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 Commentary
 
  • Why White Kids Love HipHop - Bakari Kitwana
       Kitwana explores the appeal of hip-hop culture to young whites and their overall fascination with black youth culture. Part of the appeal of hip-hop to alienated white youths is its use as a means of expression for the voiceless in America. The integration of telecommunications and consumer culture has resulted in the broadening of acceptance of hip-hop among whites. Kitwana argues that this area of common ground for black and white youth provides a space of interracial interaction that challenges the old status quo that he designates "old racial politics." One example is the popularity of Eminem, the white rapper who has succeeded in a perceptively black medium. Yet Kitwana questions those who overvalue the appreciation of the white market for hip-hop at the cost of devaluing the essential black root to the culture. While Kitwana is clearly optimistic regarding hip-hop's potential impact on racial politics in America, he acknowledges that the hip-hop generation, and society in general, will continue to struggle with the reality of the old racial politics.
 
  • The HipHop Generation - Bakari Kitwana
       He calls hip-hop "arguably the single most significant achievement of our generation," yet blames it for causing much damage to black youth by perpetuating negative stereotypes and providing poor role models. But this book is about much more than just rap music; it takes a broad look at the state of post-civil-rights black America and the crises that have come about in the past three decades, including high rates of homicide, suicide, and imprisonment and a rise in single-parent homes, police brutality, unemployment, and blacks' use of popular culture (through pop music and movies) to celebrate "anti-intellectualism, ignorance, irresponsible parenthood, and criminal lifestyles." Serious problems indeed, but Kitwana acknowledges that members of this generation have more opportunities than their parents had, and he believes there is still time to make positive and lasting changes.
 
  • Fight the Power - Chuck D, Yusuf Jah, Spike Lee
       "Gives free rein to hip-hop's longest-standing cultural watchdog....Anyone who expresses support for both Tupac and C. Delores Tucker in one book is worth listening to."
    Quote from The Source
 
  • Black Noise - Tricia Rose
       Rap music often blasts African American rage into mainstream American culture and with its call-and-response choruses and violent, no-holds-barred lyrics, questions societal tradition and authority. These assertions aren't hard to prove. The problem lies in explaining all this without forgetting that most of this music's impact depends on having a good beat and being danceable. Rose, an assistant professor of history and Africana studies at New York University, is generally successful in putting rap in the context of the urban noise, technology and socioeconomics that nurtures it and of the "slave dances, blues lyrics, Mardi Gras parades, Jamaican patois, toasts and signifying" that preceded it. Rose addresses sexism, both in the plight of women rappers and in rap lyrics, partially excusing the latter by saying, "Rap's sexist lyrics are also part of a rampant and viciously normalized sexism that dominates the corporate culture of the music business." out of print but available usedl
 
  • Bomb the Suburbs - William Upski Wimsatt
       This book was an eye-opener. Why? Because I've never seen such insightful and raw ideas on paper. Upski has gone above and beyond anything I have ever read before. He addresses issues that are wrecking society today: gentrification, poor black ghettoes, rich white ghettos, people's perception of one another, old-school vs true old-school.
 
  • The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop - Murray Forman
       The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, And Place In Rap And Hip-Hop by Murray Forman (Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University) is an exhaustive, college-level study of crucial issues concerning rap and hip-hop music. From regretful commentary on the murders of prominent music figures Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. to an analysis of the evolution of hip-hop to the interaction of place and personal identity, The 'Hood Comes First is a very serious, seminal, and ground breaking look at a unique brand of American music and its social/cultural context.
 
  • When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminest Breaks It Down - Joan Morgan
       As renaynay read When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, she fell in love: with feminism, with author Joan Morgan, and with making a difference in my life and the lives of others.
    Chickenheads is the new, compelling answer to your mother's feminist ideals. No longer is the issue just about equality; most importantly, it's about respect for all women. Joan Morgan writes with passion, intelligence and humor, and presents common sense answers to topics such as the empowerment of women, the misogyny plaguing hip-hop, the plight of black male-female relationships, and the encouragement of self-love.

    She found Joan ideas to be refreshing to a world where monogamy is dying, our Black homes are torn apart, and children grow up far too fast. This is a book for not only Black women to read, especially but it's one that should be shared with future generations of African-American girls and boys. They need to learn the concepts of self-love and respect for the opposite sex.
    Chickenheads is a great stepping stone to repairing our community and our souls.
 
  • Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere - Gwendolyn D. Pough
       In this provocative study, Gwendolyn D. Pough explores the complex relationship between black women, hip-hop, and feminism. Examining a wide range of genres, including rap music, novels, spoken word poetry, hip-hop cinema, and hip-hop soul music, she traces the rhetoric of black women "bringing wreck." Pough demonstrates how influential women rappers such as Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, and Lil' Kim are building on the legacy of earlier generations of women—from Sojourner Truth to sisters of the black power and civil rights movements—to disrupt and break into the dominant patriarchal public sphere. She discusses the ways in which today's young black women struggle against the stereotypical language of the past ("castrating black mother," "mammy," "sapphire") and the present ("bitch," "ho," "chickenhead"), and shows how rap provides an avenue to tell their own life stories, to construct their identities, and to dismantle historical and contemporary negative representations of black womanhood. Pough also looks at the on-going public dialogue between male and female rappers about love and relationships, explaining how the denigrating rhetoric used by men has been appropriated by black women rappers as a means to empowerment in their own lyrics. The author concludes with a discussion of the pedagogical implications of rap music as well as of third wave and black feminism
 
  • RUMINATIONS - Kris Parker
       Malcolm Venable in BLACK ISSUES BOOK REVIEW on July 2003
    A comprehensive tome, part self-help, part manifesto . . . conducting probing, piercing metaphysical inquiries on everything, including government, religion, the music industry
 
  • Other People\'s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America - Jason Tanz
       not out yet, but here\'s what has been said so far:
    \"At once a personal narrative about growing up in racially divided America and a cultural analysis of our Hip-Hop culture, Other People’s Property is a penetrating analysis of the many ways that the United States and the world have been transformed in the last three decades by rap artists and their audiences. The extraordinary changes they have generated in every dimension of our society are startling. Tanz’s book will be a revelation for those who do not already know that they are living in Hip-Hop America!\"—Emory Elliott, President, American Studies Association
 Emceeing
 
  • The Dead Emcee Scrolls - Saul Williams
       "A profound poet who inspires us. He challenges us to be individuals."

    -- Russell Simmons
 Engineering
 
 Graffiti
 
  • Spraycan Art - Henry Chalfant, James Prigoff
       Reviewer: Robin J. Dunitz (As a public art historian, I recently revisited Spraycan Art. I am told that the sales on this book are approaching 200,000 copies. In 1987 it was the first look at the art form as it traveled out of the NYC subways and around the world and although writers today are more sophisticated with their mastery of the spray can and the imagery they create, the book is still very current in its look at the graffiti world and its place in the Hip Hop scene. It is remarkable to me how Chalfant and Prigoff came to know the key writers of those years, both nationally and internationally. Their contribution to the graf world as professional documentary photographers, authors and resource people has withstood the test of time. It is a must read for current writers, historians or just anyone interested in a unique art form created by youth. Interesting that the book named the art for all time.
 
  • Subway Art - Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant
       Reviewer: "joe_momma" (La Puente, Ca USA) - See all my reviews
    The epitome of classic NYC graffiti, Subway Art has become the veritable Bible for this particular subculture that has exploded around the United States, and also the world ( just to name a few: Germany, Iceland, Denmark, Amsterdam, France, and Japan ). Contained herein are the masterpeices by the Kings of the Line, Dondi ( R.I.P. ), Blade, Lee, Kase, Seen, Lady Pink and a host of others. The pictures are large and there are some fold-outs, capturing the SIZE and LENGTH of what are basically moving steel masterpeices. There is a brief line or two about tags and throw-ups, but the book concentrates more on top-to-bottoms, window-to-bottoms, and whole cars. What is important about this book is its documentation of an up and coming subculture that basically gave a big EFF YOU to an environment that was comparable to some 3rd world countries by creating an art that was not only dangerous ( in its execution ), but creative, and beautiful. The message that "we are here, and WE SHALL BOMB", in SPITE of Transit Authoriy and the indifferent system which placed them there is characteristic of adversity which spawns creativity ( the same adversity that created Hip-Hop ) . An important peice of work, and a must for art afficiandos and graf & hip-hop heads alike.
 
 
  • Graffiti World : Street Art from Five Continents - Nicholas Ganz
       Reviewer: Extra "Extra" (ca-lee-for-nye-aye) - See all my reviews
    please! if you know of a graf book with pics this good, especially with this many, please post it in a review and I'll buy it immediately. I don't understand the negative reviews of this book...only full color pics throughout, awesome images cover to cover...over 2,000 of em...I was blown away the minute I picked it up. Every crew is credited and I'd bet it's a "best of" their work because the paints they is indeed awesome. I bought it coverprice $35 new @ b&n, very worth it to me...Less talk, more pics, great muh-fuggin book.
 
  • Stencil Pirates: A Global Study of the Street Stencil - Josh Macphee
       Stencil Pirates is the first comprehensive book dedicated to stencil street art. Included are artist profiles, an in-depth history of stencil graffiti, its political context, and how stencils fit into the larger pantheon of street expression. Also here are a detailed "how-to" manual with designing, cutting, and painting tips from the artists, as well as 20 perforated cardstock stencil templates for readers who can't wait to hit the streets.
 
  • DF// Idiots on Parade - Dalek/DF Crew
       This 112 page, full color book is the first overview of the famously notorious DF graffiti crew & their legal & illegal creations. Collectively, DF is made up of 21 (plus a few slackers) artists (including Aero, Cycle, Dalek, East, Emit, Gaze, Jive, Just 195, Lead, Merz, Nace, Noble, Quisp, Rapes, REM, Scribe, Seak, Sub, T. Dee, Vogues, When) 21 of these artists are featured in DF: Idiots on Parade. Both collectively & individually, DF has left their mark on the graffiti landscape all over the world. Just in the last 5 years DF\'s membership has shown their work in over 50 group or solo gallery & museum shows all throughout the US as well as Canada, Japan and England.
    Using graffiti as a artistic stepping off point, many have explored other areas of the arts including commercial design, still life & landscape painting, toy design, authoring & illustrating children\'s books, tattoo artist, and in one case, aspiring rodeo clown! Some members have had collections published, including Dalek\'s 2 previously published books. And here’s the best of it all, in one handy, sumptuous package.
 HipHop
 
  • That's the Joint - Murry Forman and Mark Anthony Neal
       That's the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader brings together the best-known and most influential writings on rap and hip-hop from its beginnings to today. Spanning nearly 25 years of scholarship, criticism, and journalism, this unprecedented anthology showcases the evolution and continuing influence of one of the most creative and contested elements of global popular culture since its advent in the late 1970s. Think of it as "Hip-Hop 101."
 
  • Hip Hop Immortals: The Remix - Bonz Malone, Nichole Beattie, Dj Lindy
       Malone's hip-hop book is about pretty pictures of, as it says, hip-hop immortals striking menacing poses. From the first picture of Dr. Dre, seemingly running through a world of fire, to the stunning two-pager of Run-DMC and the closing images of Lil' Kim (one a cleverly nonrevealing nude, another of her sporting blonde pigtails), the visual excitement of the hip-hop scene predominates. There is some text, but most of it runs, often lyrically, to the promotional and mainly supports the pictures, which are astounding and striking portrayals of some of pop music's hottest personalities.
 
  • Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture - Yvonne Bynoe
       Hip Hop music is comprised of several art forms: 1) MC-ing or rapping 2)B-boying or breakdancing 3)Deejaying (music) and 4) Graffitti art (visual art). This encyclopedia examines all four elements of Hip Hop Culture, providing students, scholars, and music fans with a complete history of the thirty-year music genre. Tracing its early roots from black DJs talking over music in the 1960s, the B-boy dancers in the 1970s, and the scratching and sampling techniques of the 80s to the founding of Def Jam productions, the current East Cost-West Coast rivalry, and superstars such as Eminem and 50 cent, hip hop fans will find this an indispensable resource.
 
  • Tha Global Cipha: Hip Hop Culture and Consciousness - James G. Spady; H. Samy Alim; and Samir Meghelli
       I am amazed by this book (as all of the other books by Spady and Alim). No series has so brilliantly addressed the sociopolitical context of the hip hop community from the perspectives of the artists themselves.
    Tha Global Cipha, expands this analysis to the international landscape, further and expertly challenging deeply-settled myths about the role of hip hop in popular culture, and about the African American contribution to social thought beyond the United States. I loved how the conversations included valuable information and insight about reggaeton in Latin America, dancehall in the Caribbean, and Hip Hop all over the US, and places like Senegal, France, Egypt, etc., etc.
    Dr. Stasia DeLane
 History
 
  • Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the HipHop Generation - Jeff Chang and Kool Herc
       Many good books have been written about the history of hip-hop music and the generation that nurtured it. Can't Stop Won't Stop ranks among the best. Jeff Chang covers the music--from its Jamaican roots in the late 1960s to its birth in the Bronx; its eventual explosion from underground to the American mainstream--with style, including DJs, MCs, b-boys, graffiti art, Black Nationalism, groundbreaking singles and albums, and the street parties that gave rise to a genuine movement. But the book is about more than beats and rhymes. What distinguishes his book from the pack is Chang's examination of how hip-hop has shaped not only pop music, but American history and culture over the past 30 years. He shows how events such as urban flight, race riots, neighborhood reclamation projects, gang warfare in the Bronx and Los Angeles, and grassroots movements that influenced political agendas are as integral a part of the hip-hop story as the music itself. He also charts the concurrent rise of hip-hop activism and the commodification of the music and the ideological clashes that developed as a result.
 
  • HipHop America - Nelson George
       Much as he broke down and illuminated R&B with his acclaimed book The Death of Rhythm and Blues, George now tackles hip-hop with the clarity of a reporter and the enthusiasm of a fan--which is fitting, because George is both. A Brooklyn native, he began writing about rap back in the late 1970s, when the beats and the lifestyle were not only foreign to most white folks, they were still underground in the black communities. Hip Hop America is filled with George's memories of the scene's nascent years, and it tells the story of rap both as an art form and a cultural and economic force--from the old Bronx nightclub the Fever to the age of Puffy. Highlighting both the major players and some of the forces behind the scenes, George gives rap a historical perspective without coming off as too intellectual. All of which makes Hip Hop America a worthwhile addition to any fan's collection.
 
  • Yes Yes Y'all - Jim Fricke (Editor), Charlie Ahearn (Editor), Experience Music Project (Corporate Author)
       Based on the "Hip-Hop Nation" exhibit at Seattle's Experience Music Project and the project's ongoing Oral History Program, this history of the beginnings of hip-hop in 1970s New York City is a lavishly illustrated and lovingly compiled homage to the many artists who contributed to the birth of what soon became and remains today, more than 25 years later a worldwide cultural institution. Editors Fricke and Ahearn (director of the hip-hop film Wild Style) weave the insights and attitudes of nearly 100 of the key players into a multihued and multiracial tapestry that illustrates what the excitement of that era and its music was all about. Since the hip-hop style was first developed in the Bronx borough of New York City as a dance-floor alternative to the then-prominent "disco" sound, the oral narrative is dominated by the voices of well-known DJs: Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash.
 
 
  • The Vibe History of Hip Hop - Alan Light (Editor)
       In his introduction, founding Vibe editor Alan Light justifies the magazine's 300-page hip-hop chronicle in historical terms, noting that while less than 15 years passed between Elvis's first single and Woodstock, it's been two full decades since rap busted out of New York City street parties via the Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." It's a righteous point, and the multi-author Vibe History indeed deserves to be filed next to The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll. Like that book, Vibe's serves both as a fact-heavy primer and a passionate critical missive aimed straight for fans' hearts. Here we find all the contradictions of a pop-culture phenomenon: art and a hope for immortality rolled into a brightly colored form whose practitioners, even the most politically driven, demand to get paid.
 Music Business
 
 
  • The Musician's Internet : Online Strategies for Success in the Music Industry - Peter Spellman
       This hands-on guide is essential for any musician who wants to build a fan base and increase profits through the Internet. Peter Spellman, Director of the Career Development Center at Berklee College of Music, guides the self-managed musician through successful strategies to promote music online, reach new audiences, and maximize income. Readers will learn how to: create a professional website; share music downloads; sell and license music online; broadcast on Internet radio; webcast live concerts; create streaming audio; get an online record deal; and much more. Includes an invaluable listing of more than 300 music-related websites!
 
  • All Area Access : Personal Management for Unsigned Musicians - Marc Davison
       Take charge of your musical destiny! All Area Access is your map for the road to musical success. Author Marc Davison puts his many years of experience as a musician and artist manager into this book. Topics include: starting a band, booking gigs, press and the media, recording, copyrights, merchandising, touring, finances, managers, agents, record deals, and much more - everything you need to know and do to market your act and your music.
 
 Music Industry
 
  • Black Music, White Business: Illuminating the History and Political Economy of Jazz - Frank Kofsky
       This book is a useful expose of how the music business scams and exploits all artists, not just Black artists. It is vitally important at a time when the Wynton Marsalis/Albert Murray school of Jazz history is trying to claim that Jazz is a "celebration" of American capitalism. Kofsky shows Jazz musicians have been and continue to be victims of capitalism! And as someone with a background in studying the history of country music and western swing, I can agree with another reviewer here that the same tales of exploitation can be told about white musicans as well
    Tony Thomas (North Miami, FL USA)
 
  • Hit Men - Fredric Dannen
       Hit Men is the shocking, highly controversial expose of the venality, greed, and corruption of many of the assorted kingpins and hustlers who rule over the music industry. "A sobering, blunt, and unusually well-observed depiction of the sometimes sordid inner workings of the music business."--Billboard. 4 pages of photographs.
 Ole School
 
  • Who Shot Ya! - Ernie Paniccioli and Kevin Powell
       Nearly thirty years ago, Ernie Paniccioli began photographing the graffiti art throughout New York City as well as the young people creating it. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli literally recorded the beginning salvos of hip hop, today the most dominant youth culture on the planet. Be it Grandmaster Flash at the Roxy, a summer block party in the Bronx, the fresh faces of Queen Latifah and Will Smith, the cocksure personas of Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., and Emimem, or the regal grace of Lauryn Hill, Ernie Paniccioli has been there to showcase hip hop's evolution much in the same way Gordon Parks recorded the Civil Rights Movement, or akin to the manner in which James Van Der Zee, the great photographer of Harlem in the 1920s, met the energy and spirit of his times.
 
  • Hip Hop Files: Photographs 1979-1984 - Martha Cooper
       Martha Cooper has the reputation of being the first and foremost photographer of hip hop culture in New York City. While the publication of Cooper's photographs in the early 80s disseminated the culture both at home and abroad, her new book, Hip Hop Files: Photographs 1979-1984, makes a significant part of her extensive and unique archive accessible for the first time. From 1999 to 2003, the German hip hop head and music publisher Akim Walta tracked down the subjects in Cooper's legendary shots and conducted numerous interviews obtaining insightful quotes and statements to accompany and add voices to the photographs. Other members of the early hip hop scene, including ZEPHYR, Charlie Ahearn, FABEL, and Patti Astor, contribute text and essays, adding fresh data to the growing body of hip hop history. "Marty's pictures capture the exact moment when hip hop traveled from the Bronx uptown, downtown to the Manhattan nightclub and gallery scene
 Other
 
  • The Covenant with Black America - Tavis Smiley
       Six years worth of symposiums come together in this rich collection of essays that
    plot a course for African Americans, explaining how individuals and households can make changes that will immediately improve their circumstances in areas ranging from health and education to crime reduction and financial well-being. Addressing these pressing concerns are contributors Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. surgeon general; Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Angela Glover Blackwell, founder of the research think tank PolicyLink; and Cornell West, professor of Religion at Princeton University. Each chapter outlines one key issue and provides a list of resources, suggestions for action, and a checklist for what concerned citizens can do to keep their communities progressing socially, politically, and economically. Though the African American community faces devastating social disparities—in which more than 8 million people live in poverty—this celebration of possibility, hope, and strength will help leaders and citizens keep Black America moving forward.
 
  • Berkeley High School Slang Dictionary - by Berkeley High School Communication Arts and Sciences
       The Berkeley High School Slang Dictionary contains a striking array of words the students of Berkeley High have identified as part of the cultural and linguistic fabric of spoken English. The words come from both the margins and the mainstream - African American, Chicano, Jewish, and sports culture, along with hip-hop, the church, the drug scene, and even movies. This book is more than a list of new slang terms; it\'s also an exciting look at how different cultures and communities reclaim their language in creative ways.
 Producing
 
 
  • Gotta Get Signed: How to Become a Hip-Hop Producer (Paperback) - Sahpreem A. King
       Author Sahpreem King lays out the steps one must take to learn the art and craft of hip-hop production. He begins with a brief history of the genre, explains what a producer and beat-maker does, how to build a studio, assemble your production team, and promote your music.
 Rap
 
  • Nuthin' But a "G" Thang - Eithne Quinn
       In the late 1980s, gangsta rap music emerged in urban America, giving voice to -- and making money for -- a social group widely considered to be in crisis: young, poor, black men. From its local origins, gangsta rap went on to flood the mainstream, generating enormous popularity and profits. Yet the highly charged lyrics, public battles, and hard, fast lifestyles that characterize the genre have incited the anger of many public figures and proponents of "family values." Constantly engaging questions of black identity and race relations, poverty and wealth, gangsta rap represents one of the most profound influences on pop culture in the last thirty years.
Video 
 Hiphop Movies
 
  • Breakin' - Director: Joel Silberg
       classic
 
  • Wild Style - Director: Charlie Ahearn
       Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. The actual story of the movie concerns the tension between Zoro's passion for his art and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow artist Rose. But this isn't why one watches Wild Style--this movie is *the* classic hip-hop flick, full of great subway shots, breakdancing, freestyle MCing and rare footage of one of the godfathers of hip-hop, Grandmaster Flash, pulling off an awesome scratch-mix set on a pair of ancient turntables. A must-see for anyone interested in hip-hop music and culture.
 
  • Beat Street - Director: Stan Lathan
       An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.
 
  • Krush Groove - Director: Michael Schultz
       In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker has all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove records, including Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Kurtis Blow, while Rick (Rubin) produces their records. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell doesn't have the money to press records, he borrows money from a street hustler. At the same time, Russell and and his brother Run are both competing for the heart of R&B singer Sheila E.
 
  • The Freshest Kids - A History of the B-Boy - Director: Israel
       Breaking... Born at Kool D.J. Herc's House parties in the early '70s, catapulted to a worldwide phenomenon in the '80s, and now experiencing its latest gravity-defying incarnation as a thriving underground movement, "The Freshest Kids" brings to you the illest B-Boying this planet has ever witnessed. Over two hours of hardcore breaking gives you an all-access pass to the underground world of B-Boys spanning the last 25+ years. See and hear the early history via rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with The Nigga Twins, Spy (the man with 1000 moves), Rock Steady Crew icons Crazy Legs and Ken Swift, The New York City Breakers, Mr. Wiggles, Styelements and the world's most innovative B-boys of the next generation along with hip-hop legends Kool D.J. Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Mos Def and many more as they come together to reveal for the first time the most comprehensive history of B-Boying, its evolution and its place within hip-hop culture and beyond. These are The Freshest Kids and this is their story!
 
  • Scratch - Director: Doug Pray
       A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl.
 
  • Through the Years of Hip Hop, Vol. 1 - Graffiti (2001) - director Charlie Ahearn
       Through the Years... is a four-part series exploring hip-hop's roots and pioneers. Volume 1, "Graffiti," takes an intelligent, though New York-centric look at the origins of "writing" and its evolution from ghetto youth crime to splashy art-world staple. Well-chosen footage illustrates the differences among a "tag," a "burner," and a "full car," while living legends Seen and Vulcan discuss their careers and those of Lee Quinones; the late, great Dondi; and Phase 2, whom Vulcan calls the greatest graffiti artist of all time. Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn and the ubiquitous Kevin Powell place the phenomenon within a sociological context. Seven classic music videos, including Run DMC's "Rock Box" and Rob Base's "It Takes Two," add a nice touch to an inspiring production.
 
  • Graffiti Rock and Other Hip Hop Delights - Michael Holman
       Through his televised shows "Graffiti Rock" and "TV New York," Michael Holman brought a whole new culture to the living rooms of those searching to identify with the sounds of the street. This DVD covers the humble beginnings of many now well-known artists and musicians such as RUN DMC, Kool Moe Dee, DJ Jazzy J, Fab 5 Freddy, and the breakdancing/b-boying crew The New York City Breakers. See how true underground artists got together and developed a scene that after 20 years has not only stood the test of time but even the name given originally as an insult - Hip Hop!
 
  • Electric Boogaloo - Sam Firstenberg
       A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it.
 
  • Style Wars - Sandra Fabara
       When recently departed director Tony Silver created style wars I wonder did he know it would become the definitive crash course for hip hop in it\\\'s infancy. If you are a life long b-boy or just someone who\\\'s into the culture and wants to know its roots, style wars will show you everything about the birth of hip hop.


 
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