As the year wraps up, we’ve decided to gather 15 of the best hip-hop books released this year. Touching on everything from Supreme Mathematics to the work of Hong Kong film legends The Shaw Brothers, Chamber Music gives readers a detailed look into the disparate influences that make Wu-Tang Clan so unique. The sound that Schoolly laid down on his early records, like “Gucci Time” and “P.S.K. Schwartz’s memoir, Ruffhouse, is full of funny, wild and insightful anecdotes detailing his years building one of the world’s biggest rap labels.Â, Together Forever: The Run-DMC and Beastie Boys Photographs – By Glen E Friedman, In the summer of 1987, two of rap’s biggest groups, Run-DMC and The Beastie Boys, would embark on the Together Forever tour. Unluckily for her lovers, many of whom were married, she names names, and even rates them in terms of size and satisfaction. Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever By Geoff Edgers. Christopher makes his case by examining the work of future-minded luminaries like Grandmaster Flash, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Public Enemy, Shabazz Palaces, and more. Straight from The Source IG Model Brittany Renner Has Now Published A Book About The Athletes & Rappers She Has Been With. With a fresh eye for the nuances of Jay’s writing and a broader understanding of the historical context in which hip-hop exists, Dyson’s analysis is weighty and tinged with both an insider and outsider’s perspective. In Iron Age: The Art of Ghostface Killah, author Dean Van Nguyen Nguyen gives an in-depth analysis of Ghost’s career and the defining factors that make him one of the best. I. an in-depth analysis of Ghost’s career and the defining factors that make him one of the best. Popular amongst rappers and drug dealers, Dapper Dan’s memoir Made In Harlem tells the story of how one man set the visual tone of hip-hop’s first golden era. “Album-making, beat-picking, lyricism, story-telling and straight incredible rapping.” These components describe Staten Island’s own Ghostface Killah. Rap on Trial Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America – by Erik Nelson. explores the racial and aesthetic boundaries that Run-DMC and Aerosmith’s song broke through and the musical future that it predicted. Culled from over a decade worth of interviews, Dan Hancox’s book takes a deep look into the politics and complex social dynamics behind England’s most visceral contemporary music scene. ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Star Phaedra Parks Exposed in New Tell-All Book Thursday, March 15, 2012 Yesterday the Internet was buzzing about a new scandal involving "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Phaedra Parks and her husband Apollo Nida. by Kimberley Dadds Black Detroit Voters Sue Trump Campaign Over Attempts To Overturn Michigan’s Election Results, Busta Rhymes Says J Dilla Gave Him Over 300 Beats Before He Passed, Wu-Tang Clan Light Up J Dilla Beats on a Rugged and Raw Mash-Up Tape, Boldy James Announces New Album, Shares New Single “Thousand Pills”, The Wu-Tang Clan Was Why This Rapper Hopped on a New York City Bus With A Flamethrower, Okayplayer’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech, Culture, Books & More. Twenty Nineteen was a strong year for hip-hop books. Lucky, for the rest of us, she decided to write Confessions of a Video Vixen, a tell-all autobiography recounting the lurid details of her lustful liaisons. Her tell-all book, titled Game Over about her experiences in the world of Hip-Hop has both rappers and industry executives shaking in their boots, waiting for its release in April, 2013. As complex and contradictory as it’s subject, Made In America uses JAY-Z’s life and career as a template to reconcile Black self-determination and American capitalism. Creativity was high and the game was open to trying new things. Brooklyn birthed both Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown, two of hip hop’s lifelong enemies. Ruffhouse: From the Streets of Philly to the Top of the ’90s Hip-Hop Charts – By Chris Schwartz, Independent record promoter Chris Schwartz met West Philly rapper Schoolly D in the mid-‘80s. With, God Save The Queens: The Essential History Of Women In Hip Hop, , writer Kathy Iandoli sheds some much needed historical light on the contributions of women in hip-hop. Take a look at these scandalous memoirs that you should buy if you're into gossip. Goin’ Off: The Story Of The Juice Crew & Cold Chillin’ Records – By Ben Merlis, Comprised of more than 30 interviews, Ben Merlis’ Goin’ Off: The Story Of The Juice Crew & Cold Chillin’ Records examines the history of rap’s first superstar crew — The Juice Crew — and the label that propelled them, Cold Chillin’ Records. Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius By Rakim. As complex and contradictory as it’s subject. From traveling with Led Zeppelin to affairs with Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison and countless others over the course of 15 years, Pamela’s book is considered one of the best tell-alls in music. From the government-sanctioned crackdowns on pirate radio stations. (PR) 10. When Jay-Z rapped “Me and the boy A.I. Check out our list below.Â, Chamber Music: Wu-Tang And America (In 36 Pieces) – By Will Ashon. Rappers Respond To Down Low Tell-All, "You Could F*ck Up A Man's Happy Home" Discussion in ' Celebrity News and Gossip ' started by cheyanne1021 , Jun 6, 2008 . Culled from over a decade worth of interviews, Dan Hancox’s book takes a deep look into the politics and complex social dynamics behind England’s most visceral contemporary music scene. Coupled with this growth has come an ever-increasing market demand for book-length studies of hip-hop, in general, and rap music, specifically. It’s No Secret gives readers a detailed look into the disparate influences that make Wu-Tang Clan so unique. Karrine Steffans. The music event of the season isn’t a surprise-release hip-hop album or a pop diva’s Max Martin-produced single. Photographer Glen E. Friedman’s gorgeous book, Together Forever: The Run-DMC and Beastie Boys Photographs, compiles images from the tour and gives us a look at a time when rap was solidifying its footing in American popular culture. They write books that reveal their deepest secrets and put other people on blast. Released at a time in the ‘80s when Black and White radio and music video programming remained segregated, Tyler breaks through the wall and joins the Kings from Hollis Queens in song — a not so subtle visual metaphor. From the government-sanctioned crackdowns on pirate radio stations to Form 696 — a risk-assessment document that effectively prevented promoters from booking events in London —Inner City Pressure tells the story of U.K. Grime, which has thrived in the face of intense racial scrutiny. In the video for Run-DMC and Aerosmith’s landmark collaboration “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler smashes a mic stand into the shared wall that separates the two groups. 5 Hip-Hop Tell-All Books Filled With Dirty Secrets ... resume included music videos like Jay-Z’s “Hey Papi” and Mystikal’s “Danger,” put all of your favorite rappers (e.g. Common has always approached the art of MCing with a degree of honesty and introspection. ... black rappers pretty much all have some gang or drug history. continues this practice. Bryan has penned a hoodrat Harlequin-style romance that details her alleged affairs with Allen Iverson and rappers Nas and Jay-Z. LOL. It’s one of the most important hip-hop books to release this year.Â, Dead Precedents: How Hip Hop Defines The Future, as “a counter-cultural history of the twenty-first century, showcasing hip-hop’s role in the creation of the world in which we now live.”What that means is that. We’re teaming up with LDF to ensure everyone’s vote is counted in 2020. In the 2000s, penning steaming books about rapper dalliances wasn’t reserved only for video vixens and peripheral jump offs. uses JAY-Z’s life and career as a template to reconcile Black self-determination and American capitalism. I'd watch. , distills The God MC’s process and philosophy into “5 pillars of creativity.” It is through these pillars that we the reader gain insight into how one man changed the course of Rap. Pamela Des Barres’ I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, released in 1987, listed a who’s who of rock icons that she was with. From detailed analyses of the Wu-Tang Clan’s legacy to memoirs from legendary MCs to first-hand accounts of rap’s Golden Era, 2019 saw a wealth of quality writing on hip-hop culture, it’s history and the broader social dynamics that inform it. Kim Osorio, the former Editor-In-Chief of The Source magazine wrote her own memoir that included how she dated rappers like 50 Cent and Nas while heading the magazine. Best Sellers in Rap & Hip-Hop Musician Biographies #1. … These books give a long-form glimpse into the industry, making them must-reads for fans. got more in common / Than just ballin’ and rhymin’ / Get it? She said she knows you,’ he [Havoc] said. The sound that Schoolly laid down on his early records, like “, is full of funny, wild and insightful anecdotes detailing his years building one of the world’s biggest rap labels.Â, In the summer of 1987, two of rap’s biggest groups, Run-DMC and The Beastie Boys, would embark on the. Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Diddy, DMX) on super blast by airing out their bedroom stories. tells the story of U.K. Grime, which has thrived in the face of intense racial scrutiny. When Karrine Steffans a.k.a. Immerse yourself in the creation of these gifted humans, stare googly-eyed at the photos printed on glossy pages in the middle of the book, and then jam out to their music. Lil’ Wayne’s ex Toya published her tell-all book ‘Priceless Inspiration’. But hey, their books became famous. It’s one of the most important hip-hop books to release this year.Â, Dead Precedents: How Hip Hop Defines The Future – By Roy Christopher. My Infamous Life Kim also put her own issues with former Source owners Benzino and Dave Mays out in the open, which eventually led to Kim successfully charging them for sexual harassment. and actors and r&b singers.....they even go as far as to say these types of celebrities seek trannys. Thread Status: Sowmya Krishnamurthy. Will Ashon’s brilliant Chamber Music: Wu-Tang And America is a winding, expansive deep dive into the spiritual, social, musical, and visual elements that the Wu-Tang Clan combined to form the richest aesthetic in popular music. Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest – By Hanif Abdurraqib. Journalist Geoff Edgers’ book Walk This Way explores the racial and aesthetic boundaries that Run-DMC and Aerosmith’s song broke through and the musical future that it predicted. ‘Yeah, I bagged her a couple of years ago in the Beverly Center. Kat Stacks – real name Andrea Herrera — was the bad chick who shook up the hip-hop game. Vibe.com is an affiliate site of Billboard, a subsidiary of Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Learn More His latest book, Let Love Have The Last Word, continues this practice. I'm getting tired of reading poorly written hoescapades. From video vixen to New York Times Bestselling author; Super Head wrote the blueprint. You could’ve sold her some beats.’". Touching on everything from Supreme Mathematics to the work of Hong Kong film legends The Shaw Brothers. & Rakim put the rap world on notice. Definitely a must-own for lovers of hip-hop books.Â. Tina Turner. 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