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The Vibe history of hip hop
Light, Alan.
First edition.
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New York : Three Rivers Press, [1999]

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418 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"VIBE, the voice of the hip hop generation, presents the essence of hip hop. Music, fashion, dance, graffiti, movies, videos, and business: it's all in this tale of a cultural revolution that spans race and gender, language and nationality. The definitive history of an underdocumented music genre, The VIBE History of Hip Hop tells the full story of this grassroots cultural movement, from its origins on the streets of the Bronx to its explosion as an international phenomenon. Illustrated with almost 200 photos, and accompanied by comprehensive discographies, this book is a vivid review of the hip hop world through the eyes and ears of more than 50 of the finest music writers and cultural critics at work today."--BOOK JACKET.
Foreword by Grandmaster Flash -- Preface by Danyel Smith -- Introduction by Alan Light -- Real old school -- Back in the day: 1975-1979 -- DJ Kool Herc -- Sugar Hill records -- Graffiti: Graphic scenes, spray fiends, and millionaires -- Second wave: 1980-1983 -- Breaking it all down: Rise and fall and rise of the B-Boy kingdom -- Run-D.M.C. -- Sasha Frere-Jones -- You spin me round (like a record, baby): Last night a DJ saved hip hop -- Hip hop radi -- L.L. Cool J -- Battle rhymes -- Word -- Microphone fiends: Eric B. and Rakim/slick Rick -- The Juice Crew: Beyond the Boogie Down -- Early Los Angeles Hip Hop -- Pop Rap -- The beastie boys -- Hip hop video -- KRS-one -- Big willies -- Money, power, respect: Hip hop economics -- Public enemy -- DJs vs. samplers -- Ladies first -- Native tongues: Family affair -- Pinnacle: 1988 -- Hip gop in the movies -- Salt-n-pepa -- Regional scenes -- Too short -- MC Hammer -- Rap and rock -- Hard left: Hip hop's -- Forgotten visionaries -- N.W.A Cheo -- Eazy-E -- Dirty south -- 2 live crew trial -- Great aspirations: Hip hop and fashion dress for excess and success -- Gangsta rap in the '90s -- Cop killer" and Sister Souljah: Hip hop under fire -- Tupac Shakur -- Hip hop soul -- Gangsta, gangsta: Sad, violent parable of death row records -- New York state of mind: Resurgence of East Coast hip hop -- Wu-Tang Clan -- Bad boy -- Mixed cuts: How remixes compliment and complicate -- Blackspot dancehall -- Planet rock: Hip hop supa national -- Future shock: Trip hop and beyond -- Ill Na Nas, goddesses, and drama mamas -- Fugees -- Arguments in favor of the future of hip hop -- Master P.
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From VIBE, the voice of the hip hop generation, comes the definitive history of an undocumented music genre, incorporating not only music but fashion, dance, graffiti, movies, radio/TV, and politics, and spanning race and gender, urban and suburban markets, and all languages and nationalities. 200+ photos.

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YA-This chronicle of the music parents love to hate is a must purchase, and should be shelved right next to The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll (Random, 1992). The book covers a remarkable amount of history, and readers will find the answers to many of their pressing questions about hip-hop culture, such as how rap got started, who the earliest performers were, etc. Even larger issues such as the role of women as rap artists, regional rivalries, money, power, and the merge of rock and roll are examined in great detail. A discography is included for many of the popular artists profiled, as is a sample unreleased CD by the original hip-hop kings Run-DMC. This gargantuan masterpiece is profusely illustrated.-ayo dayo, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Introduction by Alan Light In October 1979, a new record label called Sugar Hill Records released a single titled "Rapper's Delight," credited to a trio known as the Sugarhill Gang. A few weeks later--on January 5, 1980, to be precise--the song entered Billboard's Top 40, where it remained for just two weeks, peaking at No. 36. For the burgeoning culture that would come to be known as hip hop, this moment was a fulcrum. "Rapper's Delight" wasn't the first hip hop recording--as the early chapters in this book show, that distinction is as much a judgment call as the first rock 'n' roll song or the first jazz musician--but it marked the first time a national, even international audience stood up and took notice. The revolutionary new sound and style that was being developed by black and Latino kids in the 1970s in the parks, clubs, and parties around New York City had been captured on wax, commodified with visible commercial results. For some, "Rapper's Delight" was the end of hip hop's beginning; for others, it was the beginning of the end. It is now a full twenty years later. (To put that in some context for any who still doubt hip hop's longevity, Woodstock happened only fifteen years after Elvis Presley's first recordings.) After years of denial, dismissal, and disapproval, hip hop has unquestionably become the dominant force in contemporary American youth culture. Lauryn Hill wins a shelf full of Grammy awards and ends up on the cover of Time magazine. Will Smith is one of Hollywood's top leading men. Q-Tip appears in national fashion advertising campaigns. Week in and week out, the top of the album sales chart is packed with rap records, and many of the hitmakers who are classified as pop or rock bands, from Korn to Hanson, reveal the unmistakable imprint of the genre. Across the country and around the globe, hip hop has changed the way songs are recorded and what they can say, how clothes are designed and marketed, which films get made and how they are distributed--and it has helped shape an entire generation's thoughts and attitudes about race. Some would argue--as they do occasionally in these pages--that hip hop has never actually recovered from the success of "Rapper's Delight" (which, it must be pointed out, the Sugarhill Gang, a group initially put together in the studio just for that recording, did not even write). These noble purists believe that the true spirit of the music was traded in for record sales, and with that change came the loss of a genuine community and culture, complete with the eventual weakening of its visual expression (graffiti), physical representation (breakdancing), and musical backbone (DJ-ing). And who that wasn't there in the beginning, who didn't experience the joyous creation of (to quote Sly Stone) a whole new thing, can say that this feeling is wrong? But in return, we have gained the most significant and most innovative cultural force since the emergence of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s. Hip hop has quite simply changed the world, and after years of fighting off the stigma that it was surely nothing more than a passing fad, the time has come to take a look back, to examine everything that has brought the music to the extraordinary, hard-fought status it enjoys today. The time has come to recognize. Contents Foreword by Grandmaster Flash Preface by Danyel Smith Introduction by Alan Light The Real Old School Back in the Day: 1975-1979 DJ Kool Herc Sugar Hill Records Graffiti: Graphic Scenes, Spray Fiends, and Millionaires The Second Wave: 1980-1983   Breaking It All Down: The Rise and Fall and Rise of the B-Boy Kingdom   Run-D.M.C.  Sasha Frere-Jones You Spin Me Round (Like a Record, Baby): Last Night a DJ Saved Hip Hop   Hip Hop Radio   L.L. Cool J Battle Rhymes Word   Microphone Fiends: Eric B. and Rakim/Slick Rick   The Juice Crew: Beyond the Boogie Down Early Los Angeles Hip Hop Pop Rap   The Beastie Boys   Hip Hop Video   KRS-One   The Big Willies Money, Power, Respect: Hip Hop Economics   Public Enemy DJs vs. Samplers   Ladies First   Native Tongues: A Family Affair   The Pinnacle: 1988   Hip Hop in the Movies   Salt-N-Pepa   Regional Scenes   Too Short   MC Hammer   Rap and Rock   Hard Left: Hip Hop's Forgotten Visionaries   N.W.A  Cheo Eazy-E The Dirty South   2 Live Crew Trial Great Aspirations: Hip Hop and Fashion Dress for Excess and Success Gangsta Rap in the '90s   "Cop Killer" and Sister Souljah: Hip Hop Under Fire   Tupac Shakur   Hip Hop Soul   Gangsta, Gangsta: The Sad, Violent Parable of Death Row Records   New York State of Mind: The Resurgence of East Coast Hip Hop   The Wu-Tang Clan   Bad Boy Mixed Cuts: How Remixes Compliment and Complicate  The Blackspot Dancehall Planet Rock: Hip Hop Supa National Future Shock: Trip Hop and Beyond Ill Na Nas, Goddesses, and Drama Mamas   The Fugees 15 Arguments in Favor of the Future of Hip Hop   Master P Excerpted from The Vibe History of Hip Hop by Vibe Magazine Staff All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.