Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip-hop Culture

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Greenwood Press, 2006 - Music - 449 pages
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This is a complete guide to the history, development, people, events, and Ideas of Hip-Hop music and culture. Hip-Hop music is comprised of several art forms: MC-ing or rapping; B-boying or breakdancing; deejaying; and graffiti art. This encyclopedia examines all four of these main elements of hip-hop culture, providing students, scholars, and music fans with a complete history of this thirty-year old music genre. Tracing its early roots from black DJs talking over music in the 1960s, via 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. The encyclopedia includes approximately 80 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. Covering a popular topic among younger readers, this title looks not only at hop-hop artists, but at the culture in general, and includes approximately 80 photographs.

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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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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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