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Can't Stop Won't Stop

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Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium. Here is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created.
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This is a book written by Jeff Chang about the history of hip hop music. It reflects on what happened in the past and how hip hop evolved. This book talks about gang members and hip hop founders. This book will change your opinion on the stereotype that  hip hop has. 

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All Hip Hop News

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This website gives you current news about hip hop and its artists. It has news, music, rumors, community, etc. This website connects you with other social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook that the artists are into. The main page is filled with fresh news about different artists and what is happening with their lives on a daily basis. What I like about this website is that it doesn't just list things about the most popular artists but also lists news about the underground artists that haven’t been discovered yet.

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Game Changer?

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Gunplay says he's officially changing his name to Don Logan on New Years Day. Gunplay has been a member of the MMG camp for a years, but yet he’s still one of the remaining few to not release his solo album. With his name having partial reason for this, it looks like the MMG artist is also taking ...
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Gunplay is a successful hip hop artist with multiple successful songs. He is apart of the music group MMG which is among the more popular music groups. However, he is going to change his name  to Don Logan because he wants to become more popular and create his own album. This is a move that many artist take to become more famous. 

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Hip Hop Matters

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From its humble beginnings in the Bronx to its transformation into a multibillion-dollar global industry, hip hop has stirred constant and contentious debate. Avoiding the simple caricatures that either celebrate or condemn this powerful movement, S. Craig Watkins produces one of the most thorough accounts of hip hop yet.Hip Hop Mattersdelves deeply into the phenomenal world that hip hop has created and comes up with a portrait that is as big, brave, and vibrant as the movement itself. Readers see the brilliance and blemishes of hip hop's entrepreneurial elite and also discover a thriving digital underground, hip-hop inspired literature, young political activists, and the movement's own intelligentsia. Watkins punctuates this meticulously researched book with revealing anecdotes and astute analysis of the corporate takeover of hip hop, the culture's march into America's colleges and universities, and the rampant misogyny threatening hip hop's progressive potential. He also offers revealing portraits of some of hip hop's most intriguing personalities-Sylvia Robinson, Grandmaster Flash, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Hype Williams, and Eminem-and influential brands-FUBU and Def Jam. Ultimately, we see how the struggle for hip hop reverberates in a world bigger than hip hop: global media, racial and demographic change, the reinvention of the pop music industry, urban politics, the moral and public health of young people, and their relentless desire to be heard and respected. It is the spectacular convergence of these and other issues that makes hip hop one of the more compelling stories of our time. Which people and what forces are vying to control a movement that has become a lucrative pop culture industry as well as an insurgent voice for the young and the disenfranchised? Watkins's incisive and timely book decisively answers the question and shows why now, more than ever, hip hop matters.
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This book also talks about how the negative stereotypes on hip hop is wrong. It talks about how hip hop is a global media, racial and demographic change.

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To the Break of Dawn

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2007 Arts Club of Washington's National Award for Arts Writing - FinalistSEE ALSO: Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.With roots that stretch from West Africa through the black pulpit, hip-hop emerged in the streets of the South Bronx in the 1970s and has spread to the farthest corners of the earth. To the Break of Dawn uniquely examines this freestyle verbal artistry on its own terms. A kid from Queens who spent his youth at the epicenter of this new art form, music critic William Jelani Cobb takes readers inside the beats, the lyrics, and the flow of hip-hop, separating mere corporate rappers from the creative MCs that forged the art in the crucible of the street jam.The four pillars of hip hop—break dancing, graffiti art, deejaying, and rapping—find their origins in traditions as diverse as the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira and Caribbean immigrants’ turnstile artistry. Tracing hip-hop’s relationship to ancestral forms of expression, Cobb explores the cultural and literary elements that are at its core. From KRS-One and Notorious B.I.G. to Tupac Shakur and Lauryn Hill, he profiles MCs who were pivotal to the rise of the genre, verbal artists whose lineage runs back to the black preacher and the bluesman.Unlike books that focus on hip-hop as a social movement or a commercial phenomenon, To the Break of Dawn tracks the music's aesthetic, stylistic, and thematic evolution from its inception to today's distinctly regional sub-divisions and styles. Written with an insider's ear, the book illuminates hip-hop's innovations in a freestyle form that speaks to both aficionados and newcomers to the art.
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This scoop is a book written by William Cobb. What I like about this book is it doesn't focus on the social aspect of hip hop but the aesthetic and style of it. I think it's important to learn about how artists rap and that it's not as easy as people think. There are different ways (styles) artists rap, making each of them unique. Some even make there own beats to rap to.

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Artist of the Year (Kendrick Lamar)

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With just a handful of verses, Kendrick Lamar wrecked the hip-hop competition and became the Rapper of the Year in GQ Magazine's Men of the Year 2013 issue
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Kendrick Lamar won artist of the year. This article was interesting because it talks about how Kendrick Lamar got to where he is at now. This link also consists of comments from other people which allows you to get different opinions about the article and Lamar. This recommend reading this article. 

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Can't Stop Won't Stop

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Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium. Here is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created.
Michael Mahring's insight:

This is a book written by Jeff Chang about the history of hip hop music. It reflects on what happened in the past and how hip hop evolved. This book talks about gang members and hip hop founders. This book will change your opinion on the stereotype that  hip hop has. 

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HotNewHipHop | Hip Hop's Digital Giant | Songs, Mixtapes, Videos, News

HotNewHipHop | Hip Hop's Digital Giant | Songs, Mixtapes, Videos, News | Rap on Tap | Scoop.it
The #1 source for the hottest hip-hop songs 2014, mixtapes, videos & news, updated daily!! Download and stream music for free on HotNewHipHop!
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Hot New Hip Hop is where I go for all my music. This website has artists that are popular and one's that are coming up. Hot New Hip Hop shows all the new "hot" songs and allows you to comment on them. This website also consists on videos and mix tapes.

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Hip Hop Music

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Hip Hop Music is one of the hottest sites for new hip hop music, hip hop news, hip hop music videos etc. Join our community of over 100,000 members create a profile upload images videos, audio and do much more.
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This websites keeps you up to date with daily hip hop news. They have a timeline section, blog section, music section, and video section. It's all about hip hop and allows you to gain more insight on what's hot. 

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Funk Volume

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Funk Volume is a Los Angeles-based record label, marketing and production company that been cited as a leader among independent rap labels with over 1.5 billion YouTube views, 1.5 million Facebook likes, consistent Top 10 chart placements on Billboard and iTunes and high profile write-ups in media outlets such as Forbes, Billboard, SPIN, LA Weekly, any more.
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Dizzy Wright is one of the artist I am following and giving you insight on. He belongs to a music group called Funk Volume. This group consists of Jarren Benton and Hopsin and that's just the well known ones. They have a different style of rap which is what I like. This website gievs you all you need to know about the group and even lets you leave comments. 

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Samples Of The Week

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A special, J. Cole-centric edition of 'Samples Of The Week.' When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop ...
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J. Cole is this weeks sample of the week. Samples of the week give the hip hop artist a chance to show off their new beat. It takes weeks to construct a beat that fits their style of rap. Samples of the week also gives viewers a glimpse of what the artist tends to do with their upcoming single, mixtape, or album. It helps the artist by letting the artist know if people will like their song or not. (The page has a like or dislike button a viewer can click on). 

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I Am Hip-Hop

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"What is Hip-Hop?" In order to answer this question, author Andrew J. Rausch interviewed 24 individuals whose creative expressions are intimately associated with the world of hip-hop music and culture. Those interviewed include emcees, DJs, producers, graffiti artists, poets, and journalists. Topics of these conversations cover the careers of each of these people and their contributions/affiliations with hip-hop, as well as their views on different trends within the music.Intended as a celebration of hip-hop music and culture, this collection of interviews ranges from the up-and-coming (Akrobatik, Rob Kelly) to the legendary (Chuck D, Big Daddy Kane). Also interviewed are Eric B., Black Sheep Dres, Chip Fu, Michael Cirelli, Daddy-O, DJ JS-1, dream hampton, Kokane, Kool Keith, Kool Rock Ski, Keith Murray, 9th Wonder, Paradime, R.A. the Rugged Man, Sadat X, Shock G, Special Ed, Spinderella, Sticky Fingaz, and Young MC.Because many of these artists worked and performed in the so-called "golden age" of hip-hop, they offer insights on the merits and problems of what hip-hop has grown into today. From their candid observations, the reader will understand how each of these men and women have contributed to the culture and how each, in his or her own way, can rightly answer "I AM hip-hop."
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This book is written by Andrew Rausch. He talks about hip hop but it's different because he interviews people that are actually involved in the hip hop industry. He interviews DJs, journalists, producers, etc. This book gives you great insight about the hip hop industry. The information is both interesting and reliable. 

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Who Produces?

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The rap game is hard to break into. or is it? Top Ten rappers say maybe.
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The beats you nod your head to are produced my musical geniuses. Some of us don't even realize the beat in the background and how important they really are. The beat helps the rapper stay on rhythm with the music so it sounds good to the listeners. This article lists the top ten rappers that make their own beats. It takes time, talent, and motivation to create a beat that will take the artist to the top.

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Hip Hop Evolution

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This article summarizes a book written by Nelson George. It talks about how people need to really understand hip hop music and how it works before putting a judgement on it. It explains hot hip hop is a story. A story about evolution. It talks about how there are black and white individuals in the hip hop industry and the stereotype they represent. It is a great article to read!

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Kendrick Lamar

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Download "good kid, m.A.A.d city" on iTunes - http://smarturl.it/gkmc
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This link leads to Kendrick Lamar's Facebook page. Similar to Twitter, Kendrick's Facebook page consists of photos, concert dates, self-bio, etc. It also keeps you updated daily with all things Kendrick Lamar. Facebook is also very reliable with no misinformation. 

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Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) | Twitter

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Les derniers Tweets de Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar). 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' available now! http://t.co/1JHW7WZ4vE | Booking Info: mgmt@topdawgmusic.com | Instagram: @KendrickLamar. CPT
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This is Kendrick Lamar's Twitter account. I follow Kendrick because it keeps me up-to-date on what he is currently doing minute by minute. I think social media is key when it comes to collecting real and credible material.

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Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar is one of my favorite hip hop artists. He raps about real events going on in his life now and in his past. He's "real" not "fake". This website consists of everything Kendrick Lamar including his music, photos, and events. 

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Debunking Hip-Hop Stereotypes

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Okay, so as hip-hop heads, we’ve all heard the ignorant statements people have made about hip-hop. It’s time to prove them the fuck wrong.

Hip-Hop isn’t real music.

How is it not? Music, by definition is organized noise. That’s what hip-hop essentially is. That’s what all songs are. There is not definition or real or fake music. Wrong.

Hip-Hop is only about misogynism and materialism. Bitches, hoes, cars, and clothes.

No. You’re just not looking or listening enough. Hip-Hop is NOT only what you hear on the radio. That’s a very, very small portion of the hip-hop world. And not all hip-hop on the radio is about that. For instance, Crooked Smile by J Cole was on the radio for a really long time, and it’s the complete opposite of misogynism. There are so many artists who rap about deep, introspective topics. Racism, classism, societal wrong-doings, poverty, family issues, depression, oppression, etc. Anything and everything you could want an artist to talk about is there. You just have to find it. (which isn’t as hard as some people make it out to be, with the internet, it’s just a Google search or a YouTube recommendation away)

Rapping is just talking over a beat. No effort is needed.

Way wrong again. Rapping requires an immense amount of skill. You have to think about wordplay, metaphors, similes, your cadence, your flow, your delivery, subject matter, etc. Of course, this is not to say that all rappers are deep and lyrical. You’re going to hear alot of ignorant garbage if you listen in the right (or wrong, depending on your viewpoint) places, but it’s like that with every genre. How is Nine Inch Nails saying “I wanna fuck you like an animal” any different from Lil Wayne objectifying women? How is Nickleback (horrible band) saying “You look better with something in your mouth” any different? Think about it.

Making Hip-Hop takes no skill.

Negative. Producing is not just something you pick up right away and start doing. You have to learn how to use the technology (DAWs, midi controllers, synths, whatever) first. THEN you have to have the artistic ability and the ear for music to know what’s good. You have to have a sense of rhythm to lay out drum patterns. You have to know what the highs, the lows, and the mids of the beat are, and adjust them accordingly. For info on what

Sampling is musical robbery. It takes no skill.

No, no, no, no, NO. Sampling takes alot of skill. You have to know what part of the song sounds good sampled, you have to know how to flip the sample and where to put it, you have to know what kind of drums/other instruments and what pattern will sound good over it. You have to chop it up. (which is extremely hard, depending on your sample)

so, there’s my peace. Thanks for reading. Send this to your ignorant friends who have these opinions.
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As a hip hop fan I get tired of false stereotypes. For the most part they simply aren't true. This website gives you reasons why they are wrong. There is a lot of foul language just to warn those who try to stay away from certain types of language. But the use of foul language really helps put things in prospective. Here is the actual link to the website: http://genius.com/discussions/82652-Debunking-hip-hop-stereotypes

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Dizzy Wright Facebook Page

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www.myfunkvolume.com BOOKING Dizzy - booking@myfunkvolume.com. PRESS INQUIRIES - press@myfunkvolume.com
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Dizzy Wright's Facebook page gives me valuable information about what's currently going on in his life. You can find tour dates, music, and pictures. Facebook allows the artist to visually show you what's going on in there day to day lives. One of the cool things about Facebook is that it informs me whenever Dizzy posts something new which keeps me currently updated twenty four seven. Overall, using Facebook is fast and easy.

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