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Rebel Music
Rebel Music
Written by Hisham Aidi
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780375424908
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Rebel Music
Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
Written by Hisham Aidi


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $29.95

This fascinating, timely, and important book on the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the world looks at how hip-hop, jazz, and reggae, along with Andalusian and Gnawa music, have become a means of building community and expressing protest in the face of the West’s policies in...

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Rebel Music
Rebel Music
Written by Hisham Aidi
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307908681
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Rebel Music
Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
Written by Hisham Aidi


Format: eBook, 432 pages
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $15.99

This fascinating, timely, and important book on the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the world looks at how hip-hop, jazz, and reggae, along with Andalusian and Gnawa music, have become a means of building community and expressing protest in the face of the West’s policies in...

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Decoded
Decoded
Written by Jay-Z
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780812981155
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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.
 
Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and an iPhone/iPad App.
Close to the Edge
Close to the Edge
Written by Sujatha Fernandes
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781844677412
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Close to the Edge
In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation
Written by Sujatha Fernandes


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: September 12, 2011
Price: $19.95

At its rhythmic, beating heart, Close to the Edge asks whether hip hop can change the world. Hip hop—rapping, beat-making,b-boying, deejaying, graffiti—captured the imagination of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes in the 1980s, inspiring her and politicizing her along the way. Years later, armed with mc-ing skills and an urge to immerse... Read more >
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Close to the Edge
In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation
Written by Sujatha Fernandes


Format: eBook
On Sale: September 12, 2011
Price: $19.95

“Fernandes brilliantly captures the moment when a global generation curved toward a unifying language and culture and found something that was both much more and much less than what it was searching for. Close to the Edge is a beautifully told tale of the collective and the personal, the cultural and... Read more >
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Def Jam, Inc.
Def Jam, Inc.
Written by Stacy Gueraseva, Introduction by Brett Ratner
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307520395
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Def Jam, Inc.
Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the Extraordinary Story of the World's Most Inf
Written by Stacy Gueraseva
Introduction by Brett Ratner


Format: eBook
On Sale: March 30, 2011
Price: $12.99

In the early ‘80s, the music industry wrote off hip-hop as a passing fad. Few could or would have predicted that the improvised raps and raw beats busting out of New York City’s urban underclass would one day become a multimillion-dollar business and one of music’s most lucrative genres.

Among those few... Read more >
Decoded
Decoded
Written by Jay-Z
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781588369598
Our Price: $4.99
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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: eBook
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $4.99

Expanded edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.
 
Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover, iPhone/iPad App and a trade paperback.
Whatever You Say I Am
Whatever You Say I Am
Written by Anthony Bozza
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307549204
Our Price: $9.99
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Whatever You Say I Am
The Life and Times of Eminem
Written by Anthony Bozza


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: August 4, 2010
Price: $9.99

does eminem matter?

On assignment for his first cover story for Rolling Stone, the very first national cover story on Eminem, Anthony Bozza met a young blond kid, a rapper who would soon take the country by storm. But back in 1999, Eminem was just beginning to make waves among suburban white... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.
Enter the Babylon System
Enter the Babylon System
Written by Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307368461
Our Price: $9.99
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Enter the Babylon System
Unpacking Gun Culture from Samuel Colt to 50 Cent
Written by Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce


Format: eBook
On Sale: June 18, 2010
Price: $9.99

A docu-style investigation of our fascination with the gun, from the perspective of the hip-hop generation.

The 2003 shooting death of Toronto community-centre worker Kempton Howard put the spotlight on hip hop’s fixation with guns. Media and police soon blamed rap music and its tales of gang life on bullet-ridden US streets... Read more >
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How to Wreck a Nice Beach
How to Wreck a Nice Beach
Written by Dave Tompkins
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781933633886
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How to Wreck a Nice Beach
The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks
Written by Dave Tompkins


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $35.00

The history of the vocoder: how popular music hijacked the Pentagon's speech scrambling weapon

The vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II; by the Vietnam War, it was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians, and is now the ubiquitous voice of popular... Read more >
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The Gospel of Hip Hop
The Gospel of Hip Hop
Written by KRS-One
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576874974
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The Gospel of Hip Hop
The First Instrument
Written by KRS-One


Format: Hardcover, 832 pages
On Sale: October 24, 2009
Price: $24.95

The Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument, the first book from the I Am Hip Hop, is the philosophical masterwork of KRS ONE. Set in the format of the Christian Bible, this 800-plus-page opus is a life-guide manual for members of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with faith and... Read more >
It's Just Begun
It's Just Begun
Written by Ivan Sanchez and Luis "DJ Disco Wiz" Cedeno
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576874943
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It's Just Begun
The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop's First Latino DJ
Written by Ivan Sanchez and Luis "DJ Disco Wiz" Cedeno


Format: Hardcover, 180 pages
On Sale: April 28, 2009
Price: $22.95

It’s Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop’s First Latino DJ is a gritty and gripping tale of one man’s struggles to not only survive, but to triumph over adversity and abuse that will make your blood run cold. By conquering unimaginable obstacles, Wiz offers inspiration to... Read more >
Check the Technique
Check the Technique
Written by Brian Coleman, Introduction by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307494429
Our Price: $14.99
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Check the Technique
Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
Written by Brian Coleman
Introduction by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson


Format: eBook, 528 pages
On Sale: March 12, 2009
Price: $14.99

A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortals

It’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have... Read more >
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Triksta
Triksta
Written by Nik Cohn
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307548276
Our Price: $11.99
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Triksta
Life and Death and New Orleans Rap
Written by Nik Cohn


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: March 12, 2009
Price: $11.99

Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohn’s love of hip-hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him. On the surface he’s... Read more >
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Living Proof
Living Proof
Text by Ruckus and Uptown, Photographed by David Allen Harvey
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576874035
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Living Proof

Text by Ruckus and Uptown
Photographed by David Allen Harvey


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $29.95

Hip hop, which first began on the streets of the South Bronx in the early 1970s, has traveled the globe, finding a home in every corner of the planet. Remade by local cultures in their own language and regional style, hip hop’s versatility speaks to its accessibility and universality. The lyrics... Read more >
Enter the Babylon System
Enter the Babylon System
Written by Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780679313892
Our Price: $19.00
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Enter the Babylon System
Unpacking Gun Culture from Samuel Colt to 50 Cent
Written by Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: November 20, 2007
Price: $19.00

A docu-style investigation of our fascination with the gun, from the perspective of the hip-hop generation.

The 2003 shooting death of Toronto community-centre worker Kempton Howard put the spotlight on hip hop’s fixation with guns. Media and police soon blamed rap music and its tales of gang life on bullet-ridden US streets... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
The Breaks
The Breaks
Text by Bill Adler and Tom Terrell, Photographed by Janette Beckman
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576873977
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The Breaks
Stylin' and Profilin' 1982-1990
Text by Bill Adler and Tom Terrell
Photographed by Janette Beckman


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
On Sale: August 1, 2007
Price: $35.00

“These images, which span music, street culture, and hip hop icons from 1982 to 1990, feature entertainers at the breaking point of their careers. The pictures manifest the genius of underground scenes and highlight their influence on today's music scene.”
Paper

In the fall of 1982, celebrated photographer of the... Read more >
Wild Style
Wild Style
Written by Charlie Ahearn
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576873649
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Wild Style
The Sampler
Written by Charlie Ahearn


Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
On Sale: July 1, 2007
Price: $35.00

“I mean love is love. Recognize the Hip Hop culture, cause that’s what we are doing. We’re having fun with it. We spread love. There’s no animosity. There’s no prejudice in our culture. None of that. It’s red black green orange. We all in it. We come from Japan. You ever... Read more >
Check the Technique
Check the Technique
Written by Brian Coleman, Introduction by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780812977752
Our Price: $22.00
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Check the Technique
Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
Written by Brian Coleman
Introduction by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $22.00

A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortals

It’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
Beats Rhymes & Life
Beats Rhymes & Life
Written by Ytasha Womack, Edited by Kenji Jasper, Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780767919777
Our Price: $19.00
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Beats Rhymes & Life
What We Love and Hate About Hip-Hop
Written by Ytasha Womack
Edited by Kenji Jasper
Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $19.00

Our generation made hip-hop. But hip-hop also made us. Why are suburban kids referring to their subdivision as “block”? Why has the pimp become a figure of male power? Why has dodging the feds become an act of honor long after one has made millions as a legitimate artist? What happens...

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Triksta
Triksta
Written by Nik Cohn
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781400077069
Our Price: $13.95
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Triksta
Life and Death and New Orleans Rap
Written by Nik Cohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $13.95

Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohn’s love of hip-hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him. On the surface he’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
How Long Will They Mourn Me?
How Long Will They Mourn Me?
Written by Candace Sandy and Dawn Marie Daniels
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780345494832
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How Long Will They Mourn Me?
The Life and Legacy of Tupac Shakur
Written by Candace Sandy and Dawn Marie Daniels


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
On Sale: August 29, 2006
Price: $6.99

“Buried as a g while tha whole world remembers me”
–Tupac Shakur, from “Until the End of Time”

Tupac Shakur was larger than life. A gifted rapper, actor, and poet, he was fearless, prolific, and controversial–and often said that he never expected to live past the age of thirty. He was right... Read more >
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A Time Before Crack
A Time Before Crack
Text by Charlie Ahearn and Terence Jennings, Afterword by James "Koe" Rodriguez, Photographed by Jamel Shabazz, Introduction by Claude Grunitzky
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576872130
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A Time Before Crack

Text by Charlie Ahearn and Terence Jennings
Afterword by James "Koe" Rodriguez
Photographed by Jamel Shabazz
Introduction by Claude Grunitzky


Format: Hardcover, 152 pages
On Sale: June 1, 2005
Price: $35.00

“Deeply unpretentious and undistracted by the trendy new aesthetics or technologies, Mr. Shabazz is the best kind of photojournalist: one driven simply by curiosity about other human beings.”
—Ken Johnson, The New York Times

Once upon a time before crack, inner city communities were blighted by poverty and unemployment—but not... Read more >
Whatever You Say I Am
Whatever You Say I Am
Written by Anthony Bozza
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781400053803
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Whatever You Say I Am
The Life and Times of Eminem
Written by Anthony Bozza


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $13.95

does eminem matter?

On assignment for his first cover story for Rolling Stone, the very first national cover story on Eminem, Anthony Bozza met a young blond kid, a rapper who would soon take the country by storm. But back in 1999, Eminem was just beginning to make waves among suburban white... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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