The Haunting of Hip Hop: A Novel

The Haunting of Hip Hop: A Novel

by Bertice Berry
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The Haunting of Hip Hop: A Novel by Bertice Berry

A ghost story with a beat . . . Bertice Berry follows her finely pitched Blackboard bestselling debut novel, Redemption Song, with a mesmerizing cautionary tale about urban hip hop culture.

In ancient West Africa, the drum was more than a musical instrument, it was a vehicle of communication–it conveyed information, told stories, and passed on the wisdom of generations. The magic of the drum remains alive today, and with her magnificent second novel, Berry brings those powerful beats to the streets of Harlem.

Harry “Freedom” Hudson is the hottest hip hop producer in New York City, earning unbelievable fees for his tunes and the innovative sound that puts his artists on the top of the charts. Harry is used to getting what he wants, so when he’s irresistibly drawn to a house in Harlem, he assumes he’ll be moving in as soon as the papers can be drawn up. The house, after all, has been abandoned for years. Or has it?

Rumors are rife in the neighborhood that the house is haunted; that mysterious music, shouts, and sobbing can be heard late at night. Ava, Harry’s strong-willed, no-nonsense agent, dismisses it all as “old folks” tales–until she opens the door and finds an eerie, silent group of black people, young and old, gathered around a man holding an ancient African drum. They are waiting for Harry and bear a warning that touches his very soul: “We gave the drum back to your generation in the form of rap, but it’s being used to send the wrong message.”

The Haunting of Hip Hop is a reminder of the importance of honoring the past as a means of moving safely and firmly into the future. It is sure to raise eyebrows and stir up controversy about the impact, good and bad, of rap culture.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767913881
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/17/2002
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 410 KB

About the Author

BERTICE BERRY is a comedian and inspirational speaker and holds a Ph.D. in sociology. She has about two hundred speaking engagements per year.. She is the author of two novels (Redemption Song and The Haunting of Hip Hop) and four works of nonfiction. She lives in southern California, where she is raising her sister’s three children.


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Haunting of Hip Hop 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Hip Hop is a quick and captivating read. I finished it within a few hours and really enjoyed it. Again, in the same style of Redemption Song, Berry, intertwines the past and present masterfully. The essence of the story is that of the spirits of the past manifesting themselves out of the need tell their stories to the living in an effort ease the pain, bring peace, and resolve issues that plagued their lives. There are many lessons taught in this story, however, the focus is on the spirit, Ngozi, an African slave, and his desire to bring back the love, passion, and true unifying purpose that the drums of African once did in his beloved homeland. He feels that the drums/beats have been misused and corrupted and he must connect with super producer, Harry ¿Freedom¿ Hudson before its too late. There were some surprising twists in the plot as each of the supporting cast experiences their own awakenings. I was disappointed in some of the conclusions, but it was a great work nonetheless¿highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Hip-Hop is a story about a super music producer, Freedom and a house that has a hold over him. It's also about Ava, his lawyer, friend, and confidant and an old schoolmate of hers name Charles. Freedom sees this house and immediately knows that one day it'll be his home. What he didn't know that first day was that the house was haunted. Have you ever been somewhere and you just knew what was about to happen to somebody there with you or someone far away. Have you ever been watching TV (oops we don't do that) I mean reading a book and someone pops into your head and you know that they need you. That is how some people where in this book. This books makes you listen and look deeper into the meaning of things. Not to the hustle and bustle of life but to your inner self because you can always hear something if you really listen. The Haunting isn't just about a haunted house on a corner it's also about passing on our history and heritage to younger generations. It's about respecting what your elders tell you and it's about being true to yourself and who you are. It's about helping you deal with memories of people that you love and some of those that you can't stand. The Haunting is a story that I think you all will enjoy if you give it a chance like I did and look deeper than the words the paper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tonight's featured track is: Say Yes by B5 <p> B5 consists of five brothers who hav always been in the music business. Say Yes is B5's first single. It's a mix of R&B and Urban Pop. If you haven't heard th song yet, check it out. <p> ~Kara
hpkm More than 1 year ago
Great, And she in San Diego, Ca
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Which means'AWESOME', this book is amazing its suspense is enough but it also makes you want to believe and be there along with the characters and their SPIRITS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be heartrending, enlighting, inspirational, and full of direction. I felt sad, happy, full of hope, and disapointment. The book is an emotional one. I bought the book for my sixteen year old who reads nothing but hip hop magazines. I just wonted her to start reading something else, i had placed her in a book club, but nothing they offered she liked. To make a long story short, she read the book, and then told me that I should read it as well. I couldn't put the book down, after a long day at work and a hard one, cooking dinner, helping with homework, and being all that I could be,( but yet not a part of the army)- Each page opened my heart, my soul, spirit and my eyes. The love, the sadness, the hope, the disapointments all made this book, so good, that I just couldn't tell it all. Words could not express the impact this book made on my life after reading it. Some things that were brought out in the book, I had forgotten and I to was like Charles, had lost touch with what really matters in this life, and beyound. ( If I could, I would have every young black male and female, read this book) Maybe! They to would hear and feel the haunting of hip hop.