Original Gangstas

Original Gangstas
Author: Ben Westhoff
Publsiher: Hachette Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2016-09-13
ISBN 10: 0316344869
ISBN 13: 9780316344869
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Original Gangstas Book Review:

"Raw, authoritative, and unflinching ... An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era."---Kirkus, starred review A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur. Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up producer, and a high school kid, N.W.A gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever--Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Dre soon joined forces with Suge Knight to create the combustible Death Row Records, which in turn transformed Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur into superstars. Ben Westhoff explores how this group of artists shifted the balance of hip-hop from New York to Los Angeles. He shows how N.W.A.'s shocking success lead to rivalries between members, record labels, and eventually a war between East Coast and West Coast factions. In the process, hip-hop burst into mainstream America at a time of immense social change, and became the most dominant musical movement of the last thirty years. At gangsta rap's peak, two of its biggest names--Tupac and Biggie Smalls--were murdered, leaving the surviving artists to forge peace before the genre annihilated itself. Featuring extensive investigative reporting, interviews with the principal players, and dozens of never-before-told stories, Original Gangstas is a groundbreaking addition to the history of popular music.

Holler If You Hear Me 2006

Holler If You Hear Me  2006
Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Publsiher: Civitas Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2006-09-05
ISBN 10: 0786735481
ISBN 13: 9780786735488
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Holler If You Hear Me 2006 Book Review:

With a new preface by the author. Ten years after his murder, Tupac Shakur is even more loved, contested, and celebrated than he was in life. His posthumously released albums, poetry, and motion pictures have catapulted him into the upper echelon of American cultural icons. In Holler If You Hear Me, “hip-hop intellectual” Michael Eric Dyson, acclaimed author of the bestselling Is Bill Cosby Right?, offers a wholly original way of looking at Tupac that will thrill those who already love the artist and enlighten those who want to understand him.

Dr Dre

Dr  Dre
Author: Ronin Ro
Publsiher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2007-03-17
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UCSD:31822035335090
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dr Dre Book Review:

A biography of the American record producer, hip hop producer, rapper, actor, and record executive reveals the family dynamics that shaped him and his music, the story behind the breakup of N.W.A., and his longstanding friendship with Snoop.

Book of Rhymes

Book of Rhymes
Author: Adam Bradley
Publsiher: Civitas Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-06-27
ISBN 10: 0465094414
ISBN 13: 9780465094417
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Book of Rhymes Book Review:

If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical content has obscured hip hop's revolution of poetic craft and experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter audible, allowing an MC's wordplay to move a club-full of eager listeners.Examining rap history's most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes explores America's least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.

Real Gangstas

Real Gangstas
Author: Timothy R. Lauger
Publsiher: Rutgers University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012-09-01
ISBN 10: 081355375X
ISBN 13: 9780813553757
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Real Gangstas Book Review:

Street gangs are a major concern for residents in many inner-city communities. However, gangs’ secretive and, at times, delinquent tendencies limit most people’s exposure to the realities of gang life. Based on eighteen months of qualitative research on the streets of Indianapolis, Real Gangstas provides a unique and intimate look at the lives of street gang members as they negotiate a dangerous peer environment in a major midwestern city. Timothy R. Lauger interviewed and observed a mix of fifty-five gang members, former gang members, and non-gang street offenders. He spent much of his fieldwork time in the company of a particular gang, the “Down for Whatever Boyz,” who allowed him to watch and record many of their day-to-day activities and conversations. Through this extensive research, Lauger is able to understand and explain the reasons for gang membership, including a chaotic family life, poverty, and the need for violent self-assertion in order to foster the creation of a personal identity. Although the book exposes many troubling aspects of gang life, it is not a simple descriptive or a sensationalistic account of urban despair and violence. Steeped in the tradition of analytical ethnography, the study develops a central theoretical argument: combinations of street gangs within cities shape individual gang member behavior within those urban settings. Within Indianapolis, members of rival gangs interact on a routine basis within an ambiguous and unstable environment. Participants believe that many of their contemporaries claiming gang affiliations are not actually “real” gang members, but instead are imposters who gain access to the advantages of gang membership through fraud and pretense. Consequently, the ability to discern “real” gang members—or to present oneself successfully as a real gang member—is a critical part of gangland Indianapolis. Real Gangstas offers an objective and fair characterization of active gang members, successfully balancing the seemingly conflicting idea that they generally seem like normal teenagers, yet are abnormally concerned with—and too often involved in—violence. Lauger takes readers to the edge of an actual gang conflict, providing a rare and up-close look at the troubling processes that facilitate hostility and violence.

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
Author: Tayannah Lee McQuillar,Fred L. Johnson
Publsiher: Da Capo Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-01-26
ISBN 10: 0786745932
ISBN 13: 9780786745937
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tupac Shakur Book Review:

In 1996 Tupac Shakur, one of the most talented artists of his time, was murdered by an unknown gunman. Fred L. Johnson and Tayannah Lee McQuillar examine the theories surrounding his death and the story of Tupac's lost legacy in this definitive biography. For millions, Shakur gave voice to their stories, but there was also another side to him, revealed as his life spun out of control, as the whispered warnings from friends went unheeded and the denunciations of critics grew louder. Disturbingly, he sang and wrote about his impending death. When it came, it brought the music industry to its knees and ended an era when American rappers were leaders in using their art to speak the truth to corporate, government, and judicial power.

The Values of Independent Hip Hop in the Post Golden Era

The Values of Independent Hip Hop in the Post Golden Era
Author: Christopher Vito
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2019-02-08
ISBN 10: 3030024814
ISBN 13: 9783030024819
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Values of Independent Hip Hop in the Post Golden Era Book Review:

Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, this book uncovers the historical trajectory of U.S. independent hip-hop in the post-golden era, seeking to understand its complex relationship to mainstream hip-hop culture and U.S. culture more generally. Christopher Vito analyzes the lyrics of indie hip-hop albums from 2000-2013 to uncover the dominant ideologies of independent artists regarding race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and social change. These analyses inform interviews with members of the indie hip-hop community to explore the meanings that they associate with the culture today, how technological and media changes impact the boundaries between independent and major, and whether and how this shapes their engagement with oppositional consciousness. Ultimately, this book aims to understand the complex and contradictory cultural politics of independent hip-hop in the contemporary age.

Unbelievable

Unbelievable
Author: Cheo Hodari Coker
Publsiher: VIBE Lifestyyle Books
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2013-03-05
ISBN 10: 9781935883616
ISBN 13: 1935883615
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unbelievable Book Review:

In this riveting account of Biggie's remarkable life, hip hop journalist Cheo Hodari Coker tells the story you've never heard about the dramatic, tension-filled world of Biggie, Tupac, Puff Daddy, and Suge Knight, tracing their friendships and feuds from the beginning to the bitter end. Despite the clash of personalities and styles, all four were key players in a volatile and creative era of hip hop, a time when gangsta rap became popular music. Before he rocketed to fame as Biggie, Christopher Wallace was a young black man growing up in Brooklyn with a loving single mother. An honors student who dropped out of school to sell drugs, Biggie soon discovered that he had a gift for rocking the mike. Coker's narrative is based on exclusive interviews with Biggie's family and friends, some of whom have never spoken publicly about Biggie before. Compellingly written and brilliantly illustrated, with rare color and black-and-white photographs from VIBE's archives and Biggie's family, this is an in-depth look at the life and afterlife of an icon whose music is as powerful and prevalent as ever. A virtuoso of flow as well as a master storyteller, Biggie was arguably the greatest rapper of all time. We've heard a lot of speculation about Biggie's death. Now it's time to remember his life and celebrate his work.

Fentanyl Inc

Fentanyl  Inc
Author: Ben Westhoff
Publsiher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Total Pages: 341
Release: 2019-09-03
ISBN 10: 080214795X
ISBN 13: 9780802147950
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fentanyl Inc Book Review:

A deeply human story, Fentanyl, Inc. is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous and illicit industry that has created a worldwide epidemic, ravaging communities and overwhelming and confounding government agencies that are challenged to combat it. “A whole new crop of chemicals is radically changing the recreational drug landscape,” writes Ben Westhoff. “These are known as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and they include replacements for known drugs like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. They are synthetic, made in a laboratory, and are much more potent than traditional drugs”—and all-too-often tragically lethal. Drugs like fentanyl, K2, and Spice—and those with arcane acronyms like 25i-NBOMe— were all originally conceived in legitimate laboratories for proper scientific and medicinal purposes. Their formulas were then hijacked and manufactured by rogue chemists, largely in China, who change their molecular structures to stay ahead of the law, making the drugs’ effects impossible to predict. Westhoff has infiltrated this shadowy world. He tracks down the little-known scientists who invented these drugs and inadvertently killed thousands, as well as a mysterious drug baron who turned the law upside down in his home country of New Zealand. Westhoff visits the shady factories in China from which these drugs emanate, providing startling and original reporting on how China’s vast chemical industry operates, and how the Chinese government subsidizes it. Poignantly, he chronicles the lives of addicted users and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug awareness organizers in the U.S. and Europe. Together they represent the shocking and riveting full anatomy of a calamity we are just beginning to understand. From its depths, as Westhoff relates, are emerging new strategies that may provide essential long-term solutions to the drug crisis that has affected so many.

Thug Life

Thug Life
Author: Michael P. Jeffries
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2011-01-30
ISBN 10: 0226395855
ISBN 13: 9780226395852
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thug Life Book Review:

State of the hip-hop union -- The meaning of hip-hop -- From a cool complex to complex cool -- Thug life and social death -- The bridge : summary of chapters two and three -- Hip-hop authenticity in black and white -- Parental advisory : explicit lyrics -- The last verse -- Obama as hip-hop icon.

Have Gun Will Travel

Have Gun Will Travel
Author: Ronin Ro
Publsiher: Main Street Books
Total Pages: 372
Release: 1999
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015042952328
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Have Gun Will Travel Book Review:

Praised by many reviewers, an illustrated, unflinching expose+a7 reveals the greed, corruption, murder, and exploitation behind the unparalleled success of Death Row Records, responsible for spreading rap to the masses. Reprint.

Murder Rap

Murder Rap
Author: Greg Kading
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 263
Release: 2011-10-01
ISBN 10: 9780983955481
ISBN 13: 0983955484
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Murder Rap Book Review:

An account of how a police detective lead the task force that exposed the facts behind the deaths of rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

The Dark Story of Eminem

The Dark Story of Eminem
Author: Nick Hasted
Publsiher: Omnibus Press
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2011-11-04
ISBN 10: 0857127160
ISBN 13: 9780857127167
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Story of Eminem Book Review:

The Dark Story of Eminem is the best-selling, ground-breaking biography of Marshall Mathers, tracing his fierce rise from the schools and factories of Detroit to global superstardom – Now updated to investigate the violent death of his best friend Proof, his debilitating drug addiction, four-year disappearance from the public view and his triumphant comeback album Recovery. In researching this phenomenal story, Nick Hasted spent much time in Detroit, tracking down friends and foes of Marshall Mathers. In racially-divided Detroit the future rapper experienced first-hand the social conflicts that would fuel his later radicalism. From the depths of being a suicidal no-hoper, he triumphed against his class and triumphed against prejudice; despite being continually reviled, sued and criticised, Marshall Mathers forged his way to becoming a defining cultural force of the early millennium. This unflinching portrait also lays bare Eminem's relationships with his much-hated mother, his teenage soul-mate Kim Scott, his mentors Dr. Dre and The Bass Brothers, and his own protégé 50 Cent. Never before has a book delved so deep an poignantly into this troubled figure. “A serious and even handed account.” – Q magazine "This is the best of a sudden flurry of biographies charting the rise of this brilliant, troubled Detroit rapper.” – Daily Telegraph

The Codes of the Street in Risky Neighborhoods

The Codes of the Street in Risky Neighborhoods
Author: Wilhelm Heitmeyer
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-01-01
ISBN 10: 3030162877
ISBN 13: 9783030162870
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Codes of the Street in Risky Neighborhoods Book Review:

This book presents a comparative look at the norms and attitudes related to youth violence. It aims to present a perspective outside of the typical Western context, through case studies comparing a developed / Western democracy (Germany), a country with a history of institutionalized violence (South Africa), and an emerging democracy that has experienced heavy terrorism (Pakistan). Building on earlier works, the research presented in this innovative volume provides new insights into the sociocultural context for shaping both young people's tolerance of and involvement in violence, depending on their environment. This volume covers: Research on interpersonal violence. Thorough review of the contribution of research on gangs, violence, neighborhoods and community. Analyses on violence-related norms of male juveniles (ages 16-21 years old) living in high-risk urban neighborhoods. Intense discussion of the concept of street code and its use. Application of street code concept to contexts outside the US. An integrating chapter focused on where the street code exists, and how it is modified or interpreted by young men. With a foreword by Jeffrey Ian Ross, this book aims to provide a broader context for research. It does so via a rigorous comparative methodology, presenting a framework that may be applied to future studies. This open access book will be of interest to researchers in criminology and criminal justice, as well as related fields such as sociology, demography, psychology, and public health.

Look at Me

Look at Me
Author: Jonathan Reiss
Publsiher: Hachette Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-06-09
ISBN 10: 0306845415
ISBN 13: 9780306845413
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Look at Me Book Review:

A compelling biography of SoundCloud sensation and rising star XXXTENTACION -- from his candid songwriting and connection with fans to his tragic death. At the age of twenty, rapper Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy -- aka XXXTENTACION -- was gunned down during an attempted robbery on the streets of Deerfield Beach, FL, mere months after signing a $10 million record deal with Empire Music. A rising star in the world of SoundCloud rap, XXXTENTACION achieved stellar levels of success without the benefit of a major label or radio airtime, and flourished via his passionate and unfettered connection to his fans. In Look at Me!, journalist Jonathan Reiss charts the tumultuous life and unguarded songwriting of the SoundCloud sensation. Unlike most rap on the platform, XXXTENTACION's music didn't dwell on money, partying, and getting high. He wrote about depression, suicide, and other mental health issues, topics that led to an outpouring of posthumous appreciation from his devoted fanbase. It was XXXTENTACION's vulnerability that helped him stand apart from artists obsessed with being successful and "cool." Yet these insecurities also stemmed from -- and contributed to -- his fair share of troubles, including repeated run-ins with the law during in his teen years, a disturbing proclivity towards violence, and a prison sentence that overlapped with the release of his first single. Through the memories of the people who knew him best, Look at Me! maps out the true story of an unlikely cultural icon and elucidates what it was about him that touched the post-millennial generation so deeply.

The History of Gangster Rap

The History of Gangster Rap
Author: Soren Baker
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-10-02
ISBN 10: 1683352351
ISBN 13: 9781683352358
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of Gangster Rap Book Review:

The History of Gangster Rap is a deep dive into one of the most fascinating subgenres of any music category to date. Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine the evolution of gangster rap, its main players, and the culture that created this revolutionary music. From still-swirling conspiracy theories about the murders of Biggie and Tupac to the release of the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, the era of gangster rap is one that fascinates music junkies and remains at the forefront of pop culture. Filled with interviews with key players such as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, and dozens more, as well as sidebars, breakout bios of notorious characters, lists, charts, and more, The History of Gangster Rap is the be-all-end-all book that contextualizes the importance of gangster rap as a cultural phenomenon.

Privileged to Live

Privileged to Live
Author: Verna Griffin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2003-09-01
ISBN 10: 9780935087260
ISBN 13: 0935087265
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Privileged to Live Book Review:

From that point, my life changed forever. I was no longer the young schoolgirl getting in trouble for ditching class or the young lady concentrating on her studies. I was suddenly a woman, forced into making grown-up decisions long before I was ready. Many of the decisions I made at that point left me very confused. Because our carelessness resulted in pregnancy, Theodore and I were forced to make decisions which changed our lives in drastic ways. Theodore was seventeen; I was only fifteen. Book jacket.

The Big Payback

The Big Payback
Author: Dan Charnas
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 672
Release: 2011-11-01
ISBN 10: 1101568119
ISBN 13: 9781101568118
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Big Payback Book Review:

“There has never been a better book about hip-hop…a record-biz portrait that jumps off the page.”—A.V. Club THE INSPIRATION FOR THE VH1 SERIES THE BREAKS The Big Payback takes readers from the first $15 made by a “rapping DJ” in 1970s New York to the multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007. On this four-decade-long journey from the studios where the first rap records were made to the boardrooms where the big deals were inked, The Big Payback tallies the list of who lost and who won. Read the secret histories of the early long-shot successes of Sugar Hill Records and Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC's crossover breakthrough on MTV, the marketing of gangsta rap, and the rise of artist/ entrepreneurs like Jay-Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs. 300 industry giants like Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons gave their stories to renowned hip-hop journalist Dan Charnas, who provides a compelling, never-before-seen, myth-debunking view into the victories, defeats, corporate clashes, and street battles along the 40-year road to hip-hop's dominance. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

Long Road Outta Compton

Long Road Outta Compton
Author: Verna Griffin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9781560259879
ISBN 13: 1560259876
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Long Road Outta Compton Book Review:

The mother of Grammy Award-winning rap producer Dr. Dre describes the losses of three of her five children under tragic circumstances, her own turbulent childhood, and her efforts to protect her offspring from violent factions in their Los Angeles neighborhood.

LAbyrinth

LAbyrinth
Author: Randall Sullivan
Publsiher: Grove Press
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9780802139719
ISBN 13: 080213971X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

LAbyrinth Book Review:

Offers an exposâe of the link between the LAPD Rampart scandal and gang violence and rap celebrities, describing how members of the LAPD became involved in criminal activities and how high-level officials covered it up.