I Am Hip-Hop: Conversations on the Music and Culture

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Scarecrow Press, Apr 1, 2011 - Music - 230 pages
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"What is Hip-Hop?" In order to answer this question, author Andrew J. Rausch interviewed 24 individuals whose creative expressions are intimately associated with the world of hip-hop music and culture. Those interviewed include emcees, DJs, producers, graffiti artists, poets, and journalists. Topics of these conversations cover the careers of each of these people and their contributions/affiliations with hip-hop, as well as their views on different trends within the music.

Intended as a celebration of hip-hop music and culture, this collection of interviews ranges from the up-and-coming (Akrobatik, Rob Kelly) to the legendary (Chuck D, Big Daddy Kane). Also interviewed are Eric B., Black Sheep Dres, Chip Fu, Michael Cirelli, Daddy-O, DJ JS-1, dream hampton, Kokane, Kool Keith, Kool Rock Ski, Keith Murray, 9th Wonder, Paradime, R.A. the Rugged Man, Sadat X, Shock G, Special Ed, Spinderella, Sticky Fingaz, and Young MC.

Because many of these artists worked and performed in the so-called "golden age" of hip-hop, they offer insights on the merits and problems of what hip-hop has grown into today. From their candid observations, the reader will understand how each of these men and women have contributed to the culture and how each, in his or her own way, can rightly answer "I AM hip-hop."
 

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Contents

9TH WONDER
1
AKROBATIK
11
BIG DADDY KANE
19
BLACK SHEEP DRES
28
CHIP FU
35
CHUCK D
44
MICHAEL CIRELLI
51
DADDYO
58
KEITH MURRAY
116
PARADIME
122
RA THE RUGGED MAN
130
ROB KELLY
139
SADAT X
144
SHOCK G
152
SPECIAL ED
164
SPINDERELLA
171

DJ JS1
66
ERIC B
75
DREAM HAMPTON
83
KOKANE
93
KOOL KEITH
101
KOOL ROCK SKI
107
STICKY FINGAZ
176
YOUNG MC
189
INDEX
199
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
213
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Andrew J. Rausch is the author or coauthor of several books on popular culture, including Turning Points in Film History (2004), Making Movies with Orson Welles (Scarecrow, 2008), Reflections on Blaxploitation (Scarecrow, 2009), and The Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro (Scarecrow, 2010).

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