Hip-Hop Is On Top: Beats-Based Books

Shelf RenewalFrom this summer’s blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton to last season’s must-see TV hit Empire, hip-hop is pop culture’s hottest playlist right now. Turn your readers on to these beats-based books.



And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years, by Raquel Cepeda

Beats, Rhymes, & Life: What We Love and Hate about Hip-Hop, by Nejji Jasper and Ytasha L. Womack

hip hop mattersThe Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, by Dan Charnas

Born to Use Mics, by Michael Eric Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: The History of the Hip-Hop Generationby Jeff Chang

Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies, by Brian Coleman

Decoded, by Jay-Z

Tha Doggfather: The Times, Trials, and Hardcore Truths of Snoop Dogg, by Snoop Dog and Davin Seay

Encylopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture by Yvonne Bynoe

From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside, Queens, by 50 Cent

Gunshots in My Cook-Up: Bits and Bites of a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life, by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds

hip hop america, by Nelson George

Hip Hop Culture, by Emmett G. Price

Hip-Hop Immortals: v.1, The Remix, by Bonz Malone

Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement, by S. Craig Watkins

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

Notorious C.O.P: The Inside Story of the Tupac, Biggie, and Jam Master Jay Investigations from NYPD’s First “Hip-Hop Cop”, by Derrick Parker and Matt Diehl

Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America, by Jason Tanz

Queens Reigns Supreme, by Ethan Brown

Third Coast: Outkast, Timbaland, and How Hip-Hop Became a Southern Thing, by Roni Sarig

To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, by William Jelani Cobb

Tupac: Resurrection, 1971-1996, by Tupac Shakur

Unbelievable: the life, death, and afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G., by Cheo Hodari Coker

The Vibe History of Hip Hop

The Way I Am, by Eminem

Where You’re At, by Patrick Neate

The Wu-Tang Manual, by RZA



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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