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Hip Hop Raised Me

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Hip Hop Raised Me is the definitive volume on the essence, experience, and energy that is hip hop, and its massive and enduring impact over the last forty years. It’s packed with contact sheets, outtakes, and glory shots of artists, collectives, and fans from iconic photographers including Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Eddie Otchere, Normski, Janette Beckman, Chi Modu, Na ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Thames Hudson
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Waleed
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hip-hop
Well researched and lavishly illustrated. As well as a comprehensive history (from a British perspective) Semtex provides interesting thoughts on the future of hip-hop.
Lauren
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was massive. It's kind of styled like a yearbook but with 400+ pages of pictures and commentary. It was really cool to see/read the story behind the album covers/photo shoots of different rappers/groups. ...more
J. Andrew
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The only reason this book has 3 stars is because it is a beautifully put together book. However, the writing is bad. It goes out of its way to not talk about race, and race and racism are in part the foundation of Hip Hop. Also, the book never defines terms and is very biased. Two people who should have been mentioned, not because their lasting legacies demand it, but because their small contribution to Hip Hop is important, there is no reference to MC Hammer who was the first commercially succe ...more
Kevin Krein
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
i bought this on a whim when i still worked at a bookstore. we got it in right before the holidays, and there it sat, on the table of new releases. people looked at it; no one was going to spend $65 on it. we were about to send it back to the distributor for credit and i decided, sure, i'll take it.

this is, without a doubt, one of the worst and most frustrating books i've ever read in my entire life. part coffee table book, part clunky and rudimentary history lesson, it is simply maddening to tr
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Mary
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, I raised my kids on Hip-Hop and I loved this book. The photographs of the people and the covers are amazing. The history from a UK DJ Semtex perspective made the viewpoint global instead of east coast / west coast as us Americans can't help but feel.
Loved the historical aspects of hip hop influence on Obama's campaign, his chapter on the N-word and that he actually went into detail racism.
It's a beautiful coffee table book but is a great historical read. I made a Spotify Playlist while r
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Andrew Mulrooney
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
An in-depth look into the history of hip hop culture along with rare photographs of iconic artists.
Dr. Julius
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book for the culture!
Stefan
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing document on hiphop music and culture. It documents the history of the music and culture, including stories on or from many of the important key figures in the history of hiphop. The artwork is amazing! I learned a lot from this book. Very much recommended.
Trevor
This book is HUGE. I should admit that I did not read every word in it, because I needed to return it to the library. But I still recommend it.
Bergþór Másson
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
photographs 5/5
writing 3/5
content 3/5

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