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And It Don't Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Yearsby Raquel Cepeda
"At its best, And It Don't Stop is a collection of hip-hop's most vital moments — a historical documentation of the music's evolution and the journalism that evolved along with that music....Like all great writers, a hip-hop writer also needs that touch of the ineffable, that talent to sense the elegance and significance of every moment, from the earth-shattering to the quietly confessional. And like all the best rappers, the finest hip-hop journalists, at their very essence, are supremely gifted storytellers." Peter L'Official, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)
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In September 1979, there was a cosmic shift that went unnoticed by the majority of mainstream America. This shift was triggered by the release of the Sugarhill Gang's single, Rapper's Delight. Not only did it usher rap music into the mainstream's consciousness, it brought us the word "hip-hop." And It Don't Stop, edited by the award winning journalist Raquel Cepeda, with a foreword from Nelson George is a collection of the best articles the hip-hop generation has produced. It captures the indelible moments in hip-hop's history since 1979 and will be the centerpiece of the twenty-fifth-anniversary celebration.
This book epitomizes the media's response by taking the reader on an engaging and critical journey, including the very first pieces written about hip-hop for publications like The Village Voice--controversial articles that created rifts between church and state, the artist and journalist, and articles that recorded the rise and tragic fall of the art form's appointed heroes, such as Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E, and the Notorious B.I.G. The list of contributors includes Toure, Kevin Powell, dream hampton, Harry Allen, Cheo Hodari Coker, Greg Tate, Bill Adler, Hilton Als, Danyel Smith, and Joan Morgan.
This collection of the best articles the hip-hop generation has produced captures the indelible moments in hip-hop's history since 1979 and will be the centerpiece of the 25th-anniversary celebration.This collection of the best articles the hip-hop generation has produced captures the indelible moments in hip-hop's history since 1979 and will be the centerpiece of the 25th-anniversary celebration.
About the Author
Raquel Cepeda, former Editor-in-Chief of OneWorld Magazine, is an award-winning journalist. She has contributed to MTV News, The Village Voice, Source, Vibe, Essence, Jalouse, and many other publications. She lives in New York City.
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