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