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Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists is more popular than racism!
Hip hop is huge, and it's time someone wrote it all down. And got it all right. With over 25 aggregate years of interviews, and virtually every hip hop single, remix and album ever recorded at their disposal, the highly respected Ego Trip staff are the ones to do it. The Book of Rap Lists runs the gamut of hip hop information. This is an exhaustive, indispensable and completely irreverant bible of true hip hip knowledge.


Ego trip's Book of Rap Lists is more popular than racism! Blacks and whites all agree...


An exhaustive, indispensable and completely irreverent bible of true hip hop knowledge--the genre's answer to the classic "Book of Rock Lists." 100 photos.

About the Author

Sacha Jenkins-much like rap great KRS One-is hip hip. Sachy-Sach, his sister Dominiqe, and

their artistically inclined, Haitian-born mom-dukes, Monart, moved to Astoria, Queens, NY from

Silver Springs, MD in the summer of 1977. Their Philadelphia, PA-reared, filmmaking/Emmy

Award-winning pop-dukes, Horace was already living in NYC at the time (100th Street & Central

Park West, to be exact...blocks away from the infamous Rock Steady Park). During the school

week, young Sacha spent his post three o'clock days playing stickball and skelly. Then...

1980: Sacha was blessed by an elder with an instrument of destruction that would forever change

his life. "PK," a local subway scrawler with some inter-borough celebrity, handed the young boy

a very juiced-up Pilot magic marker.

1988: Inspired by a the International Graffiti Times (a rag published by aerosol legend Phase 2

and David Schmidlap), Sacha would put together Graphic Scenes & X-plicit Language-a zine

dedicated to, yep, graf. And poetry. And anti-Gulf War rants. And humor. And towards the end,

in 1991, music.

1992: Beat Down, America's first hip hop newspaper, is launched by Sacha and a childhood

friend have a falling out. Bye bye, Black bird.

June, 1994: Ego Trip magazine is born.

1996: Sacha writes for Vibe, Rolling Stone, and Spin. He gets a Writer-At-Large then Music

Editor gig at Vibe.

Present: In his spare time, Sacha likes to play guitar, collect Planet of the Apes action figures and

listen to rap that isn't wack. He's a Leo.

In the summer of 1992, armed with his worthless LaGuardia Community College Associate Arts

degree, mulatto-born Elliot Wilson attempted to connect with The Source to no avail. Frustrated

20and full of half-black rage, Wilson vowed to one day show his smarmy colleagues in the world

of hip hop journalism what a tragic mistake they had made.

Befriending fellow W.C. Bryant High School alum Sacha Jenkins and L.C.C. student Haji

Akhigbade, Wilson became the Music Editor of the duo's burgeoning rap newspaper, Beat

Down. After the trio disbanded in the fall of '93, Wilson encouraged Jenkins to give the

publishing game another shot and the seasoned salt-and-pepper duo began to conceptualize

Ego Trip.

Wilson soon realized, however, that one cannot eat off props alone. When not contributing

toward ground-breaking. When not contributing toward ground-breaking Ego Trip scriptures,

he actively freelanced for Vibe, Rap Pages, Rap Sheet, Time Out New York and Paper. In 1995,

he endured a brief-but-successful stint as an Associate Editor at CMJ New Music Report where

he solidified the indie rock trade rag's hip hop coverage.

But it was in 1996 that he would enjoy a particularly sweet payback when he was wooed from

CMJ to become The Source's Music Editor. During his two-year tenure, he helped propel the

already established publication to the country's top-selling music title.

From Q-borough underachiever to Big Willie publishing mogul and now author, Elliot Jesse

Wilson Jr. is a living testament that dreams can and do come true.

Toiling for years as a truck-driving production assistant on the New York commercial filmmaking

scene, New York University graduate Chairman Mao needed direction. An aspiring DJ, his

addiction to acquiring wax had depleted his bank account. But in 1992, his chance meeting with an

ambitious young publishing entrepreneur/film intern named Sacha Jenkins introduced an

absurd solution to these fiscal woes-entering the world of music journalism! Mao began

contributing to Jenkins' Beat Down magazine in exchange for complimentary promotional

copies of hip hop records. He couldn't believe his luck.

Mao eventually exploited this writing scam so well that he actually began earning rent money

with his new vocation. While becoming a fundamental cog within Jenkins' and partner Elliot

Wilson's next publishing foray, Ego Trip, Mao enlightened Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment

Weekly and Vibe with his critical musings. Amongst his most noteworthy assignments: his

guest editorship for Rap Pages acclaimed DJ Issue in April of 1996 and is profile of The

Notorious B.I.G. in April of 1997 for the cover of The Source shortly before the rapper's

untimely death.

Currently Ego Trip's Editor-in-Chief and a Vibe Writer-at-Large, Mao still can't believe he

possesses a job that doesn't require him to sweep floors and chauffeur ad agency assholes.

When not clocking long-but-gratifying hours at ET's NYC HQ, he can be found in a record

store near you digging for archival additions to his now 20,000-piece strong record library.

Gabriel Alvarez was a long-haired, 20-year-old, L.A.-born Mexican with glasses trying to find a

job in 1991. The odds were against him. Nobody wanted him. The only alternative? Intern for

gratis at the latest magazine acquisition of Hustler publishing magnate Larry Flynt. Film Threat

was a cool, anti-Hollywood, punk rock-type rag that gave the mainstream film press the kind of

kick in the ass it needed. Alvarez quickly elevated to the position of Associate Editor.

Two years later, however, it was time to move on and Alvarez began working for another Flynt

publication. Rap Pages was a hip hop mag that needed new creative energies to help it realize its

potential. As Managing Editor, Alvarez expelled plenty of blood, sweat and tears and featured

special graffiti, DJ and breakdance issues that intrigued a growing readership. Another three

years later, though, it was time to roll the dice again.

His next job opportunity came in 1996 in the enticing form of Ego Trip, and amazingly creative

magazine outta New York City, that made him an offer he couldn't refuse: a Managing Editor

position demanding lots of hard work but no money. Displaying the sage decision-making skills

that have guided his entire career, Alvarez immediately packs his bags and heads for the

Rotten Apple. He begins freelancing extensively for The Source and Vibe. His status as an

important critical voice grows. He even cuts his hair. He couldn't be happier. Or more broke.

Alternately known as Asparagus, Prima, Gor-gee, Half-Black, Kinda-Black, Brent Rollins or

Milton Reese (depending on the time of day), Brent Rollins, ET's full-time Art Director and

part-time scribe, is the original "Afrocentric Asian, half man/half-amazin'."

But whatever he's called, he's called often by the entertainment biz. Before graduating from

UCLA with a BFA, Rollins had the fortunate opportunity to cut his teeth designing logos for films

like Spike Lee's Mo Better Blues and John Singleton's Boyz N The Hood as well as interning

at Fattal and Collins Design & Advertising. He punctuated his college career by creating graphics

for a FOX Network variety show, revamping the identity for TV's historic Soul Train and

studying for a French exam all during his senior finals week. C'est incroyable!

However, it was his subsequent two-year bid (1994-1996) as Art Director for Rap Pages magazine

which honed Rollins' talents. Since then, he's serviced clients such as Miramax Films, ICM, A&M,

Mo' Wax and SoleSide Records. Along the way, he's also created art for the Pharcyde, The

Notorious B.I.G., Gang Starr, Sir Menelik, Black Star, and The Refugee Project charity

organization. Between maintaining the 24/7 grind that has put food on his table and made his mom

proud, the design veteran continues to champion the maligned and forgotten genre of "weirdo-

rap." Big time.

Product Details

Bawno, Theodore Alosius
Jenkins, Sacha:
Wilson, Elliott
Chairman Mao
Mao, Jeff
Wilson, Elliott
Alvarez, Gabe
Jenkins, Sacha
Rollins, Brent
Bawno, Theodore Alosius
St. Martin's Press
New York :
History and criticism
Rap (music)
Rap & Hip-Hop
Genres & Styles - Rap & Hip Hop
Rap (Music) -- History and criticism.
Music-Hip Hop and Rap
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
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Publication Date:
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Includes 100 black-and-white photographs
9.16 x 7.5 x 0.875 in

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