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Most popular Rap & Hip-Hop books

The most popular Rap & Hip-Hop books currently available. Updated weekly.
Beastie Boys Book
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom.
Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters
A pioneering expert in the study of hip-hop explains why the music matters--and why the battles surrounding it are so very fierce.
Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover
An explosive insider account of grime, from subculture to international phenomenon. Perfect for fans of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and Stormzy.
Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far
______________________THE #MERKY STORY SO FAR Edited and Co-written by Jude YawsonContributions by Team #MerkyImages by Kaylum Dennis`It's been a long time coming, I swear...' In four years Stormzy has risen from one of the most promising musicians of his generation to a spokesperson for a generation.
Together Forever: Beastie Boys and RUN-DMC
The first book that captures a special moment in time in never-before-seen pictures: the pivotal relationship between Beastie Boys and Run-DMC, not just during the OG Together Forever concert tour, but also their significance as burgeoning rap and eventual pop radio stars.
`Wiley is Wiley, and if you don't know me, you don't know much.'*Winner of the NME Best Music Book Award 2018*A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARA SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARA TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR'The greatest UK MC of all time' NoiseyWiley.
Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed
An informative, illustrated guide to the 35 of the most important rap songs ever released
BTS: The Ultimate Fan Book
BTS are much more than just a K-Pop phenomenon, they are a band acclaimed for their record-smashing, barrier-breaking, trend-setting dance-pop and hip-hop tunes and personal philosophies.
Hip Hop Raised Me (R)
The definitive volume on the essence, experience and energy that is hip-hop and its massive and enduring impact over the last 40 years, now in paperback.
Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far
*A 2018 BOOK OF THE YEAR*`An inspirational must-read.' Evening Standard`A very important book.' Will Gompertz, BBC`A motivational, inspirational oral history.' Nikesh Shukla, iNews`Don't sleep on it...
Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime
A GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, PITCHFORK, NPR, METRO AND HERALD SCOTLAND BEST MUSIC BOOK OF 2018'The definitive grime biography' NME'A landmark genre history' Pitchfork
Autobiography of Gucci Mane
UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City: The Aesthetics and Ethics of London's Rap Scenes
Rhyme Book: A lined notebook with quotes, playlists, and rap stats
A must-have notebook for any hip-hop head
Story of The Streets
**WINNER OF THE NME BEST BOOK AWARD** 'This book is going to try and get as close as possible to the full story of what informed the noise of The Streets.
Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap
One of Rolling Stone's Best Music Books of 2015From Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance.
Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)
Structured in 96 short chapters, it will cover his influences, his friendships and rivalries, and the triumphs and tragedies of a life in music, as well as explore the history and future of Grime and the `Eskimo Sound'.
Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future
The story of how hip-hop created, and came to dominate, the twenty-first century.
Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon
A passionate, critically incisive biography of one of the most influential rappers of all time, Tupac Shakur, and how he came to dominate hip-hop in the 1990s
Stoned Beyond Belief
RAW: My Journey into the Wu-Tang
Part social history, part confessional memoir, U-God's intimate portrait of his life - and those of his Wu-Tang brothers - is a brave and unfiltered account of escaping poverty to transform the New York hip-hop scene forever.
Hip-Hop at the End of the World: The Photography of Brother Ernie
Filled with more than 250 images of artists including Ice Cube, The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Naughty by Nature, Public Enemy, 50 Cent, N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, Flavor Flav, Lauren Hill, Queen Latifah, TLC, Sean Combs, many that have never before been published, this book is set to become the new hip-hop photography bible
Massive Attack: Out Of The Comfort Zone
Rap Music and Street Consciousness
Serves as a history of rap music. This book traces the genre's history from its roots in West African bardic traditions, the Jamaican dancehall tradition, and African American vernacular expressions to its permeation of the cultural mainstream as a major tenet of hip-hop lifestyle and culture.
Gospel Of Hip Hop: The First Instrument
From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity
Negotiating identity in hip-hop culture
Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History
Details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre's recorded history, from Kurtis Blow's Christmas Rappin' to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar's verse on Control. This book offers an insider's perspective on the chart toppers, artists and key moments.
Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora
Remix Multilingualism: Hip Hop, Ethnography and Performing Marginalized Voices
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
How to Rap
A first of its kind collection, How to Rap is an insightful and intelligent breakdown of the elements of rap for anyone wanting to learn the art form or understand the principles behind it.
Honest: My Story So Far: The Official Autobiography
The story of Tulisa's remarkable rise, from her tough council estate upbringing to N-DUBZ, the X-Factor and her own solo career.
Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard
Periodic Table of HIP HOP
Instead of hydrogen to helium, here you'll find James Brown to Kanye West - 94 artists that have defined Hip Hop arranged following the logic of The Periodic Table of Elements.
Inner City Pressure: The Story of Grime
A GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, PITCHFORK, NPR, METRO AND HERALD SCOTLAND BEST MUSIC BOOK OF 2018'The definitive grime biography' NME'A landmark genre history' Pitchfork
I Got Something to Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music
This timely and compelling book answers this question by decoding the lyrics of over 700 songs from contemporary rap artists. Using innovative research techniques, Matthew Oware reveals how emcees perpetuate and challenge gendered and racialized constructions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality.
History of Gangster Rap: From Schoolly D to Kendrick Lamar, the Rise of a Great American Art Form
An insightful look at the unprecedented rise of America's musical obsession: gangster rap
Whatever You Say I Am: The Life And Times Of Eminem
Eminem is currently the world's biggest and most controversial music star. Most crucially, Anthony Bozza's unprecedented access to Eminem himself makes him uniquely qualified to answer the big question - why does Eminem matter?
Dark Story of Eminem, The
An updated edition of the best-selling in-depth biography of the world's most popular rapper.
J Dilla's Donuts
Cultural Impact of Kanye West
Through rap and hip hop, entertainers have provided a voice questioning and challenging the sanctioned view of society. Examining the moral and social implications of Kanye West's art in the context of Western civilization's preconceived ideas, the contributors consider how West both challenges religious and moral norms and propagates them.
Hamilton (Vocal Selections)
Hamilton presents vocal selections from the critically acclaimed musical about Alexander Hamilton. The show debuted on Broadway in August 2015 to unprecedented advanced box office sales and has already become one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever.
Hamilton: A Choral Medley
Relive the best hits from the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and GRAMMY Award-winning musical Hamilton in this 9-minute choral medley for SA/Men. With opportunities for soloists and small groups, this is a perfect showcase piece for your choir and a lively and fun addition to any concert programme.
Born to Kwaito: Reflections on the Kwaito generation
Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race, and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era
Positions the works of key gangsta rap artists, as well as the controversies their work produced, squarely within the law-and-order politics and popular culture of the 1980s and 1990s to reveal a profoundly complex period in American history when the meanings of crime and criminality were incredibly unstable.
Angry Blonde
Collects lyrics from the popular rap artist's two albums and includes his commentary on the origin of each song.
Where You're At: Notes from the Frontline of a Hip Hop Planet
A story of how hip hop conquered the globe and nobody noticed. This work explores the way how, through hip hop, the potent symbolism of black America has been acquired, used and subsumed by cultures on every continent to create a uniquely different form of globalism.
DJ Shadow Entroducing
Talks about Josh Davis's (DJ Shadow) early years in California, the friends and mentors who helped him along the way, his relationship with Mo'Wax and James Lavelle, and the genesis and creation of his masterpiece, "Endtroducing" (released in 1996). This book includes several long conversations with him.