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Rap Attack 2
by David Toop
A study of rap music, New York's street sound, which has been revised and updated to embrace the latest musicians and groups. The roots of rap music are traced from video arcades to bebop, and crucial influences such as prison and army songs, West African chants and tap dancing are described.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 7th 2000 by Serpent's Tail
(first published April 1992)
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I'm exaggerating but not much when I say that up until recently my hip hop knowledge started with Raising Hell and ended with Three Feet High and Rising, with "Rapper's Delight" as a poorly-understood prologue. This book is a great introduction to the early years, especially the "old school" era through about 1984, when the hip hop scene was just starting to break out beyond its New York City origins. Toop covers the personalities, cultural influences, business angles, and especially the techniq ...more