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 hop and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Yet there has been 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 groundbreaking 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.
"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)
"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)
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