Hip Hop Files

Photographs 1979-1984

Hip Hop Files

Martha Cooper has the reputation of being the first and foremost photographer of emerging hip hop culture in New York City....From 1999 to 2003, Akim Walta aka Zeb.Roc.Ski, well-known German hip hop head and founder of MZEE Records, searched out the subjects in the photos and conducted numerous interviews, obtaining insightful quotes and statements by over 70 hip hop icons to accompany the shots.

The History of Rap and Hip-Hop

The History of Rap and Hip-Hop

Hip-hop culture has grown from its humble beginnings in the South Bronx section of New York City into a significant and influential cultural movement. This volume examines the rich history and promising future of this musical genre. Created in the mid-1970s by poor Bronx residents with few resources, hip-hop has become a billion-dollar industry whose reach now stretches around the world. Hip-hop has influenced the way people make music, the way they dance, and the way they wear their clothes. It has also shaped people's political views and turned many people into entrepreneurs.

Hip Hop Decoded

From Its Ancient Origin to Its Modern Day Matrix

Hip Hop Decoded

SUPERANNO This masterpiece takes its reader from Hip Hop's ancient origin to its modern day Matrix. Never before has a book been written about Hip Hop through the spiritual scope of the culture, or has examined the culture from a mystical perspective. The Black Dot cleverly accomplishes both, while providing plenty of fuel for a conspiracy theorist. Hip Hop Decoded reveals that Hip Hop is far deeper than just beats and rhymes, and masterfully illustrates that each element of Hip Hop (Graffiti, DJ, Emcee, and B-Boy) has an ancient origin (hieroglyphics, drummer, oracle, and dancer), as well as spiritual significance (earth, air, fire, and water).

Friendship, Love, and Hip Hop

An Ethnography of African American Men in Psychiatric Custody

Friendship, Love, and Hip Hop

Friendship, Love, and Hip Hop investigates how young Black men live and change inside a mental institution in contemporary America. While the youth in Hejtmanek's study face the rigidity of institutionalized life, they also productively maneuver through what the author analyzes as the 'give' - friendship, love, and hip hop - in the system.

Blues, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Hip Hop, and Rap

A Research and Information Guide

Blues, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Hip Hop, and Rap

Despite the influence of African American music and study as a worldwide phenomenon, no comprehensive and fully annotated reference tool currently exists that covers the wide range of genres. This much needed bibliography fills an important gap in this research area and will prove an indispensable resource for librarians and scholars studying African American music and culture.

Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa

Ni Wakati

Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa

This book examines social change in Africa through the lens of hip hop music and culture. Artists engage their African communities in a variety of ways that confront established social structures, using coded language and symbols to inform, question, and challenge. Through lyrical expression, dance, and graffiti, hip hop is used to challenge social inequality and to push for social change. The study looks across Africa and explores how hip hop is being used in different places, spaces, and moments to foster change. In this edited work, authors from a wide range of fields, including history, sociology, African and African American studies, and political science explore the transformative impact that hip hop has had on African youth, who have in turn emerged to push for social change on the continent. The powerful moment in which those that want change decide to consciously and collectively take a stand is rooted in an awareness that has much to do with time. Therefore, the book centers on African hip hop around the context of “it’s time” for change, Ni Wakati.

Art and the Subway

New York Underground

Art and the Subway

Paintings, graffiti, photographs, and public art by Walker Evans, DONDI, Keith Haring, and others are featured in this visual representation of the New York subway system and the art it has inspired throughout the years.

The Words and Music of Ice Cube

The Words and Music of Ice Cube

Ice Cube is one of the most influential figures in the history of rap and hip-hop. Best known for the vitriol of his angry black man recordings of the late 1980s and mid 1990s, Ice Cube epitomizes the genre often referred to as gangsta rap. Much of his music from these years is focused on the disturbing realities of life in black urban ghettos, and as a result it chronicles such complex and controversial issues as racial stereotypes, street gangs, racial profiling, black on black crime, teen pregnancy, absentee fathers, and male-female relationships. His recordings with NWA are noteworthy for their sardonic humor in discussing dire issues. The group's landmark CD Straight Outta Compton (1988) is a palette of urban woes recounted in aggressive and hostile street vernacular, while Ice Cube's recordings of the 1990s now represent paradigms of the gangsta style. The first three chapters of The Words and Music of Ice Cube explore Ice Cube's recordings between 1988 and 1996 and situate Ice Cube in the context of other rappers of this period-most notably Public Enemy, Ice-T, Tupac, Biggie, and Snoop Dogg-whose music also chronicled explosive issues in urban ghettos. The fourth chapter considers Ice Cube's career in film, beginning with a discussion of his performance in Boyz n the Hood and ending with a look at his most recent films, Barber Shop, Barber Shop II, Are We There Yet? And Are We Done Yet? The fifth and final chapter looks back over all of Ice Cube's work to date and considers his impact and his legacy in music and popular culture at large. .

We be Girls

We be Girls

Presents a pictorial look at women break dancers known as the B*Girlz.

Zebster

Zebster

A special collector's edition of Zebster's impressive contribution to hip hop and graffiti culture. Zebster is well-known in the Hip Hop community for his efforts to spread the culture around the world. He began breaking and writing graffiti in the early 1980s and is considered one of the top European writers of the era. In 1990, he started the On The Run Graffiti Magazine, by 1992 he founded the Hip Hop label MZEE Records and in 1995 he co-founded From Here To Fame as a Hip Hop network company. This is his remarkable story.