Gangsta Rap

Gangsta Rap

by Benjamin Zephaniah
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Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah

Ray has trouble at home and trouble at school. When Ray and his friends Prem and Tyrone are permanently suspended from school, their headmaster decides to give them a second chance, a chance to live their dream of forming a rap group... School, what school? My name is X-Ray-X So be careful how you flex I used to freestyle in my bedroom But my daddy got me vex The teacher kicked me out of the classroom Now I'm rapping in The Rex.

Ray has trouble at home and trouble at school. When Ray and his friends Prem and Tyrone are permanently suspended from school, their headmaster decides to give them a second chance, a chance to live their dream of forming a rap group. Through a specialized social program, the boys are taught about the business and the music industry, what it takes to record an album, and how to lay down a track. Within weeks they have become the Positive Negatives and within a few months they have signed a record deal and are on their way to the top. But their dream soon turns into a nightmare as violence escalates around them. Suddenly, not only their careers but their very lives are at stake. But Ray and the Positive Negatives are determined to prove that you don't need to be a gangster to be a great rapper.

Reviews

"Zephaniah paints a vivid picture of the hip-hop music scene and related gang warfare in London." —Publishers Weekly

"A fairy tale of hip-hop success . . . teens will enjoy the thrilling music fantasy, while many will identify with the smart, talented boys who grow up quickly and rescue themselves." Booklist

"Swift-moving and engaging . . . it's hard not to cheer Ray on." The Horn Book

About the author

Benjamin Zephaniah is a performance poet who travels on literary world tours for the British Council. He is the author of Refugee Boy and Face. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582348865
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/07/2004
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 569,463
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Benjamin Zephaniah is a performance poet who travels on literary world tours for the British Council. He is the author of Refugee Boy and Face. He lives in London.

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Gangsta Rap 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Lilo02 More than 1 year ago
This one is one of the rare fictional books that I've read in the past couple of years. At first I was just paceing around at a local hospital and just decided to pick up any random book because I was bored. So I just picked up Gangster Rap, this book was about to be headed out to this hospital's sponsored store and be thrown up for sale. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down at all, it was that good. Very touching and not to mention this guy can sure write poetry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you lke rapper becky g,comment back to Sonny mitchie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THE SOUND OF THE BANJO AT 3:00AM IN THE MORNIN AND I LOVES SPENDIN' THE NIGHT IN THE CORNFIELD WITH M' SUZY LU.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved it we started to read it as a class at bell baxter high school in cupar ,fife. and i took the book home and i couldn't put it down it made me laugh and cry i thought it was one of the best books ive ever read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really keep's you interested. It talk's about three, young, boy's of different ethnicities, struggling to make it as rapper's. They go through sorrow, pain, and doubt to get to where their going. Which a lot of young teens go through to make it to their goal, so I could definitely relate. It's likeable because it compares a lot to young adult's lives so well, that you can pretty much feel what their feeling. But yet again there is not much dis-like's about this book because I enjoyed every page. So, basically it is about, whether these boys went through all the pain and struggle, they got to where they were going. Which gives you a sigh of relief in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this book a lot. i kept on wanting to read it, i didnt want to stop. i felt bad when he fought with his father. and when his girlfriend died. but the book is great i reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gangsta Rap waz an outstanding standing ovation book. It waz hard, loving, and real all at once. Whoever thinks thiz book iz wack haz problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I have read. There is something that is always going on so have to keep reading to see what happens next!! Everyone will love this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Most of the time something big is happening. It's a great and inspiring book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book at all. It was boring and I never finished it. I don't like how its written in a different country or whatever. He says 'me bedroom' and 'favoUrite' It was really unrealistic and ..dumb