• The cover of the book Gone 'Til November

    Gone 'Til November

    In Gone ‘Til November, Lil Wayne documents his time as an inmate at one of America’s most infamous prisons: Riker’s Island. Beginning with the first day of his eight month sentence, Wayne’s journal chronicles his daily attempt to “find joy in hell” and the psychological toll of incarceration. Unfiltered, earnest, and at times harrowing, Gone ‘Til November is a portrait of an artist reckoning with the loss of their freedom. An unconventional yet revealing memoir, Wayne’s book is an intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of hip-hop’s titans.

     
  • The cover of the book The Keys

    The Keys

    DJ Khaled’s bestseller is an inspirational and fervent guide on how to “secure the bag” and find success without compromising your authenticity. Comprised of memories, advice, and reflections on the highs and lows of his groundbreaking career in the entertainment industry, Khaled’s insights are equal parts optimistic and practical. As Khaled writes his introduction, The Keys reminds readers that, “you can be Oprah, you can be Barack Obama, you can be whoever you want to be, but you got to get there by being yourself.” Uplifting and refreshingly sincere, Khaled’s words will motivate even the coldest cynic.

     
  • The cover of the book Decoded

    Decoded

    Throughout the candid pages of Decoded, Jay-Z (aka Shawn Corey Carter) reflects on his past, his craft as an artist, and his rise to fame. From paying homage to those who came before him—Notorious B.I.G., Run-DMC, Tupac Shakur—to the ups and downs of celebrity, Decoded also gives readers an in-depth look at his creative process as a lyricist. An inarguable icon and innovator, Jay-Z materfully intertwines the history of hip-hop with his own while shining a light on the cultural and political moments that have shaped him as an artist and individual. Decoded will undoubtedly give you a deeper appreciation of his work.

     
  • The cover of the book The Tao of Wu

    The Tao of Wu

    An illuminatingly poetic memoir by Wu-Tang Clan’s the RZA, The Tao of Wu is a “book of Wisdom” comprised of “songs, parables, meditations, and [personal] experiences to help manifest… truth in your life.” The RZA couples sage advice alongside memories of his childhood and teen years in New York City (Staten Island and Brooklyn to be exact) and the Wu-Tang Clan’s formation. The Tao of Wu reminds its audience that “in every story and life, there’s a call.” Each page will urge you to look within.

     
  • The cover of the book Beastie Boys Book

    Beastie Boys Book

    “All three of us in the end were the friends that inspired one another to go big,” co-author Adam Horovitz writes in the introduction to the Beastie Boys Book. In the pages that follow, that friendship and all that it fostered takes center stage. From their days as showgoers in NYC’s hardcore scene to the international stardom that quickly evolved into a lifelong career, Horovitz and Michael Diamond’s rememberance of their past is genuine. A kaleidoscopic collection of memories, photographs, and even recipes, Horovitz and Diamond paint an evocative and gripping account of a dynamic friendship that irrevocably changed the trajectory of American music. Whether you’re a fan or not, this book will captivate you.

     
  • The cover of the book Contact High

    Contact High

    Contact High isn’t just a chronological visual history of hip-hop. It’s a profound and intimate portrait of a generation of storytellers, dreamers, and visionaries. An immersive compilation of photographs, historical documents, and anecdotes, this seamlessly breathtaking book offers its audience an expansive look at hip-hop’s landscape and its undeniable impact on art, culture, and politics. Featuring greats like Grand Mixer D. St., Roxanne Shanté, Big Daddy Kane and pivotal voices like Aaliyah, Lil Kim, and Kendrick Lamar, Contact High celebrates the whole of hip-hop, not just its giants. Each page proves that “photographs, like music, are imprinted onto our collective consciousness,” that hip-hop itself is “transformative.”

     
  • The cover of the book Hip Hop America

    Hip Hop America

    In the opening pages of Hip Hop America, Nelson George writes, “Hip hop… [is] the spawn of many things.” As the book progresses, George traces the cultural, historical, and creative origins of a quintessential expression of the American psyche. A moving and enlightening survey of the genre, Hip Hop America digs deep into the expansive history and its impact on contemporary culture. A must-read for music lovers and cultural critics alike, George’s book illustrates why hip-hop is synonymous with the American experience and why its become the soundtrack of the zeitgeist.

     
  • The cover of the book The James Brown Reader

    The James Brown Reader

    In order to fully appreciate hip-hop, one must appreciate its predecessor, soul, and its legends. Nelson George and Alan Leeds’ homage to James Brown is an enveloping compilation of writings that celebrate the King of Soul. Each piece reveals how “Brown bumped against barricades of whiteness” with revolutionary cuts like “Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud” and rebelled against the conventions of respectability politics with hits like “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” helped him become a world-renowned voice of his generation and enduring legend. The James Brown Reader is an inarguably captivating exploration of an American icon and his legacy.

     
  • The cover of the book Hip Hop Honeys

    Hip Hop Honeys

    Hip Hop Honeys celebrates a number of the women who are far too overlooked and forgotten by fans and the industry they’ve helped build. The vibrant photographs within Brian Finke’s book flips the patriarchal script of the genre by visually showcasing the importance of femme embodiment and how integral “hip hop honeys” have been the genre’s evolution. Despite the shadow of misogyny’s gaze and the entitlement of male MCs, the women who appear in these photos are a testimony of hip-hop’s roots as well as its future.

     
  • The cover of the book Hip Hop Matters

    Hip Hop Matters

    Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement by S. Craig Watkins opens with a titular lyric from De La Soul’s fourth LP. Within its pages, Watkin’s proves the countless ways that “the stakes is high” and how hip hop has become a mirror for a nation still grappling with the weight of its own history. Hip Hop Matters examines the the way politics, race, and class have shaped the genre’s narrative and how it continues to influence contemporary culture at large. As Watkin’s suggests, Hip Hop Matters reveals some of the most “compelling stories of our time” in a tangible and memorable way.