Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip-hop Culture

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 2006 - Music - 449 pages
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Hip Hop music is comprised of several art forms: 1) MC-ing or rapping 2)B-boying or breakdancing 3)Deejaying (music) and 4) Graffiti art (visual art). This encyclopedia examines all four elements of Hip Hop Culture, providing students, scholars, and music fans with a complete history of the thirty-year music genre. Tracing its early roots from black DJs talking over music in the 1960s, the B-boy dancers in the 1970s, and the scratching and sampling techniques of the '80s to the founding of Def Jam productions, the current East Cost-West Coast rivalry, and superstars such as Eminem and 50 Cent, hip hop fans will find this an indispensable resource.

This encyclopedia includes approximately 100 photographs, discographies after each entry, and a for further listening list at the end of the volume. Also included is the Hip Hop Declaration of Peace.

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It's a wonderful book. It give accurate facts of dates and how the Hip Hip culture was formed. It gives the names of unsung legends of Hip Hop who may have been forgotten as time went on. There are also unknown and yet interesting facts, of either name, age, and how an individuals career first began in Hip-Hip.
But there was one item with graffitti that could be disputed, of who was the first graffitti writer in New York City and when. But overall it's a great book, that provides a written documentation of the history to the Hip Hop culture. All the names are there of those who are street legends and household names.
Chilltown Jersey City

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About the author (2006)

YVONNE BYNOE is an author and lecturer whose work combines the relevant issues of politics, culture, and economics within the context of American popular culture. She is the author of the book Stand and Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture (2004). Bynoe's writings have appeared in such publications as The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and the National Urban League's 2001 State of Black America.

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