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Hip Hop World: A Groundwork Guide

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In Hip Hop World, Dalton Higgins comprehensively examines the hip hop scene as it exists throughout the world. The book reveals the form's musical inspirations from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, African American sex satirists, comedians, civil rights-fuelled funk musicians, spoken word luminaries, and dub and Nuyorican poetry. Author Higgins examines hip hop's raci ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Groundwood Books (first published 2009)
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Canadian Children's Book Centre
Reviewed by Naseem Hrab

In this latest edition of Groundwork Guides series, Dalton Higgins takes teen readers on a tour-de-force exploration of hip hop culture. Fans of deejaying, breakdancing, rapping and graffiti will revel in this fascinating guide to all things hip hop. In a pocket-sized 150 pages, Hip Hop World covers the economics of hip hop, its various musical subgenres (Homo Hop, Horrorcore, Nerdcore, etc.), the social impact of the culture, its future and more. Hip Hop World also featur
Admittedly, I don't know much about Hip Hop, other than what I hear from my students. I remember when Tupac died, and I am used to hearing about Young Jeezy, TI, and Lil Wayne in my class, but I don't know much about them. Higgins is a music critic. He gives a comprehensive history of hip hop and its roots and then focuses on issues concerning hip hop. Each chapter focuses on differing parallel issues like b-boying, graffiti, and fashion, as it is concerned with hip hop. He also delves into issu ...more
This is not so much an overview or examination of hip-hop and its history as it is a set of short essays examining different themes, both good and bad, in hip hop culture-----Higgins includes thoughts on music, dance, fashion and graffiti in his writings. Themes tackled include the presentation of women, the obsession with money and bling, gang culture, and the sharp drop-off in innovation and social criticism in today's hip hop. By the end we get to the main idea behind Higgins's book: currentl ...more
This book contains an impressive history of hip-hop and a broad survey of the diverse hip-hop scenes and styles worldwide. Higgins starts by discussing the roots of hip-hop. He covers DJ Kool Herc, the supposed father of hip-hop, influences from Africa and the Caribbean, and the cultural context in which hip-hop emerged. Then, he chronicles the rise of hip-hop across the globe. Finally, he addresses the problems with today’s hip-hop. The text is very readable (and full of references that student ...more
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Great book. You learn a lot from it. It shows how much hip hop and rap have really changed the world we live in today.
"Listening to modern-day commercial rap is like having surgery without anesthesia." I quote the author. Great little book.
Couldn't agree with everything he had to say regarding Western hip-hop, but it was a good insight to the global reach.
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