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I Am Hip-Hop – Cool Conversations

August 12, 2020

I Am Hip-Hop: Conversations on the Music and Culture by Andrew J. Rausch This is what Dres of Black Sheep had to say when he was asked, “What does hip-hop mean to you?” “It’s kind of grown over the years. I’ve kind of come upon [Keep Reading]

I Surrender (Can I Raise a White Flag?)

July 29, 2020

Surrender, White People!: Our Unconditional Terms for Peace by D.L. Hughley and Doug Moe I’m not sure it’s appropriate to wave a white flag right now, but I truly believe that we need to surrender under the conditions that D.L. Hughley [Keep Reading]

Advanced Flow & Delivery for MCs

June 11, 2020

How to Rap 2: Advanced Flow and Delivery Techniques by Paul Edwards This isn’t a manual on how to rap. I don’t think a book can really teach you how to craft great hip-hop songs. But studying the work of talented emcees is definitely a [Keep Reading]

Word . . . The Language of Hip Hop Culture

May 27, 2020

Roc the Mic Right: The Language of Hip Hop Culture by H. Samy Alim “The African American oral tradition is rooted in a belief in the power of the Word. The African concept of Nommo, the Word, is believed to be the force of life itself. To [Keep Reading]

The Story Behind Walk This Way

May 13, 2020

Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music Forever by Geoff Edgers Run-DMC’s third album changed the landscape of popular music. Their first two albums were overseen by super-producer Larry Smith. [Keep Reading]

Surf Through Life (A Guide for Kids)

May 5, 2020

Mop Rides the Waves of Life by Jaimal Yogis & Matthew Allen Meet Mop . . . a young boy who really loves to surf and is having a difficult time navigating what is shaping up to be a bad week. His mom teaches him that he can navigate the good and [Keep Reading]
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