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Publisher Comments:

"George is an ace at interlacing the real dramas of the world . . . the book's slim length and flyweight depth could make it an artifact of this particular zeitgeist in American history. Playas and haters and celebrity cameos fuel a novel that is wickedly entertaining while being frozen in time."

--Kirkus Reviews

"This hard-boiled tale is jazzed up with authentic street slang and name-dropping (Biggie, Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, and Chuck D) . . . Georges tightly packaged mystery pivots on a believable conspiracy . . . and his street cred shines in his descriptions of Harlem and Brownsvilles mean streets."

--Library Journal

"George is a well-known, respected hip-hop chronicler . . . Now he adds crime fiction to his resume with a carefully plotted crime novel peopled by believable characters and real-life hip-hop personalities."

--Booklist

"The most accomplished black music critic of his generation."

--The Washington Post Book World

"Perhaps one of the greatest books ever written. It has the realness of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the warmth of The Color Purple, and the page count of Tuesdays with Morrie. It's a must-read."

--Chris Rock on City Kid

The Plot Against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work.

D Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hardcore fans suspect. This rewrite of hip hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture's hidden world, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.

Review:

"George (City Kid), a prolific cultural critic, attempts to squeeze 40 years of hip-hop and urban culture into this uneven noir, which centers on the stabbing of Dwayne Robinson, a middle-aged music critic and black intellectual with a career similar to that of the author's. Robinson dies clutching a bloodied cassette tape at the door to his pal D's downtown Manhattan office. When the authorities quickly dismiss the murder as just another gang initiation, D takes the investigation into his own hands, discovering bits and pieces of his late friend's hip-hop conspiracy theory along the way. George embeds the story with cultural references that will resonate with fans of the music (each chapter cleverly takes its name from a relevant rap song), and the real-life East Coast/West Coast feud that led to the deaths of Biggie and Tupac plays a large role in the development of the plot. Unfortunately, that plot can be slow-moving and hard to follow." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A riveting noir novel set in hip hop culture, by best-selling and critically acclaimed author Nelson George.

Synopsis:

"The most accomplished black music critic of his generation."—The Washington Post Book World

"Perhaps one of the greatest books ever written. It has the realness of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the warmth of The Color Purple, and the page count of Tuesdays with Morrie. It's a must-read."—Chris Rock on City Kid

The Plot Against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work.

D Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hardcore fans suspect. This rewrite of hip hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture's hidden world, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.

D Hunter has his own secrets, his own vulnerabilities, which he fights to overcome as he becomes a reluctant private eye. After reading The Plot Against Hip Hop, you'll never hear the music the same way.

Nelson George is one of the first writers to document hip hop culture and is the author of several award-winning books on the subject, including Hip Hop America, The Death of Rhythm and Blues, and Russell Simmons' autobiography Life and Def. He directed Queen Latifah in the HBO film Life Support, and executive produces VH1's long-running Hip Hop Honors broadcast.

About the Author

Nelson George: Nelson George is one of the first writers to document hip hop culture, seeing Kool Herc in a Bronx schoolyard in the late '70s. He would go on to write several award winning books on the subject, including 'Hip Hop America' and Russell Simmons' autobiography 'Life and Def.' He directed Queen Latifah in the award winning HBO film,

'Life Support,' and executive produces VH1's long running 'Hip Hop Honors' broadcast. He can be contacted at www.nelsondgeorge.net.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617750243
Author:
George, Nelson
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
A D Hunter Mystery
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "George (City Kid), a prolific cultural critic, attempts to squeeze 40 years of hip-hop and urban culture into this uneven noir, which centers on the stabbing of Dwayne Robinson, a middle-aged music critic and black intellectual with a career similar to that of the author's. Robinson dies clutching a bloodied cassette tape at the door to his pal D's downtown Manhattan office. When the authorities quickly dismiss the murder as just another gang initiation, D takes the investigation into his own hands, discovering bits and pieces of his late friend's hip-hop conspiracy theory along the way. George embeds the story with cultural references that will resonate with fans of the music (each chapter cleverly takes its name from a relevant rap song), and the real-life East Coast/West Coast feud that led to the deaths of Biggie and Tupac plays a large role in the development of the plot. Unfortunately, that plot can be slow-moving and hard to follow." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A riveting noir novel set in hip hop culture, by best-selling and critically acclaimed author Nelson George.
"Synopsis" by ,

"The most accomplished black music critic of his generation."—The Washington Post Book World

"Perhaps one of the greatest books ever written. It has the realness of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the warmth of The Color Purple, and the page count of Tuesdays with Morrie. It's a must-read."—Chris Rock on City Kid

The Plot Against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work.

D Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hardcore fans suspect. This rewrite of hip hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture's hidden world, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.

D Hunter has his own secrets, his own vulnerabilities, which he fights to overcome as he becomes a reluctant private eye. After reading The Plot Against Hip Hop, you'll never hear the music the same way.

Nelson George is one of the first writers to document hip hop culture and is the author of several award-winning books on the subject, including Hip Hop America, The Death of Rhythm and Blues, and Russell Simmons' autobiography Life and Def. He directed Queen Latifah in the HBO film Life Support, and executive produces VH1's long-running Hip Hop Honors broadcast.

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