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Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation2870
TIL hip hop exploded after the 1977 blackout in NYC because countless aspiring DJs were able to loot expensive DJ equipment from electronics stores
Hip-hop is now a global multi-billion pound industry. It has spawned superstars all across the world. There have been tie-in clothing lines, TV stations, film companies, cosmetics lines. It even has its own sports, its own art style, its own dialect. It is an all-encompassing lifestyle. But where did hip-hop culture begin? Who created it? How did hip-hop become such a phenomenon? Jeff Chang, an American journalist, has written the most comprehensive book on hip-hop to date. He introduces the …
Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground New Edition2374
What do Metal Dads do when their kids are bored? THEY CRAFT!
“* * * * * *! The most incredible story in the history of music … a heavyweight book.”—Kerrang!“An unusual combination of true crime journalism, rock and roll reporting and underground obsessiveness, Lords of Chaos turns into one of the more fascinating reads in a long time.”—Denver PostA narrative feature film based on this award-winning book has just gone into production.
Music Theory for Computer Musicians2025
Should I work on my music theory or knowledge of audio effects?
Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language that are exactly the same no matter what kind of music you write. It is very important to acquire an und…
In the song “99 Problems”, the police officer says “well we’ll see how smart you are when the k9 come”. If this dog is a female, one of Jay-Z’s problem is indeed, a bitch.
Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded. Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.
The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique (33 1/3)1096
Beastie Boys chasing Madonna on stage with squirt guns (Xpost r/OldSchoolCoolMusic)
Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album – an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group’s career. But not only did “Paul’s Boutique” eventually transformed the Beasties from a fratboy novelty to hiphop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.
The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, an…914
This is Shea Serrano, Jason Concepcion, and Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland writers, AMA
****New York Times Best Seller**** ****Picked by Billboard as One of the 100 Greatest Music Books of All-Time********Pitchfork Book Club’s first selection**** Here’s what The Rap Year Book does: It takes readers from 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present, with Shea Serrano hilariously discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important rap song year by year. Serrano al…
The Wu-Tang Manual854
Wu-Tang’s 20 year plan
Long awaited and much anticipated, The Wu-Tang Manual is The RZA’s first written introduction to the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop’s original Dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan.Since the release of the revolutionary Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) — over the course of four seminal group albums and a multitude of ambitious side projects — the Wu-Tang Clan has constantly redefined what hip-hop can do and where hip-hop can go. Now, after a decade of dark beats and mysterious lyrics hinting at a large…
How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC828
Hip Hop is something I’ve always enjoyed studying. Here are some books I’ve read regarding the culture that I think you all would find interesting. Feel free to add on.
Clipse, Cypress Hill, Nelly, Public Enemy, Remy Ma, Schoolly D, A Tribe Called Quest, will.i.am—these are just some of the acclaimed artists offering tips and advice in this compelling how-to. Delivering countless candid and exclusive first-person insights from interviews with more than one hundred of the most innovative artists, author Paul Edwards examines the dynamics of rap from every region and in every form–mainstream and underground, current and classic—and covers everything from cont…
The Tao of Wu708
TIL while in prison, ODB wasn’t visited by any of his Wu-Tang members except RZA.
The RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, imparts the lessons he’s learned on his journey from the Staten Island projects to international superstardom. A devout student of knowledge in every form in which he’s found it, he distills here the wisdom he’s acquired into seven “pillars,” each based on a formative event in his life-from the moment he first heard the call of hip-hop to the death of his cousin and Clan- mate, Russell Jones, aka ODB. Delivered in RZA’s unmistakable style, at once surpris…
The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop600
What are some interesting hip hop facts that not many people know?
“There has never been a better book about hip-hop…a record-biz portrait that jumps off the page.”—A.V. ClubTHE INSPIRATION FOR THE VH1 SERIES THE BREAKSThe Big Payback takes readers from the first $15 made by a “rapping DJ” in 1970s New York to the multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007. On this four-decade-long journey from the studios where the first rap records were made to the boardrooms where the big deals were inked, The Big Pa…
Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of …561
Daily Discussion Thread 07/27/2016
“Raw, authoritative, and unflinching … An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era.”—Kirkus, starred reviewA monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug …
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy520
Please help with low self esteem and no self confidence
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other ‘black holes’ of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.Now, in this updated edition, Dr Burns adds an all-new Consumer’s Guide To Antidepressant Drugs, as well as a new introduction to help answer y…
Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label504
Daily Discussion Thread 12/01/2014
In association with Def Jam, a celebration of the first twenty-five years of the label that defined hip-hop music and culture, in the words and photographs of its founders and artists. This is the story of Def Jam in the words of its artists and top executives, taken from interviews and seamlessly told as a narrative of no-holds barred recollections and anecdotes, made even more compelling by the fact that Def Jam is one of the last great record labels to enjoy the widespread cultural influen…