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Most popular Rap & Hip-Hop books

The most popular Rap & Hip-Hop books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Not Afraid: The Evolution of Eminem
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Hell Is Round the Corner: The Unique No-Holds Barred Autobiography
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Beastie Boys Book
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom.
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Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)
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BTS - The Ultimate Fan Book: Experience the K-Pop Phenomenon!
A celebration of this colourful seven-piece phenomenon from Korea, exploring in detail the group's origins, members and super rise to success.
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Hell Is Round the Corner
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Jay-Z: Made in America
The author wrestles with the biggest themes of Jay-Z's career, including hustling, and recognizes the way that he's always woven politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth, and social injustice.
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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.
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Pocket Biggie Wisdom: Inspirational quotes and wise words from the Notorious B.I.G.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Eskiboy
`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.
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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...
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UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City: The Aesthetics and Ethics of London's Rap Scenes
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Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future
The story of how hip-hop created, and came to dominate, the twenty-first century.
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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
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Rhyme Book: A lined notebook with quotes, playlists, and rap stats
A must-have notebook for any hip-hop head
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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.
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Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
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Eskiboy
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'.
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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.
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Remix Multilingualism: Hip Hop, Ethnography and Performing Marginalized Voices
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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.
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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
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Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora
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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.
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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.
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Angry Blonde
Collects lyrics from the popular rap artist's two albums and includes his commentary on the origin of each song.
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Killing Of Tupac Shakur
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Back To The Lab: Hip Hop Home Studios
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Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)
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Born to Kwaito: Reflections on the Kwaito generation
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Art and Sound of the Bristol Underground
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Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book
Bun B.'s Rap Coloring and Activity Book is a 48-page fully interactive book of colouring pages, unbelievably clever activities and smart plays on rap culture bring Hip-Hop right into your living room.
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Dark Story of Eminem, The
An updated edition of the best-selling in-depth biography of the world's most popular rapper.
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How to Rap 2: Advanced Flow and Delivery Techniques
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Kim and Kanye: The Love Story
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. They have become the ultimate pop-culture power couple - the queen of reality TV and the hip-hop mogul. Together they are Kimye, and this is their unofficial biography.
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From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity
Negotiating identity in hip-hop culture
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J Dilla's Donuts
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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
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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.
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1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About
Amid the historic overturnings of 1989, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, pop music also experienced striking changes. This title reimagines how we understand both pop music and its social context in a vibrant exploration of a year famously described as 'the end of history'.
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Sounding Race in Rap Songs
Traces the changing sounds of race across some of the best-known rap songs of the past thirty-five years, combining song-level analysis with historical contextualization to show how these representations of identity depend on specific artistic decisions, such as those related to how producers make beats.
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Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll
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Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists
This new kind of dictionary reflects the use of "rhythm rhymes" by rappers, poets, and songwriters of today. Users can look up words to find collections of words that have the same rhythm as the original and are useable in ways that are familiar to us in everything from vers libre poetry to the lyrics and music of Bob Dylan and hip hop groups.
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Power Relations in Black Lives: Reading African American Literature and Culture with Bourdieu and Elias