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One Love, One Heart

Posted Apr 12 2006

How can one talk about hip hop and not talk about reggae? If you know the history of hip hop, you know about it's strong Caribbean roots.

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How can one talk about hip hop and not talk about reggae? If you know the history of hipCover of One Love, One Heart hop, you know about it's strong Caribbean roots. So while this isn't a "hip-hop book" per se, it's still a worthy read, and quite a quick one at that. Haskins puts the development of reggae into a social context, discussing the founding of Jamaica, Maroons, and the political climate of the island. There's information on Rastas, dreads, and Bob Marley of course, as well mention of current stars such as Buju Banton and Sean Paul. Outside of hip hop, reggae has influenced everything and everyone from Stevie Wonder, to Eric Clapton, to movies. On the hip hop front, countless artists are of Jamaican origen, including Notorious B.I.G., Bustah Rhymes, and Funkmaster Flex. Get a quick read on how this tiny island has shaped hip hop and the world through its music!

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