A comprehensive, chronological survey of rap and hip hop from 1973 to the present by Chuck D, arguably the most influential rapper in the world.
In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip hip and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre-until now.
Based on Chuck's long-running show on Rapstation.com, this massive compendium details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre's recorded history, from Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar's ground-breaking verse on "Control." Also included are key events in hip hop history, from Grandmaster Flash's first scratch through Tupac's holographic appearance at Coachella.
Throughout, Chuck offers his insider's perspective on the chart toppers and show stoppers as he lived it. Illustrating the pages are more than 100 portraits from the talented artists of mADurgency, an artist collective specializing in hip hop.
"The ultimate compendium-no dark sarcasm, here-for true rock aficionados."--Family Circle "A lyrical evolution of the cultural-transforming musical art form-from Public Enemy to Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar."--Family Circle "From DJ Kool Herc's early experiments in turntablism to the meteoric rise of Kendrick Lamar and the glorious success of historic hip-hop musical Hamilton, it breaks 40 years of a uniquely American art form down into easily digestible pieces of comprehensive chronology."--GeekDad "The immense scope of Chuck D's influence on hip-hop is as unwavering as it is undeniable."--Vibe "This Day In Rap and Hip-Hop History, with a forward and amazing illustrations by Shepard Fairy, paints a picture of a restless art form that has been constantly evolving and has come to dominate the cultural landscape."--Esquire Reading this book is like reliving my life all over again. Chuck D is Dope!!!--LL Cool J Chuck D wasn't put here to play any games. He created the greatest hip-hop album in my opinion to date, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. But the very first minute he sonically appeared to us, I knew rap was changed forever. Power, awareness, strength, and militancy is his stance in a world obsessed with punishing poor people. I knew he would righteously and boldly die so that a little young boy he didn't even know from Queensbridge could live. He attacked wickedness head-on being the rappin' rhino terror that he is. He represented for all of us putting his life on the line and making the right music fighting for hip hop, the youth, truth, and justice. Chuck D made the lane for people like me to walk.--Nas This book is required reading for those who claim to know hip-hop, love hip-hop, and want their information from a true Master and General of the hip-hop culture...Public Enemy #1, Chuck D!--Ice-T If you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop. The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!!--Kendrick Lamar
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 10th October 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 20.96 x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.58