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We have an exciting selection of rap and hip-hop books that cover the history of this trailblazing style of music. We also have books to help you learn to rap and biographies of some of the biggest names in rap.

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Rap & Hip-hop Books

We have an exciting selection of rap and hip-hop books that cover the history of this trailblazing style of music. We also have books to help you learn to rap and biographies of some of the biggest names in rap.

  • Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book

    Shea Serrano

    Product Code: BDALE
    Paperback
    Described by The Washington Post as "what every hip-hop head wishes they had as a child," this imaginative work by writer/illustrator Shea Serrano, and featuring rapper Bun B., started as a series of printable rap-related colouring and activity images. This 48-page fully interactive book of colouring pages, unbelievably clever activities and smart plays on rap culture bring these stars and their music right into your living room. Bun B.'s Rap Coloring and Activity Book is interactive on multiple levels, incredibly accessible, and represents the appreciation and creativity of an irrepressible and ever-growing fixture of our music culture - hip-hop.
    • £7.79
    • RRP £10.00
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  • Hip Hop Stylography

    Adrianna Piazza

    Product Code: AYRIA
    Hardback
    More than a musical genre, more than a mode of dress or dance, hip hop is a way of life. Born in the Seventies, on the multicultural streets of New York, hip hop is the result of numerous cultural influences, reworked through continuous experimentation, processes of globalisation, and media and commercial exposure. Rich in photographs, graphics and illustrations, this book celebrates the multiform imagery of hip hop culture, explaining the underlying meaning of hip hop slang, the origin of the look and the unmistakeable rhythm. It traces its evolution from the street to the catwalk, from videoclips to TV series, from New York block parties to controversial celebrities and stardom. A tribute to the historical and cultural value of the movement, Hip Hop: From Street Culture to Global Trend will be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for all lovers of music, fashion and graphics. Enter hip hop's extraordinary world.
    • £20.59
    • RRP £22.95
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  • The Rap Year Book

    Shea Serrano

    Product Code: APKSA
    Paperback
    The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap as a genre became recognised as part of music's landscape and comes right up to the present. Shea Serrano deftly pays homage to the most important song of each year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music-from artists' backgrounds, to issues of race and safety, to the rise of hip-hop and the struggles among its major players-both personal and professional. Covering East Coast and West Coast, famous rapper feuds, chart toppers and show stoppers, The Rap Year Book takes an in-depth look at the last thirty-five years of the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation. Complete with quizzes, infographics, lyric maps, hilarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and the occasional rebuttal essay by other prominent music writers, The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to some of the most iconic and influential songs ever created under the umbrella of rap music. Serrano cites a variety of sources to form his arguments including biographies, magazines and documentaries, as well as his own experiences growing up at a time when hip-hop was becoming a prevalent force in the music industry. With its all-encompassing look at the ups and downs of rap music, and the landmark songs that are its tent-poles, this book will be perfect for anyone who is a fan of the genre.
    • £12.39
    • RRP £13.99
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  • The Periodic Table of Hip Hop

    Neil Kulkarni

    Product Code: APGBP
    Hardback
    Welcome to The Periodic Table of Hip Hop. Instead of hydrogen to helium, here you'll find James Brown to Kanye West - 94 artists that have defined Hip Hop arranged following the logic of The Periodic Table of Elements. MCs, DJs, rappers and producers are the elements here, and this expert guide orders them to reveal their contrasts and connections, along with key movements and moments in the history of this music genre. Includes: James Brown, P-Funk, Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Sugarhill Records, Fab Five Freddy, Whodini, Run DMC, Rick Rubin, LL Cool J, Kanye West and Jay Z and many, many more...Also includes a beautiful Periodic Table of Hip Hop poster.
    • £9.89
    • RRP £10.99
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  • How to Rap

    Paul Edwards

    Product Code: AEVOJ
    Paperback
    A first of its kind collection, "How to Rap" is an insightful and intelligent breakdown of the elements of rap for anyone wanting to learn the art form or understand the principles behind it. Author Paul Edwards examines the dynamics of hip hop from every region and in every form - mainstream, underground, current and classic - looking in particular at content, flow, writing and delivery. Edwards provides unparalleled access to the most acclaimed names in rap and their methods of working, with a foreword by Kool G Rap and interviews with over 100 artists, including Public Enemy, Mobb Deep, Schoolly D, Nelly, will.i.am, Arrested Development, A Tribe Called Quest, and Rah Digga. This one and only comprehensive examination of the MC art form is pure gold for the hip hop lover.
    • £12.59
    • RRP £14.99
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