Gunshots in My Cook-Up: Bits and Bites from a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 6, 2004 - Literary Collections - 304 pages
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Selwyn Seyfu Hinds -- award-winning former editor-in-chief of The Source -- presents an extraordinary memoir/history of hip-hop as seen through the eyes of one fan-turned-luminary. The moment nine-year-old Hinds heard "Rapper's Delight" in Guyana, he embarked upon an amazing, if sometimes contentious, relationship with hip-hop -- one that would continue through his migration to Brooklyn as a teenager and on through adult life. Here, he takes readers to a murky nightclub in the violent streets of late-eighties Brooklyn; to an Ivy League campus caught up in political rap during the early nineties; to a curbside in Los Angeles where Notorious B.I.G. has just been shot; to the achingly poor streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as a sea of black humanity surges to touch a hip-hop native son....
Interspersing recollections of life in the hip-hop trenches with profiles of figures like Lauryn Hill, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Dr. Dre, Wyclef Jean, and more, Hinds traces the heights and depths of his hip-hop love affair. Like the Guyanese rice dish "cook-up," Gunshots in My Cook-Up ingeniously pulls wide-ranging elements into an irresistibly cohesive dish.

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GUNSHOTS IN MY COOK-UP: Bits and Bites of a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life

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A collection of stories, biographical sketches, and cultural critiques that describe the impact of hip-hop, from journalist Hinds.It was the sheer primal joy and mental stimulation of hip-hop that ... Read full review

Gunshots in my cook-up: bits and bites from a hip-hop Caribbean life

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A former editor of the Source magazine, Hinds has written a terrific work. As a ten-year-old in his native Guyana, Hinds first heard hip-hop via the Sugarhill Gang, who scored the first massive hip ... Read full review


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Selwyn Seyfu Hinds has written for Vanity Fair, Spin, The Village Voice, Vibe, and other publications. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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