Gr 5-10-This volume provides little information that is not available elsewhere. Lommel often quotes academics pontificating on rap as a manifestation of social problems, but the quotes are not directly sourced. The bulk of the book is a familiar parade of rap names. A final chapter discusses how performers have become moguls, overseeing empires that take rap style-as in clothing-to a mainstream American audience. Black-and-white photos of the performers and a one-page list of seminal albums are included. The list for further reading is not very complete. James Haskins's One Nation under a Groove: Rap Music and Its Roots (Hyperion, 2000) is more attractive and, while the writing is at times academic, it is one of the most current and well-done books of its kind.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.