The Hip Hop Years by Alex Ogg
A History of Rap

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From the ghetto to mainstream, the story of a vibrant culture that dominates popular music.

It began as a soundtrack of a mix of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues, invented by blacks and Latinos for ghetto block parties in the South Bronx in the 1970s, evolving into the rap and hip hop that became the hot center of youth culture during the last decade of the century. At first a music to party to, rap kept reinventing itself as a cry of pain and rebellion, eventually spreading across America and jumping all barriers of race to blossom into a critique of American life, race, and political hypocrisy, embraced by the young, regardless of color. From the turntable acrobatics of Grandmaster Flash to the electro-funk of Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu nation, from the provocative blend of black nationalism and rebellion of Public Enemy to the chart-topping albums of Eminem, hip hop's story of success is a journey of a subculture attacking the mainstream to become the mainstream itself. Now a multimillion dollar industry that dominates record sales worldwide, it influences international fashion, language, and youth culture. The Hip Hop Years traces the history of this vibrant culture through the firsthand accounts of many of the people who have played a pivotal role in that journey, including Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Run-D.M.C., Ice-T, Public Enemy, N.W.A., De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, and Eminem.


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Published August 1, 1999 by Macmillan UK. 222 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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That’s how we dressed, that’s how we looked, that’s where we were from, that’s what was going on in our neighborhood.” Readers will gain a familiarity with the various rap landscapes, as well as the genesis of such notorious rappers as Eminem and 2 Live Crew.

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Of the many books written about rap music and hip-hop culture, this is the best one-volume introduction to the range, depth and historical trajectory of the music and the artists, from the early days of Afrika Bambaataa's electro-funk Zulu Nation in the Bronx of the 1970s and the early turntable ...

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