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Spilsbury, Richard

Summary: Profiles the life and career of rap musician and businessman, Jay-Z.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Heinemann Library 2013

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 921 JAY

Jay-Z

Summary: "A collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time"--Front cover flap.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Spiegel & Grau 2011

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.5 JAY

Edgers, Geoff

Summary: A deep exploration into the story behind "Walk This Way," Aerosmith and Run-DMC's legendary, groundbreaking rock-hip hop collaboration, describes the unlikely union that became instantly popular and launched hip hop into the mainstream.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Blue Rider Press 2019

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 782.42 EDG

Lecrae

Summary: If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection. Two-time Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae, learned this lesson through more than his share of adversity-childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Along the way, Lecrae attained an unwavering faith in Jesus and began looking to God for affirmation. Now as a...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: christianaudio.com 2016

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Wittekind, Erika

Summary: Traces the life and career of the award-winning rapper, from his early life to his breakthrough into the music business to his professional successes and pursuits.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Abdo Group 2014

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA 921 LIL

Summary: In this documentary, Che Smith (a.k.a. Rhymefest, the Grammy-winning rapper) reunites with his father, an alcoholic living on the streets of Chicago, and struggles to deliver him to safety and an existence that is productive and meaningful, in essence, taking responsibility for the man who had abandoned him as a young child.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC IN

Shields, Brian.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: DK Pub. 2009

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Beginning Readers - Transitional Reader (Blue), Call number: JBR BLUE SHI

Gordon, Stephen G.

Summary: Describes the life and career of the famous rapper and entrepreneur, from his childhood and dangerous early career as a drug dealer to his successes as a musician, businessman, activist, and author.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Twenty-First Century Books 2013

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA 921 JAY

Summary: The show chronicles the unlikely partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. This revealing, compelling and often gritty story takes place in recording studios, humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power. Featuring interviews with those who worked closely with Jimmy and Dr. Dre, including Bono, David Geffen, and more. The docu-series...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC DEF

Mike D

Summary: Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Spiegel & Grau 2018

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 782.42 MIK

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Adult, Call number: 782.42 MIK

Prodigy

Summary: "A memoir about a life almost lost and a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop's golden era ... a story of struggle, survival, and hope down the mean streets of New York City"--Dust flap jacket.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2011

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 PRODIGY PRO

Taboo

Summary: Taboo, Grammy Award-winning founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, shares the inspiring story of his rise from the mean streets of East L.A. to the heights of international fame.--From publisher description.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2011

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 TABOO TAB

Hill, Laban Carrick

Summary: Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born....

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2013

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 Kool 2013

Dyson, Michael Eric.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Civitas Books 2001

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.649 DYS

Ro, Ronin.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Thunder's Mouth Press 2007

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 DR. DRE RO

Ross, Rick

Summary: "Rick Ross is an indomitable presence in the music industry, but few people know his full story. Now, for the first time, Ross offers a vivid, dramatic and unexpectedly candid account of his early childhood, his tumultuous adolescence and his dramatic ascendancy in the world of hip-hop. Born William Leonard Roberts II, Ross grew up 'across the bridge,' in a Miami at odds with the glitzy...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hanover Square Press 2019

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 921 ROSS, RICK ROS

U-God

Summary: An unforgettable first-person account of Hawkins' journey - from the streets of Brooklyn to some of the biggest stages around the world - is not only thoroughly affecting, unfiltered, and explosive, but paints, in vivid detail, the making of one of the greatest acts in American music history. It is an explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2018

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 U-GOD UGO