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Posted April 22, 2000
It is about time!
There are a lot of fiction books that talk about eras of hip hop ('Masks of the Darkest American Game' and 'Fly Girl'). This is not only a collector's item, but a beautiful pictorial/historical nostalgia of an international phenomenon as it unfolds--hip hop. I won't have to explain hip hop to my children or grandchildren!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2000
More personal opinions than history
I was very eager to buy this book. I am a very big fan of hip hop. However this book did not fall anywhere near my expectations. The book portrays more personal opinions about artist than thier history. For example I was really mad after reading the article on Tupac Shakur R.I.P. The article claimed as Tupac being a hero we do not need, and that he lead a sad life. Plus the article claimed that Tupac used songs like 'keep ypu head up' as escape goats to innocence. On top of that the author passes her opinions that his movies and production were all lame. The same was done on the article on WU Tang. The reason I do not like this is because the readers who just started listening to hip hop will get a wrong perception about the one of the legends of Hip Hop. The other thing that did not impress me was that only a few paragraphs were mentioned on Bone,Thugs and Harmony. They clearly deserve more praise than they were given. Lastly I am no hater infact I like both Tupav and Biggie but the book just sends a vibe that Biggie is good and Tupac is bad. The articles were ery good especially the one on Public enemy and the one KRS one but overall the book is not about history of Hip Hop. It is a book about personal comments and opinions on various artists.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.