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Yes Yes Y'all

Posted Apr 12 2006

This is one of the few books to focus on hip hop's real old school of the '70s and early '80s.

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This is one of the few books to focus on hip hop's real old school of the '70s and early '80s, relying on first hand accounts from the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Charlie Chase, Afrika Bambaataa, Fab Five Freddy, Crazy Legs, and many more. It's an invaluable resource, especially for those of us who weren't around the scene and covers DJing, MCing, graffiti, and b-boying. Of particular interest is the vivid descriptions of the circumstances that birthed hip hop. Common themes throughout the book include poverty, self-definition, creativity, and getting paid, as well as gender relationships, the inevitable beefs, and the transition of hip hop from mere fun to big business. Of particular interest is the impact, and controversy, created by "Rapper's Delight" which gets addressed from various angles. Nelson George's informative introduction, countless full color photos, and a discography round things out nicely. A must have for any hip-hop collection.

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