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Most popular Rap & Hip-Hop books

The most popular Rap & Hip-Hop books currently available. Updated weekly.
Not Afraid: The Evolution of Eminem
Hell Is Round the Corner: The Unique No-Holds Barred Autobiography
Beastie Boys Book
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom.
Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)
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.
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.
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.
Pocket Biggie Wisdom: Inspirational quotes and wise words from the Notorious B.I.G.
Hell Is Round the Corner
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.
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.
Autobiography of Gucci Mane
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.
Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far
UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City: The Aesthetics and Ethics of London's Rap Scenes
Stoned Beyond Belief
Massive Attack: Out Of The Comfort Zone
Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future
The story of how hip-hop created, and came to dominate, the twenty-first century.
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.
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.
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
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'.
Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Remix Multilingualism: Hip Hop, Ethnography and Performing Marginalized Voices
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
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
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.
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.
Rhyme Book: A lined notebook with quotes, playlists, and rap stats
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.
Killing Of Tupac Shakur
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'.
Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora
Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)
God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop
The author pays tribute to the women of hip-hop--from the early work of Roxanne Shante, to hitmakers like Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot, to the superstars of today.oday.
Whatever You Say I Am: The Life And Times Of Eminem
Most crucially, Anthony Bozza's unprecedented access to Eminem himself makes him uniquely qualified to answer the big question - why does Eminem matter?The answer is found in Eminem's unlikely life story, in his extraordinary ascent to super-stardom and in an analysis of his music and lyrics.
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.
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
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.
From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity
Negotiating identity in hip-hop culture
How To Wreck A Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop
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.
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.
Power Relations in Black Lives: Reading African American Literature and Culture with Bourdieu and Elias
Big Shots
through informal Polaroid portraiture.
Posthuman Rap
Building on the work of Sylvia Wynter, Alexander Weheliye, Lester Spence, LH Stallings, and a broad swath of queer and critical race theory, Posthuman Rap listens for the ways contemporary rap maps an existence outside the traditional boundaries of what it means to be human.
Hamilton Easy Piano Selections
Hamilton Easy Piano Selections presents music from the critically acclaimed musical about Alexander Hamilton. Sir Cameron Macintosh's production opened in London's West End in December 2017.