?Rap Attack is "down by law" for understanding the roots of rappers in America - past, present and future
Gary Byrd, DJ ?David Toop rolls away the stones to uncover a hidden world of B Boys, Hip Hoppers and Planet Rockers, where time is caught in a frantic loop, and where taste is a matter of "if it fits, use it"? Charlie Gillett ?Records the vertiginously metamorphic nature of Afro-American culture ( Village Voice)
Rap Attack will not only put you in touch with the most innovative music of the last decade but will also give you a fair insight into the creative input of the Black American for the last century and more, and then tie it up neatly with a comprehensible bow at the end - most rewarding ( The Wire)
In 1998, the Spice Girls were barred from the No. 1 spot by Run DMC. Rap is back. Rap is a form of music and spoken rhyme which first came to prominence in 1979 through The Sugarhill Gang's chart hit "Rapper's Delight". Rap, along with all the other features of hip hop culture, originated in New York's Harlem and the South Bronx. This book takes hip hop culture as its central focus for an investigation of African-American rapping in all its forms. It begins with the music's African roots and ends with the global acceptance of rap as both commercial pop genre and voice of rage, a journey which encompasses West African griots, doo wop groups, jazz singers like Slim Gaillard, soul rappers from Millie Jackson to James Brown, old-school rappers Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, new-school rebels like Roxanne Shante and Run DMC, all the way to Public Enemy, De La Soul, NWA, the pop rap of MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice and the gangstas Tupac Shakur, Notorious BIG, Puff Daddy and Snoop Doggy Dog.
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