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10.21.04 12:10 PM

these books are so killing it right now

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And It Don't Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years edited by Raquel Cepeda

Salon.com's Peter L'Official says: "At its best, "And It Don't Stop" is a collection of hip-hop's most vital moments -- a historical documentation of the music's evolution and the journalism that evolved along with that music. Nelson George, one of the pioneers of hip-hop journalism and author of such works as "Hip-Hop America" and "Post-Soul Nation," writes in his foreword that the book serves as a record "not merely of artists and their records, but also a window into the popular dialogue that hip-hop has made possible."

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That's The Joint! A Hip-Hop Studies Reader edited by Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal

Boston.com's Katori Hall says: ""That's the Joint!" is an eclectic collection of more than 40 previously published articles and essays that capture the emergence and growth of hip-hop culture. Colorfully titled essays such as "Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile" by Tricia Rose, and "Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yourself" by Todd Boyd deconstruct hip-hop using a kaleidoscopic lens of research techniques drawn from sociology, musicology, linguistics, political science, feminist theory, and economics. Every article, written in the distinct style of its author, paints the multifaceted face of a multicultural reality."

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Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don't Have Bruises by Miles Marshall Lewis

Greg Tate, author of Flyboy in the Buttermilk and Midnight Lightning: Race, Sex, Technology and Jimi Hendrix and editor of Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking From Black Culture says: "Lewis has composed an observant and urbane B-boy's rites of passage, one which deftly transports us from the Boogie Down better known as the Bronx to the Champs Elysees. Herein find a hip-hop bildungsroman told in prose full of buoyancy and bounce, generously stocked with revelations about black transatlantic culture and romance that are as much a generation's as the writer's own."

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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-hop, Jazz, Pop, Country, and More edited by Paul Bresnick and Mickey Hart

Yet to find any reviews on this one, but just know there's a piece written by me in there. So I'm realizing I need to get more of my writing on and a book deal.

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