The Plot Against Hip Hop by Nelson George

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"George is an ace at interlacing the real dramas of the world . . . the book's slim length and flyweight depth could make it an artifact of this particular zeitgeist in American history. Playas and haters and celebrity cameos fuel a novel that is wickedly entertaining while being frozen in time."
--Kirkus Reviews

"This hard-boiled tale is jazzed up with authentic street slang and name-dropping (Biggie, Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, and Chuck D) . . . George’s tightly packaged mystery pivots on a believable conspiracy . . . and his street cred shines in his descriptions of Harlem and Brownsville’s mean streets."
--Library Journal

"George is a well-known, respected hip-hop chronicler . . . Now he adds crime fiction to his resume with a carefully plotted crime novel peopled by believable characters and real-life hip-hop personalities."
--Booklist

"The most accomplished black music critic of his generation."
--The Washington Post Book World

"Perhaps one of the greatest books ever written. It has the realness of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the warmth of The Color Purple, and the page count of Tuesdays with Morrie. It's a must-read."
--Chris Rock on City Kid

The Plot Against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work.

D Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hardcore fans suspect. This rewrite of hip hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture's hidden world, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.
 

About Nelson George

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Nelson George is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, the Village Voice, Essence, and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Akashic Books. 181 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Crime. Fiction

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When his mentor is stabbed to death outside his New York City office, an old-school bodyguard investigates the roots of the hip-hop community's predilection for violence.

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Publishers Weekly

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George (City Kid), a prolific cultural critic, attempts to squeeze 40 years of hip-hop and urban culture into this uneven noir, which centers on the stabbing of Dwayne Robinson, a middle-aged music cr

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Publishers Weekly

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George (City Kid), a prolific cultural critic, attempts to squeeze 40 years of hip-hop and urban culture into this uneven noir, which centers on the stabbing of Dwayne Robinson, a middle-aged music cr

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New York Journal of Books

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“The Plot Against Hip Hop is a quick-moving murder mystery that educates its audience on Hip Hop’s pioneer generation along the way. For readers like me who were never close to that world, it is a fine primer on an important creative movement; for people who were close to that world, it is a nost...

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Chicago Tribune

And it's an arduous journey complete with a wealthy hip-hop mogul, a "hip-hop cop," a hip-hop conspiracy theory website, a contentious book manuscript and more deaths.

Dec 28 2011 | Read Full Review of The Plot Against Hip Hop

Time Out New York

it's a nonfiction classic whose story sounds not too far from Plot's labyrinthine plots and cold-blooded vendettas.

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Mystery People

However, the story and possible insight Nelson George’s The Plot Against Hip Hop offered (and the fact that it’s on the high quality Akashic label) intrigued me to pick it up.

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