The Hip Hop Years: A History of Rap
It began as a mix of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues, invented by blacks and Latinos for 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. 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. 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 DMC, Ice-T, Public Enemy, NWA., De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, and Eminem.
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The hip hop years: a history of rapUser Review - Book Verdict
For their history of rap music and hip hop culture, British journalists Ogg and Upshal have interviewed over 100 DJs, rappers, record label impresarios, critics, and insiders, whose recollections propel the account with minimal intrusion from the authors. The result reads like a disjointed series of depositions. At its best recounting rap's beginnings in the late 1970s at parties in the Bronx, NY, the book becomes increasingly uneven and superficial as the music spreads, focusing on the more commercially viable acts and seldom straying from the New York-Los Angeles axis. The sharp analysis of Nelson George's Hip Hop America (LJ 9/15/98) and the sweeping narrative of Alan Light's Vibe History of Hip Hop (Three Rivers, 1999) are sacrificed here for anecdotal recollections of events that are recent and already well documented. The nurturing role of underground radio, the growing contributions of Latino rappers, and the influence of Five Percent Nation ideology are among several themes that are largely ignored. Readers attracted by hip hop's recent commercial success will discover the book, first published in the U.K. in 1999, out of step with the ever-changing rap scene; longtime enthusiasts will be stunned to find a section devoted to the reviled Vanilla Ice while such seminal rappers as KRS-One and Rakim receive no mention at all. Perhaps they did not return Ogg and Upshal's calls. Not recommended. Richard Koss, "Library Journal" ...
Review: The Hip Hop Years: A History of RapUser Review - Goodreads
More of a primer than a history, The Hip Hop Years is good for putting things in context for the hip hop novice, but it probably wouldn't hold much interest for aficionados. The non-linear chronology ...
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