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  1. American Hip-Hop: Rappers, DJs, and Hard Beats (American Music Milestones)
    American Hip-Hop: Rappers, DJs, and Hard Beats (American Music Milestones)
    American Hip-Hop: Rappers, DJs, and Hard Beats (American Music Milestones)
    American Hip-Hop: Rappers, DJs, and Hard Beats (American Music Milestones)
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  2. American Hip-Hop: Rappers, DJs, and Hard Beats (American Music Milestones)

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A rapper spits rhymes into a microphone.
A DJ scratches a record back and forth against a turntable needle.
Fans' feet stomp along to a stiff beat.
These are the sounds of hip-hop.

Hip-hop music busted out of New York City in the 1970s. Many young African Americans found their voices after stepping up to the mic. In the decades afterward, rappers and DJs took over the airwaves and transformed American music. In the twenty-first century, hip-hop is a global sensation.

Learn what inspired hip-hop's earliest rappers to start rhyming over beats, as well as the stories behind hip-hop legends such as Run-D.M.C., 2Pac, Lauryn Hill, and Jay-Z. Follow the creativity and the rivalries that have fueled everything from party raps to songs about social struggles. And find out how you can add your own sounds to the mix!


Nathan Sacks
Library Binding
Brand: 21st Century
Used Book in Good Condition
Twenty-First Century Books
Twenty-First Century Books
black & white illustrations, colour illu
black & white illustrations, colour illu
Twenty-First Century Books
Twenty-First Century Books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This book describes Hip Hop's journey from somewhat of a joke in the music industry to the mega powerhouse it is today. Hip Hop is the sound that changed the music world forever. This is a great book, especially anyone interested in the History of Rap/Hip Hop. There are so many great aspects of this book. Great Photography, "Must Download Playlist", detailed descriptions. I learned so much about the music that is an integral part of our nation (I mean who doesn't know who Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Tupac are?). Even the most controversial aspects of Rap/Hip Hop are discused and analyzed (East Cost/West Coast, controversal language and behavior.) One of the best things about this book is the length. There is a lot of information packed in the short, 70 page, book.
They were dancing in the streets of the Bronx "where a group of DJs (disc jockeys) forged the sound that changed music forever." Hip-hop was born, but in the 1970s it was not a form of music that was embraced by the masses, not until commercial production began. Although not the first group to record, old school hip-hop group, the Sugarhill Gang, had a hit with "Rapper's Delight." It would be a long journey out of the Bronx, but in time this music genre would garner the respect it deserved. It wasn't long before "hip-hop became a group of traditions, styles, and attitudes" that formed its own culture. DJ Afrika Bambaataa claims that hip-hop has four basic elements: breaking, tagging, DJing, and emceeing, all of which are discussed in this book.

Hip-hop fans are well aware that historically the basic themes include "poverty, drug addiction, joblessness, single motherhood, and rage at racial discrimination and injustice." DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) was instrumental... Read more
Scratching, sampling, breaking, mixing -- these are terms used to describe part of the process used in making hip-hop music, a sound often thought of (erroneously) as "black" music. The large book, almost picture-book format, contains lots of color, several fonts, many color photos, and lots of information about the history of hip-hip and the artists and producers that made the music so popular. Included is a timeline, artist bios, and numerous "Must Download" playlists. A great resource for teens wanting information on the history of this music type.
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