Looking for a good read? Here are ten critically acclaimed books about hip hop culture that you must find.                                                        

Cant Stop Wont Stop

                                                          Jeff Chang, co-founder of Quannum Projects and accomplished hip hop editor put pen to paper to create Cant Stop Won’t Stop A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. The book, which originally started as interviews on DJs, rappers, b-boys, music executives gives a firsthand account of how hip hop began and how it transformed to one of the most popular genres of today. The book also was the winner of American Book Award.

The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African- American Culture

                                                                        The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African- American Culture by Bakari Kitwana is a study on the first generation of hip hop, and how social and political views shaped the community. Bakari Kitwana has other titles that speak on hip hop including: Hip Hop Activism In An Obama Era, and Why White Kids Love Hip Hop.

That’s the Joint! The Hip Hop Studies Reader

                                                                              That’s the Joint! The Hip Hop Studies Reader is the textbook for “Hip-Hop 101.” The book creates an anthology of hip hop culture and music, documenting the earliest moments to when it became a global success.

The Anthology of Rap

                                                                                    Before Rap Genius there was The Anthology of Rap, by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois. The book is a collection of over 30 years of hip hop lyrics. It also breaks down rap poetics, and what were the catalysts for each period in rap’s evolution.

Who Shot Ya? Three Decades of Hip Hop

                                                                      Former MTV Real Worlder, and slam poet turned author, Kevin Powell, brings a visual representation of hip hop with Who Shot Ya? Three Decades of Hip Hop Photography. The book presents a view of hip hop from its roots as socio-political art form of the streets to its transformation into a billion-dollar industry.

The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

                                                                            Aspiring hip hop moguls should check out The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. Dan Charnas, who is one of the pioneers of hip hop journalism, wrote the narrative by researching content for over a decade and pulling together over 300 interviews done with industry leaders. Dan Charnas also co-authored Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.

Decoded

                                                                      This list wouldn’t be complete without Decoded, Jay-Z’s book that not only follows his life through hip hop, but also provides rap lyrics from some of the greatest hip hop artists, such as KRS-One, Biggie and Tupac.

The History of American Graffiti

                                                              Hip hop culture is also defined by its art. Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon explain one of the most iconic elements, graffiti, in The History of American Graffiti. The book takes readers to the 80s with a focus on the artists who influenced the graffiti movement.

Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists

                                                        Ego Trip’s Book of Rap Lists brings hip hop information and comic relief. The book is truly for the fans. The guide is an extensive view of hip hop interviews, singles, remixes and albums.

Looking for a good read? Here are ten critically acclaimed books about hip hop culture that you must find.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  • Stephen

    Well, I guess it is time to brush up on my reading.

  • Jasmine!

    When I first started reading your list, I had doubts as to whether you would be able to give us 10 quality titles. I have to admit you did and it’s not that easy!

  • Croack

    I actually read the Anthology of Rap. It’s gonna be a little boring, but you learn a lot from it.

  • sick

    I love Dan Charnas’ book. It is instructive to all small business owners, not just those involved in hiphop.

  • lalake

    I have Book of Rap Lists. That’s one funny book.