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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (31 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143035150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143035152
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 1999
Format: Hardcover
For anyone wondering why hip-hop has outlasted other music genres such as punk rock, one should look no further than "Hip Hop America" I feel that this book is a definitive history of where this music/cultural movement has been, and a small hint of where it's going. Nelson George examines the connections between hip-hop and it's counterparts in "mainstream" culture(as in his previous effort, "Elevating the Game: Black Men and Basketball")from a ardent fan's perspetive. My only criticism is that its that George is so intimate with the subject that it keeps him from adopting the proper balance that is a must for any journalist of his stature. Despite its sometimes aggravating faults, this is a book that I highly reccomend for hip-hop novices and veterans alike.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
When I ordered this book and first started to read it, I was expecting an almost chronological account of hip hop, a dedicated report of the history of the culture. However, what I got instead was a personal account of hip hop from Nelson George's perspective.
While he jumps around alot and does dwell on the "old skool" of hip hop, It is a very interesting account of someone who has had the fortune to not only live through the hip hop era from the very beginning, but also to have met some of the most important people within the industry.
If you really want to look at hip hop through the eyes of someone who has "been there, done that", I urge you to give this book a try.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar 1999
Format: Hardcover
Y'all this book is the dope! Can't tell me that my man Nelson didn't turn this one out. If nothin' else, check this one out for the history. Might not be all you want to know.. but it all fits together like the piece of a puzzle--and this is a very strong piece. And I also want to alert my peeps to a book called PSEUDO COOL. Like HIP HOP AMERICA it is also a good one for our people to read to acknowledge our past, our present, and what's up for us in the future. Check it out, y'all. Peace Out.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun 1999
Format: Hardcover
As an "old-schooler" who's not always crazy about the music (harder stuff anyway) but appreciate the generationality of it all, George has written a no-bs history of a still-evolving music/culture that's here to stay. It's lively with some great behind-the-scene stories and a lot of history. And, it's NOT dry or dull. It's a must read for any "new-schooler" and any one with an open mind, regardless of age. He's respectful, opinionated and thorough... yet objectively critical. That's the way the story of rap/hip-hop SHOULD be told.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar 1999
Format: Hardcover
For years, Nelson George has been considered the "safe" face of hip-hop writing. His spineless book Hip-Hop America is nothing but a bad imitation of authors like Ronin Ro. George's book is nothing but slapped-together articles that cheerfully say nothing but, "Gee, hip-hop is reaching middle America today!" This was said years ago by more talented younger writers. George is an old coot whose last two novels stank, a docile writer who ran back to the rap genre he abandoned-- only after it became obvious that his sappy romance novels wouldn't sell. If you want a book on the history and impact of hip-hop culture, don't buy this. All Hip-Hop America focuses on is the MTV-approved face of rap, not the true story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb 1999
Format: Hardcover
Nelson George, possibly the most underrated music writer of our time, has done it again. "Hip Hop America" is a worthy successor to his classic "Death of Rhythm & Blues". If you're some [like me] who has never taken rap music seriously before, Nelson will make you sit up and take notice. Like Bill Rhoden in the NY Times, Nelson George may not be someone you always agree with, but he is a writer who commands respect and attention. His recent nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award for "Hip Hop" is all the evidence you need.
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