Hip Hop America by Nelson George

(226 pages)

Hip Hop America is a story of the evolution of hip hop, stretching back from long before the Sugarhill Gang's 1979 release of Rapper's Delight. It tells the story of the birth and development of the genre, giving extensive cultural background and context to better explain the unprecedented success of such an unlikely and strange form of music.

"Hip hop is not my life but it has been a large part of it. There have been times I've loved it more than any woman. There have been times I hated it more with the viciousness usually reserved for a cheating lover."

This is a very interesting comparison: comparing the genre to a personal relationship. I think this clearly illustrates the point he is making, or at least I can relate to it, though I'm not sure what makes it so effective.

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