagerly awaited. But just as he was poised to sign a multimillion-dollar deal with Bad Boy, Mase walked away. 

Mason Betha is now a pastor, inspirational speaker, and founder of a nondenominational group called S.A.N.E. (Saving a Nation Endangered) Ministries. Having turned his back on stardom, he reveals in this fascinating memoir the rhyme and reason behind his choice to leave a glamorous life of extraordinary wealth and influence to become a pastor with a powerful message for America's youth. Thought-provoking and illuminating, Revelations is an undeniable testament to the enduring power of faith -- and to the limitless possibilities in a life transformed by God's guiding hand. 
Hardcover from Atria Books

Shady Bizzness : Life as Marshall Mathers Body guard in an industry of Paper Gangsters
by Byron Williams (Editor), Byron Big-Naz Williams
Out of Print

Spectacular Vernaculars: Hip-Hop and the Politics of Postmodernism (Suny Series in Postmodern Culture)
by Russell A. Potter

Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ
by Stephen Webber

The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation
by Mark Eleveld, Billy Collins, Marc Kelly Smith
Hardcover from Sourcebooks Trade

Rap and Hip Hop: The Voice of a Generation (African Diaspora)
by Sherry Ayazi-Hashjin
Library Binding from Rosen Publishing Group


Unbelievable : The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.
by Vibe Magazine, Cheo Hodari Coker
Paperback from Three Rivers Press
Vibe History of Hip Hop
by Alan Light (Editor), Magazine Vibe

Who Shot Ya? Three Decades of Hiphop Photography
by Ernie Paniccioli (Photographer), Kevin Powell

Yes Yes Y'All: The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop's First Decade
by Jim Fricke (Editor), et al

The Beastie Boys Companion: 2 Decades of Commentary
by John Rocco (Editor), Brian Rocco (Editor)
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A Family Affair: The Unauthorized Sean 'Puffy' Combs Story
by Andrew Cable (Introduction)
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Sean 'Puffy' Combs (Black Americans of Achievement)
by Elizabeth Atkins Bowman
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