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Rap Whoz Who: The World of Rap and Hip Hop [Paperback]

Steven Stancell


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  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Trade Books (June 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028645200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028645209
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg

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Despite the cloyingly with-it use of z instead of 's in the title, this is a pretty good resource. Most of the significant rappers are covered (all would be impossible), and selected discographies are presented for most of them. The writing is simple, but coverage is the aim here, so a little stylistic dullness is forgivable. Founders of the genre, such as Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, and the Sugar Hill Gang, get longer workups, of course, and young up-and-comers briefer entries. All manner of rappers are covered, from slick, commercial Hammer (once MC Hammer) to prefab-tough Run-DMC to authentically tough NWA and Public Enemy. Alas, although Marky Mark is covered, Process & the Do-Rags are not, but at least Stancell provides much vital information for pop music librarians, such as making it clear that Kenny Gee and Kenny G are not the same artist. Short chapters on topics like rap and violence, the business side of the music, and the influence of Islam on rap put all the artist bios in perspective. Mike Tribby

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic book May 2 2000
By "rapman" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
ohh yea, this is a great book about the history of rap music. there's almost every famous rapper, producer and dj until this time. it's telling about all the pioneers in rap' it's tells their life story and what they did for the rap industry. it's a must have book for all the fans of rap music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 17 2013
By warrior - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love the fact that this book has info on those old school rappers.Old school rap lovers,you have to get this book if you don't have it.Is going to bring you lots of memories.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight July 26 2001
By R. Riis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Alphabetically-arranged brief biographies of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop, with photos. No real analysis and little else to remommend it. Good for teens and as a quick reference, but if you're looking for more meatier fare try try "The Hip Hop Years" by Alex Ogg, "The Vibe History of Rap", or Nelson George's "Hip Hop America."
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