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E.A.R.L.
E.A.R.L.
The Autobiography of DMX

Author:DMX (Earl Simmons), Smokey D. Fontaine
DMX is an international superstar who has sold more than twenty-million albums and defined hip-hop culture better than any of his peers. He also lived the kind of rags-to-riches story that has molded some of the best American heroes. From a smart and mischievous young boy to a teenager dubbed "Crazy Earl" to the most feared MC on the street, DMX never stopped struggling for the kind of life he knew belonged to him. Born in Yonkers, New York, to a father who abandoned him and a mother ill equipped to raise her only boy, Earl Simmons grew to hate and distrust the world around him. But a passionate talent to rhyme gave him a dream, while a lifelong companionship with stray dogs gave him the strength to go on. His journey of self-discovery began with beatings, robbery, and group homes, lead to jails, car chases, gun battles, and rap wars, and culminated in commitment, love, fame, and fortune. This is the extraordinary first-person account of a man who gives expression to the thoughts and feelings of those who have never been heard. In the process, Earl Simmons became a father, a husband, a role model, and an international icon know as DMX. This is his story.

Retails:$24.95



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Foolish/Unfoolish
FOOLISH/UNFOOLISH
Reflections on Love

Author:Ashanti

Foolish/Unfoolish is a collection of vibrant and honest "reflections on love" by R&B singer Ashanti. Ever since she was thirteen years old, Ashanti has kept journals of her poetry, thoughts, and ideas about life and love. Now, in this very personal collection, Ashanti presents her poems about love, along with stories about what (or who) moved her to write them. In Foolish/Unfoolish, Ashanti explores such universal themes as falling head-over heals in love, becoming insanely jealous, feeling broken-hearted, and being single but having hope for the future. In "No Words," she describes being completely addicted to a new boyfriend; in "Ride Out," she captures what it feels like to be joyriding with your man on a hot summer night; in "Insecure," she writes about telling a suspicious boyfriend to stop driving by her house at night to see if her car is there; and in "Us," she delves into the pain of discovering that your man is cheating on you. Spirited, moving and often filled with humor, Ashantiís poetry and reflections will entertain and surprise as they offer an intimate look into the life of one of todayís most popular performers. These are works that are both lyrical and raw and which tell the truth about love.

Retails:$16.95
ISBN: 1401300308



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Who Shot Ya?
WHO SHOT YA?

Author:Ernie Paniccioli (Photographer), Kevin Powell
Three Decades of Hiphop Photography

Nearly thirty years ago, Ernie Paniccioli began photographing the graffiti art throughout New York City as well as the young people creating it. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli literally recorded the beginning salvos of hip hop, today the most dominant youth culture on the planet. Be it Grandmaster Flash at the Roxy, a summer block party in the Bronx, the fresh faces of Queen Latifah and Will Smith, the cocksure personas of Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., and Emimem, or the regal grace of Lauryn Hill, Ernie Paniccioli has been there to showcase hip hop's evolution much in the same way Gordon Parks recorded the Civil Rights Movement, or akin to the manner in which James Van Der Zee, the great photographer of Harlem in the 1920s, met the energy and spirit of his times.Who Shot Ya? Three Decades of Hip Hop Photography is the first major pictorial history of hip hop culture based around the work of one photographer. Culled from a vast archive, the approximately 150 images in Who Shot Ya? represent the visual diary of a generation, essentially following this socio-political art form from the streets of New York City to the billion-dollar global industry it has become. While some of these iconic renderings have graced the pages of magazines and fanzines through the years, most are published here for the first time.

Retails:$29.95
ISBN:0066211689



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No Disrespect
NO DISRESPECT

Author:Sister Souljah

Rapper, activist, and hip-hop rebel, Sister Souljah possesses the most passionate and articulate voice to emerge from the projects. Now she uses that unmistakable voice to deliver what is at once a fiercely candid autobiography and a survival manual for any African American woman who wants to keep her heart open and her integrity intact in 1990s America. Each chapter of No Disrespect is devoted to someone who made a difference in Sister Souljah's life -- from the mother who raised her to the men who educated (and mis-educated) her about love -- and each bares a controversial truth about the black condition in America: the disintegration of families; the unremitting combat between the sexes; and the thousand and one ways in which racism continues to circumscribe the ways African American people see themselves and treat one another. The result is an outspoken and often outrageous rejoinder to the pieties of race, class, and gender by a writer who can be wise, bawdy, brutally funny, and as sensitive as a lightning rod in a thunderstorm.
Review(1): Good Book, enjoyed the reality of it Good book, I enjoyed how the author included historical and reality type information for African people. So not only did I read for enjoyment but I was able to expand my view of the world, and see why some things exist the way they do. Great book for teens. Review(2): outstanding, outspoken & a real sister to the point This book was 5 stars and some! Every African male/female needs to read this 'on the real' book. She really got me thinking and has really made me look at society, love and men in the same aspects. I too was feeling the same way she felt. This book is a 'must-have' on your shelf that every women should have. It will have you thinking for days to come. Couldn't put it down

Retails:$13.00



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The Coldest Winter Ever
THE COLDEST WINTER EVER

Author:Sister Souljah

Renowned hip-hop artist, writer, and activist Sister Souljah brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly unforgettable first novel. I came busting into the world during one of New York's worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter. Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn't want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do anything to stay on top. The Coldest Winter Ever marks the debut of a gifted storyteller. You will never forget this Winter's tale. The first part plays like a protracted rap video: Everything is fly and phat, Winter's father spares his wife and daughters no luxury, and nothing is generic. Versace, Courvoisier, Channel, Moet -- there are enough brand names to make Bret Easton Ellis proud. (Even her twin sisters are named Mercedes and Lexus.) But then the whip comes down in the form of young and hungry competitors and RICO-empowered federal agents. Winter's father goes to jail, and her survival becomes the story. Then Sister Souljah herself turns up. Winter's reaction the first time she hears Souljah speak is typical: "How is this bitch supposed to help the community when she don't know how to rock her shit? I checked her arm, no Rolex, not even a Timex, nothing. No weight on her neck, nothing. Her hairdo was phat but that don't mean nothing when you don't know how to accessorize." Before long, though, she's seeking refuge in the activist's house, where she comments with typical disdain on her host's art ("African titties everywhere and wooden mask carvings") and appearance ("She was a typical uptown girl: big ass, wide hips and, nope, not a flat belly"). But she remains deaf to the Sister's message of uplift. What Souljah does have going for her is men, and the injustice of it all is too much for Winter. Here some back-to-Africa, celibate, fat (not phat) sister act is getting all the action while Winter needs to steal to get by.

Retails:$7.99



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You Forgot About DRE
YOU FORGOT ABOUT DRE

The Unauthorized Biography of Dr. DRE and Eminem
Author:Kelly Kenyatta

You Forgot About Dre From N.W.A. to Slim Shady - A Tale of Gangsta Rap, Violence and Hit Records is loaded with exclusive pictures of Dre and Eminem, including behind-the-scenes footage from the "Up in Smoke Tour." The biography also provides timeless discographers and interviews with Dre and Eminem. Once you finish reading this book, you'll learn all you need to know about Dre and Eminem."

Retails:$16.95



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Yes, Yes, Yes
Collector's Edition
YES, YES, YES

the Unauthorized Biography of Destiny's Child (The Story of the Original 4 Members)
Author:Kelly Kenyatta

(The Story of the Original 4 Members) is (written) as if the all girl R&B group Destiny's Child was singing their hit song SAY MY NAME Celebrities who have worked both smart and hard, and made it to the top." is the first book written about the group.

Retails:$4.95



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Suge Knight
SUGE KNIGHT

The Rise, Fall & Rise of Death Row Records
Author:Jake Brown

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Death Row Records brings you head first into the 'gangsta lifestyle. Packed with photos and vivid descriptions. If you have any interest at all in the music industry, don't forego this vital piece of American music history. "

Retails:$21.95



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Bad Boy
BAD BOY

The Influence of Sean "Puffy" Combs on the Music Industry
Author:Ro Ronin

This is a tale of friendship, greed, and betrayal in the music industry - and a definitive history of America's biggest rap mogul." No one knows more about creating hits than Sean "Puffy" Combs. For years he virtually ran hip-hop. It seemed the perfect arrangement: "Puffy" provided the sounds and obsessive attention to detail while the Notorious B.I.G. promoted an image that kept rap fans happy. It should have lasted forever, but "Biggie" was murdered at the height of his career - and "Puffy"'s ascension to superstardom ushered in an age of disloyalty and deception that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the history of the music industry.

Retails:$25.00



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Revelations
REVELATIONS

There's A Light after the Lime
Author:Mason Betha-Karen Hunter(Mase)

Mason Betha is now a pastor, inspirational speaker, and founder of a nondenominational group called S.A.N.E. (Saving a Nation Endangered) Ministries. Having turned his back on stardom, he reveals in this fascinating memoir the rhyme and reason behind his choice to leave a glamorous life of extraordinary wealth and influence to become a pastor with a powerful message for America's youth.

Retails:$22.00



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Ladies First
LADIES FIRST

Revelations of a Strong Woman
Author:Queen Latifah

Ladies First is the story of a young woman, making tough decisions and terrible mistakes. about sex and drugs and about who was real and who wasn'tóbefore she was old enough to drive. It is about the reign of depression that descended on her after her brother's tragic death and how she found a sustaining love in God when it seemed the world was trying to break her. Ladies First is about being confident and sensual in a big, strong body and about blocking out the junk to let in the good. It is about how anyone, whether from the poorest means or the richest, can hold her head high in a world full of attitude.

Retails:$13.00



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Aaliyah
AALIYAH

More Than a Woman
Author:Christopher John Farley

fROM THE PUBLISHER---Aaliyah Dana Haughton was a winner: She was a teen idol an icon in the hip-hop soul industry. She emerged into a beautiful woman, actress. She made her impressive debut at the impressionable age of 14. She made the following albums hit the top of the charts, with songs Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, One in a Million and many more. She then hit Hollywood like a storm an acted in Romeo Must Die, and the horror film The Queen of the Dammed. However, tragically Aaliyah was taken from us in a plane crash in the summer of 2001. Every teen should read this book, Aaliyah was a positive role model and always will be.

Retails:$6.99



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Back In The Days
BACK IN THE DAYS

Author:Jamel Shabazz Fab5 Freddy(Introduction)

Back in the Days documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-1989, before it became what is today's billion-dollar international industry. Back in the days, the streets--not the media--set the standards for style & Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, photographing everyday people. Working the streets of New York like the runways of Paris, Shabazz's subjects strike poses that flaunt their Kangol caps & Gazelle glasses, shell-top Adidas & suede Pumas complete with fat laces, shearling coats & leather jackets, gold rope chains, door-knocker earrings, name belts, boomboxes, & other assorted designer finery.

Retails:$35.00



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Vibe History of HipHop
VIBE HISTORY of HIP HOP

Author:Alan Light (Editor) Magazine Vibe

"A history? No. A story, really. A tale from the dark side. In this book, hip hop is all. It's always there. Like hip hop, this book is about the intense kind of aspiration that comes from having little. About holding and rhyming into a microphone. Mixing and scratching. Guns pain blood. Desire desperation truth true love. Art and mystery and metaphor. The singularity of voice. The magnificence of ingenious sampling. The glory of a beat. This book is that story." -- From the Preface by Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of VIBE, the voice of the hip hop generation, presents the essence of hip hop.

Retails:$27.50



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Rose That Grew From Concrete
ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE

Author:Tupac A. Shakur

His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic -- a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is indomitable -- remaining vibrant and alive. Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry -- a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions. Written in his own hand at the age of nineteen, they embrace his spirit, his energy...and his ultimate message of hope.

Retails:$20.00



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