The Haunting of Hip Hop: A Novel
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The Haunting of Hip Hop: A Novel

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Bertice Berry follows her finely pitched Blackboard bestselling debut novel, Redemption Song, with a mesmerizing cautionary tale about urban hip hop culture.

In ancient West Africa, the drum was more than a musical instrument, it was a vehicle of communication-it conveyed information, told stories, and passed on the wisdom of generations. The magic of the drum remains alive...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by Doubleday
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This book was a great read where it's underlying theme connects the past with the present. The book had a great twist(spoiler)that Freedom died visiting the house alone. I was unsure how he died because the book just said he did. But why he died was more important. Freedom was able to join the spirits in the house and relay their messages out through song. The spirits achieved peace with themselves. Freedom's death in the book left an impact among the book's society. The movie he was supposed to...more
I learned to marry my love of a dope beat with concious lyrics that don't destroy but builds up. Hip hop is such a moving art form. It just depends where we want it to move and who we want it to empower.
Mocha Girl
The Haunting of Hip Hop is a quick and captivating read. I finished it within a few hours and really enjoyed it. Again, in the same style of Redemption Song, Berry, intertwines the past and present masterfully. The essence of the story is that of the spirits of the past manifesting themselves out of the need tell their stories to the living in an effort ease the pain, bring peace, and resolve issues that plagued their lives. There are many lessons taught in this story, however, the focus is on t...more
I actually threw this book against the wall when I was done reading it. I read this book right after I read an essay by Es'kia Mphahlele and his words are a better critique than mine,

"Who is so stupid as to deny the historical fact of negritude as both a protest and a positive assertion of African cultural values? All this is valid. What I do not accept is the way in which too much of the poetry inspired by it romanticizes Africa-as a symbol of innocence,...more
This fictional novel tells the story of Freedom, a hip-hop music producer who is tempted by the woman, fame, and money associated with commercial hip-hop. Freedom is interested in buying an old house in the city, so he contacts Ava, an old friend who is a lawyer, to help him strike a bargain. There are rumors that the house is haunted. Soon, past meets present as various narrative threads come together in the house. This cautionary tale includes positive African American role models, authentic c...more
I must say that this book was a disappointment. And I was so excited to read it because I'm a Black history buff and music fan. I love to learn about the complex intersections of music, the African Diaspora, and current Hip-Hop culture. This book had so many good things going for it, but it came up short-literally and figuratively, it's only 210 pages!

Her characters aren't fleshed out enough, and she speaks for them the whole time. I'm a fan of 1st person p.o.v., but when an author writes in th...more
Kiko Coyona
It was a great book but I hated that Freedom died.
Billed on the cover flap as a kind of "Ghost of African Drum Beats Past" that was killed by slavery haunts a rap star who misuses the life beats of his ancestry to make mysogynistic music to redemption. In reality, it fell far short of that goal. I don't think it had much of a point at all. In the end, it read more like a ghost story that would be told around a campfire than a thoughtful, insightful reflection on rap's ancestral origins.
Katie M.
I was kind of intrigued by the somewhat creative and creepy premise of this book, but the lessons were just too heavy-handed and the characters and dialogue too formulaic.
Aurelio Hernandez
Very good, although the book doesn't refer much to the history of drum, but rather, going with what you heart and mind tells you. Corny, but true...
Lynn Lipinski
A quick read -- more of an African-American parable about being true to yourself and your ancestors than a fully-fleshed out novel.
Ian Good
my brother loaned this book to me back in highschool good stuff!!
Endora harris
I loved this book!
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