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The History of Gangster Rap
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Baker Soren
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The History of Gangster Rap

Baker Soren


9781419729157

Abrams


Music;
Rap & Hip-Hop


Paperback

272 pages

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The History of Gangster Rap is a deep dive into one of the most fascinating subgenres of any music category to date. Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine the evolution of gangster rap, its main players, and the culture that created this revolutionary music. From still-swirling conspiracy theories about the murders of Biggie and Tupac to the release of the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, the era of gangster rap is one that fascinates music junkies and remains at the forefront of pop culture. Filled with interviews with key players such as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, and dozens more, as well as sidebars, breakout bios of notorious characters, lists, charts, and more, The History of Gangster Rap is the be-all-end-all book that contextualizes the importance of gangster rap as a cultural phenomenon.

By:   Baker Soren
Imprint:   Abrams
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 192mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   670g
ISBN:   9781419729157
ISBN 10:   1419729152
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Soren Baker has written more than 3,500 articles, and his work is published in such outlets as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone. He has interviewed dozens of rappers including Eminem, Jay Z, Ice Cube, Kanye West, and more. Baker has written and produced for VH1 and has been featured on camera on VH1, ESPN, E! Entertainment, and Fuse. Baker is currently cowriting a screenplay with Snoop Dogg.


History has so often been written by the victors, that you very rarely ever get the real story behind anything. So it's really important to hear from the people that were there, which is exactly what Soren Baker shares in this book. He writes about it and he's honest about it. --The D.O.C. Hip-hop changed the world. Gangster rap changed the narrative, and then changed the world again. Soren Baker has been a very integral part of documenting hip-hop on the West Coast for as long as I can remember. I don't think anybody is more qualified to write this book. --Xzibit Respect to Soren Baker for documenting the history of gangster rap in these pages. Some hate it. Some love it. But you can't deny its brutal, hardcore honesty. --Ice-T Soren Baker has changed the perspective of gangster rap by putting his pen to paper. He has given hip-hop power, proven its potential, and made non-believers contemplate all of its possibilities. The truth in his writing leaves no stone unturned, something he's done again with The History of Gangster Rap. Soren doesn't just champion hip-hop. He also reveals its flaws and its truths. --Leslie Big Lez Segar

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