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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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

Contents

Write This For
1
My Brother the Rap Star
6
Starlite Nights
23
To Her
33
Young Black Teenagers
40
My Uzi Weighs a Ton
58
Ills of a Nation
78
The Source of It All
88
Return of Preacher Son
163
Coming Home
177
The Sweetest Thing Observation
188
Home of the Beast
196
The Maker
200
The Curious Case of a Man Called Sean
215
Spirit Diary
236
Rush Hour
256

Bullets Over Tinseltown
143
Streets Is Watching
153
Fathers and Daughters
283
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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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