Hip-Hop is not just a genre of music. We’ll take a look at 4 published books that capture the essence of hip-hop as a culture. These publications are available in Asia and if not, you could surely ship it via different streams. Note: This article won’t feature any biographies but here are three biographies you should have in your library for inspiration.
Dr Dre : The Biography
Death Rap – Tupac Shakur : A Life
Eminem : The Way I Am
1) How To Rap
This one is my personal favorite and it is easily available in India. This book is a must read for all budding Hip-Hop artists out there. Written and edited by Paul Edwards the book centres around tricks, tips and techniques of spitting. The book is compiled from interviews and opinions from 104 notable artists in the Hip-Hop industry. It has quotes and techniques from all the pioneers of old school Hip-Hop to the new school game changers.
2) ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation,’ Jeff Chang, DJ Kool Herc
If Hip-Hop had a textbook it would be this publication. This book has a strong foundation laid by the forefathers of hip-hop. DJ Kool Herc and Jeff Chang traces the roots of hip-hop and explains the timeline of the culture. This has all the information one needs about hip-hop prior to 2005.
3) The Gospel Of Hip Hop : The First Instrument
KRS One is one of the early pioneers of hip-hop culture and is one of the greatest artists to do it. This book serves as a bible to all hip-hop heads. KRS One wrote the book in a very philosophical manner with an approach that explores hip-hop as a way of life. The book is big and has 600 pages and is written as a holy book. This is a must read for everyone who wants to know everything about the culture.
If you are a reader these books are a must for you to increase your knowledge about hip-hop. Have a good time reading.