Music & Dance - Rap & Hip-Hop


  • 3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise

    By Zack O'Malley Greenburg

    Our Price: $14.00 - $25.20
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780316316538
    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: March 2018
  • 33 1/3 (114) Geto Boys' The Geto Boys

    By Rolf Potts

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781628929461
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
    • Published: May 2016
    At the outset of summer in 1990, a Houston gangsta rap group called the Geto Boys was poised to debut its self-titled third album under the guidance of hip-hop guru Rick Rubin. What might have been a low-profile remix release from a little-known corner of the rap universe began to make headlines when the album's distributor refused to work with the group, citing its violent and depraved lyrics. WhenThe Geto Boys was finally released, chain stores refused to stock it, concert promoters canceled the group's performances, andRolling Stone critic Robert Christgau declared the group "sick motherfuckers."For the Geto Boys, few developments could have been more fortuitous. Within a week of the album's release it had sold 150,000 copies, and -- a quarter of a century later -- the album is now considered a hardcore classic, having left an immutable influence on gangsta rap, horror-core, and the rise of Southern hip-hop. Charting the rise of the Geto Boys from the earliest days of Houston's rap scene, Rolf Potts documents a moment in music history when hip-hop was beginning to replace rock as the transgressive sound of American youth. In creating an album that was both sonically innovative and unprecedentedly vulgar, the Geto Boys were accomplishing something that went beyond music. To paraphrase a sentiment from Don DeLillo, this group of young men from Houston's Fifth Ward ghetto had figured out the "language of being noticed" -- which is, in the end, the only language America understands.
  • 33 1/3 (122) The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

    By Andrew Barker

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781501321276
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
    • Published: May 2017
  • 33 1/3 (125) Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night

    By Patrick Rivers

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781501322723
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
    • Published: September 2017
  • 33 1/3 (24) D.J. Shadow's Endtroducing...

    By Eliot Wilder

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780826416827
    • Publisher: CONTINUUM
    • Published: August 2005
    (33 1/3 series). Over the course of several long conversations with Josh Davis (DJ Shadow), Eliot Wilder digs deep into the master sampler/turntablist's early years in California, finds ouot about the friends and mentors who helped himalong the way, and discusses the genesis and creation of this terrific 1996 masterpiece. Selected Discography. 100p.
  • 33 1/3 (30) The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique

    By Dan Leroy

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780826417411
    • Published: March 2006
    The band's initial success on Def Jam, with the rude, crude, and multiplatinum 1986 debut 'Licensed to Ill,' had been unlikely enough; a trio of white Jewish kids and their white Jewish producer became hip-hop's biggest stars overnightby offering a primal fusion of metal, rap, and teenage rebellion. Paul's Boutique transformed the Beastie Boys from frat-boy novelty to critically lauded/launched hip-hop heroes, its groundbreaking collage of rhyme and recycled soudbites making it one of those rare releases that forever alters the course of popular music. Interviews with the band members themselves and producer uncovers the story of this outrageous era in Beastie history. Bibliography & Sources. 129p.
  • 33 1/3 (47) A Tribe Called Quest's People's Instinctive Travels And the Paths of Rhythm

    By Shawn Taylor

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780826419231
    • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
    • Published: June 2007
    One of the finest hip-hop albums ever made, A Tribe Called Quest's debut record (featuring stone-cold classics like "Can I Kick It?" and "Bonita Applebum") took the idea of the boasting hip-hop male and turned it on its head. For many listeners, when this non-traditional, surprisingly feminine album was released, it was like hearing an entirely new form of music.In this book, Shawn Taylor explores the creation of the album as well as the impact it had on him at the time - a 17-year-old high-school geek who was equally into hip-hop, punk, new wave, skateboarding, and Dungeons & Dragons: all of a sudden, with this one album, the world made more sense. He has spent many years investigating this album, from the packaging to the song placement to each and every sample - Shawn Taylor knows this record like he knows his tattoos, and he's finally been able to write a fascinating and highly entertaining book about it.
  • 33 1/3 (64) Nas' Illmatic

    By Matthew Gasteier

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780826429070
    • Publisher: Continuum
    • Published: April 2009
    A decade and a half ago, Illmatic launched one of the most storied careers in hip hop, and cemented New York's place as the genre's epicenter. With this in-depth look at the record, Matthew Gasteier explores the competing themes that run through Nas's masterpiece and finds a compelling journey into adulthood. Combining a history of Nas's early years with interviews from many of the most important people associated with the album, this book provides new information and context for what many consider to be the greatest hip hop record ever made. 114p.
  • 33 1/3 (71) Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

    By Christopher R. Weingarten

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780826429131
    • Publisher: Continuum
    • Published: May 2010
    (33 1/3 series). This take on nation of Millions is a nuts-and-bolts account of how the Bomb Squad produced such a singular-sounding record - the engineering, sampling, scratching, constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing. How they re-sampled their own scratches, and, most importantly, how they played all the samples by hand - together in a room like a rock band. Through intense research and interviews, Weingarten fathoms the making of the most important hip-hop record ever made. 144p.
  • 33 1/3 (93) J Dilla's Donuts

    By Jordan Ferguson

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781623561833
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
    • Published: April 2014
    "A compelling, multidisciplinary analysis of hip-hop producer J Dilla's deathbed record Donuts as both a cultural artifact and an example of historical 'late style'"--
  • 33 1/3 (97) Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    By Kirk Walker Graves

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781623565428
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury
    • Published: June 2014
    In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Kanye West created the most compelling body of pop music by an American artist during the period. Having risen from obscurity as a precocious producer through the ranks of Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella records, by the time he released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF) in late 2010, West had evolved into a master collagist, an alchemist capable of transfiguring semi-obscure soul samples and indelible beats into a brash and vulnerable new art form. A look at the arc of his career, from the heady chipmunk soul exuberance of The College Dropout (2004) to the operatic narcissism of MBDTF, tells us about the march of pop music into the digital age and, by extension, the contradictions that define our cultural epoch. In a cloud-based and on-demand culture – a place of increasing virtualization, loneliness, and hyper-connectivity – West straddles this critical moment as what David Samuels of The Atlantic calls "the first true genius of the iPhone era, the Mozart of contemporary American music." In the land of taking a selfie, honing a personal brand, and publicly melting down online, Kanye West is the undisputed king. Swallowing the chaos wrought by his public persona and digesting it as a grandiose allegory of self-redemption, Kanye sublimates his narcissism to paint masterstroke after masterstroke on MBDTF, a 69-minute hymn to egotistical excess. Sampling and ventriloquizing the pop music past to tell the story of its future – very much a tale of our culture's wish for unfettered digital ubiquity – MBDTF is the album of its era, an aesthetic self-acquittal and spiritual autobiography of our era’s most dynamic artist.
  • The 50th Law

    By 50 Cent

    Our Price: $23.99
    • Format: FlexiBind
    • ISBN-13: 9780061774607
    • Publisher: HarperStudio
    • Published: September 2009
    Robert Greene's book, The 48 Laws of Power (2000), sold over 800,000 copies. His 'tactics to survive and thrive in the cut throat music industry' also attracted one Curtis Jackson (aka 50 cent), who sussed the way to sort friend from foe, opportunity from opposition, and ultimately triumph in a dog eat dog industry. In 2008, 50 was named by Forbes magainze as the #1 earning Hip Hop Cash King! 'Fear nothing, and you shall succeed.' This the basic tenant of The 50th Law, a collaboration between 50 and Greene, including intimate stories bountiful with examples of overcoming adversity, through understanding and practicing The 50th Law. For entrepreneurs a cut above the rest! 256p.
  • Africanist Aesthetic In Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves

    By H. Osumare

    Our Price: $109.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781403976307
    • Publisher: PALGRAVE
    • Published: January 2007
    This book explores the two major reasons for hip-hop culture's proliferation throughout the world: 1) the global centrality of African American popular culture & the transnational pop culture industry of record companies& entertainment conglomerates; & 2) 'connective marginalities' that are extant social inequalities forming the foundation for an 'underground' network of hip-hop communities. Both of these levels of hip-hop's global circulation are based in the youth culture's Africanist aesthetic. Additionally, the book explores computer technology & the internet in this age of information that also serves hip-hop culture's globalization.
  • The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop

    By Halifu Osumare

    Our Price: $74.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780230609617
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    • Published: July 2008
  • And It Don't Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years

    By Raquel Cepeda

    Our Price: $31.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780571211593
    • Publisher: Faber and Faber, Inc.
    • Published: September 2004
    A collection of articles and essays about the music, history, and culture of hip-hop features a quarter century of writing by Ali Farka Toure, Kevin Powell, Harry Allen, Joan Morgan, Cheo Hodari Coker, Greg Tate, Bill Adler, Hilton Als, Danyel Smith, and others.